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HTC HD2 Review

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HTC Sense interface:

As it has probably become clear by now, the Sense interface of the WM6.5-based HTC HD2 is just an improved version of TouchFLO 3D. Similarly to Sense as seen on Android devices, we can notice the shift of the manufacturer´s focus towards individual customers and their ability to communicate with online buddies over various social networks. The HD2 integrates information from three popular social services – Facebook, Tweeter and YouTube.

There are two alternative ways of synchronizing your contacts with their corresponding Facebook profiles. In case the names of your contacts are identical to their account names on Facebook, you can get a list of all matching entries through the Updates and Events tab and synchronize them right away (an important option that´s unavailable with the Android version of Sense). The other available option is to link your contacts to their corresponding profiles one by one. Similarly to the version found on Android devices, the synchronization with Facebook integrates relevant pictures, birthdays, related galleries and status updates into the linked phone contacts. Of course, the standard WM Facebook application is available as well. By the way, using the tab dedicated to your favourite contacts is an enjoyable thing indeed, because their pictures are large and look awesome on the big screen.

Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review
Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review
Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review
Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review

Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option



Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive thanks to the application called Peep and the separate Twitter tab it´s moved to. Just enter your account details and get down to tweeting right away. All necessary options like picture and location updates, profile browsing and retweeting are at your disposal.

Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive in the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive in the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive in the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review

Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive in the HTC HD2



Thanks to the added YouTube functionality, you can now upload videos directly from the phone gallery fast and easy and share them with other people. You can watch other people´s videos with the dedicated YouTube application that´s capable indeed. You can browse videos grouped by relevant category - this is quite a comfortable option, but more importantly, doing it on the huge screen is an awesome experience. Definitely, one of the few cases when size does matter.

HTC HD2 Review



Fusing TouchFLO and Sense has led to a surprisingly good amalgamation. We do like that the manufacturer has retained the appealing, recognizable TouchFLO 3D appearance while managing to intricately weave Facebook and Twitter functionality into the interface. However, this is by no means everything that HTC HD2 has to offer in terms of software, not at all. If you want to know more... you know what you need to do.


Messaging, software and internet:

The portrait screen QWERTY keyboard of the HTC HD2 is more than suitable for text correspondence and thanks to the reasonable overall size of the handset, typing away with one hand is not a problem at all. The possibility of making mistakes, however, cannot be disregarded, because the screen is extremely sensitive and sometimes you may press a key involuntarily. If you want clear massages free of typing mistakes, you better use the compact QWERTY keyboard (or even the T9 keyboard) with the XT9 mode turned on.

On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 Review
On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 Review
On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 Review

On-screen QWERTY keyboards



As expected, handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC. Once you´ve set up your email accounts (you´ve got automated setup for Outlook, Google and AOL), you can go over short versions of your emails via the Mail tab. If you´ve received a longer email or it contains a web link that you wish to open, just tap the email preview and you´ll get its full version loaded into the email client. Working with several email accounts simultaneously is extremely easy as well.

Handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC - HTC HD2 Review
Handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC - HTC HD2 Review
Handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC - HTC HD2 Review

Handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC



Aside from the standard applications, the HTC HD2 comes with quite a few additional programs that let you take full advantage of the extra features of the handset. It´s a bad thing that HTC has removed the handy multitasking manager that we saw in the Touch2 and what you´ve got instead is the standard Task Manager. What´s worse, the application is buried deep into the menus and to top it off, you just cannot create a shortcut to it. Anyway.

Task Manager - HTC HD2 Review

Task Manager



First off, the HD2 can be used as a Wi-Fi router. This feature will allow you to create a Wi-Fi network based on the mobile internet connection of your carrier. Quite cool indeed!

The Wi-Fi Router app - HTC HD2 Review

The Wi-Fi Router app



Aside from the standard Office suite and Adobe Reader LE, the application JET PRINT 5 is aboard as well and allows for printing of documents, pictures, etc. via network of Bluetooth printers. JET PRINT 5 is compatible with Canon BJC, Epson, Hewlett-Packard and PlanOn printers.

Word Mobile - HTC HD2 Review
Adobe Reader - HTC HD2 Review
JET PRINT 5 - HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review

Word Mobile

Adobe Reader

JET PRINT 5

 


Fortunately, life is not all about work and all of you who like spending time in the wild will be happy to know that the HTC HD2 comes with a digital compass to help you find your way out there. We didn’t check its reading against a normal compass, so we can only hope it gives proper directions. If it doesn’t – it was a pleasure for us! Anyone who´s to set off on a journey can rely on Google Maps and CoPilot Live for navigation, the thing is the former requires active internet connection, while the latter comes with a 15 day trial, meaning you would have to buy the app if you like it. GPS satellites get pinpointed in no time, even if the weather is not exactly fine. Moreover, the handset sports an A-GPS to get your position located accurately.

