Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... not a suitable OS for them. I would certainly never go back to WinPho and since the HD2 have preferred Android on Samsung hardware. This w... more
Member Name: JJK8
Advantages: Great looks, Huge screen, Build Quality, Processor speed
Disadvantages: Lack of RAm, Horrific OS, poor camera
My first foray into the smartphone market, I draw myself up a list of phone manufacturers. All I hear is good things about HTC and certainly at the time the HD2 was a flagship model. I plump for it and eagerly await delivery. The box comes and I am far from disappointed. The box itself has a feel of quality and the fondleslab inside looks amazing. The huge display promises so much and HTC's Sense user interface looks amazing. The feel of it is heavy, reassuring, metallic - all the things my previous phones have not been. I am at this point like a kid at Christmas!
The Snapdragon processor seems perfectly capable of powering the whole phone nicely at 1GHz it has more power than my 199 PC! I instantly fire up teeter (game app included) to test out the gyroscope and capacitive touch screen and I am not disappointed. So far so good!
Day 2 reality begins to set in. I fire up the marketplace for WinMo 6.5 excited about the potential apps that I can get and am immediately underwhelmed, if you have ever looked through Appple or Androids App Store or Market place you will find a plethora of goodies to turn a phone into a genuinely useful tool. The WinMo marketplace was virtually barren! Ah well, I had a few bits and pieces, surely it wont be too bad. I decide to fire up the camera, 5Mp, dual LED flash - sounds great! Hmm, non adjustable flash which either leaves you looking ata black screen when off or ghostly white figures squinting blindly. The few shots that did manage to get some white balance are tinged purple at the edges for no apparent reason. A major disappointment given that I hoped to leave my compact digital at home!
So no apps, crap camera. Well at least it looks pretty. And with the lack of apps and photo shoots surely the battery life will be immense. Nope. Powering up the giant screen clearly takes it's toll, general usage managed about 18 hours between charges, intense use led to 3 charges per day. oh dear.
Couple this all with a real lack of (448Mb) RAM that meant running more than one thing at a time meant a real slowdown and often crashes. So my new toy was not all I had hoped, sure call quality was fine and texting was easy with the Swype keyboard system a nice bonus, but I felt let down and deflated knowing that I had committed to an 18 month contract didn't help!
The phone hardware in general seemed good, although the decision to add 5 hard buttins at the bottom of the screen was rather odd. The lack of RAM aside I suspect that a different OS on this hardware would be great!
To cut an already long review short I bought my way out of the contract and Envirofone payed me £80 for this donkey - I was pleased to get naything. HTC make good phone, Windows 6.5 is not a suitable OS for them. I would certainly never go back to WinPho and since the HD2 have preferred Android on Samsung hardware. This was a phone to avoid!
Summary: HTC, divorce WinMo and concetrate on software that gets the best out of your incredible hardware!