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HTC HD2 review

 Review: December 2009  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The HTC HD2 has the biggest screen on any phone. With an absolutely brilliant touchscreen user interface and the latest Windows Mobile operating system, this is very powerful but easy to use device.



 

Review

The HTC HD2 is an upgraded version of the HTC Touch HD. The HD2 does everything that the HD did, but even more so. The HD2 isn't a small phone by any means. In fact it's noticeably bigger and heavier than the iPhone, although slimmer. In fact, it's a superslim 11mm. It's not going to fit into everyone's trouser pocket and it's one of the heaviest phones in the shops. But the reason why it's so large is the screen. If you thought that the display on the HD was huge (and it was), then the display on the HD2 is absolutely massive. At 4.3 inches across, and with an incredible resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, this is simply the best screen on any mobile phone that we've ever seen. If you want to watch videos on your phone, get this phone!

The screen is a capacitative touchscreen, and it's wonderfully sensitive to the touch. HTC have brought out everything that they can think of to make the user interface on the HD2 the best ever. Apart from the size and sensitivity of the screen itself, the HD2 uses an ultra-fast upgraded processor, so there is no lag at all. The memory has also been upgraded, so running apps doesn't seem to slow the phone.

Perhaps the nicest feature is the new HTC Sense user interface, which is overlaid on top of Windows Mobile Professional 6.5. With HTC Sense, you can easily customise the home page, giving you one-touch access to all your favourite apps, such as messaging, calendar, facebook, etc. HTC Sense is organised around contacts, so you can easily view a person's emails, texts and other contact info in one place. There are great features here, such as the full virtual QWERTY keyboard, the zoom control activated by the touch of your fingers, and the accelerometer which automatically rotates the screen orientation when you turn the phone on its side. Under the hood, the Windows Mobile operating system is powerful and customisable too. The Windows Marketplace apps are starting to grow in number, and you can find plenty of useful stuff there.

The HD2 also has a great music player, benefiting from a 3.5mm stereo audio jack, so you can plug in your own headphones. With support for microSD memory cards, you can easily expand the memory to store thousands of MP3 tracks. It also has an FM radio with RDS. The GPS receiver with Google maps works brilliantly on such a hi-res screen, and has a digital compass feature too. The web browser is also superb, making excellent use of the large screen and touchscreen interface. HTC have upgraded the 3G connection to use HSPA, so you can download at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload at 2 Mbps. WiFi is also available, for ultra-fast data transfers in a WiFi environment. Bluetooth 2.1 and USB connectivity is also supported.

So far, so good. What we've described is an absolutely brilliant user interface with an MP3 player, GPS receiver and phone attached. Sure it's big, but how else could it have such a large screen? The problem is that HTC have enhanced the strong points of the original Touch HD, but without addressing any of its weak points. The weak points of the Touch HD were its large size and weight, its poor camera, and its weak battery life. The HD2 doesn't fix these problems. In fact, they have become even more obvious in the HD2. Not only is the HD2 larger and heavier than the original, but HTC have replaced the 1350 mAh battery with a weaker 1230 mAh. The results is even less battery life. The camera is 5 megapixels, the same as the Touch HD, but it now comes with a dual LED flash. It still can't compete with other phones in this price range though.

So, the HD2 has enhanced the strong points of the HD, but failed to address any of its problems. That makes it in some ways the best possible phone, and in other ways rather lacking. It's perhaps like a finely-tuned supercar with no room for luggage and impossible to park. You have to choose a phone like this with both eyes open, knowing what it will do and what it won't do. We hope that this review has given you an understanding of this.


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Reviewed by Ed from UK on 17th Mar 2012
Does everything reasonably; except make calls... Mic cuts out, phone refuses to dial, constant freezing and crashing. What could be a great phone is let down enormously by WM 6.5!
