The same cannot be said of the camera which is the usual unremarkable HTC affair. Like the Pro it remains at 3.2-megapixels and has no flash. A nice touch is that you can tap the screen where you want the lens to focus but in all honesty it doesn’t make a great deal of difference to the resulting picture quality with shots flat, pixellated and fairly lifeless. It is also curious that HTC continues to separate the cameras between the Pro and Diamond lines. If you go with the Diamonds they come equipped with five megapixel shooters though in fairness even photos from that line remain average at best.
As for multimedia, like the camera, it remains something of a neglected affair with an attractive if overly fiddly UI. Despite this, codec support has improved to include MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC, WMA and WAV audio while video boasts WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V and AVI meaning it does make for a decent little PMP if necessary. You’ll need to buy a mini USB to 3.5mm adaptor if you want to use your own buds however as there isn’t one included in the box. Needless to say, the earphones provided are tinny and weak.
Thankfully, the Pro2 does end on a practical note with HTC wisely deciding to fit a high capacity 1500mAh battery. This is a nice jump from the 1340mAh battery supplied with the Pro and significantly larger than the 1100mAh one found inside the Diamond2.
You may think the 3.6in display will swallow much of the benefits but in fact HTC quotes up to 50 per cent better standby time (up to 500 hours) compared to the Pro and an extra 90 minutes of GSM talk time (510 minutes). Putting this to the test is difficult but I’m happy to report under more real world circumstances, the Pro2 will easily last a full day based on reasonable call, email and web usage. Something that can’t always be said about its rivals.
HTC has pulled out all the stops with the Touch Pro2 creating a beautifully styled and extremely well built smartphone that features a fabulous keyboard and impressive specs. It must continue to frustrate HTC that what faults the Pro2 does have are largely due to the limitations of the core OS, but if you maintain a soft spot for the Microsoft platform there is simply no finer Windows Mobile phone on the market right now.