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HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review


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There is no denying that the Sense UI running on top of Windows Mobile 6.5 is able to move so swiftly without few hiccups thanks to the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Instead of having to run separate applications, the Sense UI simply allows everything to be done directly from the home screen – and it does it so well while adding a small snippet of graphical eye candy.

Sense UI - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review

Sense UI

Thanks to the spacious real estate on the smartphone, the HTC HD2’s on-screen QWERTY keyboard makes for one experience that doesn’t hinder the process of speed typing. We thoroughly enjoyed at how quickly and accurately the phone was able to keep up with our quick fingers while composing a message.

On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review
On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review
On-screen QWERTY keyboards - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review

On-screen QWERTY keyboards

Web browsing on the device is such a joy thanks to Opera Mobile and support for multi-touch that allows specific finger gestures to zoom in or out. Moreover, the speed of page rendering and smoothness of scrolling, as well as the detailed layout of web pages goes to show the raw processing power it packs under the hood to make the experience surreal.

Web browsing with the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review
Web browsing with the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review
Web browsing with the HTC HD2 - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review

Web browsing with the HTC HD2

There are a few new applications and other neat goodies that come along with T-Mobile’s giant that completes the multimedia experience. First, you’ll quickly find the Blockbuster app that allows you to purchase movies from their library and stream it directly to the handset. If reading some popular novels or paperbacks are your kind of thing, then the Barnes & Noble eReader app will be the perfect solution for you – it simply gives owners the ability to purchase ebooks. Thirdly, long flights won’t be as boring as they used to because owners get 6 months of free access to Gogo Inflight Internet service. All you have to do is just connect via Wi-Fi on select flights and you’ll be cruising the web in style for all those lengthy flights. Although it may not be considered something new, this version of the HTC HD2 comes packed with MobiTV service from the onset. And finally, Transformers fans will be proud to know that they can watch either of the big budgeted movies at any given time.

The Blockbuster app - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review
The Blockbuster app - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review
The Blockbuster app - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review

The Blockbuster app

Barnes & Noble eReader app - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review
Gogo Inflight Internet service - HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review

Barnes & Noble eReader app

Gogo Inflight Internet service


The HTC HD2 managed to perform well in the calling department as voices on both ends were accompanied with very little distortion or background noise. However, voices had a distinct screechy tone to them when we switched over to the speaker phone – which made it slightly less audible due to the weak power of it. Nonetheless, the experience is more than satisfying for most users, but we'd recommend using either a wired or wireless headset as opposed to the speaker phone, for those cases when you jast need your hands to be free.


It’s almost unimaginable that Windows Mobile can be at the forefront of the news, but the HTC HD2 can clearly stand its ground as being hailed as one of the greatest Windows Mobile devices to ever be created. T-Mobile customers are getting an added bonus with increased RAM and ROM, as well as all the neat multimedia features and apps that encapsulate its status as being one powerhouse smartphone that can prove to still be a hit. HTC clearly knows how to fashion a solid device that can transform the mind share of many people who view the aging Windows Mobile platform as becoming irrelevant. Luckily though, the HTC HD2 supplants itself at the top of the competition where others see it as a viable force due to the fact that it packs more stuff than meets the eye.

For more details on the HTC HD2, see our review of its European version, which is almost identical.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Wow. I can't believe this review was published. I mean, great phone, but the article reads like a 7 year old wrote it. Misspellings are one thing, but the run on sentences, wrong words, poor grammar...just awful to read.

posted on 06 Aug 2010, 23:29

15. pattycake (unregistered)

You're a real idiot. Who cares how other people type? Mostly people who wish people thought they were smart. Go back to school where spelling and grammar matter dousche.

posted on 08 Aug 2010, 09:22

16. Cranky Bear (unregistered)

Alas, it is always the backwoods uneducated hicks that insist that spelling and grammar don't matter. When you fail at English, you leave the perception that your intelligence lacks, and your credibility falters as a result. When you are a professional business and/or blog, it is especially noticeable. Your statement telling tedkord to go back to school further highlights your disdain for actual education, as well as your need for it. And it's spelled "douche."

posted on 16 Aug 2010, 01:08

18. Kay Tuve (unregistered)

hahaha, moron, you spelled douche incorrectly. You go back to school, maybe you can learn/relearn how important grammar and writing is.

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 21:12

30. Joepana (unregistered)

The idiot is you and perhaps you are not out of elementary school yet. If there is something important is to speak and write in an elegant and simple manner, attributes that you do not have.

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 13:50

2. sirphunkee (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

The T-Mobile (US) version of the HD2 is NOT "exactly like the european version in every way"....the US model has much more ROM memory available, and the shell is 1.5mm taller than the euro model, which can obviously make a big difference when it comes to cases, mounts, and other accessories.

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 15:05

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

phone arena you really aren't professionals are ya?

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 19:13

4. mirinex (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

Great phone but T-mobile's 3G network sucks! I just returned my phone back to T-mobile - the phone was not able to keep with simple e-mail, internet browsing or weather updates! The data connection was turning off all the time, I had to constantly reset it so I can view a web site or send/recieve an e-mail. It's a shame that T-Mobile would not fix it's network.

