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HTC HD2 Review

HTC HD2

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HTC Sense interface:

As it has probably become clear by now, the Sense interface of the WM6.5-based HTC HD2 is just an improved version of TouchFLO 3D. Similarly to Sense as seen on Android devices, we can notice the shift of the manufacturer´s focus towards individual customers and their ability to communicate with online buddies over various social networks. The HD2 integrates information from three popular social services – Facebook, Tweeter and YouTube.

There are two alternative ways of synchronizing your contacts with their corresponding Facebook profiles. In case the names of your contacts are identical to their account names on Facebook, you can get a list of all matching entries through the Updates and Events tab and synchronize them right away (an important option that´s unavailable with the Android version of Sense). The other available option is to link your contacts to their corresponding profiles one by one. Similarly to the version found on Android devices, the synchronization with Facebook integrates relevant pictures, birthdays, related galleries and status updates into the linked phone contacts. Of course, the standard WM Facebook application is available as well. By the way, using the tab dedicated to your favourite contacts is an enjoyable thing indeed, because their pictures are large and look awesome on the big screen.

Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review
Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review
Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review
Home screen, People tab, update and events in the phone book and the Link profile option - HTC HD2 Review


Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive thanks to the application called Peep and the separate Twitter tab it´s moved to. Just enter your account details and get down to tweeting right away. All necessary options like picture and location updates, profile browsing and retweeting are at your disposal.

Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive in the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive in the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review
Using Twitter is absolutely intuitive in the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 Review


Thanks to the added YouTube functionality, you can now upload videos directly from the phone gallery fast and easy and share them with other people. You can watch other people´s videos with the dedicated YouTube application that´s capable indeed. You can browse videos grouped by relevant category - this is quite a comfortable option, but more importantly, doing it on the huge screen is an awesome experience. Definitely, one of the few cases when size does matter.

HTC HD2 Review



Fusing TouchFLO and Sense has led to a surprisingly good amalgamation. We do like that the manufacturer has retained the appealing, recognizable TouchFLO 3D appearance while managing to intricately weave Facebook and Twitter functionality into the interface. However, this is by no means everything that HTC HD2 has to offer in terms of software, not at all. If you want to know more... you know what you need to do.


Messaging, software and internet:

The portrait screen QWERTY keyboard of the HTC HD2 is more than suitable for text correspondence and thanks to the reasonable overall size of the handset, typing away with one hand is not a problem at all. The possibility of making mistakes, however, cannot be disregarded, because the screen is extremely sensitive and sometimes you may press a key involuntarily. If you want clear massages free of typing mistakes, you better use the compact QWERTY keyboard (or even the T9 keyboard) with the XT9 mode turned on.

On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 Review
On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 Review
On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 Review


As expected, handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC. Once you´ve set up your email accounts (you´ve got automated setup for Outlook, Google and AOL), you can go over short versions of your emails via the Mail tab. If you´ve received a longer email or it contains a web link that you wish to open, just tap the email preview and you´ll get its full version loaded into the email client. Working with several email accounts simultaneously is extremely easy as well.

Handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC - HTC HD2 Review
Handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC - HTC HD2 Review
Handling your emails with the HTC HD2 is as easy as ABC - HTC HD2 Review


Aside from the standard applications, the HTC HD2 comes with quite a few additional programs that let you take full advantage of the extra features of the handset. It´s a bad thing that HTC has removed the handy multitasking manager that we saw in the Touch2 and what you´ve got instead is the standard Task Manager. What´s worse, the application is buried deep into the menus and to top it off, you just cannot create a shortcut to it. Anyway.

Task Manager - HTC HD2 Review


First off, the HD2 can be used as a Wi-Fi router. This feature will allow you to create a Wi-Fi network based on the mobile internet connection of your carrier. Quite cool indeed!

The Wi-Fi Router app - HTC HD2 Review


Aside from the standard Office suite and Adobe Reader LE, the application JET PRINT 5 is aboard as well and allows for printing of documents, pictures, etc. via network of Bluetooth printers. JET PRINT 5 is compatible with Canon BJC, Epson, Hewlett-Packard and PlanOn printers.

Word Mobile - HTC HD2 Review
Adobe Reader - HTC HD2 Review
JET PRINT 5 - HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review

Word Mobile

Adobe Reader

JET PRINT 5

 


Fortunately, life is not all about work and all of you who like spending time in the wild will be happy to know that the HTC HD2 comes with a digital compass to help you find your way out there. We didn’t check its reading against a normal compass, so we can only hope it gives proper directions. If it doesn’t – it was a pleasure for us! Anyone who´s to set off on a journey can rely on Google Maps and CoPilot Live for navigation, the thing is the former requires active internet connection, while the latter comes with a 15 day trial, meaning you would have to buy the app if you like it. GPS satellites get pinpointed in no time, even if the weather is not exactly fine. Moreover, the handset sports an A-GPS to get your position located accurately.

The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review
The digital compass, Google Maps and CoPilot Live - HTC HD2 Review


You can surf the boundless expanse of the Internet with Opera Mobile and Internet Explorer, but we prefer the former, because it supports multitouch here. Pages load extremely fast, scrolling is smooth and zooming via multitouch is superbly implemented, almost as good as with Apple´s Safari. Of course, you can also zoom in by double tapping the screen. By the way, Opera Mobile has an advantage over Safari – web text gets automatically shrunk to fit the display, so you don´t have to scroll sideways. However, the application also has its shortcomings when compared to its competitor, say, you need to zoom in before being able to click a link or pages aren’t automatically resized if their width exceeds the screen resolution. These are, however, trifling issues that by no means ruin the pleasure of surfing the web with the HTC HD2, especially given the kick you get out of the huge screen and its high resolution.

Opera Mobile - HTC HD2 Review
HTC HD2 Review
Internet Explorer - HTC HD2 Review

Opera Mobile

 

Internet Explorer



As we mentioned, if you opt for Internet Explorer, you won´t be able to zoom via multitouch, but at least you´d have partial Flash support. In a nutshell, you´ll be able to watch embedded YouTube videos.

Thanks to the snappy 1GHz processor and ample amount of RAM (448MB), we didn’t encounter any lagging, hang-ups and the like. All applications run fast and smoothly, so we believe the HTC HD2 is THE smartphone if you happen to be an eager mobile gaming fan.

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HTC HD2

HTC HD2

OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.4 GB 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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