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Reviewed by Simon from UK on 8th Feb 2012
My boss had an HD2 and as soon as Android was available I flashed 2.2 on it. I liked it that much that I picked one up myself very cheaply. It has had WinMo 6.5, Windows Phone 7 (fully unlocked), and now it is on Android ICS 4.0.3. I am loathe to part with it because there doesn't seem to be another phone with so many options!
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Reviewed by sisay from ethiopia on 22nd Jan 2012
the phone seems good but no update and the application you get from window marketplace is expensive.
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Reviewed by Nick from Dubai on 10th Jan 2012
Superb piece of hardware. Flashed it last week with Nexus HD2 Gingerbread 2.3.7 rom from XDA (Nandroid Rom). Feels like I just got myself a new phone with unlimited apps. Angry Birds on this setup runs so sweet - as do all the apps I tried do far. Get the phone but ditch the stock rom.
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Reviewed by katie from uk on 6th Jan 2012
It's a brilliant phone, love it to bits, great camrea and definatly HD ready. IT'S A GREAT PHONE
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Reviewed by Techit from Philippines on 3rd Jan 2012
I've had this phone for a year and a half now. Like some users, I did contemplate on selling and replacing it UNTIL I learned about changing the OS from WM 6.5 to Android MIUI just last week! (A pretty techie lady named Anthonette did it for me for just $18 - the $2 was a tip hehe). Saying I'm now ecstatic with it is an understatement. It's like I now have an ENTIRELY new phone. The interface is sooooo amazingly beautiful, soooooo smooth and the system soooooo fast that I now can't imagine myself settling for the "original" HD2 for so long. I haven't even come to mentioning the coolest apps that I can now install in it. Don't let go of your HD2, just breathe in a NEW LIFE to it! You won't regret it!
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Reviewed by Stuart from Hong Kong on 28th Dec 2011
This is my favourite phone ever. I have used the old clunky Win Mobile software for years; from PDAs and then onto smartphones. The vanilla HD2 interface does suck something fierce, but with some rather massive downloading of ROMs and Icon replacement packs from the very talented people at XDA developers, I have made this phone into my own personal super Phone with 32GB of memory . To cover the poor battery life I simply picked up a couple of extra batteries from a local shop at a reasonable price. I still use it as my daily driver and whilst I have an iPad 2 & iPod touch I am still not tempted to go to Apple for my next phone. Unfortunately I love Freda (ebook reading software) so I might have to go with a WP7 phone which is (at the moment) fundamentally flawed in the Video transfer and ebook transfer departments and also has woefully inadequate memory storage. Basically I am stuck with the concept of replacing this phone with another HD2 :)
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Reviewed by WayneD from South Africa on 27th Dec 2011
I have had my HD2 for over 2 years (since a few weeks after they first came out) and never a moment's trouble in spite of the very hard life the phone leads. Upgraded the original WM6.0 to WM6.5 with a ROM from XDA, now have WM6.5 and Android dual boot. It's my Kindle, iPod, Mobile Office and phone all rolled into 1. I think that either those with problems have been given a dud deal by the cell operators or have not taken the trouble to learn how to use this unbelievable phone. Marion - try ensuring the (software) slider cover on your phone is working.
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Reviewed by marion from saudi arabia on 2nd Dec 2011
I OWN THIS PHONE,BUT SO FAR THE UPGRADE IS VERY MINIMAL.i COULD NOT FIXED THE PROBLEM OF MY PHONE DIALING BY ITSELF OF THE LAST NUMBER CALLED.i HOPE WINDOWS ENGINEER WILL FIX THIS PROBLEM.
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Reviewed by abb from UK on 23rd Nov 2011
You Should Have Known By Now that these Phones Can be Flashed With the Android OS, Its a Much Better Phone,Running Fast & smooth, with no Freezing,
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Reviewed by victor from U>S>A on 17th Nov 2011
sorry to say this but this phone is junk, mostly because of the OS 6.5. it would have been a better phone if it had an android OS, not a windows. this is my second hd2 and still junk. try to get a different phone from t-mobile but they would no give a different one, I was told that I'd have to pay 300 for a different phone. anyway there are so many bad issues with this phone from freezing to cutting off, overheating, signal lost, can not sync to pc and so on and on.
