The HTC 7 Pro, HTCâ€™s only keyboarded Windows phone 7 phone, has been released in Germany, and unboxed by AreaMobile.de, who have published a brief review of the hardware.
They note the device is somewhat brick-like, and not much smaller than the Touch Pro 2, while weighing a chunky 185g, which they call close to a new heavyweight record.
They also however say the build quality is very good, with no gaps or squeaks. Unfortunately this also means it is pretty difficult to remove the battery cover, to the extent that you may need tool like a knife if you value your finger nails.
They were also not too happy with the slider mechanism, saying it made a grinding sound, and to work it the user had to apply pressure exactly in the middle of the keyboard. They do note the pop-up keyboard with its 40 degree angle looks great, but they have concerns about durability.
The keyboard offers that rare full number row, but key travel was a bit short, with poor tactile feel, and they call it not quite as outstanding as the one on the HTC Touch Pro 2. They did however say one could write a longer article on it with ease.
See their unboxing pictures at Areamobile.de here.
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