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HTC HD2 Review

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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.

Camera interface - HTC HD2 Review
Camera interface - HTC HD2 Review
Camera interface - HTC HD2 Review

Camera interface



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.

HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
Outdoor samples shot with the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review

Outdoor samples shot with the HTC HD2


Strong light - Indoor samples with flash set to auto - HTC HD2 Review
Medium light - Indoor samples with flash set to auto - HTC HD2 Review
Low light - Indoor samples with flash set to auto - HTC HD2 Review
Darkness - Indoor samples with flash set to auto - HTC HD2 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples with flash set to auto



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 audio player is very pleasing - HTC HD2 Review
The audio player is very pleasing - HTC HD2 Review
The audio player is very pleasing - HTC HD2 Review
The audio player is very pleasing - HTC HD2 Review

The audio player is very pleasing



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. 

The built-in video player of the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
The built-in video player of the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review

The built-in video player of the HTC HD2



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.

CorePlayer - HTC HD2 Review
CorePlayer - HTC HD2 Review
CorePlayer - HTC HD2 Review

CorePlayer



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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: 156; 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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