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Reviewed by Abs from UK on 31st Oct 2011
No doubt the Only Phone in the world that can Run windows 6.5, windows 7, Android,iphone OS & few Other OS's, Can also Duel boot with two Operating Systems, Persanlly i have the iphone rom on mine its Great. only Drawback is its Battery Life But still get a Whole day's use from Moderate to Heavy Use.
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Reviewed by Ian G from UK on 31st Jul 2011
It's an absolute DOG of a phone, I have to use one for work and I hate it intensely, i've actually never come across anything so utterly useless. My profitability is based on wether I receive calls and information through an app that deals with multiple service calls and scheduled tasks and in 6 months i've not had one day where it's worked from start of work to finish. It crashes regularly, it can't be cradled on the shoulder as it disconnects, it freezes more than it crashes and the tones and notifications are total TRIPE...if I could drop it in a bath of water "Accidentally on Purpose" and get a decent phone right away, you'd be hearing the splash right about 5 months ago...
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Reviewed by Annoyed from UK on 8th Jul 2011
DO NOT EVER BUY THIS PHONE! LOOKS AND SOUNDS GREAT BUT IF YOU LIKE FACEBOOK TWITTER EVEN TEXTING OR MAKING CALLS EXPECT SERIOUS DELAY, FREEZING, CRASHING AND I HAVE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE TEXT MESSAGES SENT TO THE WRONG PEOPLE! I PAY 35 A MONTH FOR RUBBISH! CANNOT DO ANYTHINK GOOD AT ALL FAIL HTC FAIL!
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Reviewed by Basher from UK on 8th Jun 2011
This mobile phone is pretty good. The longest Ive kept a mobile phone (from launch (dec 2009 until I recently upgraded). Phone is really customisable and has a nice big screen which is great for viewing videos and the youtube app is also of good quality. The weight isnt a problem for me as I prefer my handsets like this as it has a more premium feel. It did occassionally crash on me which required a soft reset and the only other downside is that the marketplace for windows 6.5 is pretty rubbish. However with a bit of know how you can get android and windows phone 7 running on this. Overall a good phone and probably ahead of its time considering the Desire HD and HD7 have almost the same specifications as this
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Reviewed by Dan from UK on 6th Jun 2011
I've had this phone for about 15 months now so have probably had to deal with it the most of any user here. DO NOT BUY IT. Honestly, if I knew you personally I'd give you a fiver just to not buy it. Like so many have said, this phone freezes all the time. Do not be naive enough to think that this phone will work for you when you get it and we're unlucky, because almost every review I've seen from someone who's owned the phone 6 months or more has at least commented on the problem. My phone has got to the point where it: 1. Freezes on texting. 2. Freezes on opening messages. 3. Freezes on calling. 4. Doesn't receive calls because of FREEZING. 5. Can't access the homescreen cos it FREEZES. 6. Turning sound up or down takes 5 minutes. 7. If the phone does it, it freezes for 10 minutes first, basically. The only good aspects of this phone are its screen - which, by the way, comes at the cost of a battery life of 1.5 HOURS USAGE!, that's probably a day for most people - and the internet works nicely on it. Well, the internet is fast at least WHEN it works, which is about half the time. And fortunately it's one of the things resetting the phone for actually affects. About the battery time, the fact it has a big screen is really only good for watching movies, I find it quite funny how, now the battery is a fair way into the phone's contract, it won't be able to watch an entire movie. Yet another thing I've had a problem with is roaming. When you set the phone to roaming, and tell it not to download any updates, you'd think that, you know, the phone wouldn't ever access the internet. Well, in this case, you'd be wrong. When the phone starts up, because the internet actually works alright but everything else FREEZES, it proceeds to download all your updates and then turn on roaming - which is pretty bad when your phone runs out of battery all the time so you have to turn it back on once or twice a day. This costs me about 20 each time when I go on holiday - so there's an excuse to upgrade to a different contact right there. I could go on, and I will. Being that this is supposed to be a business phone, the screen size is an immensely negative issue because it makes typing messages and emails really quite uncomfortable. On top of that, the keyboard is seriously