The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review

The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live



You can surf the boundless expanse of the Internet with Opera Mobile and Internet Explorer, but we prefer the former, because it supports multitouch here. Pages load extremely fast, scrolling is smooth and zooming via multitouch is superbly implemented, almost as good as with Apple´s Safari. Of course, you can also zoom in by double tapping the screen. By the way, Opera Mobile has an advantage over Safari – web text gets automatically shrunk to fit the display, so you don´t have to scroll sideways. However, the application also has its shortcomings when compared to its competitor, say, you need to zoom in before being able to click a link or pages aren’t automatically resized if their width exceeds the screen resolution. These are, however, trifling issues that by no means ruin the pleasure of surfing the web with the HTC HD2, especially given the kick you get out of the huge screen and its high resolution.

Opera Mobile - HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review
Internet Explorer - HTC HD2 Review

Opera Mobile

 

Internet Explorer



As we mentioned, if you opt for Internet Explorer, you won´t be able to zoom via multitouch, but at least you´d have partial Flash support. In a nutshell, you´ll be able to watch embedded YouTube videos.

Thanks to the snappy 1GHz processor and ample amount of RAM (448MB), we didn’t encounter any lagging, hang-ups and the like. All applications run fast and smoothly, so we believe the HTC HD2 is THE smartphone if you happen to be an eager mobile gaming fan.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. maipenrai (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Nov 2009)


Minor point but I think the overall score is not correct - average would put it at 8.56 giving it an 8.6 rounded to 1 dec place if the one dec place rounding used for the Nokia N900 is your standard.

posted on 20 Nov 2009, 08:39

2. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Read the "HOW DO WE RATE" section.

posted on 20 Nov 2009, 14:16 1

3. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


How bored do you have to be? *lol*

posted on 21 Nov 2009, 17:40

10. maipenrai (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Nov 2009)


have now read that and does not help. If a weighting system used the details of it are not evident and that is the only way the HD2 could have an overall score greater than the N900 based on the reviews on this site.

posted on 21 Nov 2009, 17:43

12. maipenrai (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Nov 2009)


I actually had a reason to post - fact of the matter is that as I am considering both these phones and was checking out this site's reviews and ratings I noticed that the detailed scores and overall score did not seem to match so did a check and found the HD2 should rate lower than the N900. Now what was your reason to post - even more bored!!!! *lol* cheers.

posted on 21 Nov 2009, 21:47

13. Literati (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Oct 2009)


The phone's ratings are to be matched against other phones. Honestly, you should just disregard the numbers as they really serve no purpose other than to "summarize" the category's score. If you've read the full review then you will fully understand how they felt about the phone, and can base your judgment off that.

posted on 22 Nov 2009, 00:26

14. Literati (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Oct 2009)


I meant the phone's rating shouldn't be matched against other phones. Silly typos.

posted on 22 Nov 2009, 05:27

15. maipenrai (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Nov 2009)


Don't you hate keyboards that don't know what you really wanted to do. ;-) Fair point re. reading the full review, although I think the ratings are intended to provide a somewhat more objective measure of the phone's attributes in the eyes of the reviewer(s) and a way of comparing the same across phones. If not they would seem kind of pointless. Re. your other post, the size is a little off-putting to me and I would like to try to avoid WinMo also although I believe the UI for this is meant to be very good. All up, I have leant in the direction of the N900 - size (thickness) is a bit of a concern and physical keyboard is so so but overall the specs match what I would like best and being a linux fan that is also a big appeal - time will tell if the platform succeeds which will require the necessary app support. Cheers.

