HTC Touch Pro 2

Oh yeah… totally forgot… I got a new phone last November. My Touch Pro finally died the great death. Actually, it still worked, but only the touch screen. The entire button assembly went wacko, and it did all sorts of somewhat interesting yet mostly annoying things. Pfft. The microphone sucked on that thing anyway.

So, my buddy the telecom admin hooked me up to the HTC Touch Pro 2. Very sweet phone. WVGA screen, fast processor, lots of memory, and an excellent radio. GPS acquisition is good… only taking about 5 to 15 seconds (depending on my surroundings), and microphone quality is very high… even in windy conditions, or places with a lot of background noise. It’s a bit heavy, but the big responsive touch screen and tilting slid-out keyboard are worth it.

Of course, I cannot just leave well enough alone as I hate the AT&T roms. I’ll admit, they are finally getting better. They are still filled with crap you’ll never use (or can only use a few times without having to pay for it), and cannot remove. Thus, I had the thing running a hacked SPL and modified rom within the hour. Yes. I’m a dork. The newer Windows Mobile 6.5 roms are pretty good… not much of a change from 6.1. A little bit more zip, with a little less overhead. Could do without the stupid iphone-like menu interface. I don’t care if my crap has fancy icons, nor do I care about widgets. I’m not a fan of the iphone, and don’t like that M$ is pushing the interface in the same direction. What do I know, though?

Anyway, I only have a couple complaints in the engineering department:

  1. No action button or D-Pad. Ok… fine. I knew that this was going to happen eventually, and I can live without it. This does allow the phone to have a larger screen size. What about the applications that require it, though? Yes, HTC. I’m talking to you. Come on… not even an action button? There is an entire world of games out there I can no longer play now. You could have sacrificed that stupid little zoom pad at the bottom of the screen, and put in D Pad there. Or a small action button, for the love of god. How about some sort of SW emulated D Pad. Throw a brother a bone here…
  2. No 3.5mm adapter. Really? What year is it? I’ve got to plug my headphones into this ginormous mini usb adapter that’s damn near as big as the phone (same story as the last 4 HTC phones I’ve had over the last 4 years). There is certainly enough room on the bottom for the jack. Oh wait… looks like they changed their minds after releasing the initial version, and now include it on Sprint, Verizon, and Telus phones. Sorry AT&T customers… SSDD. *bangs head on desk*
  3. Why on earth is the reset button on the inside of the battery cover? What purpose does that serve? I always assumed the reason for having the reset button exposed (yet recessed, of course) was to allow you to reset the phone w/o having to remove the battery cover. ‘Cause… ya know… you could just pull and replace the battery at that point, rather than poking the stylus into that itty bitty hole. Would be faster, you know. Oh wait… you have to take the stylus out to put the battery cover back on anyway. Maybe that should be complaint 4…

Many steps forward in a lot of areas, and a couple of steps back. Maybe one or two sideways. Regardless, best smartphone I’ve owned to date. Except, I’ve already broken it. Somehow, the LCD layers separated a bit inside, and now I have what appears to be a minor oil spill taking up the middle of my LCD screen… and it’s getting larger. Phone and screen seem to still work properly, but it cannot be a good thing. Replacement is on the way… let’s hope this one lasts a bit longer than 2 months.

I’m such a geek for posting this…

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