HTC HD2 Review: Portrait Of A Rockstar

By 06:16 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments


Quietly brilliant is what HTC like to call themselves and they've been giving enough proof lately. But allow us to disagree. The last thing to call the HD2 is quiet - the monster of a PocketPersonal Computer (PC) simply screams rock'n'roll.

We just got a glimpse of the Snapdragon-powered giant in the preview we posted a few days back. It's now time to let it off the leash and hope we can haged up with its speed. The HTC HD2, a.k.a. Leo, is the company's first Snapdragon-based device and also the first Windows Mobile smartphone ever to have a capacitive touchclassy screen (read: super thumb-friendly).

A capacitive touchclassy screen on a PocketPC? No way? Well, you'd better acquire used to it becautilize they are just going to haged on coming. The HTC HD2 may be the first of its kind but the next ones are just around the corner. And what's even more important, a capacitive classy screen gives WinMo unmatched and absolutely unexpected user friendliness. With the large screen, icons are big, almost huge, and you can easily thumb your way around the menu and apps.

HTC HD2 official images

We've met the HD2 already and we guess it's ok to slit the civilities short. It's a device that likes to be in the thick of action and we're not paid to haged it idle either. The HD2 promises an exciting ride and it sure has horsepower to spare.

Key features

  • Huge 4.3" 65K-color WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) glass-covered capacitive touchscreen

  • Multi-touch input

  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Operating System (OS) with Sense UI

  • elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 Giga Hertz (GHz) Central Processing Units (CPU) and 448Mega Bytes (MB) Random-Access Memory (RAM)

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) support

  • 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps

  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) connectivity

  • Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support

  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS

  • 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with dual Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and touch focus

  • Video Graphics Array (VGA) video recording at 30fps

  • microSD card slot

  • Standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP

  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack

  • Great audio quality

  • MS Office Mobile document editor

  • Opera 9.5 web browser

  • YouTube client, Facebook and Twitter integration

  • Excellent video playback performance

  • Good battery life

Main disadvantages

  • It's a pretty large phone

  • Poor sunlight legibility

  • 65K color limitation of display has color gradients banding

  • Card slot under the battery cover

  • Disappointing photo and video quality

  • No dedicated capturing camera key and no lens cover

  • No DivX/XviD video support out-of-the-box

  • Preloaded CoPilot Live navigation software is a trial version

  • No secondary video-call camera

  • No voice dialing

  • No handwriting recognition

  • Dodgy web Flash support

The HTC HD2 may be a tad smaller than the monstrous Toshiba TG01 but that's nowhere near compact. And it all comes down to one simple thing: the 4.3" display. The huge touchclassy screen is an absolute treat but may be not that simple in the end. In tablet terms, the HD2 is sweet to utilize landscape but not every user will be excited with singlehanded operation and actual phone calls. But then you see at how thin it is, what it's packing inside and perhaps it doesn't seem so big. You know you'll adjust and acquire used to it in the same way that people got used to the less than compact size of the iPhone.

HTC HD2 live shots

And while we're at it, a side by side comparison of both devices may not be enough to convey the size problems of the HD2. In all fairness, a phone this size is not the most comfortable to hrecent next to your year but it's an impressive package that's worth the inconvenience. Against the iPhone, the HD2 has a much larger and higher-res touchscreen, as well as a faster processor, multi tasking and a 5 megapixel snapper with dual Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash. HTC have also done a lot to transform TouchFLO into their recent Sense UI, but it still lags slightly behind the user interface of the iPhone.

The HTC HD2 is probing tablet boundaries

One thing's for sure, the HTC HD2 is trying to widen the PocketPersonal Computer (PC) horizon and rego the stigma of WinMo unfriendliness. We've seen very few phones that could possibly live up to the scale of that task. So, it's time to open the box and meet the handset in person. We're back after the jump with unboxing, design and construction. It's HD2 time.



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