HTC HD2 and Apple iPhone 3GS: side by side
In this article we are comparing the European version of the HTC HD2,which is identical
to the one for T-Mobile USA (except for the 3G frequencies), with the Apple iPhone 3GS.


Now that we have reviewed the HTC HD2, we realize that it happens to be one of the best smartphones that we have seen. Thanks to its capacitive screen and great interface personalization, the HD2 has what it takes to rival even the cream of the crop high-end handsets. That´s why we decided to present you with the current article and closely compare the two titans of the cell phone industry today. Can we have your full, undivided attention, please? Because the HTC HD2 and the Apple iPhone 3GS are about to cross swords in an epic clash.


Side by side, the HD2 and iPhone 3GS look similar and yet much different from each other. On the one hand, they both deliver customer interactivity that is heavily dependent on touch sensitive screens. On the other, there is significant difference in scale here. The 3.5-inch screen of the iPhone is by no means small, but the 4.3 inches of the HD2 dwarfs it and makes it look as it was tiny. Both displays offer good image quality indoors, but the iPhone has the upper hand outdoors, in bright sunlight. Their sensitivity is extremely high, although the HD2 has the edge here, despite the fact that this is not much of an advantage in this particular case... we will tell you why a bit later.

As we have already mentioned in our review, the HTC HD2 has the most compact dimensions achievable given its huge screen, which explains why it´s slightly more voluminous than the Apple iPhone 3GS. Despite the larger size, however, we don´t really think the HD2 is at disadvantage, because the difference is not significant and if anyone is willing to carry about the iPhone in their pockets, there is absolutely no reason for them to feel reluctant about tucking the HD2 in there.

It ´s not right to pass final judgment based on the outer appearance and appeal of any device, because design is totally subjective and something that everyone decides for themselves, as they say, one man´s meat is another one´s poison. Would you prefer the iPhone’s appearance, or you’d rather choose the style HTC has picked for the HD2? We consider them equally nice.



1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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: Nov 07, 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: Dec 20, 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 now i wanna get this phone if it comes with a qwerty keyboard sibling... haha

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 224; Member since: Apr 21, 2005

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

6. grmagic

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 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: Sep 09, 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: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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: Feb 12, 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: Jun 06, 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: Nov 11, 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: Dec 12, 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: 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.

23. bla unregistered

thank you for the honest review! :)

12. Galen20K

Posts: 582; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

The HD2 is a Marvel to be sure.

16. Frodoarg

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 03, 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: Apr 05, 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: Feb 12, 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: Apr 14, 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 (

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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