HTC HD2 review

If you don't want to get an iPhone, then it's possible the HTC HD2 could be what you're after; it's not perfect but it's pretty close Tested at £0.00

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Our Verdict

It certainly has an immediate impact. If you’re after something a bit different from an iPhone or BlackBerry, the HD2 is well worth a look

For

  • Huge screen, good resolution
  • design has serious wow factor
  • customisable home screen looks great
  • HTC Sense is smart.

Against

  • HTC Sense and Windows Mobile makes it rather busy
  • streaming video struggled
  • audio lacks a little detail.

If we're talking first impressions, the HTC HD2 gets off to an absolute flier.

The 4.3in, 800 x 480 resolution screen is relatively enormous and packed into a profile that's just 11mm deep. The HD2's rigid buttons and solid, seamless casing make it a stunner to look at.

Turn the phone on and the HD2 takes you through a screen-by-screen process that sets up wi-fi, email, contacts and more, and leaves you with a great-looking home screen.

It's built around a 3 x 3 arrangement of icons of your choosing that allow you direct access to any program, contact or bookmark.

The icing on the cake is the weather graphics that fill your screen with rain or shine, depending on live conditions in your area.

So far, so good, but after extended use we can't help thinking the HD2 is right on the cusp of being too big.

The huge expanse of screen makes it hard to reach icons at the top – notably screen unlock – and pressing buttons at the bottom requires you to shuffle your hand position or use two hands.

Latest Windows software
The HD2 is powered by both the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 software and HTC's own 'HTC Sense' program.

This does make for a mass of icons on the main menu with some crossover – looking for music, you've the choice of the 'music', 'windows media' and 'file explorer' menus, while there's Internet Explorer and Opera browsers.

Still, the multi-touch screen is largely effective. Browsing the menus is smooth and web browsing using Opera is super-fast – almost too fast, zipping from one side of a web page to another with the smallest of movements.

The auto-formatting of text is excellent as you zoom in and out, but clicking smaller links does demand a certain level of accuracy.

Mixed bag with music and movies
Over to music and movies and the HTC produces mixed results. Music stored on an SD card is full-bodied and evenly balanced, giving just a little away in terms of detail and dynamics to the Apple iPhone 3GS, with support for MP3, AAC, WAV and Apple Lossless.

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.

The HD2 feels good in the hand, the home screen is beautiful, while the HTC Sense interface is largely enjoyable.

But does the HD2 deliver all-round five-star performance, particularly in terms of usability and AV performance? Not quite.

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Specifications

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Display and Graphics

Screen TypeLCD
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800

Technical Information

Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Phone StyleBar

Processor and Chipset

Processor TypeSnapdragon
Processor ModelQSD8250
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm

Memory

Standard Memory448 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD

Battery Information

Battery Talk Time6.33 Hour
Battery Standby Time490 Hour

General Information

Product NameHTC HD2
Product ModelHD2
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Brand NameHTC
Product TypeSmartphone
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Manufacturer Part Number99HJY009-00

Camera

Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Built-in FlashYes

Software

Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.5 Professional

Interfaces-Ports

USB StandardUSB 2.0
USBYes

Network and Communication

Wireless LANYes
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
BluetoothYes

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate157 g
Width67 mm
Depth11 mm
Height120.5 mm
ColourBlack
Dimensions120.5 mm (H): 67 mm (W): 11 mm (D)

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year