Conclusion: Impressive, yes, and probably the best video-watching 3G phone on the market not made by Apple (soon to be surpassed by Sprint’s 4G EVO on June 4). But fighting with Windows Mobile, even with HTC Sense chaperoning, is simply not worth the effort. Stick Android on this puppy and you’ve got something.
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.
Conclusion: The HTC HD2 isn't your average smartphone. Rather it's HTC's dream machine: that what if you could have a 1 GHz processor, a crazy large capacitive display and yet still fit it in your pocket kind of product. It's hard not to really like the HD2, not just thanks to the gorgeous hardware but HTC's Sense UI that makes the fun seem elegant, fun and modern.
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.
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.