The HTC HD2 Touch HD is the new phone, but not only that, the brand new HTC facing the sector, which has many years experience but only now it has decided to make the leap in the market of high-quality products. The user is amazed by its attractive design and construction, a metallic black color that stands out in daylight plus even in darkness. HTC HD2 is size perfect, neither too large neither too small, precisely measures 120.5 x 67 x 11.6 mm for a total weight of 4 grams to all this 4.3 inch HD screen, this screen ensures perfect Internet browsing, viewing a film and HD movies or music, really not bad for a phone.
HTC-HD2 T8585 Unlocked Smartphone with 5 MP Camera, Windows Mobile 6.5, Wi-Fi, GPS – International Version with Warranty (Black). HTC Touch HD2 T8585 Sim Free / Unlocked with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.
The HTC HD2 is the first Windows Phone to manage capacitive screens and provide proper management of Flash. A touch of superlatives, the HTC HD2 advance a large 4.3-inch screen and a 1 GHz processor. The HTC HD2 is a formidable competitor for the iPhone 3G.
• Huge 4.3″ 65K-color W.V.G.A. glass-covered capacitive touchscreen
• Multi-touch input
• Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS with Sense UI
• Qualcomm Snapdragon Q.S.D.8250 1 GHz CPU plus 448MB RAM
• Quad-band G.S.M. support
• 3G with H.S.D.P.A. 7.2Mbps
• Wi-Fi connectivity
• Built-in GPS receiver with A-G.P.S. support
• Stereo FM radio with R.D.S.
• 5 MP autofocus camera with dual L.E.D. flashes and touch focus
• VGA video recording at 30fps
• microSD card slot
• Standard micro U.S.B. port also Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
• Standard 3.5mm audio jack
• Excellent sound quality
• MS Office Mobile document editor
• Opera 9.5 web browser
• YouTube client, Facebook and Twitter integration
• Good video playback performance
• Good battery life Disadvantages
• It’s a pretty large phone
• Poor sunlight legibility
• 65K color limitation of display should color gradients banding
• Card slot under the battery cover
• Disappointing photo and video quality
• No dedicated camera key and no lens cover
• No DivX/XviD video support out-of-the-box
• Preloaded CoPilot Live navigation software is a trial version
• No secondary video-call camera
• No voice dialing
• No handwriting recognition
• Dodgy web Flash support
The HTC HD2 is probably the most anticipated Windows Phone this season, and the first Windows Mobile smartphone ever to have a capacitive touchscreen.
Windows Mobile 6.5
Windows Mobile 6.5 is the user-friendliest WinMo ever made. Unfortunately, the improvements over its predecessor 6.1 aren’t big enough to make it able to compete with the other contemporary platforms regarding usability. Of course, there does some touch optimization but the truth does a complete overhaul implies needed rather than just the facelift it got.
HTC have done the extra length of skinning all the context Windows menus as well throughout the whole UI.
With dimensions of 120.5 x 67 x 11.6 mm, the HD2 also enjoys the largest screen ever seen on a mobile, with a diagonal of 4.3 inches or 11 inches, the slab HTC HD2 proves very comfortable and has a high resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. A resolution grants an accurate and detailed for your media or Web browsing, with the large screen, big icons, and you can quickly thumb your way around the menu and apps.
On a Windows Phone, the HTC HD2 has a capacitive screen offering Win Mo unmatched and unexpected user friendliness. Windows HD Mobile 6.5 does not support this display technology popularized by iPhone.
We welcome the initiative and the remarkable work of HTC; the HD2 offers a tactile experience similar to the iPhone.
The only downside on this screen, the HD2 provides only 65,000 color limitation where rivals such as the iPhone provide 16.7 million color barrier. The HTC HD2’s Color banding is easily visible on multiple screens throughout the interface and some of the preinstalled wallpapers as well.
The HTC HD2 is gratified to see a pattern with a robust Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 1 GHz and above 448 MB of RAM to run Windows Mobile 6.5 without too much slowdown. The management of background tasks are still problematic on Windows Mobile devices; it appreciates the contribution of consistent Ram memory.
With a gross output of 1GHz, the HD2 is fluid to use. If it also shows efficient energy consumption, battery 1230 mAh seems undersized for a camera of this caliber. The result is final, in most applications, the HD2 sentence to offer a day of use. The HD2 comes with a charger / microUSB cable / USB.
The phone supported microSDHC cards and handled full 16GB microSD card problem-free. For storage of data will, therefore, acquire a memory card up to 32GB microSD, the HTC HD2 is a typical high-end smartphone, you will find the connectivity, the HTC HD2 has it all – H.S.D.P.A. 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps, Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth + EDR. It has not added 802.11n, but that is still in the drafting stages.
Furthermore, The HTC HD2 provides plenty of preloaded applications – an RSS Reader, MP3 Trimmer, HTC Peep, Facebook, Bing, Wi-Fi Router, World Card Mobile, Jetcet Print, a YouTube application and a Streaming Media manager.
A tablet for the Web
Its multitouch abilities make the HD2, the last web tablet. The high-resolution display offers a detailed and specific web pages and limits scrolling horizontally or vertically.
