Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC HD2 - WOW
Member Name: AndyC101
Advantages: 1Gig processor
Disadvantages: soft keyboard
I was so excited to get this phone. I had been holding off getting an iPhone as I needed the functionality Windows provides rather than the restrictive iPhone. Soon all is charged up and ready to go, you are then taken through a first time setup process, of course all these settings can be tweaked through the settings function later. There is a nice Windows tutorial to help you start navigating the many many functions of this device; I would recommend using this tutorial before doing anything else.
When I finally start using the device in anger, the first thing I noticed was the speed. Thanks to the 1gig processor there is rarely any lag, I only find a slight problem when I have several apps open at the same time (just like a PC!).
There are far too many functions to list in this short review, but all I can say is everything you would want for work or play is on this epic smart phone. The messaging interface for both email and SMS is a nice sweep away style which is very sexy. Some of the apps I use regularly on my HD2 are Sat Nav (which uses the GPS built into the device), Facebook, a great torch, which uses the camera dual LED flash which is very powerful and of course the Weather app which even has a windscreen wiper washing your screen to indicate it's raining ! true genius !
The 5mp camera itself is second to none for outside shots and video, but I sometime struggle when using the flash for indoor shots, I have read that this is a known problem as the dual LED flash being too powerful and produces too much light (but I could just be my ineptitude as a photographer!). When viewing the pictures in the album, the 4.3" screen really comes into its own, with a resolution of 800x480 pix the pictures look so good. And of course the pinch zoom is very impressive; it's nice that Windows have borrowed this function from the iPhone.
As I do a lot of driving, I tend to use my HD2 to listen to music and podcasts while on the road (while using the sat nav). The default music player interface is very sexy, the inbuilt sound is average but as I tend to use it through a Bluetooth hands free/FM Transmitter (which I will be reviewing soon) so the sound I hear is via my car stereo. I have also purchased an 8gig SD card so I can have approx 48 hours of music and still have room for pictures and apps. One tip though, do not buy the cheapest SD card you can find, I made this mistake and it just wasn't recognised by the HD2.
There are a couple of niggles though:
Inputting text via the touch keypad. It seems the capacitive touch screen can be too sensitive and the number of mis-spellings can be quite frustrating (though I have used other windows devices and their keyboard works just fine, so it could be the settings on my HD2)
Battery life. I know I use a lot of apps at the same time, but sometimes I have to plug in my ciggy to usb charger after driving for 3 hours or so. Normal in the pocket phone use, I tend to get 12 - 16 hours of life.
RATING: Overall I would give the HTC HD2 a mark of 9.5/10, it's the best (and sexiest) Smartphone I have seen for a long while and that includes any fruit based products 
Of course I have just touched the surface of what you can do with this Smartphone but I hope you find my review helpful.
Summary: A very sexy phone that will forfill your mobile needs.
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