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VIDEOVIEW: HTC Touch Pro Software and GUI Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 29.07.08 - 17:02:08 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 64086x
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Following yesterday's hardware hands-on videoview of the HTC Touch Pro smartphone, this 10 min. videoview is about the software and GUI features of HTC's upcoming Windows Mobile smartphone. While the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro share the same platform, HTC had to change and enhance some Touch Diamond features because, contrary to the limited support at the Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro is also designed to be used in landscape - with all applications. And while the accelerometer is still not used to automatically switch between the portrait and the landscape mode (but GSEN also works with the Touch Pro), the device switches between both modes as soon as the keyboard is opened or closed:

As a matter of fact, there isn't anything left of the shiny TouchFLO 3D interface if the device is used in landscape and while the used grid view isn't that bad at all, it leaves convenient access to some important TouchFLO 3D functionalities like quick-starting a program from the Programs menu. That's too bad and while the device isn't launched yet, I have the fear that the simple landscape TouchFLO 3D mode will stay with the release version.

Other then that, there aren't major differences between the Touch Pro programs and applications and the Touch Diamond and I'm quite sure that most of the enhancements, the Touch Pro is already carrying, will make its way into another Touch Diamond ROM as well.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by BrianM on 29.07.08 - 17:45:01

Very nice, thank you Arne.
If you were to walk into a store that sold the Touch Pro and the Samsung Omnia, which would you buy and why?

Posted by Paul on 29.07.08 - 17:46:20

Nice hands on video - keen to see how the creation of text/email while in portrait mode holds up against using the slider keyboard.
Had my eye firmly on the Diamond until they announced this little beauty, but the lack of TouchFlo 3D while in landscape might be a deal breaker, honestly.

P.

Posted by Martymart on 29.07.08 - 17:53:02

I would love to have a look on the interface side... remote desktop... using the external keyboard or the soft keyboard... :::::)

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.07.08 - 18:15:40

@BrianM; If I'm in need of a keyboard device, I would buy the Touch Pro, if I can live without a keyboard, I would buy either buy a Touch Diamond or an i900 Omnia. Quite frankly, it's hard to make the decision! Nevertheless, since I don't use slide-out keyboards, I would either go with the Touch Diamond (beautiful device) or i900 Omnia (beautiful device). And please, don't ask me which of the both, I cannot answer since I like both equal.

@Paul: Yes, TouchFLO 3D in landscape isn't the optimum yet but it shouldn't be a deal breaker at all. 1st there is always the hope that it will become better with a later ROM update and 2nd it's just a "launcher" application. Most of the time, you are in other applications anyway.

@Martymart: "Remote Desktop" isn't yet part of the ROM (might find its way into the release ROM) and therefore I was unable to test it.

Posted by Kinara on 29.07.08 - 18:44:56

@Arne

Thanx!!! so much for the review!! I love this Site!!

Question for you....

Xperia OR Touch Pro OR Omnia ???

Thanx

Kinara smile

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.07.08 - 19:11:31

@Kinara: Boah... Don't ask such questions... But in case of which keyboard device - Xperia X1 or Touch Pro - it's easy (for me as an European): Touch Pro (as long as we will not see any dramatic changes with the Xperia X1).
The only benefit of the Xperia X1 is its quadband GSM and triband UMTS capabilities which might be interesting for you, as an American. Neither the Touch Pro nor the i900 Omnia (as available today/soon) will work with North American UMTS/HSDPA networks.

Posted by Nightflyer on 29.07.08 - 19:30:56

Arne why do you prefer the Touch Pro over the Xperia? I guess you're one of the few who had them both;)

Also, do you know if German Vodafone will carry the Touch Pro and the Xperia and when these devices can be expected to launch here in Germany?

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.07.08 - 19:44:19

Hard to say why I like the HTC Touch Pro more. Hmmm... Well, it has an accelerometer and I'm less often in the U.S.! ;-) No, seriously - while the Xperia X1 will also features TouchFLO for finger friendly navigation, I don't like the fact that the screen has a bezel. For some reasons I prefer bezel-less displays more (Touch, Touch Dual, Touch Diamond, i900 Omnia, Touch Pro, you name it). Nevertheless, this is absolutely subjective.

