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HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

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Camera:

The HTC HD2 sports 5-megapixel camera, while the Apple iPhone 3GS comes with just 3-megapixel one. Moreover, the HD2 is equipped with a flash, which makes it the better “cameraphone” of the two. Just a word of advice – try it before you buy it, because quite a few units seem to be affected by a software bug that causes pink aura to appear in the middle of pictures. Either way, the snapshot quality is nothing to write home about, but the HD2 is better on the overall.

The HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
The Apple iPhone 3GS - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

The HTC HD2

The Apple iPhone 3GS

 

Strong light - Indoor photos taken with HTC HD2. The flash is set to auto - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Medium light - Indoor photos taken with HTC HD2. The flash is set to auto - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Low light - Indoor photos taken with HTC HD2. The flash is set to auto - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Darkness - Indoor photos taken with HTC HD2. The flash is set to auto - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

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Medium light

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Indoor photos taken with HTC HD2. The flash is set to auto


Strong light - Indoor photos taken with the Apple iPhone 3GS - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Medium light - Indoor photos taken with the Apple iPhone 3GS - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Low light - Indoor photos taken with the Apple iPhone 3GS - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

Strong light

Medium light

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Indoor photos taken with the Apple iPhone 3GS



Both handsets capture videos at 640x320 pixels and 30 frames per second and we are of the opinion that those of the HD2 sport more details.

The HD2 and iPhone 3GS are both equipped with displays that are large enough to allow proper visualization of anything you capture directly onto your device. The HD2 has the upper hand in this respect thanks to its significantly larger screen and its higher native resolution.

HTC HD2 - The HD2 and the iPhone 3GS are both equipped with displays that are large enough to allow proper visualization - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
HTC HD2 - The HD2 and the iPhone 3GS are both equipped with displays that are large enough to allow proper visualization - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
HTC HD2 - The HD2 and the iPhone 3GS are both equipped with displays that are large enough to allow proper visualization - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

HTC HD2

The HD2 and the iPhone 3GS are both equipped with displays that
are large enough to allow proper visualization


The Apple iPhone 3GS - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
The Apple iPhone 3GS - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

The Apple iPhone 3GS




Multimedia:

Both the iPhone 3GS and HD2 are great devices for movie fans and anyone who doesn’t mind relaxing watching YouTube videos. Logically, the HTC comes on top once again, thanks to its 4.3-inch screen. Moreover, its other advantage is you can install CorePlayer, meaning you will be able to see high resolution DivX and Xvid videos without a problem.

CorePlayer - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
CorePlayer - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
CorePlayer - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

CorePlayer



It´s pretty clear by now what´s the better device in this category, but we just can´t omit to mention two other smartphones that, at least in terms of multimedia, are far superior to the handsets we are comparing today – the Samsung Omnia II and Omnia HD. Aside from better image quality (they utilize AMOLED screens), both deliver native support for popular video codecs.


Internet:

You can surf the boundless expanse of the Internet using Opera Mobile on the HTC HD2. The browser is extremely fast, adequate and supports zooming via multitouch. The function is implemented very well and works almost as good as on Apple´s Safari. Of course, you can double tap to zoom in the browsers of either device. By the way, Opera Mobile has one advantage over Safari – it automatically resizes text, which effectively eliminates the need to scroll horizontally. The browser succumbs to its Apple-made rival in several things, say the need to zoom in on a link before you can actually click it or the fact that pages don´t automatically shrink if their width exceeds the resolution of the screen.

Opera Mobile - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
Safari - HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side

Opera Mobile

 

Safari

 


Given their relevant advantages and drawbacks, both browsers offer similar web surfing experience. The HTC HD2 is the better handset once again, thanks to its larger screen with higher native resolution, which means you will need to use the zoom function quite rarely.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 15:12

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.

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 00:33

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

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 03:41

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

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 05:38

5. Crossblade (Posts: 190; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)


Because it depends on what YOU prefer, there is no perfect phone.

posted on 27 Nov 2009, 10:19

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.

posted on 28 Nov 2009, 23:55

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)

posted on 25 Mar 2010, 13:05

17. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1004; 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

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 16:15

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!

posted on 28 Nov 2009, 09:47

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.

posted on 29 Nov 2009, 07:27

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.

posted on 12 Dec 2009, 17:23

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.com/2009/12/one-night-stand-with-htc-hd2.html But… (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.

posted on 27 Aug 2010, 07:43

23. bla (unregistered)


thank you for the honest review! :)

posted on 28 Dec 2009, 13:41

12. Galen20K (Posts: 512; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


The HD2 is a Marvel to be sure.

posted on 03 Feb 2010, 14:08

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

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 08:23

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 !

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 16:26

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.

posted on 27 Aug 2010, 07:47

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!!! :)

posted on 30 Apr 2010, 08:08

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

posted on 24 Aug 2010, 02:49

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...

posted on 01 Sep 2010, 23:17

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 ( aruns369@gmail.com)

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 17:57

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

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