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HD2 Questions?

Ok, I've been using one for a few weeks now. Any questions?

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jupigare

How much of a hindrance is WinMo to this phone?
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Gartenberg

none at all. You can ignore WinMo if you want but it does work very well on the device. Marketplace apps, including games like Galaga work well. Possibly the best WinMo device ever built.
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OldDrunknSailor

as a UW student in the area, I'm hurt that you've not offered to let me play with it. they keyboard on my xperia is starting to die, i've been looking for a worthy replacement.
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Zeltek

I simply cannot accept that you are indeed an old, drunkn, sailor. That is all.
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jbrandonf

Does it work on US 3G bands?
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Gartenberg

This model is Euro only. Speed on EDGE here in Seattle is amazing though. I can use the Sling client with no problems, something I can't do in NY. If you need 3G, wait for US version.
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Dpmt

Is the area around the camera really as damaging to tables a BGR claims?
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Gartenberg

no issues here. Tables safe
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dks

Haven't noticed it leaving any marks.
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teapower

How's the lag? Are there any outside apps that are iPhone level?
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Gartenberg

in general no lag at all. Every so often i do get a small hiccup or slowdown but that happens sometimes in iPhone as well
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deitiphobia

How's the onscreen keyboard
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Gartenberg

onscreen keyboard is excellent. partially because there's a so much surface area on the screen. Can use easily in portrait mode
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ranhalt

Any indication that Android can be installed on it?
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Gartenberg

nope. No android
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gsd

Maybe XDA will get the Hero ROM on it or something...
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neotechguy

Are there any plans to have Google/GPS functionality like on Android 2.0?
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Gartenberg

yep. Come with co-pilot installed but you need to buy the full app to use HTC plans an in car dock to be used with it.
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DarrenHumphries

Very curious about how the HD2 "feels". Obviously, its big, err...HUGE! Does it feel large? Does it still feel like a phone or is it more about compromise?
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Gartenberg

it looks bigger than it feels. Partially because it's all screen, no bezel and very thin, it's very friendly to hold. However, if you have small hands, might be an issue
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adamz

Does Microsoft Voice Command make announcements through a bluetooth headset?
How quickly does Voice Command start listening after pressing the voice dial button on a Bluetooth headset?
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Gartenberg

haven't tried Voice Command nor do I use a Bluetooth headset. Let me test and get back to you
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garyrusso

How would you rate HD2 Leo compared to the iPhone if iPhone is rated a 9 out of 10?
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Gartenberg

it's not an Apple's to apples comparison. I can say that the HD2 matches the fluidity of the iPhone experience. In some ways it's worse than the iPhone but in other ways it's better. I personally love the glanceablity of the HTC Sense UI to quickly scan email, stocks, weather and Twitter.
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techunique

im thinking of upgrading to this from my n95 8gb will it be compatible with window7 mobile?
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Gartenberg

AS MSFT hasn't talke about Win Mo 7 or whatever comes next, no way to know. But in general, buy a phone for what it can do for you today, not whether you can upgrade it tomorrow or you'll wait forever the next big thing
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cdb

i've been using mine for just over a week now - really surprising how good the HD 2 is! The screen is big - i find it difficult to use in one hand (small hands..) , but it's just so quick and responsive.. and after using HD 2 no other Windows touch screen will feel the same
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Gartenberg

I don't find it too big but understand if you have small hands, this isn't the best device for you
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deedelvis

Does Skyfire work well on it? and if so are there any issues or other things (good or bad) Worth shouting about?
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Gartenberg

Skyfire worked well for me on the device. I still prefer Opera or IE though.
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dapperowl

i've being playing with one of these too, albeit only briefly. It's an ugly girl or boy wearing stunning make-up. And as such it's very attractive. But has much as HTC has skillfuly applies their Max Factor magic their are going to be times when you are exposed to the horror that is Windows Mobile (sorry, Windows Phone) lurking underneath all that slap. If the HD2 were running Android I would have already run away with it forever to another country with no phone-stealing extradition treaty.
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ranhalt

I'm in the US and I want to buy one to use on AT&T. Point me in the right direction.
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jshoq

You can buy one on expansys­-usa.com/ but it is the Euro/World model. As Gartenburg has stated, it won't work on AT&T's 3G frequencies but will do the 2.5G and that can be fast. If you absolutely need 3G, don't get it. I myself am looking at one a friend owns next week for a few hours but I feel I will buy one based on the 5 minutes I got with it this week.
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ArmpitOfDeath

Could someone time a USB data transfer to the SD card? Say ~100MB?
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jamiet

Hi,
I've had my HD2 for 6 days now and am very happy so far. The only part of WinMo 6.5 that you ever see is the Program screen/application launcher (i.e. the thing that once-upon-a-time was going to have the honeycomb interface) and I find it perfectly fine to use - nice big buttons.

The marketplace app (is that considered part of the OS??) is functional without being spectacular.

The rest of the time its all HTC Sense UI which is simple gorgeous. In fact nearly all of the good things about this phone can be attributed to the phone manufacturer which (IMO) is a good thing. I feel there's too much hot air that gets blown about whilst talking about OSs.

The hardware is what really "makes" this phone though. The massive screen is the killer part and I've seen a few iPhone owners look a bit miffed when I lay it alongside their treasured devices. HD2 is definitely a head turner.

Of course the biggest thing that its missing in comparison to the iPhone is the fact that the iPhone is also an iPod, so no decent media management here and absolutely zero podcasting support (which, for me, is a big thing). Of course I knew all this when I bought it so I shouldn't really complain.

I've been tweeting my experiences (both good and bad) using hash tag #hd2experience if anyone is interested.

Hope that helps!

-JT
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GadgetMan007

The device comes with two Twitter apps correct? How do they each perform? Can you upload pictures and videos (to Twitpic or Twitvid, respectively. Or other hosts?)? Do they support lists and the new retweet features recently added to Twitter?

Thanks - appreciate your time.
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drawkward

Can someone talk about the syncing experience for media, productivity, etc? Do you use third party applications?
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