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HTC HD2 review

Could a Windows Mobile phone actually challenge the iPhone?

The amount of applications on the HD2 has dwindled somewhat compared to other HTC WinMo phones, but that's no bad thing as we believe a lot of them were a bit redundant anyway.

That's not to say there aren't some 'cool but ultimately useless' apps on here, but they're less annoying than before. We'll walk you through some of the highlights, but we'll let you work out the likes of the MP3 trimmer on your own...

Google Maps

One of the problems encountered with previous HTC phones is that the GPS doesn't really work that well. Thanks to Quick GPS on the HD2, the whole thing works a lot better than before, with up to eight satellites being quickly found even when indoors (although admittedly near a window).

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Over Wi-Fi the mapping function is speedy and flawless, and while Co-Pilot is built in to the phone as a trial, we'd imagine you'd only really begin to use that if you get involved with the car GPS dock add on (sold separately).

RSS Hub

Filled with a number of RSS feeds to choose from, the annoying thing is some of them don't work. The best thing you can do is either hunt through the internet and copy and paste the RSS addresses, or you can simply copy across an OPML file from your proper RSS reader on a PC.

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However, the feeds work well and are displayed nicely in a list format (although hitting them can be a little bit tricky, as we mentioned above). It's easy to update them and is a nice addition to an already well-stocked phone.

Facebook

The Facebook application on the HD2 is the standard version developed for larger touchscreens, but with a slightly more vibrant display (bizarrely) for the Windows Mobile range.

It gives easy-to-use tabs for finding your friends, seeing photos or messages and using the application as a phonebook for all those buddies that have added their number to their profile.

You might wonder why it would be necessary to add such an application to the HD2 when it already has such tight integration with contacts, but it makes sense by providing the missing functionality.

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As we mentioned, there's no way to message your friends direct from their contact menu, and this application offers just that option. And you can call/text your friends who have added their numbers to the site, as well as write on walls, poke, view and all that stuff the kids appear to be down with these days.

Bing

Would you believe it, Microsoft has bundled its new wonder software into the mix as well, without you even needing to download it.

This means that not only do you get a search engine to rival Google, but you also get car directions, maps, local search and weather to boot.

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Again, over 3G and Wi-Fi the service works immensely well, with categories and internet links just veritably flying along the way you'd hope they would. We're still not convinced that Bing will ever overtake Google in any of these categories, but it will be interesting to see how the battle unfolds.

And should you be itching to expand the plethora of talent already available, the Windows Mobile Marketplace is just waiting to be downloaded and installed on the phone for you, giving you access to a wealth of pricey applications.

They actually all are pretty expensive, with the free ones few and far between, so we suggest you wait a little while for the developers to get cracking on this portal before you start pouring your money into it. Unless you really want 3D Monster Trucks - the Ice Escapades, in which case go right ahead.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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