HTC HD2 ReviewHTC HD2 9
Camera and Multimedia:
Similarly to its predecessor, the HTC HD2 sports a camera equipped with 5-megapixel sensor. The newcomer, however, adds double LED flash to help you take snapshots at night. Its interface is unaltered and functionality remains just as meager as ever. We are happy the touch focus function is present, because it will allow you to take advantage of the camera autofocus extremely effectively.
As a whole, pictures taken outdoors lack enough details and are worse than what one would expect of a 5-megapixel camera. At least the colors are real and the macro snapshots are simply put, amazing. Even the tiniest dust particles are captured properly by the camera of the HD2 in close-ups. The overall image quality of pictures taken indoors remains acceptable, although they cannot be referred to as fascinating. Fortunately, the flash does a good job and manages to provide enough light to objects even in pitch dark areas. Finally, you can use the Footprints application and tag all snapshots with information like current location, category, notes, etc.
*Update: Note that there seems to be an issue with the camera, as images turn out with some kind of a pink aura in the center. Check out this story for more details on the matter.
Due to the fact that the handset captures videos at VGA resolution only, clips don’t exactly have abundant details. Fortunately, the frame count is more than adequate and content plays smoothly. The audio tracks to them are definitely intelligible, so as a whole, videos are perfect for quick sharing on YouTube.
HTC HD2 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution
We didn’t exactly expect grandeur performance of the camera of the HTC HD2, so we are not disappointed. The final results are nothing to write home about, but are passable for amateur photographers.
The audio player is very pleasing both in landscape and portrait mode. HTC has, however, done something really odd. The volume controls can be used to, erm, control volume only if you happen to be in the library. If you are in the standard screen showing relevant album art, they switch between tracks instead... Rather odd really, we hope the issue gets fixed with a software update soon.
The 3.5mm headset that comes boxed with the phone looks cool and packs enough punch, but it could have been more powerful. The sound quality is good on the overall, but the audio lacks proper bass. We got what was missing on plugging in one of our own earphone sets. The power of the loudspeaker is average.
Now, it´s time we found out whether or not the HTC HD2 makes amends for what was its predecessor´s most grievous drawback – video playback. Let´s start with the bad news – right out of the box, the HD2 cannot play DivX, Xvid and H.264 videos and this is a shame, crying shame. The built-in player allows for playback of MPEG-4 files only and as you may have guessed, they look awesome on the 4.3-inch screen. They played smoothly at resolution of 800x480 pixels, but the video and audio streams were slightly out of sync. Quite disappointing really. The issue is not existent with videos with lower resolutions, but then the quality, of course, drops.
Obviously, the Snapdragon chipset gets in its element with heavier tasks, because once we´ve installed CorePlayer, we got the much cherished DivX and Xvid support and were able to get down to watching such videos at resolution of 800x480 pixels right away. Finally we managed to make the screen break some sweat! What details, what colors! Actually, the image quality is not that smashing, but the screen size makes up for it. CorePlayer allowed us to watch H.264 files as well, but at lower resolution so as to avoid skipping of frames.
HTC HD2 Review - Camera and Multimedia
|Display||4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.4375 GB RAM
|Size||4.76 x 2.64 x 0.43 inches|
(121 x 67 x 11 mm)
5.54 oz (157 g)
|Battery||1230 mAh, 6.33 hours talk time|