inaccurate, so typing something takes about twice as long as it would on a freaking nokia 3310. It's a joke really. On top of that, good luck getting your emails to sync with your phone. For one of my three emails it worked, so it could be pretty bad for you if you have a single business email and you find it doesn't work - not worth making an alternate email either, because odds are that's not going to work too! I guess that's enough to deter you from buying this. If you read this and still want to buy it, you're an idiot and I'm glad you wasted the money. If you don't but it now, I'm glad you dodged the bullet I sadly never did thanks to jumping on the bandwagon and buying it at release. Here's a funny point, I wrote this in the time it took my phone to unfreeze! We won't count the 80 minutes (yes 80) I just spent trying to call my family and failing. I gave up that call eventually and used my friend's blackberry torch instead (that's a good phone with a bit screen for business as well as multimedia, buy that!). Sadly this is routine and has been since I changed to this phone. God damn contract better let me upgrade soon.
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Reviewed by Darren from UK from UK on 15th Mar 2011
I recently used one of these phones for work and found them to freeze up and crash. But i was made redundant and liked the phone so much i went a bought one. I flashed it with Android 2.2.1 and its been 150% better since then.. Does not Crash no more .. no freezing, Gps works always. The only thing i miss is the call name shout out when someone calls you. seems to be standard on Samsung galaxy S handsets and is very loud. Where as the apps on this phone seem to be quiet.. HTC should make a better maH battery to cure the poor life. but on a good day i get 5 hours of use. Can fall back on the Incar charge for more help if need be. Camera quality is good over the Blackberry torch 9800 i also own.. the picture give a very true high quality glossy photo highly recommended. the only let down is the battery as for speed and quality 10/10
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Reviewed by Usman Ali Shah from UK on 3rd Mar 2011
this is my first ever Htc phone and i would say its an iphone Killer... though i never liked WinMo systems... a frnd got my hd2 converted (upgraded) to Android Froyo 2.2.1 and wow am loving it.. the screen is sharp .. processor is way to fast....only bad side is that the speaker sound is very low still but manageable......now am looking to buy Desire and Desire Hd both :) bravo
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 25th Jan 2011
This phone is shocking ! I've had it for a year now and it still keeps freezing , making unwanted calls , sending texts and emails to the wrong people,not connecting to the net when I wan't it to and connecting when I don't want to ,predictive texting spells the word correctly when yoy type it but sends something completly different. O2 not interested, you chose it , you keep it!. avoid at all cost,
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Reviewed by Peter from UK on 25th Jan 2011
Few basic problems so far(bought in october 2010) nothing a soft reset couldn't cure! Just downloaded the software update and have yet had to do a soft reset.This phone is a great phone although I am not a big fan of a windows based phone, but it's doing what I bought it for, serf the web w/ease, listen to music, text almost all at the same time! I'm 95% happy I bought it!
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Reviewed by todd billet from UK on 15th Dec 2010
I've had it a month and i hate it. shocking: battery life, screen invisible in sunlight, typing slow and error ridden, confusing interfaces, if you read messages in inbox mode the text and tiny and cannot be resized. Browsing slow, occasional freezing, have to hit it to get screen to rotate, battery runs down overnight. This is not the future of phones. Luckily its a work freebee, but so annoying and clunky to use, never sure when its online or not, cant use a stylus with it, so a nightmare when browsing, try and click a button on a webpage, no chance... ITS RUBBISH !! 1 star is too high
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Reviewed by Jessica from UK on 14th Nov 2010
This is the worst phone i've ever had. Lured in by its large screen and sleek display, it was really disappointing. The clock has repeatedly put itself an hour forward without me knowing so i think i'm late. It freezes repeatedly. It decides that facebook is the only screen it will show, and insists on showing it at every given moment. texting is a nightmare, takes a lot of concentration, and i'm not a bad texter! Don't even get me started on the lack of signal everywhere i go... Incredibly awful.
