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HTC HD2 review: Portrait of a rockstar

17 November 2009 | Read the review | Post your comment
HTC HD2 review: Portrait of a rockstar - read the full textQuietly 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 PocketPC simply screams rock'n'roll...


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> In reply to recrwit @ 2009-12-01 04:37 from PE6S - click to readThat happens when you press send more than once.

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  • 2009-12-05 01:41
  • qL@9

This way better than the cheap bulky nokia n900.

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  • 2009-12-02 00:35
  • nDQI

Someone posted a remark about the Samsung's HD screen not being capacitive. Wrong bud, it IS capacitive... :-)

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  • 2009-12-01 17:32
  • 31hA

Hi :
I have problem sending SMS from HD2 when I finished type the message body it prompts me with a message saying that am I sending this blank message ?
Please help

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  • 2009-12-01 04:37
  • PE6S

I'm concerned only about the pink tint issue.

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  • 2009-11-29 10:19
  • sSj@

> In reply to Jamie @ 2009-11-28 09:28 from 3pcg - click to readDoh! Ignore my last post, I've reinstalled ActiveSync and all contacts are installed - now works like a dream. Love this phone, shame it's more intelligent than me! Lol

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  • 2009-11-28 12:15
  • 3pcg

Has anyone else had problems sync-ing their HD2? I'm running XP Pro with all my contacts stored in Office Outlook 2007. However, whilst ActiveSync copies calendar details to the HD2, it ignores my contacts... So i'm stuck with a flashy phone with no numbers on it! I've tried rync-ing with gmail but to no avail... Any advice out there..?

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  • 2009-11-28 09:28
  • 3pcg

I mostly use it as a media player, and for that
its simply amazing.
Its plays h264 video's flaweless upto 5k bitrate
although 2k is perfect for most 800x480 movies.

65k colors, its a downside, but you'll barely notice
it, only on one color gradients.

WM6.5 works great on a fast mobile like this, very
good memory handling. Used android before, but they
still need at least one year to compete.

For me its the big screen and fast cpu, its overwhelming.

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  • 2009-11-26 15:51
  • naKI

Hi people can somebody tell me how can i send pictures or mp3 via bluetooth via this device pls HTC HD2

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  • 2009-11-25 16:51
  • mihx

I've had the HD2 for 24hrs now and it's simply stunning. The size of the handset is not a problem, it works well, is easy to navigate and runs so smoothly... Now all I need to do is copy the (detailed) contacts from my N82 phone (not the SIM card) to the HD2. Any sugestions as to how?
Also, GSM's review said CoPilot Live8 could only be downloaded to the phone and not the microSD card, is this correct given the limited available memory in the handset?

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  • 2009-11-24 20:20
  • 3pcg

> In reply to Bash @ 2009-11-23 01:42 from m5xg - click to readi8910 HD uses a capacitive screen.

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  • 2009-11-23 17:59
  • tRir

> In reply to White Lion @ 2009-11-23 01:55 from nCcB - click to readUpdate:

Regarding the pink spot in the middle of the pictues taken with the HD2, I just reialized that when using the Auto White balance the pink spot at the center of the picture appears noticably in pictures with bright or white color. I testing it while the white balance was set to Sunny (which I like and sometimes do with my renoir). However the pictures are greate and I still take pictures with it and the pink spot is not or hardly noticable while setting the white balance to sunny, much better than iphone or black berry ;)

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  • 2009-11-23 16:30
  • nCc2

Be careful, if you expect photo's and music from the sd card to load fast : dream on, that's the reason why i put my HTC Hero after one day back in the box. The phone can't access those files as quick as for example the Iphone 3GS can (native memory).

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  • 2009-11-23 12:39
  • MFv0

Hmmm strange. I took more than 15 pictures for the sky, clouds, white clothes, white papers and books and I cant see the big pink spot in the center of any picture neither the edges. I dont know why its exist in some of the pictures taken in the review, may be its the device they were reviewing has this isuue. Well, at least anyone who want to make sure can just go and try it himself. And what I ment down in the comment about the pink color in the pictures, I ment the pink color that occurs in pictures which have the sun or part of it in the background, from the sun light a little pink to purple color occure close to it, but not in other pictures I took even out side under the sun nor in side a building. And if any body wants me to take a picture of a specific thing just ask and give my an upload site to upload it and it'll be my pleasure :)

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  • 2009-11-23 01:55
  • nCcB

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-18 17:49 from 3KHC - click to readIf you need a phone with HD recording you could go samsung HD, but its not capacitive nor multi touch capable. better still you go Iphone 3GS its quite expensive than HD2 but sorry it can't record HD video. which you can't even notice on the phone unless it is connected to the TV which HD2 doesn't have. please buy iphone and stop complaining about HD2. leave us alone. long live HTC ,Long live WINDOW MOBILE.

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  • 2009-11-23 01:42
  • m5xg

Well guys, I bought the HTC HD2 even before this good review is issued. I have one thing to say, among all smart phones, windows mobile, Android, symbian, HTC HD2 is the best in the following aspects:

1) Speed (even with too much programs, applications, multimedia stuff installed, it is as fast as it was out of the box.

2) Screen size: you wont understand how greate having a 4.3" screen until you try your self, specially in viewing websites, photos and videos (although it has 65000 colors, you will notice the difference if you bring it side by side with a 16million colors screen and thats one of the windows mobile disadvantages where it only support 65k colors not the screen, anyway I'm talking about the size here not the colors).

3) User interface (really easy, fast, easily customied and an eye candy, I'm really enjoying it and I cant get bored of it).

