This is a guest post by Alexandru Lorin Bute who is a .NET developer from Romania.
At first I was very reluctant to buy the HD2 because of its size but soon realized that the size of the screen can only give you a better experience. The 4.3’’ display delivers a great experience whether you are browsing the web or watching a movie. This is the first Windows Phone that comes with a capacitive screen which gives it unmatched user experience. Everything about this phone is related to size: screen, icons, processor speed, etc. HTC have managed to power up this great device with a Spandragon 1 GHz processor which makes the phone a joy to use and the regular windows phone user will have a shock when using it.
Let’s highlight the specs of this device:
- 120.5 x 67 x 11 mm in size and 157g in weight
- Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS with HTC Sense
- Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz CPU and 448MB RAM
- Huge 4.3″ WVGA glass-covered capacitive touchscreen
- Multi-touch input
- 5 MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash and touch focus
- VGA video recording at 30fps
- Standard microUSB port and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP
- Standard 3.5mm audio jack
- Quad-band GSM support
- 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support
- Digital Compass
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
- Opera 9.7 web browser
- Facebook and Twitter integration and a great YouTube client
- Great video playback
- Good battery life
Things to take into account:
- It’s a pretty large phone
- Average photo and video quality
- Poor sunlight readability
- Card slot under the battery cover
- No dedicated camera key (I don’t understand why)
- Comes with CoPilot Live navigation software which is a trial version and doesn’t have all the maps.
- No front video camera for video calls
- No handwriting recognition (a capacitive screen means no stylus but they will be released soon)
The first thing you will notice after purchasing is the box which is really small. On the front of the box there’s a picture of the phone having the real dimensions and they kind of warn you of its size stating it’s big in both dimensions. Under the phone slot you will find some nice and small compartments where all the accessories reside. Besides the handset itself you get a USB wall charger, standard microUSB cable, software CD, a quick start guide and the standard HTC headphones but with music controls on them (the quality is quite bad and I recommend using your own) and the fact that the phone has the standard 3.5 mm audio jack makes it so much easier to plug in your own headset. While i was used to getting a case in our HTC packages (from the Touch Pro 2), I didn’t expect to get the 2GB microSD card. While it’s a nice addition, the size is nowhere near enough to fulfill the average storage needs. The leather pouch that comes in the packages is very high quality and I never thought about replacing it since it does a pretty good job of protecting the phone and looks great and slim.