Posts Tagged ‘HD2’

We’ve already talked about the screen, the build quality and the camera. Now here is everything else.

Eye Candy/ HTC Sense

The HD2 has a lot of eye candy. This is thanks to HTC Sense. It covers Windows Mobile and makes it easier to use. Sense turns the HD2 into a phone that you will want to show off to your friends. The animations are smooth and eye-catching.  You have the option of having an animated wallpaper or have the current weather displayed on top of you menus. for example when we had a thunderstorm here, there were lots of cloud drifting across the screen and flashes of lightning everywhere.

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Another cool thing is the picture and video gallery. When you view it, it is like you are looking at a stack of pictures. You flip through them one at a time, with the pictures you have already viewed flying off the screen. Emails are handled the same way.

Even viewing text messages is an experience unto itself. The animation is smooth and elegant. The music interface is similar to the iPod cover flow system.


Since this phone is running Windows Mobile, it is ready for productivity. Included is the full version of Microsoft mobile office. It includes Microsoft word,excel, Powerpoint, and one note. It also comes with Adobe reader software for reading Pdf files.

The email app is robust and easy to use. You have the ability to have up to 5 different email addresses linked to the phone. It can handle corporate email as well as gmail, hotmail, and yahoo.

It also comes bundled with google maps and GPS.


This phone has a ton of extras and options to choose from. For example, you can set the ringer to be louder in you pocket and then decrease when the phone is moved. It also has voice dialing so you can do other things. When a bluetooth headset is attached, it will give a verbal reminder of any upcoming appointments. The ambient light sensor helps to conserve battery. When you are talking it automatically turns off the screen.

One of the nicest things that I have seen is Swype. It allows you to type by just drawing a line to connect the letters. It is very exact and most every time it get your words correct

The Battery Life

This is an issue with most smart phones. This phone is no different. Given the huge bright screen and media abilities this phone would be a battery hog.  If you are a heavy user, meaning you surf the net all day, watch movies a lot, use GPS for long periods of time then you will need a charge at mid day. Good thing is that the phone charges quickly. With moderate use it can last all day. Turn down the screen brightness and turn of WiFi and GPS until you need them and you will get the most out of you battery.

Windows Mobile

One of the downfalls of this phone is Windows Mobile. While it is powerful, it is not as user-friendly as the iPhone or android phones. It has a steep learning curve, but it is not impossible to learn. It is set up in a program-folder-file system like a computer. Windows Mobile gives the user a load of option to choose from, it is worth learning it.

If you want to see HTC Sense in action be sure to take the time to view the official HTC introduction video for the HD2


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To most people the abilty to take pictures whenever, wherever you want is a plus. Being able to take great pictures with is just icing on the cake. With that being said I want to discuss the camera on the HD2.

The Camera

The HD2 has a 5 mega pixel camera with dual LED flash. It has a widescreen display and can take panoramic pictures. The HD2 also has digital zoom along with a touch to focus camera screen. Just touch the area you want to focus on and the phone does the rest. The camera app has several settings that can be used to change the quality of the pictures. The pictures are clear with lots of vibrant color.  It also can apply different effects to any picture you take. These include Grayscale, Sepia, and Negative. Even at the highest quality setting you can take over 17,000 pictures. (thanks 16gb Sd card)

The Camcorder

The HD2 also come packaged with a video camcorder.  The video maintains the same quality as the pictures. The video is bright and highly defined. The colors do not look washed out and the sound quality is good. Like the camera you can change the quality of the video. Even at it’s highest quality setting the HD2 can still record over 50hours of video (thanks again 16gb Sd card). As an added bonus the HD2 can take video messages. You can record a video message and send it to a friend……or an enemy!

Video can also be immediately uploaded to YouTube.  Here is an example taken from a moving car. (Sorry about the Fire Trucks)

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  • Many different settings for pictures and video
  • Can take loads of pictures
  • Higher quality pictures on par with digital cameras
  • Can share videos on YouTube quickly

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  • Smudges on the camera lens will distort the picture
  • Takes a couple seconds to focus

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The Screen

Transformers on the HD2

The front of the HD2 is dominated by it’s extra-large screen. Only about 1/2 inch of the surface of the front of the phone is not screen. There is only room for the four tactile buttons on the front and the thin earpiece. The screen is a 4.3-inch HD touch-sensitive screen with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution. In simple words it looks gorgeous.  The colors are crisp and bright and it shows no blurring during videos with fast motion scenes.

“It is like watching movies on my plasma tv at home” ,one HD2 owner said.

Even though the screen is so nice, it has a few flaws.

Like every other touch screen device, the HD2 is a fingerprint magnent. I find myself wiping it off almost everytime I go to use it. Since the screen is so large the prints are exagerated with long strecks up and down the screen. Seems like HTC should have included a microfibre cloth to wipe the screen.

Next, don’t plan on using this device in bright sunlight. The screen almost washes out completely in the sun. You may need one hand to use the phone and the other to provide shade.


  • Extra large screen size is great for viewing media
  • Crisp and clear picture from almost any viewing angle


  • It is the granddaddy of all finger print magnets
  • Don’t plan on using it alot outside in the sun

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The HD2 is here!!!!

A few days ago we were able to get our hands on the new HTC HD2. This smartphone is available only at T-mobile. It has a 4.3 inch screen and has a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor.  It runs Windows Mobile 6.5. It is floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee, but will it deliver the knockout punch? Do you Really need this phone? Will it fill the void you never knew you had? We will see in our final review.

The HTC HD2 available at T-mobile

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