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Topic # 25896 5-Sep-2008 12:59
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Well, I finally caved into my desire for a higher-resolution screen to better meet my productivity needs and purchased the HTC Touch Pro (review just up at GSMarena.com). Should arrive early next week - will be interesting to see how it goes being WinMo and all, having extensive experience with the Symbian OS. I hear terrible things about WinMo, but honestly the degree of scope for customisation appeals, and it looks as if Touch Flo helps ease the burden of areas where the OS is a little shonky.

I'll no doubt have lots of questions for you all regarding tweaks/registry modifications/recommended softwares etc.

People interested in some kind of review here?




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  Reply # 162450 5-Sep-2008 13:08
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wise decision, please post your report here, thinking about getting one soon, or the kaiser, not sure yet.

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Reply # 162460 5-Sep-2008 13:38
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I've been looking at this device for a while (ever since it was announced).  Where did you get it from and for how much?  Did you consider other devices like Samsung i900?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 162471 5-Sep-2008 14:04
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Congrats, looking at one of these (or the Diamond Pro or Samsung Omnia) to replace my JasJam.

Please post your thoughts and findings.

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Cynic: Congrats, looking at one of these (or the Diamond Pro or Samsung Omnia) to replace my JasJam.

Please post your thoughts and findings.


lol, yeah .. are you running standard winmo 5 or have you molest your jasjam yet?



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  Reply # 162518 5-Sep-2008 16:22
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nairda: I've been looking at this device for a while (ever since it was announced). Where did you get it from and for how much? Did you consider other devices like Samsung i900?


The thing is that I really love my N82, but its QVGA screen resolution just wasn't cutting the mustard for the browsing experience or for my productivity needs (displaying PDFs/documents). So I primarily wanted to address those needs, and the Omnia doesn't do that. While its much more media savvy than the Pro, its screen resolution and lack of a hardware keypad of any kind put it out of the equation. Basically I'll be using my N82 evenings and weekends, and my Touch Pro during the day at work. I'd love not to have to make that compromise, and just have one device, but there is no single device that can do that for me right now.

I'm really looking towards the end of next year for some devices that can essentially meet all my needs for work and play - the high-end Nokia touch device looks like it will do it (either that or the successors to the Touch Pro, Omnia, or Xperia).

EDIT: Oh, I got it from Ebay (x1387, purchased from them before, fantastic trader). Cost including shipping was $1300 NZ (changed - got a refund as estimated shipping charges were too high - great trader! - also should mention it comes with a spare battery, car charger, screen protector and case). You can get it now from phonesdirect.co.nz, but they have it at $1700 + shipping.

EDIT EDIT: Besides xda developers and here, are there any other key winmo communities around the net to join up to?




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  Reply # 162701 7-Sep-2008 00:03

I broke my Touch Dual earlier this year, and have been patiently waiting for the Touch Pro to be released locally (well, at least in Asia so the parallel importers can get their hands on one).  Got sick of waiting so ordered one from Expansys UK - was stung for GST on the way in, but worked out to be a smidgen over $1300 including the TV out cable.  It note it comes with a screen protector and a leather sleeve in the box; it charges off a standard mini-usb connector so any old 12V to USB car adapter should work.

It's fantastic - the VGA screen is stunning, the TouchFlo 3D interface is polished, the device is fast and responsive and everything just works.  Have installed the latest build of Opera Mobile from the XDA Developers site and Flash Lite 3.1 - the HTC Youtube application is cool, but seeing flash video working in a Windows Mobile browser is pretty neat.

A few minor issues I've noticed so far:
- There's a tiny bit of lag with the GPS using TomTom Navigator 7 (maybe 10-20m behind) which isn't too bad.  Some users have reported lag of 50m which is more of an issue.
- Occasionally the TouchFlo 3D interface crashes for no apparent reason - not often enough to be a problem, but embarrassing when showing off a particular feature!
- The hardware keyboard doesn't work properly in some older applications - the key codes are interpreted as the same key no matter what you press.  No problem with the built-in and pre-installed applications, though.  The software keyboard has an annoying tendency to pop up in some programs (most noticeably Opera Mobile) but disappears once you start using the hardware keyboard

Other than that, no real complaints - it's a fantastic phone and I'm sure you'll like it.

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KevinL:

- The hardware keyboard doesn't work properly in some older applications - the key codes are interpreted as the same key no matter what you press.  No problem with the built-in and pre-installed applications, though.  The software keyboard has an annoying tendency to pop up in some programs (most noticeably Opera Mobile) but disappears once you start using the hardware keyboard

Other than that, no real complaints - it's a fantastic phone and I'm sure you'll like it.


Does it use the beta 9.5 or the 8.5 still? Just curious :)




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  Reply # 162708 7-Sep-2008 08:16
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Thanks for the KevinL, good to hear a positive experience. Will be interesting to see how it fares in comparison to my Symbian handset...

So there are NZ maps for Tomtom? Have you tried Garmin? I have that on my N82 and its fantastic, especially for POI searching.




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zocster:
Cynic: Congrats, looking at one of these (or the Diamond Pro or Samsung Omnia) to replace my JasJam.

Please post your thoughts and findings.


lol, yeah .. are you running standard winmo 5 or have you molest your jasjam yet?


Still running WM5 as its a work phone - don't want to brick it !!

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  Reply # 162842 7-Sep-2008 16:51
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Cynic:

Still running WM5 as its a work phone - don't want to brick it !!


fair enough! I flashed so many times I don't even know what the original jasjam radio version is, do you mind telling me, I am running 1.56.70.11 stripped from the htc trinity it has given a perfect voice quality and great HSDPA reception too. Thanks in advance.

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  Reply # 162940 7-Sep-2008 21:44

zocster:
Does it use the beta 9.5 or the 8.5 still? Just curious :)



Mine shipped with a slightly dated build of the 9.5 beta (?1500) - updated to the latest build which runs flash lite quite happily - it's the closest thing to a desktop browsing experience short of a server-based solution like Skyfire.

NZtechfreak:

So there are NZ maps for Tomtom? Have you tried Garmin? I have that on my N82 and its fantastic, especially for POI searching.



There are NZ maps for Tomtom.  I haven't looked into Garmin - there is a VGA version of TomTom 7 ripped from one of the localised vesions of the HTC Touch Diamond which runs very well on the Touch Pro.  Seems to work OK - have only had the phone for the last five days or so and haven't really given it a decent workout yet!


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  Reply # 162951 7-Sep-2008 22:45
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zocster:
Cynic:

Still running WM5 as its a work phone - don't want to brick it !!


fair enough! I flashed so many times I don't even know what the original jasjam radio version is, do you mind telling me, I am running 1.56.70.11 stripped from the htc trinity it has given a perfect voice quality and great HSDPA reception too. Thanks in advance.


Hey Zocster - mine's showing Radio ver 1.20.31.10, no flashing done here !!

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NZtechfreak:
EDIT EDIT: Besides xda developers and here, are there any other key winmo communities around the net to join up to?

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Hey thanks for the recommendations guys, will check them out.




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