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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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I don't understand why there are so many bitchers around here..
just do your own review and let me read on that!

Great overall review GSM Arena team! (:

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  • 2009-11-18 04:52
  • wr1{

why the name is HTC 'hd' 2 when it cannot record video in high definition.........does this phone has 3d accelator?

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  • 2009-11-18 04:29
  • ttvh

"If only we had that kind of hardware a couple of years ago, nobody would have even considered the iPhone seriously."

when the iphone was first introduced its hardware was below par already! the iphone 2g always lost when its hardware was compared to that of other phones! it had no 3g and a very poor camera. BUT the iphone NEVER was about HARDWARE! unfortunatly most reviewers dont get that!
its a pity you also seem to fail to recognize that.

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  • 2009-11-18 02:57
  • n3}W

Well now... what is it that makes HTC so damn popular, like those of iPhone fanbois?

The naming of this and its predecessor is a misnomer. HD? Where and what is HD about it? The camera is a mere 5 mpx, which is at least 4 years old. Not only is it not HD-capable, the images taken are not on par with the other handsets with 5 mpx camera.

Okay... may be it is the screen, being of gigantic proportion as compared to the rest of the phones. But, alas, NO. Of course not, don't be spastic. Not yet anyway...

So.... What is HD about it? Stupid naming protocol is what I'll say.

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  • 2009-11-18 01:50
  • TIEW

I hate when the writer says: "If only we had that kind of hardware a couple of years ago, nobody would have even considered the iPhone seriously"
after 3 years finally a company found the meaning of touch, something more than just a gesture, an intuitive usage of the most natural human and machine interface.
Compare searching among media in Diamond, shooting each album up to see what the next is with a very primitive and awful cartoonish appearance!!!
Now by hiring the cover flow, this namely new kid makes touch more sensible.
On and on and on.
I have to tell the writer, the problem has never been the MHz or MB of RAM, this is the lack of idea and innovation. All these companies owe their progress to Apple and it's phenomenal iPhone.
Please STOP assuming Windows the best platform before writing your reviews.
Future of mobile belongs to Android (for more serious users) and to iPhone (for happier and younger users), Symbian, WinMo and other Dinosaurs are gone. Opening and Editing Office Documents are done over JAVA platform now the same for Multitasking.
After all I can count the improvements in this new handset:
1- CPU
2- Win 6.5 over 6.1 (getting ideas from iPhone and Android)
3- Opera 9.7, since 9.5 it's copying Safari
4- Capacitive screen, not a new thing these days.
5- Solid, minimal and uniform body (sounds familiar? iPhone concept in design)
What is still in queue:
1- 65K color is terrible (WinMo still is not able to code more than 16 bit color, you still call it powerful???)
2- Usage of the touch gestures is limited to add-ons in touch floe 3d not the core of windows. compare copy/paste with iPhone.
3- Not upgradeable to WinMo 7.0, next year I'll have a free upgrade for my iPhone 2G, to iPhone 4.0, I have done it 2 times till now and every time I have enjoyed the new experience

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  • 2009-11-18 01:33
  • 3IX2

I really (really!!!) want to think "wow, that's a superb phone!!!" but I can't do that. Why HTC, why???

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  • 2009-11-18 00:18
  • Pkn$

> In reply to liquidmonkey @ 2009-11-18 00:01 from 39Hi - click to readhey you have a good point
but if u find anything else with such a display and power let me know it might change my mind

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  • 2009-11-18 00:13
  • SeFm

The issue mentioned with the camera (pinkish color-cast) has been reported by other users.

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  • 2009-11-18 00:04
  • nYQC

great review!!
video was a bit of a dissapointment which means i'm gonna pass on this :(
had high hopes but when spending over 500Euros on a mobile, it needs to be perfect (for me).

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  • 2009-11-18 00:01
  • 39Hi

hey guys thanks for the review it has every thing i need to know but i wish u would compare the sound quality with the htc hd1 or at least put that chart that u usually do it's very helpful
anyway great review keep up the good work

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  • 2009-11-18 00:00
  • SeFN

gsmarena! you guys are the best! thanks for the review!

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  • 2009-11-17 23:46
  • 0p27

Thank you, GSMA for this in-depth review.

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  • 2009-11-17 23:43
  • 3rRg

Thanks for this excellent review, full of details and common sens.

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  • 2009-11-17 23:28
  • njnv

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.

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  • 2009-11-17 22:41
  • p0tI

Seriously, enough with listing not having flash as a disadvantage. The only phones that have it are running the lite version and it sucks! The iPhone doesn't have a dedicated camera button either! So what?!

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  • 2009-11-17 22:26
  • Y2{u

No, I'm not gonna say first. I'm just gonna say this "phone" is way too big. What next, are we gonna be holding up our 10" laptops next to our face to speak with others?

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  • 2009-11-17 22:26
  • P%8Z

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