One Great Smart Phone
I bought this HTC HD2 two weeks before and I found it same as was advertised by HTC.
I pretty much like the HTC Sense technology used here ... like slow down the ring volume when u pick the fone, change brightness of screen as per the light environment around, turn off the screen when u pick the fone, a slight vibration alerts u when fone is picked up by the person on the other side of line and many more.
The GPS is working very good, I was sitting in my room (near window) and it catched six satellites.
The processor is fast. The scrolling is smooth. The Opera and IE web browsers are really fast.
The applications of Flash Light, Compass, YouTube are handy and nice.
The weather-clock on home screen is good n informative.
The ring-tones installed are nice and decent.
The use of capacitive touch is great.
The things I didn't like or not much happy with, are:
The 5 MP camera is not impressive (quality wise).
The IE is not pinch-zooming.
The FaceBook application is good but does not deliver correct info (like it still shows that i have 7 unread mails in my FB but in fact i have already checked those emails on my computer, so until i don't check it in that application it will show the mails as unread)
13 of 13 people found this review helpful.
HTC HD is Magic
best phone cell, i'm very satisfact.
Cellphones, Mobile Handsets
HTC HD2 review
By Joshua Topolsky posted Nov 25th 2009 5:37PM
When Microsoft finally launched Windows Mobile 6.5 earlier this year, there may have been lots of fanfare, but there was little honest excitement. After a tepid showing at MWC in Barcelona followed by the proper launch this October, no one was exactly up in arms over the OS, though support from the big M's partners was characteristically plentiful. Still, there was nary a ray of light to be seen in the otherwise bleak and basic landscape of handset offerings... until the HD2 came along. In August of this year, HTC showed off what seemed to be one of the few Windows Mobile devices capable of generating honest enthusiasm. The massive, full touchscreen device boasts impressive specs: a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a generous 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive WVGA touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and lots of other bells and whistles. But the centerpiece here isn't the hardware, it's HTC's totally revamped user interface, Sense, which doesn't just hide Windows Mobile 6.5 -- it all but zaps it out of existence. Sadly for Microsoft, that's the most enticing part of this equation. So, is the HD2's new face enough to quell the bad vibes of Windows Mobile and make the platform seem viable again, or is that a challenge which takes more than just a coat of paint? We've taken a hard look at the phone... so read on to find out.
The HD2 is a magnificent monster. It is a hulking, intimidating, massive slab of a gadget. If you think the device looks big in photos, it's nothing compared to how it seems up close. Yes, the HD2 is large -- some might say too large -- almost less a phone and more a tablet. We don't happen to fall into the camp that has complaints about a device of this size (the whole thing measures 4.74-inches up and down by 2.64-inches across), in fact, we love the bulk and surface area of the HD2. Of course, not everyone will feel as affectionate about the size as we do, and even though the phone is a svelte 11mm (0.43-inches) thick, the sheer vastness of the handset might be a turnoff to some; to be fair, small-handed folks might have trouble getting comfortable with their grip. The industrial design of the device itself is perfectly at home with its contemporaries in the smartphone space, and the metal and glass unit comes off feeling like a kind of large, first-gen iPhone (minus the gaudy bezel). It strikes just the right middle ground between sophisticated and ostentatious -- and we think it's a winning mix.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
The best Windows Mobile experience yet!
I love the phone overall, it's quick and has had hardly any problems for the last 12 hours I have played with it. The only hiccup I have had with it is not the phone's fault but rather my computers. It took me a while to get Windows Mobile Device Center to recognize the phone, but with a update it was flawless. The animated weather background is pretty eye candy but also very useful! The home screen has a very nice design with HTC's Sense. With the 1GHZ processor everything runs smoothly, I have experienced zero lag or crash. The WVGA display with the 4.3" screen gives you a lot of room for your fingers and the on-screen keyboard (I love the Swype keyboard included!).
The camera is probably my only disappointment, it is average, but then again it is only 5MP and that seems like a century ago since I had used a 5MP digital camera, but for outdoor pictures it marvels in! Indoors even with flash not so much, it has a yellow tint in the pictures which makes the pictures look disgusting though they are clear!
I know a lot of people dislike Windows Mobile phones and would rather use Android or the iPhone, I once was one of those people because my previous WinMo phones had severe issues, but with the phones speed and just overall interface it's almost like not using WinMo. I am a fan now! The HD2 makes the experience come to life.
