HTC HD2 for T-Mobile Review

User Interface / Software:

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.


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.



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.


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.



Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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.


PhoneArena Rating:

8.8

User Rating:

8.7
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PhoneArena Score:

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User Score:

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  • Display 4.3 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 0.6GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh
  • OS Windows Mobile Professional 6.5

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