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HTC HD2 preview: First look

10 November 2009 | Read the review | Post your comment
HTC HD2 preview: First look - read the full textThe dragon in the HTC camp has awoken, ladies and gentlemen, and its time it shows what its capable of. Be it a dragon, or a lion, the HTC HD2 or HTC Leo as it has been codenamed prior to release is truly a spectacular device that...


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I recieved htc hd2 with sense but in french language. i cannot translate it jn english fir there is no language option in the settings nenu. please help me. God bless.

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  • 2014-03-31 11:49
  • UD%n

Can I install windows 8 ?

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  • 2013-04-16 17:24
  • fBhp

> In reply to Alex @ 2009-11-16 02:12 from LaIk - click to readI can already tell that's gonna be super hlepufl.

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  • 2011-11-11 23:52
  • PI4F

> In reply to Kian @ 2009-11-17 14:13 from pKCr - click to readThis is exaclty what I was looking for. Thanks for writing!

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  • 2011-11-11 14:56
  • svsq

I'm sorry for the stupid question but does anyone know the price of this phone (unlocked version) in the USA?

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  • 2011-04-21 00:39
  • Q2Nt

I have one, and install android 2.2 froyo with it, work so awesome, which 3d grapic make all games HD work so smooth.. very nice..

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  • 2011-01-17 18:26
  • sEy{

hd2 + Evo 4G specifications would be the best smartphone! HTC, come on. speed it up!

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  • 2010-07-25 13:33
  • MtBj

> In reply to [deleted post]OXE, what time did you go and are they selling them?

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  • 2009-11-17 14:13
  • pKCr

The interface is very fast

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  • 2009-11-16 23:23
  • 0EaF

An amazing gadget, can't wait to buy it; 2 thingh worth menton: this is not the first phone using microUSB, the BlackStone was also using microUSB but the thing that bothers me most is the headphones...c'mon....:( LAME...again a 600 euros phone with carappy much money could HTC have saved? 20-30 euros....small things that matter dude :D...

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  • 2009-11-16 02:12
  • LaIk

The screen can probably handle 16 mil coulers but WM cannot.
The phone is verry pocketable.
The battery is enough for 90-99% of the users.
I have not yet had a flat battery after a days use if fully charged.
However imo they should have given it +- 1500mAhm becouse even if its enough I simply dont like to see it around 10-20% at the end of the day.
Rather have it at 30-40% min like my old Omnia. Feels safer.
A days use for me is:
+- 4 hours of music listening
+- 2 hours of Internet/youtube/gaming
+- 10 tekst messages
+- 3 short (5 min) phone calls

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  • 2009-11-15 01:55
  • n%9k

If only this baby had a 16 million colour screen, it would have been a TRUE marvel of modern day technology. Its still quite amazing though and a great phone nonetheless. The 16m screen wouldve made it an A+ instead of an A.

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  • 2009-11-14 10:29
  • MyUh

interesting, seriously whos gonna carry this thing around in their pants! maybe it should be used as a tablet pc. its not a phone that i want to put to my face

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  • 2009-11-14 06:39
  • Q%5b

It's better to stick on photos unboxing since I visit gsmarena with opera mini most of the time, making video viewing not possible.
But video unboxing as an option is always welcome but please leave some photos and words for us. Thanks =)

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  • 2009-11-14 04:45
  • wc6x

> In reply to devil666 @ 2009-11-11 06:38 from 4Axt - click to read"1)NO video call
2)NO TV-out
4)NO 16million color display
6)NO 16 GB internal storage
7)ONLY 5MP camera and NO geo-tagging
8)NO HD recording
9)NO 5.1 channel surround sound (even virtual doesn't exist)
10)NO DNSE 2.0 speakers (or Dolby enhanced speakers)
11)TOO small of a battery for such large screen (device=battery drainer)
12)NO mediascape (or fancy unique UI from Sony)
13)Same old (just bit larger icons/improved) more memory-hungry Touch FLO 3D, with same annoying black color
14)NO Android (but that is people's preference)
15)NO REAL multitouch as it still runs on WM 6.5 (HTC shoulda waited till WM 7.0 - and porting it ISN'T SAME as running it natively, besides Windows CE 6 is VERY different from Windows CE 5 which WM is based upon, so forget about even having in the future via XDA)
16)NO North American 3G bands
17)TOO BIG!!!!
18)TOO ugly (on the back)
19)HTC HD3 is already in planing (at least that's what I heard from HTC reps)
I'm HTC = lesser innovations leads to lesser risks and cheaper parts, which leads us to MORE MONEY!!! and yep MONEY is all I care about!!