I love the social integrations with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I am a big Twitter user so the Twitter comes in plenty of handy, with being able to update the status from the tab! Facebook's integration is REALLY useful for contacts, it saves you time from taking pictures of your friends and assigning them to contacts, if your like me and just about all of your friends are on Facebook, this will save you a lot of time. Once the Facebook account is linked to a specific contact it will then download the profile picture and even a little more information! As well it will give you a link to your friends online albums on Facebook right from the contact card. Lastly, it will even show you your friends latest Facebook update on the Updates/Events tab in your friends contact card. As far as YouTube goes that is self explanatory, it allows you to upload videos directly from the phone to your YouTube channel.
I know I didn't cover EVERYTHING, but this was the most mentionable and most important to me as I am not a business person and do not do the whole exchange thing, etc.
All and all I would recommend this phone to anyone that wants a great Windows Mobile 6.5 experience with HTC's flare!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Better thank iPhone, BlackBerry
I had used an iPhone and a BlackBerry 9700 prior to getting my hands on the HD2. My usage is quite different. I do not have a contract and I do not use 3G or data plan. Primarily I have a wi-fi access at work and home and I do not use internet on the go that much. The downside I had with the iPhone and BB are:
> With iPhone there are too many apps and you could get lost getting into a habit of searching and downloading apps and you could also get addicted to buying too many apps whereas in reality most of the purchased apps interest you for that many days only. The email option with iPhone is also restricted from the calendar sync perspective.
> With BB 9700, you cannot get your office emails synchronized unless you have a data plan (Though you can sync the calendar). That restricted my BB usage to bare minimum
At this point I had my chance to get hands on with HD2 and I simply love this phone right from the build quality to the touch sense interface. The email and calendar sync are perfect. This gave me the best of both worlds and did not drive me to go for a long term contract which could cost me close to $3450 for 2 years (For 2 phones).
Here's the sum up:
Positive: Excellent mail synchronization (Outlook) and super large screen and a solid build
Cons: Doesn't fit your pocket (not the price but size ;)
I would recommend this phone with two thumbs up!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
End of Life - HTC HD2 T8585 and WinMo 6.5 - 3G doesn't works for US
| No, I would not recommend this product.
This review is specifically for T8585 model and not T9193 or the T-mobile version. Although they are same, just the 3G bands totally differ on all 3 and some cosmetic changes and branding.
While this was a great phone in 2010 when it was launched but the future seems bleak now.
Please google "Windows Mobile July 15"
Windows mobile 6.5 has reached end of its life, would no longer be supported by Microsoft, and no new apps would be allowed to be developed, in fact the app marketplace is going to get shut down by July 15, 2012, so you won't even be able to buy apps.
1) Nice bar phone, which looked similar to IPhone 3G and worked similar with HTC Sense app.
2) Windows Phone 6.5 was quite stable as it had gone through many releases.
3) This phone has 1GHz processor, but not dual-core, good for a 2010 phone, but not great per today's new generation phones.
********US BUYERS BEWARE**********
1) HTC HD2 differs with the model number on its usage with different GSM provider for 3G internet services.
If you are in US, please DO NOT BUY T8585 as it does *NOT* supports 3G for AT&T and not even for T-Mobile.
a)If you want to use it in US with T-Mobile, buy the T-Mobile HD2
b)If you want to use it in US with AT&T, buy the HTC T9193, Telstra model.
If you are in Europe, or going to use it outside US then it may make sense to check the 3G service frequencies before you make this purchase.
I came to know this hard way after buying the phone, I had no way to use it on 3G network.
It works for calling, but the 3G internet service, data service are not supported for US. I don't think anyone would buy this smart phone and not use it for internet, so it doesn't makes sense shelling out on this model, if you are in USA.
2) PLEASE NOTE - the days of this phone are numbered now, newer version of android are device specific and are no longer open source, so you will not be able to flash this phone to an android.
3) There have been successful flashes, but a lot many times, people ended up bricking their phones.
4) After Android flashing, there have been lot of issues with call drops and connection dropping, those who have successfully flashed theirs still have issues, so it is really not a fully functional android device, and you will end up spending a lot of your time figuring out how to rid of those problems, and many are still not fully resolved.
5) Too costly on price value point at this time, no worth left after mid of this year, 2012.
I would not recommend a windows 7 phone, as the marketplace is almost non-existent, I guess we are now just left with 2 new platforms to focus on Android and Iphone. RIP - HTC HD2 and Windows 6.5. Both reach end of their life this year mid of 2012.
Not sure if you are able to see this link, here it is for your reference.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful.