Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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A decent phone that becomes amazing if modded with Android
Member Name: dramatikbeats
Advantages: Nice Large Screen, Decent Camera Quality, Android Flashable, Really Smooth Running Android
Disadvantages: Battery Life, Too Big For Some, Windows Mobile Can Be Laggy At Times
The HTC HD2 is a phone I bought back in 2010 and at that time it was a pretty good phone, whilst the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS was something different to Apple's iOS. It did everything pretty well. Nice clear phone calls, bright flashlight, decent music quality, very clear pictures for its time, amazing 4.3 inch screen. It's marketplace however was absolutely horrible. Hardly any games, which was the main drawback in my eyes. However, after joining modding site XDA, things changed for the better. I found out that Google's Android OS (Which was just starting to make noise at the time) was flashable to the device. If anything went wrong I could just flash Windows Mobile 6.5 back on to the device (Which I never ended up doing).
Before I go into how amazing the phone is running Android, let me share some experiences with you using Windows Mobile 6.5. First things first, the phone is big and it is also thick, which I actually liked. It felt nice to pull out my phone and rather than someone pointing out "ooo you have an iPhone", they would ask in excitement what phone is THAT!. A lot of people weren't used to seeing a phone with an extremely bright flashlight either (This helped a lot when working in the cinema). The layout of the phone is pretty straight forward, with call and reject buttons on the bottom, along with a home button, a back button and a windows button.
The screen is a joy to look at and whilst there are clearer screens available in todays market, you cannot frown upon a 4.3 inch screen. The camera is pretty good. There is a bit of noise in photo's and in video clips but it trounces some of the horrible pictures I see people taking with their 2 and 3 megapixel blackberry camera's. Touch screen response is pretty good, although picking apps using the Windows Mobile app drawer can be a bit iffy. Not much to say about the Windows marketplace. It has been shut down and was never good in the first place. The music player is good, with nice sound quality and a very nifty CoverFlow listing of albums which is nice to show off.
All in all a very decent phone, and much better than some £90-£150 phones out today. I would advise though, if you don't plan on flashing Android, you'd be better off buying something like the Galaxy S or S Advanced.
If you do plan on flashing Android, you'll be inviting yourself into another world. First off, battery life is improved by quite a few hours running Android and I am easily able to run the phone for a whole day although I do charge the phone nightly regardless. Phone batteries actually last longer if charged midway, rather than always charging them when they are almost depleted or empty. The biggest benefit of all though, is access to the Google Play Store (Formerly Android Market). Being able to download the plethora of games available, and social networking apps (Like good ol Facebook & Twitter) is a joy to behold, and they do load quickly, thanks to the old but robust Snapdragon CPU inside.
For those who don't talk a lot but still have an internet connection can make the most of the 3G/HSDPA speeds and use apps like Whatsapp and Pingchat. The camera gets a bump up in quality, thanks to the XDA devs being able to take away some of the image compression and touchscreen response and smoothness is improved too, Typing messages is much easier than using Windows Mobile 6.5 whilst auto spell works like a breeze 95% of the time. Phone call quality is largely unchanged, it was fine before so this was never an issue. The music player is slightly improved in terms of standard audio quality. Music can be refined to your specific taste's though, largely due to the amount of different music player apps available in the Google Play Store. Let me add that Google Maps works wonderfully and the GPS can normally find my location within 10 seconds.
Flashing the phone with Android is a pretty straight forward process, although I would recommend reading the FAQs on XDA should you decide to go down this route. All in all though the benefits outweigh any cons you can think of, and I can't imagine myself ever going back to WM 6.5 now. A plethora of apps, from instant messaging, to games (Such as the immensely popular "Angry Birds"), to music players, custom keyboards and skins, flashing Android (Which is as of writing, the most popular mobile phone OS in the world) can never be a bad idea. For those too scared to do this though, look elsewhere for your next phone.
Summary: If you don't mind flashing Android to this device, you surely have a bargain on your hands.