4) Scratch resestive screen and body (you can find other mobile phones with a scratch resistance screen such as the LG Chocolate BL40, but its hard to find a scratch resistance body)

5) Ease of use: I cant think of a more simple way to structure such phone with the largest screen in mobile phones world. The 5 buttons are the only buttons you will need, and when i say need, I mean you will really need them, I'm happy they didnt put a lesser buttons or touch buttons coz like this its really easy to use and I want effeciancy of use more than design.

Those are the best features the phone has that give it a comarative advantage upon its compititors. but, there are many other good features you will diffinetly enjoy, not to mention the windows mobile community with its larg range of applications that you can add to your phone.

Here are the advantages and disatvantages of the THC HD2:


The GSMArena list of advantages:
-Huge 4.3" 65K-color WVGA glass-covered capacitive touchscreen
-Multi-touch input
-Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS with Sense UI
-Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz CPU and 448MB RAM
-Quad-band GSM support
-3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps
-Wi-Fi connectivity
-Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support
-Stereo FM radio with RDS
-5 MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash and touch focus
-VGA video recording at 30fps
-microSD card slot
-Standard microUSB 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

Added by me from my opinion and judgement:

-Greate flash (as strong as SE c905 if not stronger + can be used while shooting video or as a flash light)


I dont see all the disadvantages that GSMarena has listed as a real disadvantages that cannot be avoided, I agree with the following disadvantages listed by GSMArena:

-Poor sunlight legibility
-65K color limitation of display has color gradients banding
-Card slot under the battery cover (although for me its not a disadvantage since I take out the memory each month to transfer my data, but it may be for others who do that daily)
-No dedicated camera key and no lens cover
-No secondary video-call camera
-No voice dialing
-No handwriting recognition (although thats obviouse coz its a capacitive screen and it does not support stylus but only your finger, even your nail wont work and its really hard and tierfull to handwrite using your finger)

Listed disatvantages I dissagree with:

-It's a pretty large phone ( Believe me, go see it for yourself, its hardly noticable that its larger than the iphone. Whn the iphon hit the market, it was the one of the largest if not the largest phones in the market and no one complained abouyt its size, however, the HD2 isn't the largest snapdragon processor mobile and some are saying oooh its too big!! and being too thin makes it feels good in hand. And believe, I find no issue using it by one hand, even writting messeges using one hand is quit accurate and i dont messtype, even if i did messtyped, it hs a nice feaures where it corrects the word you messtyped it as you press the space button.)

-Disappointing photo and video quality (I have one of the best 8 megapixel cameraphones which is LG Renoir, ofcourse the Renoir take a much higher quality pictures, but the HD2 pictures is close in terms of macro, sharpness, and little bit better in treating colors wher it take a more saturated picture than the Renoir does. The only problem is that it doesn't has image stapilizer, you have to keep your hand as steady as possible to get the greatest pictures you can. And for the colors, as mentioned in the review sometimes it create a pink color in some part of the photo but you can deal with that by manualy setting the white balance to sunny for example and get a more balanced colors in your photo. But in general, the camera is the best camera among htc phones and do an acceptable performance and takes better indoor and dark pictures than my lg Renoir (which has a xenon flash) thanks to its pwerfull dual LED flash which is far better than the N95 one's.)

-No DivX/XviD video support out-of-the-box (I dont assume things that you can change as a disadvantage, fo example, in my HD2, to get to task manager, I have to go through start/settings/others/task manager which I feel little bit frustraiting where I like to check the task manager frequently, so I downloaded a software that makes a shortcut to the task manager and put it in the home screen. The same goes here, since you can make it support Divx/Xvix by installing a third party software which is availabe free on the net)
-Preloaded CoPilot Live navigation software is a trial version (Well does other smartphones from samsung, sonyericsson, and nokia give a free navigation software?! I dont think so)

-Dodgy web Flash support (Opera doesn't support flash and its faster than the Internet Explorer and it has the pinch zooming ability but, Internet Explorer does support flash with a slower speed in rendering pages but not too slow, say 5 to 6 seconds to load Youtube hompage for IE, 3 to 4 seconds to do so with the Opera, and it doesnt has the pinch zooming. However I'm trying to uninstall the Internet Explorer and install the zooomer application which allows you to pinch zoom newly instaled applications and then reinstall the IE and find out ifit will work or not. Anyway, I used the IE to browse some flash website like youtube and it played the videos well, may be HQ videos with 720p or higher will be hard to be played but I dont realize the reazon why would you play a 720p video instead of 480p where the difference wont be noticable in a 4.3" screen!)

At the end, I can say this phone is really one of the greatest if not the greatest phones in the mobile phones market. I cant describe it, you just have to try it. And sorry for the long talk xD

*Note: All what I said is from my opinion and based on my knowledge, it my be true and it might be wrong, so please dont take it in a harsh way if you disagree with something I wrote, and I welcome any oter opinion or disagreement. Thanks.

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  • 2009-11-23 01:36
  • nCcB

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-20 10:02 from 3IX2 - click to readplease stop complaining buy Apple Iphone. at least your worry will be over.

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  • 2009-11-23 01:22
  • m5xg

> In reply to Ladana @ 2009-11-20 02:43 from n3U{ - click to readho sorry to hear about the hd2 camera. I would suggest you go Iphone for £998 on expansys. but behold it had bad camera too. so its a trade off. everybody want to kill apple but they can't pay for it.

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  • 2009-11-23 01:19
  • m5xg

I have two questions about this device:
First about compatibility of old Windows Mobile softwares with this Capacitive Multi-touch screen and new OS.
And the second question:
Is it possible to add more than one mobile Phone number for a contact? (Or like older Windows mobile it's not possible)

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  • 2009-11-22 12:47
  • p@5g

hi would you say this phone is good for a 16 year old im getting it soon on vodafone cause ive had so much trouble with my blackberry storm 9500

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  • 2009-11-22 00:54
  • 0RGF

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