HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Despite its name “Sense”, HTC´s personalized interface looks like (and has the functionality of) the well-known TouchFLO 3D and they are actually almost identical in every respect. The home screen consists of multiple tabs that will allow you to quickly get to almost any function of the phone. It´s a good thing that Sense adds integration of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, because using these social services feels easier and better than ever. Behind the appealing face of Sense, however, lies the power of Windows Mobile 6.5 that business people do appreciate.
The iPhone OS platform is also quite famous among customers. Visually, it may be far from spectacular, but its distinguishing features are simple, user-friendly interface and fast speed. You don’t need to have solid knowledge of cell phones in order to make the most of your iPhone right away, because everything is right-down intuitive.
With the rapidly improving hardware, however, the performance gap between these operating systems is getting smaller and less significant by the day. Thanks to its 1GHz processor and ample amount of RAM, the HTC HD2 responds just as fast and reliably to your commands as the most powerful iPhone. What´s more, HTC Sense looks more contemporary and offers integration of social networks, quite a serious advantage indeed.
Any self-respecting smartphone should be able to offer proper email functionality. Of course, both the HD2 and the iPhone 3GS are great performers in this respect, they just visualize the relevant information differently. The HD2 comes with dedicated Mail tab that allows users to go over shorter versions of their emails on the fly. Its advantage is the ability to instantaneously switch between email accounts.
You don’t have tabs on the iPhone, so like it or lump it, you will have to get to know the Mail application better, which actually sports the same functionality found on its rival. It also permits users to take a quick look at short versions of all received emails, but its shortcoming is that switching between accounts feels clumsier alongside of the way you do it on the HD2.
The QWERTY keyboard is another extremely important aspect you need to consider in terms of proper email handling. The keyboard layout of the iPhone 3GS features more space in between keys, which equates to lower chance of pressing the wrong button. In the case of the HD2, buttons are larger, but more cramped. We wouldn’t dare call either of them a winner here if it wasn’t for the excessive screen sensitivity of the HD2 which means higher probability of typing mistakes due to increased number of erroneous presses. Despite that, you can´t go wrong with either handset and you can be pretty sure you´re getting the best no matter your particular choice.
If you happen to be someone who enjoys proper entertainment or for some reason needs various software applications, the available variety at the online application stores of Apple and Microsoft is an important factor and something you do need to consider.
In other words, if you happen to be a person who likes having fun and lend color to their daily grind with various applications, you better head for the nearest mental health treatment facility and... this is a joke of course, not funny at that. Well, if you happen to be such a person, you better opt for the iPhone, because you will get access to a software library of almost 100,000 programs. On the other hand, there are quite a few applications for Windows Mobile as well. The thing is not many of them can be found at Windows Marketplace for Mobile itself, not to mention the free stuff there is as scarce as chicken teeth. To top it off, paid programs cost an arm and a leg. Hands down, the iPhone remains our blue-eyed boy here.
1. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I like how both phoens fail when it comes to their original use of "VOICE CALLING". But users like me that want this type of phone (HD2!) most likely will be getting the phoen for all the other stuff it does, and voice calling much further down the line for what's important. I honestly talk 1-2 hours total per month... 500-1000 sms and 2-3gb of data.
2. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)
I'm in the same boat as you. I hardly use voice. Messaging, email, and data are what I use most.
3. david_the_gom (Posts: 114; Member since: 20 Dec 2008)
Same here.. I got TP2 on VZW, and I use only 1~2 hrs of voice talk per month, but i use over 3000 sms & mms, and about 2 gig data...lol now i wanna get this phone if it comes with a qwerty keyboard sibling... haha
4. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
i like that every singl comparison of droid apple hd2 and so on fail to answer any questions on what phone is beter
5. Crossblade (Posts: 210; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)
Because it depends on what YOU prefer, there is no perfect phone.
6. grmagic (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Nov 2009)
Personally, I look for high quality voice as my top priority. I'm thinking seriously about using only my cellphone (no land line) and pretty pictures and messaging don't make up for lousy voice. The HTC HD was my top pick until I read this. I already knew the iPhone had poor voice quality and that's why I never considered it. Then this review says the pictures taken by the HD2 are marginal at best. Forget it. Now, I'm waiting for the SE Experia X10.
