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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 Touch HD user @ 2009-11-20 18:17 from tRhS - click to readWell I called o2 to get my PAC no, with the intention of getting a HTC Hero on Orange, and came away with an upgrade to a HD2. Must admit I'm looking fwd to getting it v.soon, tho gawd knows how I'll fit it in the front pocket of my jeans... Btw, any news on how to download CoPilot Live 8 to the HD2's microSD card rather than it's built-in memory..?

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  • 2009-11-20 19:20
  • 3pcg

> In reply to Mark @ 2009-11-18 19:05 from 3pcg - click to readHD2 uses 1GHz Snapdragon CPU and has 448MB of RAM.

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  • 2009-11-20 18:17
  • tRhS

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-20 11:18 from mjve - click to readI would expect HTC to solve the problem with the camera, even if they have to RMA the affected units, simply because that there are units which don't seem to exhibit this problem, AT ALL.

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  • 2009-11-20 17:10
  • nYQC

> In reply to Ladana @ 2009-11-20 02:43 from n3U{ - click to readI absolutely agree with you. Such a shame with that camera. I could live with an average camera, but I can't live with that pink tint...

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  • 2009-11-20 11:18
  • mjve

Compared to Toshiba TG01 (after upgrade to WinMo 6.5):
Pros: Capacitive Screen
Touchflow 3d

Cons: Still a HTC, behind the Toshiba name
Problem with lens (purple fringing)
handwriting recognition is missing (the better virtual keyboard is accessible though)

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  • 2009-11-20 10:02
  • 3IX2

Since HTC Touch, everything is hyped, till now and such a bold stuffff.
I remember they called Touch iPhone Killer. Still this one is killing the same iPhone, hah!!!!
iPhone is one classic product in mobile tech till now, causing a twist in this technology, Please stop killing the ancestors and learn how to be a legend like them

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  • 2009-11-20 09:55
  • 3IX2

I love the phone! Thanks for the review. Its realy iphone killerrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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  • 2009-11-20 08:28
  • 03}8

I was waiting eagerly for this oh so nice looking phone for months, bloody amazing display and touchscreen. But then I don't get why they have to fail with the camera so badly. The pink tint in the center appears to be a lens error, probably an issue with manufacturing, but that is not really an excuse. Especially because things like that cannot be postprocessed out of the image properly. For a handset that goes for close to 700 Euros here in Europe, such camera issues are a major fail. Pity. Maybe they fix it in the next generation, but such oversights depress me.

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  • 2009-11-20 02:43
  • n3U{

wow very good UI from HTC too bad why HTC choose winmo & 65k color.. c'mon HTC use another OS with better color support maybe Symbian next time?

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  • 2009-11-20 02:15
  • tDx@

Thanks Mia for your sympathy
somebody asked me, "if Windows is as bad as you say, how come 90% of people in the world use it?"
I answered "The same reason that McDonald is the same bad and the same high selling"
One friend said I have not used WinMo yet.
I understand, I hate judging something before using it, even more than how I hate windows.
I had HTC S310, (My only experience with HTC) and JAMin, another experience with WinMo 5.0
Remember, greatest haters mostly have been greatest lovers!!!!!
I also suggest you to make a simple switch (iPhone and Android are highly recommended) and see how easy your life is goint be. Please never say you have had one of them for 2 weeks or something. Use it to get to know it. Then chose a title for your comment (I can borrow you mine),

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  • 2009-11-19 17:08
  • xmMK

These days with Windows Mobile phones now getting the biggest hardware and the most tweaks, the people who hate Windows Mobile just go Windows Mobile = Fail. And most of the time these are the same people who haven't used Windows Mobile.

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  • 2009-11-19 16:25
  • uC4c

Thank you GSMArena team for this detailed and quick review!

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  • 2009-11-19 12:03
  • 0BkQ

Shame abou the camera and the video. This phone deserved better. Will HTC ever release a phone with a decent camera and video? Also, fitting WM 6.5 in this device is like fitting a diesel engine in a Ferrari.

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  • 2009-11-19 11:30
  • pskn

> In reply to windows hater @ 2009-11-19 09:00 from pTfB - click to readI'm with you man,winmo ruins everything inside the phone and ruin their user's life with those outdated design and iPhone's wannabe for their os.

Android or Mac is much better,remember they're still young and beat down grandpa winmo to a pulp...R.I.P for winmo,just go back to PC Os where you belong.

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  • 2009-11-19 09:10
  • tDxD

When you look from down to up, it starts good.
Relatively minimal, let's say appealing design
Good screen
Capacitive interface, I can predict it to be as good as HTC dream @ least
when you see the START button of WinMo, everything changes, it means a twisted complex, nonuniform, unstable
Windows ruins everything

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  • 2009-11-19 09:00
  • pTfB

> In reply to darkmax @ 2009-11-18 01:50 from TIEW - click to readThen Apple Iphone have apple inside???
HTC Hero have a Hero inside???
Samsung Jet have a jet in it???

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  • 2009-11-19 07:27
  • PUUj

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2009-11-17 22:41 from p0tI - click to read"Adding full Flash Support to Opera Mobile is easy. You really should remove the missing Flash support as a disadvantage, because it's not missing but just not activated.

The camera is no disappointment either. It's as good as other smartphones and this is all we could expect."

so is it in a plug- in? where can i get it?

my TD2 is sorely missing flash support,

and forget IE8 for that- they are about as useful as a set of udders on a bull. i am yet to get a video to load without telling me that i need to upgrade my flash plug-in

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  • 2009-11-19 06:00
  • 9x16

T-Mobile USA, please oh pretty please bring this phone to the U S. I would be the happiest person on the planet!!!!

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  • 2009-11-18 23:52
  • 0abt

Got the handset today, it looks and feels AMAZING :)

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  • 2009-11-18 21:54
  • pKJw

Excelent review, very well written and documented. I like how you guys blend the text with the youtube videos, so there is no shortage of ways to form an opinion about the handset.
I look forward to more reviews written as pasionately as this one and several from this month. Keep up the good work!!!

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  • 2009-11-18 20:13
  • pkgx

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