Clove dispatched mine on tuesday, and for once Citylink managed to deliver on time to the right place
I got it yesterday morning, and from the moment I opened the outer packaging and saw the diamond-shaped box, it has been a very pleasant experience.
Bad things (thing!) first - I cant get Mapopolis working without killing the speed. It doesnt 'see' the GPS on com4, and if I connect via GPSGate, it does work, but it slows the entire phone down to a crawl. This is the only program ive seen that can do this.
Im coming from a iMate Ultimate 9502 (which replaced a Kaiser), which has nominally the same featureset (hardware wise) as the Touch Pro, but its like night and day. The touch pro is /so/ nice to use. Im loving touchPro 3d, and the graphics accelerator makes it work very very slickly. Also its a /lot/ faster than the 9502.
The first day with a new winmob device says a lot. My first day with the Tosh g900 was horrible, crashing all the time, running of of ram and nothing working, bad screen, a very dispointing day... The kaiser was nice. I went on to hate the g900 and love the kaiser. The touch pro hasnt done anything silly yet - no lockups, no hangs, no lag when texting.
1. Screen - vga, and non-recessed, finger friendly. Best screen ive used
2. 5 row keyboard - the keyboard is better than the kaiser / hermes - its most like the Universal, i can finally type fast again on winmo
3. Magnetic stylus - thats awesome, it sort of pulls itself home as you put it back into the unit, and holds itself in using magnetism
4. touch flo 3d is really practical
5. It looks fantastic, and feels right in the hand...
6. Its got QuickGPS (the 9502 is lacking that)
7. SDHC support - awaiting delivery of an ebay 8gig card
8. TomTom 7 works really well on it
9. Google maps 'my location' rough locator from cell towers works (didnt on 9502)
10. Stable, slick and fast
11. The iPod like touch sensitive d-pad - you can scroll by gently running yr fingers around the rim of the circle
12. KeyLock on holding phone hangup key for 3s
13. It comes on /straight away/ when you press the power button, and goes off immediately as well. the 9502 had a lag of about 2s each way, and sometimes didnt respond at all... very annoying it was
I havent even read the manual yet - im sure ill discover all sorts of other HTC enhanced goodness that i havent found yet as well..
moral of story for me is to NEVER buy a non htc phone again... then again the X1 looks kinda nice, but theres no way im surrendering this awesome keyboard for anything else...
anyway, ive concluded that HTC have a winner here...