I have absolutely 0 info when or if Vodafone D2 will release the Touch Pro or the Xperia X1. However, both should be available in Germany latest end of August/early September.

Posted by SAP on 29.07.08 - 19:53:56

Question about TouchFlo landscape (3d it is not... unfortunately):

I guess while having the keyboard slid out, pressing the home button will bring you back to the landscape touchflo and therefore allow you to access the "typing" applications even while you are in some other program (e.g. in one of the start menu folders as shown in the video), right?

How does TouchFlo appear to you compared to the Touch Diamond running the latest rom? Do the extra MB of RAM make any difference here?

When will you finally show us the TV out feature of the Touch Pro?

I remember that the first review units for the HTC Touch Diamond were sent to the reviewers about two weeks before the device was released (and then delayed due to the ROM issue). Does this mean we will see the HTC Touch Pro being released next week (as e.g. Epansys suggests [4th of August])? Do you have and information from HTC? Do you have a clue when to expect the QWERTZ-version?

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.07.08 - 20:03:14

SAP wrote:

I guess while having the keyboard slid out, pressing the home button will bring you back to the landscape touchflo and therefore allow you to access the "typing" applications even while you are in some other program (e.g. in one of the start menu folders as shown in the video), right?

Exactly right. Pressing Home always brings you back to TouchFLO (3D), doesn't matter if portrait or landscape.

How does TouchFlo appear to you compared to the Touch Diamond running the latest rom? Do the extra MB of RAM make any difference here?

The latest HTC Touch Diamond ROMs are release ROMs, this ROM is a Beta, so it's hard to compare and somewhat unfair to compare a release ROM with a Beta ROM.

When will you finally show us the TV out feature of the Touch Pro?

I can't since I don't have the TV-out cable. I only got my hands on the cable once, when I was doing the photoview of the O2 Xda diamond pro. Therefore, I don't have the cable here anymore, unfortunately - I'm sorry.

I remember that the first review units for the HTC Touch Diamond were sent to the reviewers about two weeks before the device was released (and then delayed due to the ROM issue). Does this mean we will see the HTC Touch Pro being released next week (as e.g. Epansys suggests [4th of August])? Do you have and information from HTC? Do you have a clue when to expect the QWERTZ-version?

Frankly I wouldn't make a link between the fact that I had the Touch Diamond once in advance and have the Touch Pro in advance now again. There is absolutely no dependency between the time I have a device and the release date. Expansys says next week? Fine, I don't think so at all but I think end of August is a more realistic date (even if I have no confirmation from HTC). All I know is that HTC will show the Touch Pro on IFA end of August and therefore I expect a latest launch for IFA. Might be sooner but latest end of August.

Posted by Johnny De,silva on 29.07.08 - 20:09:00

Hey Arne just wondering when the tv out is connected does it show the Touchflow 3D screen?

Cheers Johnny De,silva

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.07.08 - 20:13:29

Yes, it does. It shows exactly what you normally see on the device's screen.

Posted by NLS on 29.07.08 - 21:20:34

Thanks for the review.

Expansys insists they are getting the device (and PROPER E.U.) next week. We'll see.

Is any more Touch Pro video coming up? For example that accelerometer game seems to be popular. smile

Also even with beta firmware does Touch Pro feel smoother in touchflo3D than Diamond? Because in the video looks like it!

Any chance to see photos from this device and WITH flash?

Benchmarks maybe?

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.07.08 - 00:51:50

As I said, Expansys will definitely know it better when they will get their stock. As sooner as better. And no, I haven't planned any further videoviews yet. But who knows what's the next device is I will get. ;-)
The Pro's TouchFLO 3D is definitely improved but I'm not sure if it is due to the increased memory or because it's just a newer version with code improvements.

More photo comparisons might come later but not Benchmarks.

Posted by Van Aerial on 30.07.08 - 02:26:59

It looks like the Touch Pro also comes with an On-Screen keyboard as well. I just wanted to make sure that you could also use this in portrait mode since sometimes I would prefer to do some one-handed typing in case I have to carry something in my other hand.

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