75
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A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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HTC HD2 review

When Microsoft finally launched Windows Mobile 6.5 earlier this year, there may have been lots of fanfare, but there was little honest excitement. After a tepid showing at MWC in Barcelona followed by the proper launch this October, no one was exactly up in arms over the OS, though support from the big M's partners was characteristically plentiful. Still, there was nary a ray of light to be seen in the otherwise bleak and basic landscape of handset offerings... until the HD2 came along. In August of this year, HTC showed off what seemed to be one of the few Windows Mobile devices capable of generating honest enthusiasm. The massive, full touchscreen device boasts impressive specs: a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a generous 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive WVGA touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and lots of other bells and whistles. But the centerpiece here isn't the hardware, it's HTC's totally revamped user interface, Sense, which doesn't just hide Windows Mobile 6.5 -- it all but zaps it out of existence. Sadly for Microsoft, that's the most enticing part of this equation. So, is the HD2's new face enough to quell the bad vibes of Windows Mobile and make the platform seem viable again, or is that a challenge which takes more than just a coat of paint? We've taken a hard look at the phone... so read on to find out.

Pros
  • Huge, gorgeous displayHTC Sense UISlick industrial design
Cons
  • Outdated Windows Mobile OSLack of compelling applicationsCould be too big for some users
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Reception and call quality

75
 

Display

90
 

Battery life

77
 

Camera

73
 

Ease of use

74
 

Design and form factor

87
 

Portability (size / weight)

69
 

Media support

60
 

Durability

87
 

Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

50
 

How It Stacks Up

88

Engadget

88
 

Critic

82
 

User

93
 
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80
 

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78
 

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84
 

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81
 

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80
 
87

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87
 

Critic

83
 

User

90
 
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How It Stacks Up

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88
 

Critic

82
 

User

93
 
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84
 

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