The HTC HD2 natively integrates two browsers, Opera Mobile 9.7 which has the multitouch and Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which manages the flash. We would have preferred a single browser incorporates these two features; it would have been more convenient.
Opera Mobile 9.7 shows a better Web experience identical to the iPhone 3G. The two finger zoom is remarkable, and Opera has numerous options such as managing tabs, favorites, download, copy, and paste. The menus are less tempted than the iPhone for example, but they are equally functional.
The main novelty is, of course, the flash management. If the video playback was choppy in flash on the Samsung Omnia 2, the HTC HD2 broadcasts without slowing down the Web videos. Streaming is still perfectible, but it is now useable! By double clicking, you can view the video in full screen. Again we found no crippling slowdowns in reading.
HD 2 is the first mobile to offer a competent management of content in Flash.Windows Mobile 6.5
The HD2 is powered by HTC Windows Mobile 6.5. If we have not done convinced by the “new” operating system from Microsoft, HTC has bestowed its HD2 overlay software, HTC Sense.
Windows Mobile 6.5 is efficient and intuitive. A scroll bar at the bottom of the screen contains the primary uses (modern applications, the web, mail, stocks, photos, video, weather parameters) and it is also possible to scroll by touching the screen vertically or horizontally.
Customization of tabs is always possible, the capacitive screen you can easily navigate the various menu interface HTC Sense is a real success.
Behind The brilliant interface HTC, there are menus of Windows Mobile and sometimes it causes the bug.
In practice, the HD2 has apparently convinced it does especially penalize by the operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5, including the management of open applications and the lack of apps available on the Microsoft Marketplace.
If the HD2 is multitasking applications, which can cause slowdowns. Thankfully, HTC has given its HD2 448 MB of RAM allowing it to handle several tasks at once without slowing down.
It will be possible to download applications directly from the browser’s HD2 (application. Cab) or on your PC. Many applications compatible with Windows Mobile 6.1 are also with the 6.5 HTC HD2.
Beware of compatibility problems with an 800 x 480 pixels certain applications such as video players are not managed and cause crashes.GPS, audio, and video
With its interface HTC Sense, the HD2 provides privileged access to multimedia content. By switching the HTC HD2 in landscape mode, is accessed directly from the main menu to MP3 player mode CoverFlow. Very inspired by the iPhone, the audio player offers the same features and appears rather convincing. The sound quality remains pretty good with the headphones. However, we must not rely too much on the quality of reproduction of the single speaker.
For the video, things get complicated. The native player is limited only shows that the manager, Wmv, Asf, Mp4, .3 up, .3 g2, M4v, and Avi. If one wants to exploit the capabilities of the HTC HD2 fully, it will download another video player. The HD2 comes with the standard – unfortunately, the Windows Media Player is not okay performing. It only manages mp4 and 3gp also for DivX/XviD support you will need a third party application.
As mentioned earlier, the HD2 can suffer compatibility problems here; only the version 0.72RC1 A.R.M. P.P.C. functioned. With the latter, all you will read Divx without encoding.
By using a built-in GPS receiver, it also supports the Assisted-GPS technology or A-GPS so that you can download current satellite data over Wi-Fi or the 2G/3G network for a much faster satellite lock. The solution provided navigation; CoPilot Live is free for 15 days. This solution on board seemed to us very efficient with the ability to download maps from the HTC HD2. Multi point management implies implemented, it is possible to zoom in on two fingers on the mapping.
HTC HD2 gives it all to win including groundbreaking hardware, innovative software, high performance and robust design.
The capacitive screen the HTC Sense provides almost unique Windows Mobile experience complete with multi-touch gestures. The Snapdragon platform is what Windows Mobile platform was meant to run on.
Windows Mobile is still just another runner-up in the race for the last all-touch smartphone. The impressive user-experience on the HD2 is hardly indicative for the OS by itself.
The Sense UI and Touch FLO 3D have combined excellently well delivering an unmatched social networking integration (save perhaps for the HTC Hero), and touch experience did quickly compare to the iPhone.
The HD2 has disadvantages too. The camera is below par, video recording is poor quality, the limited internal storage is a real problem, and its sheer size cannot satisfy user comfort.
The HD2 cannot justify its HD moniker. It cannot capture HD videos, and it cannot even play any right. Samsung Omnia HD can fulfill these things with a substantially lower clocked CPU, so probably Snapdragon doesn’t equal HD automatically either.
The HD2 should consider the two rivals of the Toshiba TG01 and the Acer neo Touch, both of them featureless UI customizations, resistive touchscreens, and less RAM. They both are cheaper than the HD2. However, HTC has done an excellent job of making Windows Mobile more usable; it is worth buying for extra money.
For those who find the HD2 is too big, you can consider Samsung I8000 Omnia II, for its more lightweight. Regardless of not having the brute processing power of the HD2, nor the RAM count, but the actual handling and response are excellent. The I8000 Omnia II has the 3.7″ AMOLED screen, another fully customized UI, large internal storage, DivX/XviD support and all kind of software goodies. It also has a nicely capable camera and it is cheaper than the HTC HD2.