The HTC HD2 claims to be the best Windows 7 based phone in the market today, but will it live up to its promise?
One of the biggest observations one can make with the smartphone / mobile phone market is that each brand has their own set of ‘fanboys and fangirls’ and these fans are very unlikely to be swayed or impressed by other products from other brands. However, with the recent emergence of the HTC HD2 in the market, you can’t deny the fact that even the most loyal fans of the competing brands are quite impressed with the specifications and the over-all appearance of the HTC HD2.
The HTC HD2 measures at an outstanding 4.74 inches tall by 2.64 inches wide and 5.54 ounces; which make it a bit larger than the typical smartphone and it will definitely be quite a handful to hold. In fact, this size can be quite a turn off for some. However, it must be stated that it is quite a feat to pack in a 4.3-inch touch screen and all of its features and still be just 0.43 inches thick.
There are a lot of smartphones in the market today and what sets apart the HTC HD2 from the rest is its impressive display. The HD2′s 4.3-inch touch screen is the largest screen on a smartphone to date; equip the impressive size with a sharp WVGA (480×800) resolution and you are in geek heaven. The combination of the screen and its size provides the user sharp, vibrant and clear graphics that can be readable in several lighting conditions. Because of the extra space on the HD2 the virtual keyboard is much easier to use; even those who are not used to virtual keyboards will be quite impressed with the virtual keyboard of the HD2.
A feature that I believe should be standard on all touch-screen smartphones is the accelerator; the HD2’s built-in accelerometer makes it fairly easy to change to landscape and portrait modes. The phone changes mode within one or two seconds of rotating the phone. Another great feature of the phone is the proximity sensor that will deactivate all buttons on the screen if it senses your face is near the screen; this will prevent those ‘mispresses’ often associated with touchscreen phones. It is also capable of pinch-to-zoom gesture in various apps, including the browser, photos, and e-mail. Buttons on the phone include a talk and end button, a home button, a start menu short-cut and a back button. There is also a volume rocker on the left side and a 3.5mm and micro-usb port on the bottom. The camera and flash are on the back and the microSD slot is behind the battery door.
The HTC HD2 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G.
The HTC HD2 ships with a 1230mAh lithium-ion battery with a rated talk time of 6 hours and up to 20 days of standby time.