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Sprint Touch Pro: Hands On and Video

Sure, we just fed you the specs on the HTC Touch Pro on Sprint earlier today when it was officially announced, but they bear repeating: A WM6.1 slider with a 640x480 screen, EVDO, WiFi, 1340mAh battery, Opera 9.5, 512mb RAM and 288mb ROM, microSD for expansion, and a 3.2mp camera all make the Touch Pro the Touch Pro. Above, just a very quick little video of the new device.

So should you drop your $299.99 (after rebates) on October 19th? Well, we can't exactly tell you that, but we can give you our initial hands-on impressions and a photo gallery after the break.

Impressions

The Sprint Touch Pro is classy and professional, full stop. The back of the device has a silver, matte finish and is gently curved to improve the feel in the hand. The sides are finished with chrome and look really slick, and the front, while still a fingerprint magnet, is still fairly hot. The keyboard seems like a small step up from the Mogul in terms of tactility and usability, though I do think the keys are a tiny bit smaller. Notable: no more physical soft buttons on the front or when the device is open.

The thickness is, well, the thickness. It's thicker than I'd like by about half. The curve on the back of the device helps. However, comparing this to the Mogul is just night and day. HTC has trimmed up the width of the Touch Pro and it makes all the difference in the world. With the slider closed, the sucker feels like a phone, which is not something I've typically been able to say about WM Pro sliders with a straight face before.

Given that both the Touch Pro and the Mogul are .7“ thick, one might be tempted to say there's not enough innovation here. One ought not be -- going from 2.3” wide to 2“ wide while simultaneously adding a higher-resolution screen is feat enough and, again, I'm not fooling when I say it feels good in the hand. In the pocket, maybe not so much.

TouchFLO 3D, HTC's custom interface, is as snappy as I've ever seen it with the possible exception of the Sprint Touch Diamond I handed earlier today. It's darn good. One of my chief fears was that Sprint would muck it up like they did with the original TouchFLO and those fears have mostly been allayed. Everything is standard TouchFLO 3D here with two exceptions: they've added a Sprint TV shortcut (fine) and they've changed TouchFLO's music player to work with Sprint's instead of WMP. Now, Windows Media player on WM isn't much to begin with, so maybe it's no great loss, but Sprint's media player is worse, so that's disappointing. The good news is that you can still play the music direct through the TouchFLO Interface.

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6 Comments
  • I'm OK with the Sprint music player being the default, as long as I can set it to work with the Windows media player if I choose to. Ideally, the API would be published such that touch flo could control any player that conforms to the API.
  • HTC has tried their best to make Touch Pro and the Mogul are .7? thick. Anything with a sliding keyboard that's thinner than that may not felt good for typing. If they can lower the price to $199 I think it could be a real iphone killer.
  • [quote=mikecc;1495997]HTC has tried their best to make Touch Pro and the Mogul are .7? thick. Anything with a sliding keyboard that's thinner than that may not felt good for typing. If they can lower the price to $199 I think it could be a real iphone killer.
    Regarding thickness... so if we compare it to what some might consider the 'standard' to measure against, the iPhone, it's .7" vs .45" (that's probably the original iPhone, I just googled and found the first measurement I could find). I wonder what the dimensions are on the Touch Pro of the keyboard and the two extra inner case surfaces... stuff that just can't be avoided with this type of slider. I wonder if that comes up to .25" on its own.
    Regarding price... given that the Windows Mobile platform is more mature and customizable (less restrictions on what you can load onto it), I can understand a price premium vs. the iPhone. Also, I figure that having a keyboard probably should cost more than not having a keyboard. So, perhaps HTC (or Sprint?) figured $50 for the WM advantages (which gets you to the Diamond's price), and $50 for the keyboard.
  • I would like to see pics of the sprint diamond and pro side by side
  • I'm really impressed by Sprint's version. This is definitely going to be my next device.
  • Have has the Sprint Touch Pro for a week ow and love it. Needs some tweeking but I came across a piece of bloatware that needes to be shipped home to the vendor: The Business Card Scanner (World Card) by PenPowerInc.com has a lot of potential but in reality is a pretty bad piece of software for WM6. I will bet that they did this as a sideline to the mainstream products wihich appear to be PC based.
    There is little feedback, no configuration of any measurable kind and it does not even provide the ability to store the images?!
    It is junk like this that causes users to scream for elimination of vendors stuff!