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HTC HD2 review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, February 8th 2010                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

HTC HD2 review

I t did not come as a surprise that the first mobile phones equipped with Windows Mobile 6.5 software were HTC phones, since HTC is considered market leader of Windows Mobile Smartphones. The HTC Touch 2 and HTC HD2 are the first HTC models featuring this system. Although several models were already launched onto the market earlier with the ability to download a free update to Windows Mobile 6.5. In case of HTC, these are the HTC Diamond 2 and the HTC Touch Pro 2. Samsung also has an update available for users of the Samsung Omnia 2 and the Omnia QWERTY. However, in Samsung’s case, the renewal is not very controversial, since an extra Samsung layer still covers the operating system. When it comes to HTC, the design of the menu has greatly improved. Still, as mentioned earlier, we had actually expected even more striking changes. For example, the texting function and Windows Explorer have remained virtually unchanged. So not everything has received a new look, however, overall it has certainly improved.

HTC HD2 review

 

HTC HD2 smartphone

HTC HD2 smartphone

First impression of the HTC HD2

The HTC HD2 handset comes in a solid and compact packaging. The mobile phone is located inside the packaging, in a type of drawer that slides open. Beneath the phone are some boxes containing several accessories. The following accessories are standard included with the HTC HD2: a charger, a microUSB lead, a headset, a neat bag, a memory card and manuals. The packaging of our test sample is entirely white and contains a green interior, however, the packaging that is actually found in the shops, carries a picture of the HTC HD2 on its front. Striking is the playful way this picture is carried out, mainly thanks to the "drawn" lines that indicate the screen size. The large-sized screen stands out immediately upon taking the phone out of the package. The border around the screen is very small, and so are the keys below the screen. Because of this enormous screen, the phone itself is also of considerable size. Sometimes you actually have to use both hands.

HTC HD2 phone review

HTC HD2 phone review

HTC HD2 mobile phone menu

Thanks to the availability of Windows Mobile 6.5, the design has really improved. Unlocking the screen has to be done by sliding a bar on the touchscreen to the side. Upon unlocking, the main screen appears displaying the HTC Sense interface. A weather Widget and the time are displayed standard. The home button below the screen always bring you back to the aforementioned screen. A slide bar at the bottom serves to open various tab pages of the HTC Sense. As for the HTC HD2; this is also possible by moving back and forth across the screen in a random spot. Inside the HTC Sense, we find text messaging, Email, Twitter, calendar, and shares.

 

HTC HD2 USB cable

HTC HD2 USB cable

HTC HD2 ear phones

HTC HD2 ear phones

HTC HD2 battery

HTC HD2 battery

 
 
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