8. overratediphone (Posts: 26; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
THANK YOU ... this site is so full of fan boys that i was starting to forget what exactly "non-biased" means(and that goes for the writers on this site too)
17. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1031; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I agree with crossblade, it depends on what u prefer. both phones will serve their carriers very well. im lookn for the comparisons between the 3GS and the EVO 4G this summer
19. jedi2000 (Posts: 31; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
True but that doesn't mean that one isn't better than the other, hd2 should be the winner for many reasons. Phone arena is just to scared that Apple will sue them if they bash their precious old old old slightly improved one and only Iphone! grow up MAC and make it better!
7. lennydude (Posts: 23; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Hmmmmm.... i think the lack of comments about this review says something? Anyway, this phone does indeed require me to check it out. Also, the Omnia II that is FINALLY being released looks pretty good. I agree, voice seems to be dropping all the time for me. Text messaging is by far easier than 10 to 20 minute useless calls.
9. dwaynewilliams (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Nov 2009)
Video recording on the iPhone is 640x480. I would have to see the HTC HD2 for myself to determine if it is better than my 3GS.
10. MobileSpoon (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2009)
I'm using iPhone for a year. Had many Windows Mobile phones in the past (Touch Pro 1, Touch Pro 2, Samsung Omnia 1, and more). Recently I had a chance to play with the HD 2 for an entire evening. Bottom line - iPhone beats every windows mobile phone except for this one. Why you ask? Because the HD2 has better camera, better screen display, and also has a capacitive screen. You can read more about my experience with it in here:http://mobilespoon.blogspot.co
m/2009/12/one-night-stand-with-htc-hd2.htmlBut… (and there is a but): The only problem is that below the nice fancy UI there is still the old Windows Mobile stuff so if you are not used to it or not willing to get a little bit "dirty" with hacks and tweaks - stick with the iPhone. Other than that - HD2 is one of the finest phones I've ever tried.
23. bla (unregistered)
thank you for the honest review! :)
16. 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
18. shabnam (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2010)
hi friends , 2 days ago I try to buy an Iphone 3g 8 gig and one of my friends toold me buy iphone 3gs 16 gig . then my boy friend told me dont buy any iphone . and he give me this site for review ! I see all of pages and read about HTC H2 and I found it amazing . but steel I am comfuse vs iphone and htc ! can you help me for buying and choose best ! wich of them are good ? i have no mac computer . I hate Itune . i have no credit card for buy programs from apple store . and I live in a country that I must unlock my phone for use my sim card in the iphon . altought I can pay 5 pound to unlock it but the apple co. put my contry IP in black list ! so . what can I do ? is HTC more large for puting in pocket ? or it have a bag for carring ? I see the film too . but I cant understand wich of them is good more ! please help me :( every one told me buy just iphone but the HTC is amazing too !
20. jedi2000 (Posts: 31; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
DON'T get the iphone if you want personalization, because even an unlocked Iphone is hard, to say the least, to personalize. If you don't like I-tunes is also a huge reason not to get one, because the iphone is all about i-tunes and app store is based on itunes.
24. bla (unregistered)
If you hate iTunes, don't get iPhone. there's all about iTunes, you cannot put a song in it if you don't use it! Yes, htc is pretty big .. but it's great! i've had iPhone and sold it after few months. Buy the HTC!!! :)
21. ostranderterry (Posts: 61; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)
Here's a solution! get the hd2 for a phone and then get an ipod touch! now you have both and only 1 cell bill, lol
22. parkerdick (unregistered)
I live in Ecuador and bought my phone via plan here for free....1.6 mo. contract... I own an iphone and am moderately pleased with it. Although I had to have it rebooted because I tried to log onto itunes to download my contacts and it froze up. When I got it back they had lost all my contacts.... I need a sim style phone to carry with me in South America and USA.... I have narrowed it to: htc hd2, samsung vibrant droid system, or the new windows 7 phone comming in November.... Do you have sound advise for me...
25. Arun Kumar Surapaneni (unregistered)
I am using iPhone 2g since 2 and half years, only missing in iPhone is nothing. Seriously I have a temptation of buying new model smart phones but no phone had tented me to leave my iPhone,may be I will switch to iPhone4 soon leaving my 2g to my Girl friend. The more you hate iPhone the more you fall in love after realize how foolbyou are. Put mr in jail with no light and give me iPhone I never bother to get bail. aruns369 AT gmail com ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
26. KIKO (unregistered)
Plain and simple
who wants to buy a phone with an internal battery an internal memory itunes and not open source come on do not be selfish. HTC HTC