HTC Touch Pro Sprints into Mobile Smartphone Market

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The HTC Touch Pro smartphone may not be Sprint’s answer to Apple's iPhone, Google and T-Mobile's Android, or RIM's Blackberry, but with a Qwerty keyboard, high-resolution screen and Windows Mobile, the HTC Touch Pro smartphone sure offers a lot to a business person on the run.

While unified communications may be a buzz word of note, lately, many forget it is really the software and hardware combination that makes everything unified to begin with. The problem is that most unified communications solutions start to fall apart once the user leaves his or her desk. To resolve that issue, solution providers are turning to the latest in handheld or portable devices, be it netbooks, notebooks or even Apple iPhones or other smartphones. Cell phone manufacturer HTC and communications giant Sprint are hoping to get a piece of that mobile pie with the HTC Touch Pro, a smartphone in PDA disguise.

The Touch Pro offers something in demand for those who are emailing, texting and scheduling -- a slide out QWERTY keyboard, hidden under the screen. That 2.8 inch screen features VGA resolution, another feature that is lacking in so many of the devices on the market. The resolution of 640 by 480 offers a major improvement over previous generation units which only featured 240 by 480.

The HTC Touch Pro also offers a plethora of other features that mobile users have been demanding for some time. That includes WiFi, HSPA with 7.2Mbps on the downstream, Bluetooth, a 3.2 megapixel camera, a half gigabyte of ROM, and 288MB of RAM. Perhaps, most importantly is the inclusion of Windows Mobile 6.1, which is further enhanced using HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface.

The TouchFLO 3D interface offers users the WOW factor. The TouchFLO interface provides simplified navigation that makes up for the somewhat cryptic interface of Windows Mobile, making the device actually fun to use. Although TouchFLO helps to hide complexity, it in no way limits functionality, and those familiar with Windows Mobile will be able to perform all the tasks they have come to rely on.

For those seeking unified communications, the inclusion of Windows Mobile is an important element. Solution providers will be able to integrate the device with the abundance of Microsoft Exchange Servers out on the market and then incorporate other Microsoft technologies, ranging from Office Communications Server to Sharepoint.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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