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 09:22

18. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


The HD2 rating and N900 rating cannot be compared, because they are different brands and prices. According to phonearena. Quite honestly, i think they need a slightly more comparative rating system. By the way think of this, how does a low tech phone and a high tech phone get the same rating??? They rate based on many things and in different categories, they tell basically tell you how good the phone is. The ratings aren't really made to be compared to other phones.

posted on 26 Dec 2009, 18:17

23. Geeky (unregistered)


I believe, having had another WM phone that came onto the market last year by another well known manufacturer, that the HTC HD2 is absolutely Fab! It works very well and as HTC has noow put out a 'HOTFIX' to fix bugs with the camera (as mentioned pink hue) and the SD bug also the SMS bug - it now works seamlessly and the media player via Sense is so cool!! However, I have to agree that the one big problem that lets this wonderful gadget down, is the 'Market' place and that the iphone apps store is so much better!!! So come on Microsoft get your skates on sort it!!!

posted on 10 Aug 2010, 20:26

31. lightyear1880 (unregistered)


I think you definitely should if the device works well. I'd bought this handset in may 2010. The screen use to freeze once in a while, but since yesterday it is stuck on the same screen. No matter what you do, I took the batteries out tried rebooting the phone but still the same result. More over the HTC folks have a lousy policy and customer service. When I called them up today the lady over the phone first had me run couple of reset steps but the device didn't budge, any way after being on the phone for 1/2 hour she transferred me to the another department. Here the guy was more interested in taking my credit card details than to learn about the problem. Anyways he tried to reassure me that mighty HTC may not charge my card if they will find no physical damage to the phone. Now the next step will be that you will have to send the handset to their repair center in Texas and will have to pay the inbound shipping charges, not only this when their technician will run a diagnostic test on my phone to see what might have gone wrong they will charge $ 39.00 for their generous services, regardless that I paid for this phone almost $500.00. Folks my first hand experience say that its a lousy phone with a terrible product warranty, where all you be getting after spending your money is frustration and yeah a 3 week long wait for you phone to be repaired. I would say if you folks have any other option on smart phone, avoid HTC. It really sucks, because no matter how better its HD2 screen could be, it doesn't function the way it should, and in my case has neither been able to do a job what even a basic mobile hand set should do- Making Phone Calls".

posted on 10 Aug 2010, 20:27

32. lightyear1880 (unregistered)


I think you definitely should if the device works well. I'd bought this handset in may 2010. The screen use to freeze once in a while, but since yesterday it is stuck on the same screen. No matter what you do, I took the batteries out tried rebooting the phone but still the same result. More over the HTC folks have a lousy policy and customer service. When I called them up today the lady over the phone first had me run couple of reset steps but the device didn't budge, any way after being on the phone for 1/2 hour she transferred me to the another department. Here the guy was more interested in taking my credit card details than to learn about the problem. Anyways he tried to reassure me that mighty HTC may not charge my card if they will find no physical damage to the phone. Now the next step will be that you will have to send the handset to their repair center in Texas and will have to pay the inbound shipping charges, not only this when their technician will run a diagnostic test on my phone to see what might have gone wrong they will charge $ 39.00 for their generous services, regardless that I paid for this phone almost $500.00. Folks my first hand experience say that its a lousy phone with a terrible product warranty, where all you be getting after spending your money is frustration and yeah a 3 week long wait for you phone to be repaired. I would say if you folks have any other option on smart phone, avoid HTC. It really sucks, because no matter how better its HD2 screen could be, it doesn't function the way it should, and in my case has neither been able to do a job what even a basic mobile hand set should do- Making Phone Calls".

posted on 10 Aug 2010, 20:28

33. lightyear1880 (unregistered)


I think you definitely should if the device works well. I'd bought this handset in may 2010. The screen use to freeze once in a while, but since yesterday it is stuck on the same screen. No matter what you do, I took the batteries out tried rebooting the phone but still the same result. More over the HTC folks have a lousy policy and customer service. When I called them up today the lady over the phone first had me run couple of reset steps but the device didn't budge, any way after being on the phone for 1/2 hour she transferred me to the another department. Here the guy was more interested in taking my credit card details than to learn about the problem. Anyways he tried to reassure me that mighty HTC may not charge my card if they will find no physical damage to the phone. Now the next step will be that you will have to send the handset to their repair center in Texas and will have to pay the inbound shipping charges, not only this when their technician will run a diagnostic test on my phone to see what might have gone wrong they will charge $ 39.00 for their generous services, regardless that I paid for this phone almost $500.00. Folks my first hand experience say that its a lousy phone with a terrible product warranty, where all you be getting after spending your money is frustration and yeah a 3 week long wait for you phone to be repaired. I would say if you folks have any other option on smart phone, avoid HTC. It really sucks, because no matter how better its HD2 screen could be, it doesn't function the way it should, and in my case has neither been able to do a job what even a basic mobile hand set should do- Making Phone Calls".

posted on 20 Nov 2009, 14:17

4. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


If the rumors come to fruition and this puppy is equipped with Android 2.0 in Verizon's network, it's definitely going to be a big hit. Even with WM and Sense UI, it'd be a pretty big hit. I'm pretty much sold...thank god for my NE2.