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Reviewed by Ianko from UK on 11th Nov 2010
I've had a HD2 since April 2010 and only recently have I had problems with freezing. Notably this happens when I'm charging the wee beastie. This has also coincided with a notable decrease in battery performance - it now needs to be charged daily. I have read many threads from different forums and found people blaming also sorts of different aspects of the phone for the freezing etc. Most seem to blame the OS. For me, I take out the battery, stick it outside in the cold to cool down (thankfully its November)and then reboot. This seems to work. If I try the same indoors, it takes more reboots to get it going. Seems to me like an overheating battery. This is backed up by other users. Several have suggested putting paper in between the cover and the battery. Well, this didn't work for me. Oddly enough, when I do succesfully reboot, the time jumps forward a couple of hours. There has also been mention of ending tasks in Task Manager - I do this regularly an yway and it makes no difference to the freezing problems. I'm considering a new battery and wandering into the unknown world of the XDA developers sites. I'm not a geek and consider this last option a risky move.
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Reviewed by Liz Reynolds from UK on 9th Nov 2010
I bought this phone after reading lots of positive reviews - I particularly likes the big screen. I started to have a number of irritating problems which meant I had to soft reset or take out the battery (not easy on this phone). Eventually I took it to the vodoaphone shop to send it back for a soft ware upgrade (cant do this in the shop for HTC's)I was told it had water damage!. Be warned - if you might want to use this phone in the kitchen; bathroom or gym - or even make a phone call in the rain! - condensation will render your warrenty usless. Either get another phone or pay for insurance. Ill never buy another HTC again - and once my contact runs out - I wont be using vodaphone again either.
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Reviewed by chris from UK on 2nd Nov 2010
I must admit that this phone is not all that great with the original ROM, but pop over to XDA developers and there are plenty of great ROM's available which turns this into the phone it should have been, no freezes or crashes. What has really set this up as the best phone I have ever had is the fact that the Android system can now be used on it, meaning you get the best of both worlds. For me I only really use Android on it now, very rarely use windows, but nice to know its there if I want it. Android has all the apps you want unlike the poor show from windows, and this phone for me kicks the Iphone into touch, but thats just my opinion. Why not try running android on it, its perfectly safe and a doddle to set up, I think you will see this phone in a very different light.
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Reviewed by jonny from UK on 2nd Nov 2010
this phone was built up to be huge and the "iPhone killer" i will tell you now it doesn't even compare to the iPhone. this phone does not deserve its huge price tag it has. i have a whole bunch of problems with my phone. first of all i got the phone i thought great but straight away it turns itself off ad wont turn back on until its plugged into the socket and then it keeps turning off. i then got a new handset from virgin and the next one started fine for about a week and to this day the phone constantly freezes (its frozen more than working) the touchscreen is amazing when it rarely works properly and the whole operating system is rubbish. the web on this phone is great when the touchscreen works and everything else just messes up the whole time. IF I COULD I WOULD GIVE NO STARS DO NOT BUY !!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by vince from UK on 30th Oct 2010
i've used it with windows and used it with android, with android it's not too bad, but at the end of the day you have to change the operating system to make it better and with windows it is literally a really crappy phone, i wouldn't consider buying it
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Reviewed by R KEMPSON from UK on 23rd Oct 2010
WORST MOBILE I HAVE HAD VERY POOR BATTERY LIFE
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Reviewed by janette from usa on 19th Oct 2010
don't buy it! I can't even use it cause it freezes up and then won't come back on for hours. hate this phone.
