In the run up to the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, plenty was made of the re-designed Internet Explorer, so it's curious that the Touch2's default browser is actually based on Opera. Still, it works well – start the browser and you're greeted with a black screen and a big search bar.
It's well featured too. It supports Flash, for a start, so those on unlimited data packages will be able to watch YouTube videos.
It also generally tries to download the desktop version of each page. HTC claims this enables people to "experience content the way it is meant to be viewed" but desktop-style browsing is a double-edged sword.
For one thing, downloading pages designed for home broadband connections takes longer, and will cost more for those on limited data packages. Desktop-size pages initially open on the Touch2 fully zoomed-out. Getting into the details of the page is simple enough – just double-tap and the browser smoothly zooms in, but it does mean there's a certain amount of hunting.
The Touch2 can't handle multiple points of contact on its screen, so gestures such as pinching to zoom don't work. HTC works around the problem by providing a space for a zoom bar below the screen. It's touch-sensitive and works well without needing the stylus.
In use the browser is responsive, and dragging a finger around web pages is fast and intuitive. Again, we wish there was a way to view websites in landscape mode, most desktop pages being wider than they are tall.
The Touch2 isn't a natural multimedia phone. TouchFLO bundles a media viewer that – naturally – enables you to swipe through your photos and videos with a fingertip, and it works well.
However, there are signs that TouchFLO's integration with the core Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system isn't all it could be.
For instance, we synced a few AVI video files to our phone via Windows Mobile Device Center and they failed to show up in the TouchFLO video viewer. We even tried moving them manually between folders on the phone.
Even so, the only way to watch them turned out to be via Windows Media Player.
Sadly, TouchFLO doesn't permeate to Windows Media Player, and so not only do you need to use the stylus (or sharpen your fingernails) to navigate the folder structure to find your files, but Windows Media Player – despite the upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 – is beginning to look incredibly dated compared to the sophisticated media players available on the iPhone and Android platforms.