The camera has a maximum resolution of 2048x1216, but edging and detail weren't as good as we might have expected for 3.2Mp and results soon suffered in less than perfect light conditions. The panorama feature makes it easy to align three pics to blend into a single, wide shot, but needs some precision or it all too easily shows stitching errors.
Panorama stitching alignment could be better
It records video in MPEG-4 format at 640x480 pixels and 25fps. Even so, our videos proved too prone to blurring with movement for our liking. Viewing pictures proved to be more fun than taking them. You can see your pics as a slide show by brushing your finger across them in the gallery, and magnify them using the zoom bar.
Windows Media Player is the Pro2's player of choice and the formats on offer are AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI and M4A for audio, with WMV, ASF, MP4, 3GP, 3G2, M4V and AVI for video. The large, detailed screen is great for viewing clips, though they won't necessarily take full advantage of the screen's dimensions – widescreen movie trailers in both WMV and MPEG-4 formats received black bars top and bottom. Some videos we tried wouldn't play at all, since the device won't automatically configure them for the player.
However, streaming media such as YouTube, gets the full-screen treatment and works well on the YouTube app. Incidentally, the Touch Pro2 won't play Flash video out of the box, although Flash 7 Player features as a download for use with Internet Explorer on the applications section of HTC's web site. The Pro2 also has Opera, which we prefer for its speed and ease of use. With either browser you can move around pages by brushing the screen and the zoom bar is great for focussing in on smaller items of text.
The onboard accelerometer automatically switches to landscape when you turn the Pro2 on its side, athough it doesn't seem to be able to do this in all applications. There's an RSS hub for keeping up to date with your favourite sites and also HTC's 'Push Internet', which allows you to set up your favourite pages to download automatically, so you can retain and read them later when you haven't got network access.
Satnav software is extra, as is a microSD card
The A-GPS with Google Maps worked fine, though there's no Street View on the version supplied. There's no satnav software on board either, not even a trial version, though some retailers are offering deals with satnav options preloaded – you'll pay extra though.
T-mob make huge mistake....
just got this from t-mob.
"Good Afternoon ########
Thank you for your email i have looked in to your query and we will not be launching the vario5 as the features of the Nokia N97 features are very similar which will be launched this week.We have launched the compact 5 which is available now.
been hanging for this phone for ages. decent interface, good screen, keyboard, memory expansion all in the one package. so off to vodafone for me.... can't help but feel their current financial crisis is driving their stock more than similarity to the N97. After all, every other region of T-mob is stocking it.... you can follow the saga on xda developers here
I asked, their response on the phone was: dont know, keep checking in store, in store: dont know but we are getting new phones mid july so try then...
Im stuck with o2 because I get a big discount on the tarriffs and dont want to pay more than I need to.
...and anyone that would post anything like you have clearly hasn't gone through puberty, and therefore is talking shite about being a "professional".
RE: keyboard and touch
Whoever claims these two are redundant is a hopeless iTard with non-IT and non-business profession (= no real need for typing.)
A QWERTY is ESSENTIAL for me - it is one of the reasons why I never considered buying an iTard phone (others are single-tasking only, retarded iTunes-only syncing, complete lack of average features that were average two years earlier already etc.)
give it a month or so and those wonderful guys at xda-developers will have an android rom for you to load on to the phone.