Htc hd2


Could a Windows thiết bị di động phone actually challenge the iPhone?

ByGareth Beavispublished 6 November 09


A brilliant effort from smartphone htc that almost completely hides the fact it"s based on Windows Mobile. However, at 4.3 inches the screen is likely to put off a lot of users.

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ForResponsive touchscreenFast processorDecent range of truyền thông playback optionsDual LED flash for the cameraSense integration into Windows Mobile
AgainstScreen is far too big for someMessaging is fiddlyPhone can still slow down on the odd occasionOpera doesn"t support Flash playbackPoor camera

A brilliant effort from htc that almost completely hides the fact it"s based on Windows Mobile. However, at 4.3 inches the screen is likely to lớn put off a lot of users.


Responsive touchscreen


Fast processor


Decent range of truyền thông media playback options


Dual LED flash for the camera


Sense integration into Windows Mobile


Screen is far too big for some


Messaging is fiddly


Phone can still slow down on the odd occasion


Opera doesn"t support Flash playback


Poor camera

The smartphone htc HD2 is the world"s first Windows Mobile-toting phone with a capacitive screen, và also packs the world"s largest di động phone display too.

It"s also the first WinMo phone lớn use HTC"s Sense UI, previously used on the company"s game android handsets, bringing with it Facebook integration & direct Twitter access, as well as masking well the operating system beneath it.

Running Windows mobile 6.5, it certainly makes use of the all the good bits of the upgrade, but smartphone htc decides to vì its own thing on around 95 per cent of the HD2.

The first thing that most people will notice when picking up the smartphone htc HD2 is the sheer kích cỡ of the screen, which is justified when you realise it"s a whopping 4.3-incher.

The screen dominates the whole front of the phone, reaching very close to lớn the edges on either side and only leaving room for a speaker at the top và buttons at the bottom, meaning it"s a very nice tablet-style look.

The buttons on the front of the HD2 look like brushed metal, and are nicely rounded and raised, making them easy to hit. There"s the usual suspects on offer, with the call & terminate keys flanking the home, back & Windows buttons.

Other than that, there"s very little else on the HD2 button-wise. On the left-hand side, around half way up, there"s a volume up/down key, which is flush lớn the chassis. This is actually a little hard to hit at times, as it"s difficult to find it when not looking.

The bottom of the phone houses the microUSB slot for charging & PC connection, along with the 3.5mm headphone jack. It"s an odd place to put this pair, with the common option being at the top or in the vị trí cao nhất corners, & it means a headphone jack can sometimes get caught up in the pocket.

It"s also hard to lớn text in portrait mode when listening to music – we know that sounds like a pretty niche situation, but as the multimedia aspects of the HD2 have also been upgraded, this is important.

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The rear of the phone is also pretty minimal as well – apart from the camera (with dual LED flash) there"s very little else lớn look at. It takes a while to work out how to get the battery cover off as well, with a slight groove on the right-hand side needing to be pulled pretty hard to remove it.

The battery looks pretty small, although that"s probably just to do with the scale of the HD2. It basically holds in the SIM card và nothing much else, with the microSD thẻ slot sitting away from it, making hot swapping possible.

The other noteworthy aspect when picking it up for the first time is the weight of the phone - it"s just 157g with battery, which is pretty darn light for a phone this size.

The camera protrudes slightly at the back, which can get in the way of holding it, but this is a minimal problem as you swiftly learn khổng lồ shift it to lớn a more comfortable position.

The phone is curved nicely on the back, meaning it sits well in the palm. Và despite the huge screen size, it"s actually not that hard for the average (admittedly male) palm to lớn navigate khổng lồ all the important areas of the screen, with the thumb easily called into action to hit the upper levels.

In the box

Keeping with htc tradition, the box is a slim design featuring just the basic components. This means a microUSB lead, an adaptor to let you plug said lead into the wall, a pair of headphones that double as a (pretty cool with remote control for the music player) hands-free kit, and of course the phone itself.

We"re not too sure we lượt thích the fact we only get one USB lead that doubles as both the charger & the computer connector, but with the polar bears in trouble the way they are, it"s only fair we all vì chưng our bit.

However, we do like the lack of CD in the box for software, with that being either available on the phone or downloadable from the điện thoại htc website.

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling, & has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for, has contributed expert insight to lớn a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV & radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV & Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about bít tất tay management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.

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