Hands-on with the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile at the "Larger Than Life" event

Hands-on with the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile at the
Call it the last hoorah for the existing Windows Mobile platform as T-Mobile unleashed the HTC HD2 during their exclusive “Larger Than Life” event held in New York City. We were fortunate in attending the festivities as we know that Windows Mobile is slowly being being upstaged by the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 Series platform that's getting some serious face time than anything else. Although T-Mobile is on the eve of unleashing a few decent smartphones before the month is over, the HTC HD2 is no doubt the creme of the crop with its almost larger than life stature that seemingly places everything else they have to offer to the side. With that in mind, the HTC HD2 got one welcomed treatment in New York City where it showcased its star power and undeniable charismatic demeanor that's sure to please Windows Mobile users that may have some pessimistic thoughts about the future of the high-end Windows Mobile segment as we know it now. Even thought the venerable smartphone got plenty of face time during the event thanks to the kiosks strategically littered all around the event, we were invited to take a closer to look to what it has to offer under the hood.

Without a doubt the most prevalent thing to grace T-Mobile's version of the HTC HD2 is no doubt the BLOCKBUSTER app that surprisingly amazed us with its level of depth. Even though the long time company may be going through some tough times partly due to some fierce competition, the BLOCKBUSTER app on the HD2 really does set the bar in terms of watching all of your favorite movies – meaning you can literally browse through the library of movies and choose which one you want to view directly to the smartphone. In addition to actually being able to watch movies, you can even have the ability to purchase or rent movies directly through the app. Netflix subscribers may currently have the ability to stream movies to their computer and select devices, but the BLOCKBUSTER app will enable users to stream movies directly over T-Mobile's network – no need for Wi-Fi to accomplish it. With this close knit marriage intact with BLOCKBUSTER and the HTC HD2, you really can't count out the long time movie rental company as it plots its comeback with the app – so far it's moving in the right direction and most definitely leading the pack.

When it comes to actually handling the device itself, it remains pretty much unchanged from what we saw with the European version that was released not too long ago. HTC continues to lead the industry in truly knowing how to craft a magnificent smartphone that really catapults itself into a level that's rarely challenged. With a staggering 4.3” capacitive touchscreen, its mammoth size easily dwarfs the display found on the Apple iPhone 3GS that we placed besides it – for those who remember, the iPhone was considered a titan in size when it was first released. Construction feels top notch as we know that HTC always places the utmost care in positioning the handset to the upper echelon of the market. Despite its larger than life size, it still doesn't feel too overbearing which is thanks to its streamed line form factor that doesn't place any additional bulk to its frame. Finally, it doesn't feel cheap with its metal-like exterior casing that's more than durable to withstand even some of the harshest of punishment. All in all, the HTC HD2 makes you wonder if this is really going to be the end of the high-end category for the existing line of Windows Mobile phones. Although we can pray that there will still be a push for these kind of devices as Windows Phone 7 Series handsets come to fruition, the HTC HD2 undoubtedly sums up what may be considered as the last of the premier Windows Mobile handsets out there. Naturally, the powerhouse specs required to run Windows Phone 7 Series will continue HTC's commitment in supplanting itself as a top contender in the smartphone market for years to come. Sporting an attractive $199 cost on contract with T-Mobile, its release date of March 24th can't come soon enough. Expect our in-depth review soon!

HTC HD2 Specifications | Review (EU)



1. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Gettin it

2. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

SOLD already

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

We just got the live demo in the store. Iz dayum nice. They do a good job of hiding the fact that its windows. Lil odd tho. Al this horepower and its got waaaaay underpowered speakers. Wtf? Lol

3. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009


4. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Come To PaPa~

5. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I'm kinda jealous that Tmo will get this monster, but, 4.3" still kinda freaks me out- just one drop and you've pissed yourself...

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

insurance insurance insurance. besides, size of the screen doesnt matter as much as build materials and quality. but id never buy a phone like that without insurance. it may be 200 subsidized but im wondering just how large the unsubsidized price is!! LOL

9. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

449, if I'm not mistaken. At least that's how much TMo is selling it on its Even More Plus Plan(no contract).

10. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

HUGE screen, small bezels are iffy. But yea, this would be the only time insurance works out. I think the unsub price is around $600, which isn't bad..

11. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

its $449 like Sharky said.

7. D-man

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Tmo + WM 6.5 = limited appeal for me. Could have been a bigger hit if released 6 months ago though. I think it's telling that MS really isn't helping push this phone as the pinnacle of it's lesser platform. It's also not good that developers have every incentive now to completely abandon this platform given the MS approach to it versus WPS7. By summer, people who buy this phone will regret it and be looking to eBay it internationally.

12. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Nope. You're wrong. Besides the fact the WP7 isn't impressive to many people, Many Winmo users will simply download a cooked ROM of WP7 and use that. The Capabilities of this phone, exceed many others, which is a great reason to buy and keep this.

8. lookitdisguy

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

I cant wait until this comes out but I will have to wait to play with it at work before buying it. I have just been burned by Windows Mobile phones before or have messed around with Win Mo phones to where I just dont trust that OS too much but I have a feeling this phone might change all that. Just about every single Win Mo phone I have used or messed around with has been really slow, you are constantly having to wait for the phone to catch up so you can continue what you want to do.... And it wasnt just my unit because I have used multiple ones and they all ran the same way.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the problem is up until this year basically phone parts have not been that powerful and win6xxx was not really slimmed down to run well on a lower end phone (which lets face it, most of the hardware specs for most windows phones have not been top notch). My boss has an HD2 that hes had for a few weeks, and he said its the best phone hes ever owned, hands down. Of course, i cant get my hands on it to verify that.. LOL.

13. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

That is one hell of an awesome looking technology brick. This thing is massive, but the screen is worth it. There's no other screen to watch a movie on better than the HD2. GET INSURANCE. I would be pissed off if I dropped it on carpet. I would get it if I cared about windows mobile in the slightest way. Who needs a $30 a month bill for Internet when you have 150,000 apps and wifi everywhere on an iPod touch?

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because an ipod touch is not a business class phone. this phone has so many neat little sub features for business use, ud be a complete fool to choose an iphone over this phone for business use. I hate windows phones, and im beyond impressed with the feature set on this phone enough to wanna fiddle with getting it.

17. Tactics703

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

I wouldn't worry about the HD2 being Windows guys. Think about how the Nexus One got a leaked ROM from the HTC Desire with Sense. The Supersonic's Android ROM will get leaked and put on the HD2, fortunately that device has the same amount of buttons as the HD2 and the same exact pretty much everything for that matter.

18. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

hope the hd2 rom gets leaked and put on the ss

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