Thought the original HTC HD was a bit of beast? Then how about the spanking new HTC HD2. It has a massive 4.3-inch screen which makes the original 3.8-inch effort look paltry by comparison. But does this capacious Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone cut it against the very best phones out there? Read our HTC HD2 review now and find out.
Let’s cut straight to the chase. The HTC HD2 is the best Windows Mobile phone we’ve ever used. That’s not thanks to the OS hidden underneath the stunning HTC Sense skin last seen on the HTC Hero and HTC Tattoo, more down to the manner in which HTC has built this mobile from the ground up.
That 4.3-inch screen is nothing short of magnificent and dominates the HTC HD2. However, it’s never overpowering and really helps take this phone ahead of its competitors. See, this bad boy has a capacitive touchscreen with multitouch capabilities for zipping about web pages and snaps. It’s every bit as good as the iPhone and thanks to the size, this is one of the best browsing experiences we’ve ever had on-the-go. Admittedly Safari remains top dog, but this pushes it very close indeed.
The screen is also great for use as a satnav. While the 3.5-inch effort on the iPhone is just a tad too small, the HTC HD2 is perfect for GPS in your motor. We loaded it up with CoPilot Live 8 and didn’t miss the TomTom usually slapped on our dash. There’s a car kit available at extra cost. If you don’t have a satnav already, it’s well worth slapping down for.
Adding HTC Sense to the HTC HD2 is also a smart move. It means that Windows Mobile 6.5 is nicely hidden under a variety of clever homescreens we’ve been enamoured with ever since first playing with it on the HTC Hero. Getting instant access to Facebook and Twitter updates is ace and something we struggles without when we had to switch back to our bog-standard Nokia N85.
There’s no escaping the fact that Windows Mobile 6.5 is on board. While HTC has done well to skin it to within an inch of its life, it still throws up annoying menu systems which are only made easy to use thanks to the HTC HD2’s massive screen. If Android was on board, we can’t help but feel everything would run even smoother than it already does.
The Snapdragon processor should also keep things ticking along, but we noticed apps slowing down dramatically when they should have been moving at lick spit pace. And the camera, at 5 megapixels, could do with a bump.
These issues aside though, the HTC HD2 is still the best Windows Mobile 6.5 phone we’ve toyed with. The epic screen is fantasic and points to a time when all phones are this handy.