The Pro2's luxuriously large 3.6-inch touchscreen (that's 79x47mm by the way) offers a resolution of 480x800 pixels.

It's bright, sharp and clear, with all the usual Windows Mobile options for dimming and limiting backlight to save on battery life.

With all that screen acreage on display, it's useful that it comes with a neat little leather-look pouch, though this bulks it out more, and there's no clip for attaching it to a belt.

htc touch pro2 homescreen landscape

FLIP: the accelerometer flips the screen when you tilt it to landscape

Sensitivity is just about right (which is just as well, since there's no way to adjust it) and it had very few problems distinguishing between a press and a swipe

Interface

The TouchFLO 3D interface, which sits on top on the Windows 6.1 Professional operating system, seems to be getting better with each new release from HTC.

The familiar icons are all present and correct, with the menu bar at the bottom of the screen which you can brush through to find your preferred function.

htc touch pro2 main menu

PIXELS: the resolution of 480x800 is higher than most other touchscreens

You can also brush across the entire home screen to access each of the functions in turn. Windows Mobile 6.1 is buried even deeper than previously since pressing the Start button now brings up a shortcuts screen with large, thumb-friendly buttons to which you can add up to 30 of your favourite apps.

There's also an iPhone-style scrolling menu with large icons which can be easily accessed with the thumb – so no need to fiddle with the stylus.