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Reviewed by Zack from US on 11th Oct 2010
I got this phone back in June.. and when I first got it I thought it was the best phone ever.. but as I got to using it.. and some of the memory started to get taken up.. I found out that this is the WORST phone ever. Freezes for no reason, freezes getting a text message, freezes texting, freezes during a call. Although it is an extremely good phone for web and videos.. the bad out weighs the good
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Reviewed by Jay from UK on 9th Oct 2010
I hate this phone, It's been making my life hell since i chose it. Constantly crashes. Turns its self off. Loses singal for no reason. Freezes during texting. Slow sluggish interface. Cuts out during important phone calls. Shameful battery life. Charger broke after a week. I hardly ever use my phone now, I'm paying 35 a month for nothing.
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 3rd Oct 2010
I have had a few windows mobile phones, my last being a HTC touch pro which I loved with it's 4 row slide out keybaord, making messaging quick and simple. When I upgraded to the HD2 I was initially disappointed with the touch screen interface, finding it too easy to make mistakes. However after a short time I got used to it. The original OS supplied was buggy, but the latest updated ROM from HTC's website has solved a lot of that. People who have problems with the OS generally have a branded phone froma network carrier, and their "modified" version of the OS can be buggy, notable vodafone. However where this phone comes into it's own is it's ability to be tweaked. It leaves all other phones behind. However this is where the phone becomes a "niche" market product, as a lot of buyers aren't willing to mess too much. Go to xda developers website and see what people are doing with the HD2. it can run Android, Ubuntu and has so many "cooked" ROMs that fix a lot of minor issues it is untrue. Regarding the keyboard response issue I have found SWYPE, a 3rd party keyboard to be absolutely perfect. IT allows you to just drag your fingers around the letters quickly spelling out words and it will invariably come up with the right word. I can message really quickly with it. In all this is the best phone I have ever owned, but that's because I did a bit of digging around the internet to find solutions to the slight niggles.
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Reviewed by Paul from UK on 3rd Oct 2010
Fab phone let down by a mediocre OS. HTC does its best to hide it with sense but when you wanna do anything more complicated than the basics windows shows its limitations. There's ways round it, can get tweaking software and fiddle around with the registry and then it'll show its true potential. Reception and call quality are superb, as is the screen. But they're just not utilised well enough. Texting is rather fiddly for instance and options are limited, just do options for picture size on the camera out of the box. The camera is pretty rubbish with far too much shutter lag making it useless in low light. Many good applications also don't support windows mobile, getting them to work is a fiddly job but possible if you have the time. On a par with iphone 3gs I'd say for that. I got mine 2nd hand, took it back before try out period expired. If it gets windows mobile 7 it could be the phone it always should have been.
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Reviewed by David Trahar from England on 2nd Oct 2010
I think that this is a fantastic phone and the most pleasing on the eye phone out there. It fantastic how the screen displays the waether so when you phone has frost on the screen you know that your car is outside. The only problem is the time that it takes before apps become avilable. The GPS is fantastic and is used more that mt tomtom and the screen is the best for watching anything on. All in all this is more that a fantastic phone , roll on HD3
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Reviewed by Alex from UK on 25th Sep 2010
Ive had this phone for about 5 months now and i've had not that many problems with it. The apps are good, the internet is even better. Only recently its played up a bit with battery life and having to take the battery out to re start it, however my battery did use to last 2 days on average, but when i use emails and internet all day it will only last a day and a half. I should upgrade to a desire but i really dont want to, as much as this phone has faults i think its served its purpose well. The screen is brilliant, im never a fan or touchscreens but this one is really easy to work. As long as i update it on the htc website, i dont get many problems with it
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Reviewed by hd2 user from uk on 25th Sep 2010
top hardware let down by terrible OS.
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Reviewed by Graham from UK on 9th Sep 2010
Phone works, but is easily the most irritating phone I've ever owned. After 6 months of ownership, I've given up and gone back to my trusty Samsung i780, breathed a huge sigh of relief and got a phone that does what I need again. The main problem I found with the HD2 is the keyboard. Even with the tweak to make it less sensitive, it is still woefully innacurate. It takes around 3 times as long to type a text or email on the HD2 as it does on the i780 (which has a Blackberry-like hard keyboard), and as a business phone the HD2 just doesn't cut it, for that reason. I have to type messages on the move often, and on many occasions I have become so frustrated with the HD2 keyboard the HD2 has almost been thrown! Other bad point is a very flaky Bluetooth implementation - after connecting to a bluetooth headset, then disconnecting, it refuses to connect correctly again without a reboot. Latest firmware has not fixed this. Very frustrating. The good points are the fantastic screen, and the nice HTC Sense interface. Overall, though, this phone is style over substance, with too many bugs, and a poorly implemented keyboard (other touchscreen phones are better). Mine is destined for eBay tomorrow!
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Reviewed by Lee from England on 28th Aug 2010
Had this phone since Feb, works great i keep it upto date on the htc website, have had no problems at all
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Reviewed by pesmo from england on 7th Aug 2010
just thought i would give you an update if u go on to XDA develepers web site they have custom roms for your phone and android roms im running a custom rom energy leo with 2.5 maxsense and my battery is lasting me two days with minimal use if i send txt or make phone calls browse the net it maybe lasts 27 hrs or a bit longer
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Reviewed by Joseph from U.S.A. on 31st Jul 2010
The phone works great in air conditioned areas only. If i take it outside say in 85 degrees, it locks up and i get the usual stick together screen for ever. Some days, i have to reset the phone up to twenty times. sometimes resetting is not possible but you have to take the battery out several times. I keep it in my lunch box just to keep it cool for the next use, meaning i have to run to open the lunch box to receive calls. I would not have bought it if i knew it has such drawback. But T mobile will not let me out of the contract.
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Reviewed by Neil Jones from UK on 23rd Jul 2010
My phone has been back to shop twice now within first 3 months. Totaly fed up with it. It answers calls and makes calls ON IT'S OWN !!! It seems to run programs while you watch as if it is replaying keys. The only way to stop it is to take the battery out. O2 have had it now for 8 working days 1st time & 13 working days now. O2 attitude terrible. If this phone worked it would be ideal for my use.
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Reviewed by Jazz from England on 21st Jul 2010
I had the htc hd2 for just over 4 months, i thought it was great, had good internet, and lots of useful apps, i liked the fact it had vidio camera and a good camera with flash unlike my iphone; also the screen was a brilliant size, but was a bulky phone. however, my screen froze and went blank, after that it didnt work so had to pay alot of money to have it repaired! Therefore i cant give a great rating.
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Reviewed by Michael from UK on 20th Jul 2010
Most issues with the HD2 are network based with T-Mobile a frequent culprit, if you really want to enjoy this phone get a sim unbranded one. However go to HTC webisite they have released lots of updates and drivers for issues mentioned below especailly for T-mobile and O2
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Reviewed by logan from united states on 17th Jul 2010
amazing unlocked phone. screen is huge, processor is much faster than my old one.texting is surprisingly easy for a touch screen and the email and apps are great for my business and keep my busy on down time. also internet surfing and facebook are really easy and fun. camera is crisp too. best unlocked cell phone of the year right now. got my last couple for me and the daughter at gsmallover.com and were pretty happy. htc is really stepping it up this year. 2 thumbs up
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Reviewed by Amber . from USA on 14th Jul 2010
Omfqee !!! . Mah' HD2 Doesnt Charqee Straiqht Uhp !!! >:[ It Will Bearly Charqe After I Have IT In For An Hour !!! .
