Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC HD2 Windows Smart Phone
Member Name: mighty_scoob
Advantages: Large screen, amazing camera, good internet browsing, good YouTube interface, good for satnav, musc
Disadvantages: Poor app store, glitchy touch screen, poor experience once you drop into the core Windows O/S
Depending on what you're looking for in a handset, the HTC HD2 may or may not be what you're looking for. The HD2 is a bit of a mixed bag, provided you buy it for the right reasons then it could be the handset for you.
I took the HD2 as my last upgrade because I wanted a handset that would let me surf the internet, watch movies, listen to music and use apps, all on the go via a stunning hi resolution screen. I thought that the HD2 would fit the bill. Everybody had an iPhone and I wanted something a little different. At the time I felt that the iPhone was highly over rated.
For the first 4 - 8 weeks I couldn't have been happier. The screen is a pure joy to look at and the menu system is as silky smooth as it looks. At least as far as the HTC Sense interface goes. You get a small degree of customisation options and all the various screens are accessible via "tabs" at the bottom of the screen. You simply slide your finger from left to right in order to access them. There is no doubt that in the looks department the handset with its HTC Sense interface is a winner.
Unfortunately this is not the whole story. As I mention the handset has a user interface called HTC Sense. This sits on top of the standard Windows Operating System (O/S) and is what makes the menus on the HD2 a joy to use. Unfortunately HTC Sense is only skin deep as the saying goes. As soon as you drop into several of the key menus you will eventually drop into the core Windows Mobile menus. These look out of place and are in some cases difficult and fiddly to use. I could spend a whole review on how difficult it is to send a picture via Bluetooth to a photo kiosk, but needless to say I gave up after about 10 minutes of attempting this. I eventually removed the MicoSD card to transfer the photo.
For the most part you are treated the excellent looking HTC Sense, it really is only if you drill down that you are presented with the standard Windows O/S interface. This may be to some peoples taste but I found the transition a little jarring, purely because the HTC Sense interface is so good as opposed to the Windows menus being so bad. Just something you need to be aware of really.
On the subject of the user interface, you can't talk about this without talking about the fabulous hi resolution screen. It really is a visual feast for your retina. It makes everything that you view seem just that little bit more vibrant, and absolute pleasure to view your snaps on as well as surfing the internet. The screen uses touch technology not unlike that of the iPhone (though not quite as responsive).
On the subject of the screen, for the most part I found it excellent. However I did notice on occasion that it would become unresponsive. This was generally when surfing the internet for any length of time. I'm not sure if this was just my hand set or across the board, I did find it quite frustrating when it occurred though. Thankfully it was only an occasional glitch.
The camera is top notch, it's a 5MP affair and is more than suitable to take your family snaps with. I have more than a few that I have printed out and are now pride of place on the wall at home. The camera will not disappoint you. There is also an option to take video but whilst it's not as good as good as you might like, it is still more than suitable for those emergency clips or for uploading onto YouTube (there is a very nice YouTube application built into the handset).
I also had high expectations for watching movies on the handset, however I found this to be a disappointing experience. Films didn't look as sharp or as clear as you might expect from a screen of this calibre. I also found that movies stuttered every now and then, if only for a millisecond. In all not a smooth experience and something that I would not recommend using the handset for. However if you are looking to view your own videos shot on the handset itself or YouTube videos then it's just the job.
When your talking Smartphones your also talking apps. If your wanting your phone to have access to a great app store, then I'm afraid you will have to look else ware. The applications store for the HD2 is out dated, stale and expensive. I found that you could pay up to £4.99 for an app that costs as little as 59p on the iPhone. I found this aspect of the phone wanting in a major way. There are some useful tools on here but it is light-years behind the App store on the iPhone, Blackberry and Nokia handsets.
Battery life is as to be expected on a Smartphone, one to two days max.
My thoughts? I can't help but feel a little disappointed in what could have been an outstanding handset. It just isn't as good as it could have been or perhaps should have been. If you want a phone for taking and viewing pictures, social networking, surfing the internet and using satnav (I found this to work a treat ), then this is the phone for you. If however you are looking for an iPhone killer, or a good all-rounder then look else ware. For me this was a bit of a disappointment but I can see how it would appeal to others.
On the whole the HTC does a nice job, just not a perfect one. Expect to make compromises if you want that luscious screen at your fingertips.
Large clear screen, amazingly good camera, good internet browsing for the most part, good YouTube interface, clear screen for satnav software, music on the go.
Poor app store, glitchy touch screen on occasions, poor experience once you drop into the core Windows O/S, eats battery power for breakfast.
Summary: On the whole the HTC does a nice job, just not a perfect one.