HTC understands how want people use smartphones

HTC came out with a few new handsets this week, a new version of the Diamond Touch, a new Android based phone for Vodafone and my favorite, the Touch Pro 2. Here’s the quick overview of the specs.

    • Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
    • OS: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
    • Memory: 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM
    • Memory Expansion: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
    • Dimensions: 4.57 X 2.33 X 0.68 inches (HxWxT)
    • Weight: 6.17 ounces (with battery)
    • Display: 3.6 inch TFT-LCD WVGA (480×800) touchscreen
    • Camera: 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera
    • Battery: 1500mAh LiIon

imageWhat I really like about the Touch Pro 2 (in addition to that very nice, very high resolution screen) is that HTC (like Palm) really understands how folks are using these devices. HTC calls this Straight Talk. As they describe it.

The new HTC Touch Pro2 leverages voice in a new way to create one of the most sophisticated communication experiences found on a mobile phone.   HTC’s new Straight Talk technology delivers an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. Users can transition seamlessly from email to single or multi-party conference calls and turn any location into a conference room. In addition to the new simplified calling experience, Straight Talk includes an innovative mechanical and acoustic design that features a sophisticated speakerphone experience similar to those found in corporate boardrooms. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full duplex acoustics. When the Touch Pro2 is flipped over it automatically turns into a conference room speaker phone system.

I had a chance to play with this a few weeks ago and the implementation is downright brilliant. Need to see a contacts history in terms of email, messages or other interaction? It’s all there. Want to call a person instead of emailing them back a reply? It’s one click. Want to make a conference call to all the folks on an email list? No problem. Favorite feature? Turn the phone upside down on a flat surface and it automatically engages in speaker phone mode. There wasn’t a whole lot of innovation this week at MWC, but the Touch Pro 2 delivered quite well. This is one handset to look for when it hits later this year.

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