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 21:38

5. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)

I actually don't have any real problems with t-mobile's data network. Web pages and emails work fine, no need to reset any data. I think the phone is the problem. I've used tmobile's 3g data with the g1, the cliq, my nokia n900, EDGE data with my n900 and cliq and an E71, and regular GPRS data with a Sony Ericsson m600i and never had a data reset problem. May be the phone. T-Mobile 3g coverage does suck balls outside of major metropolitan areas though.

posted on 26 Apr 2010, 21:42

6. mirinex (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)

I bought a total of 4 phones and they all did that at various times, then I looked online for help and found out that it is a common issue with T-mobile! I called cust. support and was told that there is no solution!!! Hello AT&T!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 06:17

7. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

It just depends on where you live. My phone is PERFECT!

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 22:40

10. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)

So you ditched T-Mobile for at&t. Good luck.

posted on 23 Sep 2010, 19:36

27. snshanti (unregistered)

I completely agree, bc my works just fine as well

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 15:20

8. worldbfree4me (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Jan 2010)

This just in, HTC HD2 is now BOGO at T-Mobile.. This phone must not meeting sales expectations.

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 22:42

11. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)

Uhhh, where the HELL have you been for the past month and a half?!?!?! The HD2 has been selling like crazy. They can't even keep it in stock enough. And it's called promtional, or advertisement. Duh.

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 10:47

12. sprntfanboi02 (Posts: 41; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)

too bad it still runs windows mobile and doesnt have half the specs of the EVO, this phone will bow to the android powered giant of the EVO

posted on 21 Sep 2010, 14:10

25. justdroppingby (unregistered)

Yeah... The only thing better on the EVO is the camera. All the other specs of the HD2 are better. Just saying.

posted on 21 Sep 2010, 14:10

26. justdroppingby (unregistered)

(That's according to the stats on this website, by the way.)

posted on 27 Apr 2010, 16:00

9. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

Cool phone but a little to big for my taste. Its like between a tablet and a normal cell phone.

posted on 29 Apr 2010, 13:39

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

It is funny to hear/read about the whinings of people on how a phone or network sucks. EVERY phone has at least 0.1% chance of malfunctioning/being defective. It happens. It does not mean the phone sucks. Obviously, this is the greatest WINDOWS phone of all time. Wish it had ANDROID 2.1 instead....hmmm, I wonder if it could be done. Also, every network has issues somewhere in the U.S. It happens, oh well. Cell phones and providers are not perfect. In the terms and conditions of each prospective carrier lies the writing that indicates that basically service is not guaranteed to work at all times. Luckily, where I live all 4 major carriers work great, and I live in a town of under 100k people.

posted on 03 May 2010, 10:39

14. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

I would think the 1GHZ processor would account for what normally is a lot of lag and sluggishness with prior WinMo phones and alleviate that issue. HD2 is def. a nice device...just wonder how it does data-wise in TMobile's network. Wish it would make its way over to VZW's network...but I'm sure HTC is workin on another late/great device that will top the HD2. The Incredible is nice...but that 4.3" screen and just the design of the phone sure does make a diff. Unless the EVO will hit VZW later then I would be content with that...kudos Sprint, ya'll finally wakin up. Wishful thinkin tho...

posted on 14 Aug 2010, 01:32

17. amanda34 (unregistered)

I am so disappointed with this phone. I have had to get it replaced 4 times in the 2 months that I have had it. It constantly freezes and is very slow. My son's is exactly the same way.

posted on 15 Sep 2010, 01:57

24. Jodie64 (unregistered)

Were you able to change it for a different phone (of your choose)? I am having the exact problem, but with each new HD2, im getting a whole new set of problems.

posted on 24 Sep 2010, 10:23

28. customized hd2 (unregistered)

I had the same problems with mine at first, did some reading and got to a site called xdadevelopers wow is all I can say now. Went from wanting to exchange to not wanting to put down. This site really gives you a lot of options.http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=732380

posted on 21 Aug 2010, 17:19

19. Barbara&thekids187 (unregistered)


posted on 21 Aug 2010, 20:29

20. gibler (unregistered)

Gosh, Barbara. I for one am offended.

posted on 25 Aug 2010, 00:57

21. will35 (unregistered)

just purchase my htc hd2 great phone huge screen and fast loads of apps. i had the i-phone a blackberry this is the future. love this cell/ ipad

posted on 28 Aug 2010, 10:08

22. jv3979 (unregistered)

This phone SUCKS!!!! I have only had it for 2 months and have had to replace it 4 times already. The speaker on it works when ever it wants to, it constantly freezes, you get voicemails 3 weeks later when you turn the phone off and back on then it alerts you. At first I thought it was just a glinch but after having the sam problem with 4 diffrent phones and have heard of other people withthe same problem I soon reilazed windows mobile SUCKS!!. I called tmobile to see what my options where and they were more then happy to replace my 450.00 phone with a 3 year old out dated phone that was worth 100.00 and told me that was my only option and to have a good day. with that being said I will be going back to sprint where I never had these problems.

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 11:50

23. spartanz (unregistered)

great input from the HTC HD2, i am a Microsoft pro. i have worked with windows for a long time. This pone is a great gadget to have though it has some setbacks if you are do a lot more than just talking on it. 1-battery life does not last long when on the web 2- It freezes up without any reason 3-updates are sometimes slower I personally prefer the vibrant better, since android is more efficient.by the way i have the HTC, the vibrant and i also have the i phone 4 so i know a bit about all these phones. thanks blessed

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 12:48

29. Merlinn122 (unregistered)

Well I finally got around to getting the Hd 2 phone and it works alright, for now. I have heard some horror stories about it freezing up and doing things cell phones aren't supposed to do. anyway i have one and it's inusred so here goes.

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OS: Windows Mobile Professional 6.5
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.6 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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