HTC HD2 review

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The HTC HD2 is well kitted out when it comes to connectivity, as is the case with most smartphones these days.

We've already covered the marvellous improvement in GPS when using the dedicated booster program, so it's nice to see this malnourished part of the phone getting a little bit more love.

Beyond that the communications manager holds the key to letting you get connected to the outside world, using slider switches to let you turn on and off the likes of Wi-Fi and push email from Microsoft Exchange.

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Bluetooth 2.1 is supported in this release too, allowing easy pairing with Bluetooth stereo headsets. We're actually listening to streamed music from the HD2 over a pair of Jabra Halos when writing this review, and the two devices sync together automatically when turned on.

Music reproduction is great, with bass well represented, and the touchscreen is easy to use when just being tapped to change tracks.

Wi-Fi, which we've mentioned a few times throughout this review, is therefore unsurprisingly represented in the communications manager, and the connection interface has been improved again. The buttons are easier to use, the UI changed to look a bit nicer, and the phone remembered the WEP code each time the network came within range.

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And one of the best features of the HTC HD2 is the ability to make the phone function as a standalone Wi-Fi router. It's just a top feature, not least because it simply works. You can choose the WEP key you want, and the phone will broadcast the signal to anyone that wants it.

It's obviously in P2P computer mode, meaning that some people might baulk at using it (as that's usually the form for virus transmission). But we were so impressed with how the router software worked, and how quickly it managed to stream things like YouTube as well.

We wouldn't recommend doing such a thing regularly unless you want angry emails from your network asking you why your data consumption has gone up so much suddenly, breaking your 'unlimited' limit.

Of course, such practices have been going on for some time when tethering a Windows Mobile phone to the PC, and that's once again possible with the HTC HD2.

The later version of Windows you have, the better the PC syncing experience will be, where using Windows Vista or 7 will give access to Windows Mobile Device Centre.

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This lets you back up all your files and folders, copy any media to the relevant areas of your PC and generally make sure the phone and the computer are good buddies, as well as allowing you to add or remove programs where necessary.

Of course, you could always use Windows Mobile MyPhone, which takes things one step further and lets you back your data up to the cloud, save all your messages and find your phone when it gets lost, which is a nice option to have.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time6.33 Hour
Product ModelHD2
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Weight (Approximate)157 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.5 Professional
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height120.5 mm
Width67 mm
Depth11 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time490 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameHD2 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part Number040102019
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

HTC HD2 delivers an experience your senses have been waiting for. The unprecedented 4.3-inch pixel-packed display is stunning. The world's first capacitive touch technology on a Windows phone along with 1 GHz processing power ensure a smooth and lightning-fast response to the lightest touch of your finger.

Most importantly, it is our first Windows phone to embody HTC Sense a holistic experience that focuses on making phones work in the most intuitive way. HTC Sense is based on three core principles make it mine, stay close, and discover the unexpected.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory448 MB