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HTC Touch Pro smartphone

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The picture gallery is still a joy though, allowing you to flick through your pics with the drag of a finger, plus zoom into or flip your images by twirling your digit on the screen.

The music player is a cut above the average, offering all the usual filing options, plus a proper ten-band graphic equaliser and the ability to flick through your album covers in a decidedly iPhone-like manner. The supplied headphones aren't bad, though without a 3.5mm socket you won't be able to upgrade them without an additional adaptor. You'll need them, however, for the 20-preset FM radio, which worked like a charm.

HTC Touch Pro

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The Pro's business credentials are reinforced by the presence of Microsoft Office for creating Word, Excel and PowerPoint docs, plus Adobe Acrobat for viewing PDFs.

Battery-wise, we got about three and a half days of moderate use out of it, and that's including day-to-day calls, browsing, music playing and a bit of photography. Not bad for such a high-specified handset.

Verdict

HTC's Touch Pro is chunky and a bit on the heavy side, but together that's a small price to pay for the benefits: to whit, one of the best slide-out Qwerty keyboards we've tried, one of the very few touchscreens that comes close to the prowess of the iPhone, a snazzy front-end for Windows Mobile, a decent music player and GPS. The Touch Pro most definitely means business.

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HTC Touch Pro smartphone

It's heavy, but with one of the best Qwerty keyboards and touchscreens available, it's the business.
Price: Contract: from free. Handset only: £495 RRP