posted on 20 Nov 2009, 17:21

5. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)


Rumors are a funny thing. I heard this device was coming to T-Mobile in Q1 2010. LOL I hope this makes it to AT&T.

posted on 20 Nov 2009, 18:35

6. aphishal (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Nov 2009)


Check the specs kid: HD2 only works on 1 frequency in the US:1700/2100.....Guess who carries that?

posted on 21 Nov 2009, 15:31

8. Literati (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Oct 2009)


Unfortunately it's not coming to Verizon. It's actually dumb to even think the HD2 would go to another carrier with Android 2.0 on it. Seriously. The Passion might come to Verizon, but it's not gonna have the 4.3" display. It'll be 3.8"

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 09:23

19. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


The passion, according the the manufacturer, will feature the same size screen. It will be the android version of the HD2.

posted on 21 Nov 2009, 06:39

7. Vix (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


How do you calculate the average? I've got 8.56, not 9. To give an 8.5 score would be more appropriate. On the other hand the N900's average is 8.69, and it was rounded to 8.7, not to 9. Is it any consistency in calculating the averages?

posted on 21 Nov 2009, 17:41

11. maipenrai (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Nov 2009)


this was precisely my point in my original posting - as you point out and I realised the N900 should get a higher score than the HD2 but does not. Therefore the scoring system (and I won't get into possible subjectivity comments as this will always be an unavoidable issue) is not consistent nor as reliable as it could be.

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 09:24

20. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


THEY DO NOT base the score on the indviidual ratings. Stop wasting your time averaging the scores, it is pointless.

posted on 21 Nov 2009, 15:38

9. Literati (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Oct 2009)


The phone itself is pretty ugly. Looks too much like a MID for my taste. Not to mention I don't have a personal taste for WinMo phones. I like the TouchFlo 3D UI they've got going on, but WinMo itself needs a bit of an overhaul. I don't see the HD2 pulling anyone away from their other OS preferences, though WinMo users will definitely love this thing. I still have no idea why the UI on the HD2 is referred to as the Sense UI. Sure, it's Sense on WinMo, but it was called TouchFlo 3D 2.0 on the Touch Pro2, Imagio, etc.... and it's the same UI referred to as TouchFlo 3D 2.6.

posted on 25 Nov 2009, 09:25

21. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


The phone itself is pretty SEXY^

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 16:29

16. Trepsul (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Looks great so far with 4.3" capacitative screen, 1ghz cpu and so on, BUT... what is the SAR on this thing?

posted on 23 Nov 2009, 23:55

17. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


10, using it kills puppies and kittens i promise.... Truthfully though... the SAR rating is only related to data/voice connectivity, and ignorant people blow that figure waaaaaaaay out of proportion. If it passes the FCC, it will be well below anything that could come close to harming a fly with radio waves. The FCC may suck hard when it comes to massive over censoring, but there is a method to the madness.... well at least a small fraction of the time.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 16:23 1

22. clarkeogara (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


This phone is lusty! More proof that smart phones don't begin and end with the iphone.

posted on 29 Dec 2009, 06:19

24. jim.morrison3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2009)


Does HD2 have full Java support ?

posted on 16 Jan 2010, 22:50

26. theo14461 (Posts: 172; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Had this unlocked phone on T Mobile. Unbelievable size for a phone, too big for my taste. Camera had the pink tinge problem, maybe it'll get fixed when T Mo gets it.

posted on 15 Feb 2010, 17:04

29. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


T-MOBILE JUST CANCELLED THE HD2! JUST KIDDING!

posted on 03 Feb 2010, 14:24

27. Frodoarg (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)


I'm trying to decide between Nexus 1 (Don't like the camera and no office edit app from scratch) Omnia II (not as fast?) and HTC HD2 (not the best camera and more expensive). So which of the three would you people buy/recommend. Looking for a good camera and edit documents mostly Thanks in advance for the replies

posted on 15 Feb 2010, 17:04

28. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


The Omnia 2 is amazingly slow compared to the HD2 and Nexus One. Both the HD2 and N1 can edit documents well. However, the HD2 has a bigger screen, which would make this easier.

posted on 15 Feb 2010, 17:05

30. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Touch pro2 is also good for documents =]

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HTC HD2

HTC HD2

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
448 MB RAM
Size4.76 x 2.64 x 0.43 inches
(121 x 67 x 11 mm)
5.54 oz  (157 g)
Battery1230 mAh, 6.33 hours talk time

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