HANDSETS

HANDSETS

HTC Touch Pro2

BUSINESS…

HTC Touch Pro2

Designed for business professionals, the HTC Touch Pro2 is architected with distinct style and strength, while delivering a serious productivity experience designed for anyone that wants to make money on the move.

It is also one of the heftiest handsets I’ve ever played with, but if you want to look the business and get the job done, this is the equivalent of

an Audi A5 or BMW 6 Series – it’ll have you flying comfortably up the comms superhighway and doing deals like you were back in the office.

Using HTC’s TouchFLO 3D, people-centric communication and push internet technology, the Touch Pro2 features a high resolution 3.6 inch widescreen VGA display for an expanded viewing area and large finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard.

With improved battery life, expandable memory, a touchsensitive zoom bar as well as gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors, the Touch Pro2 is optimised for touch as well as heavy email use.

Also, when this device is flipped over it automatically turns into a conference room speakerphone system. HTC’s new Straight Talk technology delivers an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. Straight Talk provides a high fidelity voice and sound experience, enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full duplex acoustics.

 

Palm Pre

Introducing Palm Pre, the handset that the makers claim is so in sync with your life, it feels like it’s thinking ahead for you.

This pebble-like device lets you keep multiple applications open and move back and forth between business and life, viewing your work and personal calendars layered together or separately, seeing your business and personal contacts in one place, and staying in touch with customers, colleagues, or anyone else with email, messaging, and advanced calling features like three-way conferencing and call forwarding.

This baby also sports Microsoft Exchange email, which arrives non stop thanks to Microsoft Direct Push Technology. Emails from multiple accounts can be sent from a single application, while text messages and IM can be viewed in a single thread.

Then dock your new toy on the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock for connectionless charging of your handset – see our accessories pages for more details on that. There’s a lot going on in this handset, which is due out in time for the winter holidays exclusively on O2.

Palm Pre
 
PLEASURE…
 

HTC Hero

HTC’s Hero is taking the Android platform to new heights in a very sexy package. This is the Milla Jovovich of handsets (I’m talking The Fifth Element and Resident Evil here).

Hero is integrated with the new HTC Sense, which is focused on putting people at the centre, making the phone work in a more simple and natural way. An example of that is a dedicated search button that goes beyond basic search, providing a natural, contextual search experience that enables search through Twitter, the contact list, emails in the inbox and search in any other area in Hero.

Hero is built to last, beginning with an anti-fingerprint screen coating for improved smudge resistance. The white HTC Hero includes Teflon coating for a durable white surface that is soft to the touch.

With its 3.2 inch HVGA display, the HTC Hero is optimised for web, multimedia and other content, while maintaining a small size and weight. It also boasts a broad variety of hardware features including AGPS, digital compass, gravity sensor, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, a five megapixel autofocus camera and expandable MicroSD memory.

HTC Hero

Omnia II

Samsung’s milestone Open OS model, the Omnia, was launched last year and it is now followed with three new models, the first of which to be releases is the Omnia II (I8000).

The Omnia II is designed for the smartphone user who demands an enhanced and convenient multimedia experience. Like the original Omnia, this is also a Windows device, featuring Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, unlike the Omnia HD that ran on Symbian.

This device looks pretty much like the Samsung Jet, yet it may be even more fun to play with. It has an enormous 3.7 inch AMOLED display for crystal clear WVGA resolution, pushing it up into the iPhone rivalry stakes we think. The Omnia II offers excellent screen clarity, even in daylight, which is always a useful trait. Complete with larger icons and a simpler structure, Omnia II provides a touchoptimised user interface, TouchWiz 2.0, plus 3D effects to make enjoying multimedia and multi tasking convenient and easy to use.

Also, advanced resistive touch enables faster, more accurate touch response for a touchy-feely experience that’s 100% user friendly, so no more stabbing away at the screen with your finger while scowling furiously, as everything except what you want pops up.

Omnia II