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HTC HD2 review | Digital camera

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

HTC HD2 smartphone menu

HTC HD2 smartphone menu

MyPhone and Marketplace applications

The full menu can be approached by either clicking the start bar on top, or by using the Windows button below the menu. The menu features a honeycomb structure, scrolling is smooth and anything you additionally install will appear in this menu. There's a long list visible in this menu, so it might take time to find what you are looking for, although it is also possible to adjust its layout. The icons are all very large and it is easy to read the text. If you get to text messaging or Explorer there aren’t a whole lot of new things compared to the previous Windows Mobile software. New services are MyPhone and Marketplace. MyPhone ensures you will never lose your files, by storing these online, and Marketplace provides the download of applications. The latter is still under construction and in process, which means only a handful of applications are currently available.

HTC HD2 touchscreen phone

HTC HD2 touchscreen phone

HTC HD2 equipped with capacitive touchscreen

The touch screen of the HTC HD2, no less than a staggering 4.3-inch, is currently the largest screen ever applied to a smartphone. This enormous screen makes the phone more suitable for multimedia applications and Internet traffic. The keys of the virtual keyboard are naturally also of significant size and thus better operable. Besides the size, it is also the technique of the touchscreen that adds to a better user experience. The HD2 is the first phone for which HTC uses a so-called capacitive touchscreen. This type of touchscreen, as we know from the iPhone among others, requires only a slight touch, and working with a stylus is no longer possible. Moreover, bright sunshine does not bother the screen of the HTC HD2, even in an abundance of sunshine, the screen remains readable. Unfortunately, this does not always apply to other screens.

 

HTC HD2 digital camera

HTC HD2 digital camera

5 megapixel digital camera

The HTC HD2 features an integrated digital camera with a resolution of 5.0 megapixels. Since there is no dedicated camera button, the application can only be activated by selecting the camera option inside the menu. This slows you down when you want to take a picture. Although fortunately, launching the application happens fairly quickly. Once the application is started, the entire screen serves as a viewfinder. The large touchscreen makes shooting a true joy, you can clearly see how a picture will turn out. As I’ve said earlier, there is no dedicated camera key, which means the touchscreen also has to be used to capture a picture. Personally, I find this a pity, especially since you are more than likely to accidentally move the phone when shooting.

HTC HD2 camera settings

HTC HD2 camera settings

HTC HD2 camera options

During shooting, there are three more icons visible; the flash, to capture a picture, and the camera options. The autofocus actually focuses continuously; continuous focus. If the subject is out of focus for a second, the camera will refocus immediately. Should focus not be carried out on the right spot, a slight touch on the screen will suffice to focus on that particular spot. This way, you can always achieve the desired result. If options are selected, a menu will appear. It will provide access to the video mode, the captured pictures and the settings. In settings, you have access to the White Balance, Brightness and ISO values. If you want to adjust the resolution or add an effect, you will have to dig deeper into the menu.

 

HTC HD2 photography

A s mentioned before, the screen is pleasantly bright and the pictures are very well rendered, often showing an almost perfect picture. However, just like the HTC Touch Pro 2, the result on the computer turned out to disappoint a lot. The pictures are not entirely sharp, and the colors are not always properly displayed. This is a shame, especially since at first, the pictures seem to be so beautiful. However, for use on the phone itself, the camera does suffice. Although it becomes clear once again that HTC prefers to focus on different things.

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HTC HD2 camera phone

HTC HD2 camera phone

5.0 megapixel digital camera

5.0 megapixel digital camera

 
 
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