Can't agree more with darknight07, this device surely looks now more like an oversized, overpriced trash from HTC! u might as well be better with a tiny PC tablet..."

erm. windows mobile 6.5 comes with support for multitouch. i don;t know what you are on about when you say no multitouch.

also go have a look at the spec sheet again, you will find it has relatively "improved" battery life.
the step up from winmo 6.1 to 6.5 added better battery useage. i noticed that when i upgraded my touch diamond 2 from 6.1 to 6.5, and that has a 900MaH battery- somehow i am managing to get 2-3 days of reuglar to heavy use of the phone.

i dunno about you americans, but there is no such thing as HD radio in Australia. if you are talking about digital radio instead, then i wouldn't complain either. Digital Radio hasn't had a huge uptake doe to dropouts when reception falls below half reception, and the audio losing a lot of quality.

as for the lack of frontal video camera- well let me ask you this: how many people out of the population who uses a 3G capable phone- actually does video calling. Surveys done in Australia show that the initial take- up was large, but- like with Twitter, after a short while the majority of people didn't take it up. While it is a feature i rarely use myself- i am sure i can do wtithout, since it is not something i live off.

your "too big" and "too ugly" are purely subjective. so i will be subjective too. i like the large screen, and i like the back of the phonevery much.

as for the touch flo 3d, i find it no less of a drag on my phones performance compared to running apps on the Sony Xperia X1a.

the only 2 things i agree with you on is the lack of internal storage(made up for by the Micro SD card)
and the lack of DLNA, but then again windows mobile 6.5 lets you use your windows live passport to stream media to your phone from a windows 7 pc using a mobile broadband connection, so that is kind of a moot point

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  • 2009-11-13 02:20
  • 9x16

> In reply to size @ 2009-11-12 17:17 from MxNG - click to readyea exactly, when looking at the specs of this monster i did't even care about the size, its design is so simplistic and slick there is nothing you can do except applicate it

the HD2 is uping the bar at an insane level, it was just born screaming

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  • 2009-11-12 22:29
  • UijP
  • kevin from chinatown
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I like the way the author of this article writes, especially at the end, somewhere there inside this phone lives a real dragon. Nice. Keep it up.
Nice phone too, the fastest respon speed i have even seen on winmo.

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  • 2009-11-12 20:24
  • jA1$

Also great Preview....and about the UNBOXING VIDEO...i think most of us would like that in the review more than just pictures :)

Thanks for the great job u do!

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  • 2009-11-12 19:37
  • 0Ue1

htc hd2 120,5x67x11
iphone 115,5x62,1x12,3 ..hd2 is only 5mm longer and 5mm one complains over the size of the iphone 3gs..people the HD2 is gonna fit into your front pocket!

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  • 2009-11-12 17:17
  • MxNG

Look forward to full review, but thanks for whetting the apetite!

Extract from comments I made on another review site.

I had this beauty in my hands for an hour courtesy a caring staff member at HTC SA.

Since you mention the HTC HERO, even the HD2 finds the HERO to be a hard act to follow. The HERO Sense UI is in a completely different league to the HD2 Sense UI.
If youre oblivious to the HERO Sense UI and the Android slickness, you wont be bothered with this statement. Im not against WM per se, but having been privileged to experiment with the HTC HERO device, WM and HD2 Sense UI are positively archaic!

The larger screen is a joy, but this comes at a price of comfort when actually making calls even with large hands (someone mentioned earlier this is still actually a phone :))

As for the Camera lens raised above the surface, cant quite fathom that one must be an eastern thing!

The physical appearance to me is a little uninspiring, and as in your review, the overall package of the HD seems more striking!

Bottom line, since at my age the HERO text is too small, this will probably be my Diamond replacement that has endeared me to HTC.
Oh yes, and the HTC Service which in South Africa is just superb, as Im sure it is in the rest of the world.

The HD2 is where Im headed but will always miss the HERO Sense UI and Android marriage that is not quite evident in the MS 6.5 and lacklustre Sense UI offering which make up the OS partnership on the HD2!

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  • 2009-11-12 14:39
  • Nh3h

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