Product Test: Htc Hd2

Windows Mobile high-res…
Windows Mobile 6.5 is not necessarily the further development that the user wanted after years of standstill with Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1, but it is like in the traffic jam: If you have stood too long, you are happy about every meter , Which can be moved further. It is not an exuberant joy, rather a weak little “Finally!”. So it was with me, when I learned from Windows Mobile 6.5 and it had for the first time on the smartphone-although a betaversion, but at least 6.5. With Windows Mobile 6.5 should finally the finger-friendliness into the Windows Mobile move in, the pen should disappear, there should be an app store and the browser be improved. But also, as in the low rolling traffic, it can always lead to delays, congestion and the weakly expressed “Finally!” Can go back into an unspoken curse. So it was then also with me and my encounter with Windows Mobile 6.5. Until, yes until the HTC HD2 has been announced.
Gigantic dimensions, gigantic data and the whole thing from a manufacturer, of which we have recently seen only high-quality smartphones. Forget the time when HTC has built for Vodafone, T-Mobile and o2 smartphones, which were sometimes a little unloved-now there is the new HTC, which can convince with innovation and perfectionism. In addition, the HTC-own user interface HTC Sense which we already liked in the HTC Hero too, has gained more and more in detail and finesse and can therefore just be enchanting. Added to this is the use of a capacitive display in the HD2, to my knowledge after the first touchscreen of this kind in a Windows Mobile HTC mobile phone and finally the processing quality and appearance of the housing. To the exact technical data I come immediately, before I would like to explain the concept of my review. There are exactly three parts. Once the hardware, once the software and a final, where both are evaluated together. And since I also like to listen to the opinions of friends, they also come to speak, and you can get more information from

Clocking: 1 GHz, Snapdragon

Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional

Network standard: UMTS/ HSDPA/GSM quadband

Push email: yes

Touchscreen: yes

Display size: 4.3 inches (WVGA, 480 x 800 pixels)

Bluetooth: 2.1

WLAN: IEEE 802.11 b/g

GPS: yes

Interface: miniUSB

ROM: 512MB; RAM: 448MB

MicroSD: yes

Touchscreen: yes


Camera: 5.0 megapixel color camera with autofocus

Audio: Windows Media Player

FM radio

Audio: .aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma

Video: .wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi

Lithium-ion battery, 1230 mAh

Stand-by time: up to 490 hours (GSM), up to 390 hours (WCDMA)

Talk time: up to 380 minutes (GSM), up to 320 minutes (WCDMA)

Dimensions (WxHxD): 120.5 x 67.0 x 11.0 mm

Weight: 157 g



Power supply and plug

USB sync cable

leather bag

2 GB microSD card

3.5 mm stereo headset

quick start Guide


The display is just gigantic. Gigantic because it’s simply huge, gigantic because the resolution is 800 x 480 pixels simple and grabbing only WOW and gigantic because it has one of the first Windows mobile smartphones with capacitive display and multitouch that has blessed Windows Mobile Pen Finally eaten. However, Multitouch is a work of the good people of HTC, because Windows Mobile 6.5 does not support this from the house. The display is not only indoor, but also outdoor an absolute eye-catcher, rarely I have seen a display that is so easy to read even with more or less direct winter sunshine. The colors are displayed naturally and also the contrast is really good. If only all displays would be so beautiful, then the smartphone world would be very much helped. Another advantage of the large, high-resolution display is the on-screen keyboard of the HD2. In addition to the iPhone I seldom typed on such a comfortable, vertical keyboard. If the Sense surface at the HTC Hero already quite nice, so the whole nice factor with the HD2 has increased by 10 times, here you can notice how far and with what love HTC has developed the surface.

Housing & Processing
The HTC HD2 is a looker and handles. The housing quality is good, it is as stable as a Mercedes and the haptics are simply breathtaking, almost as good as the iPhone. In the hand, the HD2 makes a good figure, but my hand is quite large, in women’s hands, the HD2 is simply too massive, too big and looks too distracted. Very positively surprised I am from the absolutely flat housing, into which HTC has so much technology reingepresst, here even the iPhone can not keep up. In the case of the HD2, however, the HD2 already has a little bit up, also because of its angular character, because the iPhone makes a slimmer figure. Not because it is smaller, but because the housing shape is more comfortable, rounder, smoother.The large display smears naturally fast, but it can also be relatively easy to clean again, not quite as good as with the HTC Hero or the iPhone, but much easier than with a Nokia N900.

The HD2 also comes with (relatively) few buttons: volume on the side below the display, two buttons for answering calls and to hang up (simultaneously on/off), plus the obligatory Home button, the Windows button and the back key. At the bottom there is the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the MicroUSB connector. The rest of the functions is to use the software, but I would have liked to see a mute switch and a separate camera button.