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HTC TouchPro 2 & VZW

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by The Merg, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. Sep 12, 2009 #21 of 117
    rudeney

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    I have a hack on my Apache to make the light blink continuously (which actually means it just turns amber, which is the same thing it does when I have e-mail or it's charging). I'd rather have an annoying periodic beep, like my wife's RAZR does. I've missed some voicemail for several hours when the phone has been on the bedroom dresser charger and I didn't hear the initial ring.
     
  2. Sep 12, 2009 #22 of 117
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    I have the TP2 from tmobile and im happy i waited for this phone rather than getting an unlocked Touch HD
    The touch flo interface increase the phone usability
    I'd say it's probably one of the best smartphones for this year if not the best
     
  3. Sep 12, 2009 #23 of 117
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    The LED does not shut off with the screen and does blink until you acknowledge whatever event has happened. You can also change these settings in the sounds & notifications so that new email doesn't cause the light to blink, but new text and missed calls do. Time frames for how long the LED blinks are an option as well.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2009 #24 of 117
    The Merg

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    It finally showed up as an upgrade for me too at the $99 price with the new-every-2 disocount. I guess I'll hafta to wait a while for the price to drop as I can't justify $99 for a new phone when my current one (LG Voyager) works just fine.


    Phat,

    Thanks for the review/comments. I am a little disappointed that it does not have a D-pad. How do you move around the menus when the phone is open? Is the touch screen still active? I'm assuming that since this phone uses Windows Mobile v6, that I can just synch it with Outlook on my computer with ActiveSync, correct? I've never used a PDA capable phone before, so I'm a little slow on the uptake there (I'm still using an HP IPAQ 1910 and I only use my LG Voyager for text messaging and calls - no VZCast or web browsing).

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  5. Sep 13, 2009 #25 of 117
    naijai

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    With the phone open there are arrow keys on the keyboards that let you navigate and yes the touch screen is still active
    Yes it will sync with outlook with ActiveSync but i have T-Mobile and it will be really backwards for VZN to disable any of these
     
  6. Sep 14, 2009 #26 of 117
    VegasDen

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    Actually with Windows 7 (and I think with Vista) sync is done via Windows Mobile Device Center (new name for ActiveSync). Also, available now as a phone download is Micrsoft's My Phone, which sends an encrypted backup of your phone to store on their server.

    You can move around the menu's etc. by moving your on the Touch screen as well as using the stylus if you have the full keyboard closed.

    I've found some new cabs on the sites I mentioned above that enhance the battery performance.

    I've already made some nice wallpapers using HTWalls. Also changed the taskbar, etc.

    A superb phone!!!!
     
  7. Sep 14, 2009 #27 of 117
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    Couldn't agree more about the myphone service from microsoft. It automatically backs up items on your phone once a night. Works great and has an online interface which you can use to input data or see data entered if your phone happens to be out of commission. While I still sync with Outlook, with Vista or 7 it requires Windows Mobile Device Center, I may give it up as promising as myphone has been.

    As for getting around, a combination of hard keys and mostly touch screen has been working well for me. The end call button serves as a minimize and the windows key gives you quick access to your applications.
     
  8. Sep 14, 2009 #28 of 117
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    I ordered mine on Friday for $99. According to FedEx, they just tried to deliver it to my house and nobody was there so I'll have to chase it to the distribution center. I've been waiting for this phone for a LONG time - replacing my Palm Treo 700w.
     
  9. Sep 14, 2009 #29 of 117
    The Merg

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    What about Windows XP? Is it still Activesync there or is there an XP version of Windows Mobile Device Center?

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  10. Sep 14, 2009 #30 of 117
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    XP still has ActiveSync...no worries. It's the same just a name change for Vista/Win7.

    FYI (I know this thread is Verizon) but for Sprint folks (like me)....don't be hesitant to call re: the huge price difference between Verison & Sprint. My own personal experience is persistence pays off. 'Nuff said. ;)
     
  11. Sep 15, 2009 #31 of 117
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    I got the phone last night - had to chase it up to the FedEx warehouse near the airport because it required a signature and they came when any reasonable person is WORKING...

    All I can say about this phone is.. WOW.

    I am going to be customizing it a LOT. As I suspected, the only thing that my Treo did better was the fact that it had a switch on the top of the phone for "ring/silent". I didn't even have to look at the phone to know if I'd turned off the ringer in a movie theater. So far it's a bit complicated to switch the TP2 between ringer and vibrate but I'm sure I'll find a quicker way.
     
  12. Sep 15, 2009 #32 of 117
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    Hit the volume button on the side, then select vibrate when the volume meter appears.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2009 #33 of 117
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    There should also be a shortcut button on the keyboard that will let you put it on vibrate if you want to do it that way also.
     
  14. Sep 16, 2009 #34 of 117
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    Thanks - that is awesome about the LED!
     
  15. Sep 16, 2009 #35 of 117
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    I downloaded the user guide for the HTC Pro 2 from here - it really looks like a great phone!

    The ONE thing I really dislike though, is that the MicroSD card can only be inserted by taking off the back panel and removing the battery ... that seems like a design flaw to me, but I suppose they just want people to insert it once and never remove it. I constantly remove my MicroSD card from my current phone to transfer files, as it's quick and easy, so I'm a little disappointed in this. Still probably going to get it though. :)
     
  16. Sep 16, 2009 #36 of 117
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    Not sure how long its been since you've used one of the current batch of WinMo phones, but they now have an option when plugged in USB to choose what you want to do. The options are typically: ActiveSync, Harddrive, and Phone as Modem. In harddrive mode, your PC sees the memory card as a removable storage device and you can transfer files and store items just easy as a USB thumb drive in this mode.

    The reason behind them putting the memory card behind the back panel is because open slot memory cards have for years easily popped out while carrying them on your hip. I used to have this problem constantly with my Ipaq's and pretty much every device since then. With the new harddrive mode, its not as big of a pain as you initially think though.
     
  17. Sep 16, 2009 #37 of 117
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    I haven't hooked up my WinMobile 6.1 phone to my PC with a cable in a long time, but the last time I tried, it only launched ActiveSync and didn't offer a "hard-drive" option. I did see this in the user manual for the HTC TP2, and it does support up to 16GB MicroSD card, so that's an option, but for my current phone I had several cards I swap in and out - two have different sets of music, another had mapping data, another had data and programs. With 16GB I may get by, but I think it would still be nice to have the MicroSD card "hot swappable".
     
  18. Sep 16, 2009 #38 of 117
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    I understand, I have a few I do the same things with. I had the TP1 so my biggest selling point for this model, besides the screen, was the inclusion of the headset jack.

    I think you'd be very happy with this model should you choose to take the dive.
     
  19. Sep 17, 2009 #39 of 117
    VegasDen

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    I use the Windows interface quite often with my TP2. Basically, it just puts your phone into Explorer as another "drive".

    What you might consider is creating a set of folders on your PC. A couple for music, one for your maps and another for data/programs. Hook up your phone via USB...then move folders around like you do anything else in Explorer. Simple and no pulling off the back cover for card change outs.
     
  20. Sep 17, 2009 #40 of 117
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    That's definitely an option, but copying files back and forth constantly is not really as simple as swapping a card through an exposed slot! :p

    Regardless, I really am liking everything I see about this phone. The only thing holding me back is "what's next" ... I know it's getting closer to 6.5 being released, and new phones will come out with it, so do I wait for those new phones or take the plunge and really hope that HTC and Verizon WILL let the phone be upgraded to 6.5 later? Still on the fence here ...
     

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