"Streaming video proves troublesome. YouTube struggles with jerky pictures and out of sync audio, although stored content is clean and colourful, only lacking a little in absolute detail.
Really? Are you sure it's not just You Tube servers? The integrated You Tube App works great for me. But where the HD2 really comes in to it's own is using its inbuilt video stream software to play BBC Iplayer flawlessly.
Furthermore as a media device I find the 1-ghz snap dragon processor and the phones willing ability to play anything you thrown at it (MKv, AVI, Divx, Mpeg, etc) pin sharp and with hardly any dropped frames quite amazing. I remember loading on Watchmen at 720p and amazed at the devices enthusiasm to cope.
One of my bug bears with the great Iphone is that the 600mhz processor just cant keep up with some of the higher quality encoded stuff and the I phones un-willingness to play many different types of codec�s and resolutions a huge inconvenience.
Audio playback is acceptable (especially with the right ear phones Sony�s MDR EX91�s being my choice) - I sometimes feel its a touch base heavy and the low range not that distinct but fiddle around with the EQ and the DSP tends to take care of the audio and give more than acceptable performance with the SENSE music player.
Another thing which I have to mention is the GPS chipset up being one of the quickest around to get a lock.
The fact that the Win-Mo interface allows multi tasking and the processor makes everything a lag free experience coupled with expandable storage � impressive display screen and resolution a Flash lit camera and cracking build quality you have a fully integrated business and entertainment device.
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Chord’s QBD76 HDSD is a top-class converter that delivers a brilliant sound from a well-built package. It has plenty of visual appeal, too
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Cracking value for an all-in-one home cinema system with only a few spec and performance gripes qualifying our praise
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