Reviews and Problems with HTC HD2 / Touch HD 2 / Leo
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HTC Touch HD2 Review
27 October 2010
Summary: The HTC Touch HD2 has a lot of features and HTC Sense, all packed into its large well-built frame, as well as a super-snappy interface. Its 4.3-inch screen is definitely the best thing about the phone, but unfortunately, it is no longer the best screen around. 65K colour limitation and poor sunlight legibility are also serious limitations, as is the mediocre video playback experience.
Pros: Speedy and capable interface, Large and responsive touchscreen, Great battery life, Free Office document editing
Cons: Poor sunlight legibility, 65K colour limitation, Pricey, Average camera
Excerpt: In this the second HD handset from HTC, the company has made some very relevant modifications. The previous HTC Touch HD seemed as impressive when launched but fared poorly. I was hoping this one would do better and I got the opportunity to find out. Take a look. Form Factor The handset can be described appropriately in one word – Big.
Excerpt: HTC’s HD2 from T-Mobile, with its glossy 4.3-inch display and Blockbuster download capability, is about as close to a personal multimedia device as a cell phone can get. Too bad it has the wrong operating system: the nearly obsolete Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional sugar-coated with HTC’s Sense. Yes, the HD2 is chockfull of lovely technologies, but can all its wonderful multimedia capabilities peacefully co-exist in a heretofore touchscreen unfriendly operating system?
Pros: Large, beautiful 4.3-inch 480 x 800 pixel LCD, High-end multimedia capabilities including FM radio, Superb 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, Responsive 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB microSD card preinstalled, Respectable battery life
Cons: Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS, Slow Web browsing, Reflective display, No dedicated camera shutter release button, Heavy
Summary: Saying that the HD2 is the best Windows Phone ever isn’t a stretch, but with the much more exciting Windows Phone 7 OS around the corner, does that compliment carry much weight? Yes. HTC and T-Mobile have teamed up to deliver a very intuitive interface and a rich selection of multimedia services, even though they’re not as integrated as iTunes. However, other phones with this processor offer better performance, which reminds us why Microsoft is moving on.
Pros: Intuitive Sense interface, Large multitouch display, Sleek and sturdy design, Sharp 5-MP camera and smooth VGA camcorder, Preloaded eBook and movie download apps,
Cons: Performance bogs down with multiple apps open, Lackluster touch keyboard, Spotty inconsistent 3G coverage, Not upgradeable to Windows Phone 7,
Conclusion: HTC is currently running a promotion where you can buy the HD2 for as low as AED 2,579 (US$ 700) which is a pretty good deal for a phone that is so highly spec’ed. However, I’m not sure if this is a good time to recommend the HTC HD2 with Windows 7 announced last week requiring newly designed hardware.
Excerpt: How things change in just a year: the HTC Touch HD was a huge-screen, heavenly Windows Mobile phone with TouchFLO 3D jazzing things up last fall. Now it's just reasonably cool and the likes of the HTC Imagio on Verizon does pretty much the same stuff for much less than the Touch HD's original import price of $1,000.
Pros: Huge capacitive display, super-thin., Absolutely wonderful and huge 4.3" capacitive multi-touch display that's impressed everyone we've shown it to. The HD2 is fast, Sense UI is a pleasure to look at and useful too. Opera loads web pages unusually fast over EDGE, reducing the agony of 2g-only cellular data in the US. The smartphone looks and feels like a quality piece of hardware and the looks are super-sexy.
Cons: No US 3G, no carrier subsidies so it's expensive., Expensive, no US 3G, camera is decent but not top notch.
Summary: There’s no question that the HTC HD2 is the best Windows Mobile phone we’ve tested. This device proves that Microsoft’s platform can compete with the big boys when it’s paired with a capacitive screen, smart interface, and snappy processor. However, some will find the HD2 a bit much to carry, and Microsoft’s app store has a long way to go before it even approaches the breadth and depth of choices available on Android devices and the iPhone.
Pros: Large capacitive touch screen display, Intuitive HTC Sense interface, Fast processor, Convenient carrier billing for apps, Good battery life,
Cons: Cant customize Start menu, Relatively large, Windows Mobile Marketplace has much fewer apps than iPhone Android, No wireless music or video downloads, No Zune integration,
Excerpt: If we're talking first impressions, the HTC HD2 gets off to an absolute flier. The 4.3in, 800 x 480 resolution screen is relatively enormous and packed into a profile that's just 11mm deep. The HD2's rigid buttons and solid, seamless casing make it a stunner to look at. Turn the phone on and the HD2 takes you through a screen-by-screen process that sets up wi-fi, email, contacts and more, and leaves you with a great-looking home screen.
Pros: Huge screen, good resolution, design has serious wow factor, customisable home screen looks great, HTC Sense is smart.
Cons: HTC Sense and Windows Mobile makes it rather busy, streaming video struggled, audio lacks a little detail.