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  • Outdated Windows Mobile OSLack of compelling applicationsCould be too big for some users
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Model
GSM

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Windows Mobile)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Windows Mobile)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to6.3 hour) (up to5.3 hour)
Standby time (max)
490 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1230 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (no)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location)

Storage

Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV) (BMP, GIF, JPEG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
J2ME

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA) (yes)

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480, 800)
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
448 MB
ROM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
no
Ruggedized
no
TV-out
no
Model
T-Mobile USA Version

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Windows Mobile)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Windows Mobile)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to6.3 hour) (up to5.3 hour)
Standby time (max)
490 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1230 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (no)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location)

Storage

Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV) (BMP, GIF, JPEG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
J2ME

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (UMTS / WCDMA, HSDPA) (yes)

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480, 800)
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
576 MB
ROM
1024 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
no
Ruggedized
no
TV-out
no
Model
Telstra Australian Version (T9193)

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Windows Mobile)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Windows Mobile)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Talk time
2G, 3G (up to6.3 hour) (up to5.3 hour)
Standby time (max)
490 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (1230 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Flash, Contact pictures) (no)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location)

Storage

Memory card
microSD (microSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA) (AVI, MPEG-4, Quicktime, WMV) (BMP, GIF, JPEG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Games, Notes, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
J2ME

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Oceania

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (GSM, GPRS, EDGE) (HSDPA) (yes)

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
Other (480, 800)
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes)

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
448 MB
ROM
512 MB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Proximity

Other features

Flight mode
yes
FM tuner
yes
FM transmitter
no
Infrared port
no
Kickstand
no
NFC or RFID payment
no
Ruggedized
no
TV-out
no