As far as business-oriented handsets go, the HTC Tilt 2 is a solid pick. This eye-catching smartphone has one of the best full-QWERTY keyboards I’ve ever used. Button placement is intuitive, and the phone offers a number of other useful keys, including browser and SMS shortcut keys, a Ctrl key, and page up/down keys. Other hardware perks include a 3.6-inch widescreen WVGA display, dual speakers and microphones for extra noise cancellation, and HTC Straight Talk for conference calling. (When I reviewed the Tilt 2’s unlocked twin brother, the Touch Pro 2, I wasn’t impressed with its 3.2-megapixel camera.)
The Tilt 2 is further enhanced with Windows Mobile 6.5, which is speedier and more touch-friendly than 6.1. It also runs HTC’s custom TouchFLO 3D user interface. I found the Touch Pro 2 with 6.1 sluggish on certain applications, but hopefully 6.5 improves the phone’s performance. The Tilt 2 will be available within the next few weeks from AT&T, and will set you back $300 with a two-year contract.