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Reviewed by pesmo from england on 12th Jul 2010
had the phone since friday excellent what a piece of work the screen is awesome ticks all the boxes as far as im concerned ive had iphone loads of nokias and a few sony erics and samsungs but ths blows them all away in stand by time had 30 odd hrs even when i charged it it had 25 percent left obviously when i go on the internet or start using it to listen to music and watch videos the battey will drain quicker maybe something to do with the 1 gig processor
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Reviewed by CHEMICAL from Romania on 11th Jul 2010
Well its good to write again in this site because i wrote here 5 years ago a review for the great phone SE K508i. But now im back with another toy...GREAT TOY, the HTC HD2!!! When this phone was released a web site from my country sayes : AN ALIEN AMONG TELEPHONES! And that this device hardly could be named smartphone! I buyed it on the 18 March. I WAS IN HEAVEN!! It is the greates phone i seen! The screen is BIG and i have a weakness for the BIG screens. Its a large phone and heavy too but i don't mind...but its very thin.The web browsing works good on my phone and i see that some people here wad or have problems with the web browsing, well the disadvantage is that it freezes(very rare) and that makes me angry sometime but it freezes very rare i repeat! very rare. I stayed on the internet browsing over 50 minutes one time and it was working great! The music player and the quality of the music IS HIGH! The music sounds very good, clear and loud. The camera on this phone is good,the video recording is as well good. The touch screen wich is capacitive is sensible but not as sensible as my ipod touch but it doesn't matter to me, and the sensors like the G-sensor, the proximity sensor, the accelerometer sencor and the pick to mute sensor works GREAT, without any exceptions. Another disadvantage is the battery that resists only 3 days if you are working hard on it(internet,pictures, movies,conversations,yahoo messenger,mail,radio,music player,etc) but in stand-by it resists OK. Well thats my review for this GREAT phone!!!! I like its very much and im proud every time i have it in my hands :)) I had many smartphones before this one but this one i like more! In the end i would like to forgive me for my bad english :D
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Reviewed by David from UK on 11th Jul 2010
I got one from T-Mobile UK and I think it has major in-built problems. First, it was mis-sold, but they dent this. They claimed that it ran the Android operating system! Which, I now know, it doesn't. They claimed that their online back-up service would work for this phne - it doesn't. The phone itself... I have to take out the battery every 2 or 3 days to reset the phone. The filed 'manila.exe' frquently fails to function. Although I can use with supplied WIndows MEdia Player, I am unable to use the HTC Sense Media Player. I think it is a rubbish phone and wholly over-rated.
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Reviewed by richard from united states on 10th Jul 2010
well i have gone thru two htc hd2 phones and had software problems with both of them. had issues with not being able to access the internet as well. the first phone locked up all the time. the second would not access the internet and caused the phone to failure completely. oh well, maybe the third phone will be a charm.
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Reviewed by Noha from UK on 17th Jun 2010
The phone is top quality and well made. The WM 6.5 Pro OS is piled up high with the worst of them. Great phone, let down by poop OS. Looking for alternative OS at the moment.
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Reviewed by dannyt777 from United States on 7th Jun 2010
Over all, in a nut shell the HD2 has been the best phone I've had yet, and that's even in comparison to the bb9700. Due to the fact that the HD2 came with it's own MicroSD Memory Card, and the capabilities of the phone over all. The extremely large screen helps a great deal, although I admit it may not be for everyone. I do admit that it does have a few bugs that need to be worked out by T-Mobile, but then again T-Mobile has been lagging behind in Technology for sometime now. But, thanks to HTC and their wonderful advancements in technology, it makes up for the lagging behind time of T-Mobile. I do wish that T-Mobile would take initiative in completion of further advancements in their Studies into Technology, rather than relying on the Manufacturers of each phone that they sell. Also, the Techlogy Support Department is way behind on their studies of each phone that they are supposed to be able to support, but are unable to do so due to lack of studies. When it comes down to it, it is up to the individual Tech Support Person to take the intiative of doing some extensive hands on playing with the HD2, in order to be able to support it even a little. After all, aren't we paying for support with each monthly payment made to the Provider?
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Reviewed by ManOfMode from UK on 5th Jun 2010
I begin by reflecting on how far one is up and running with an iPhone within 15 mins. Now one reviews the HD2. Good news: I did not pay for it. Lovely screen. This is a masturbatory fantasy for Phonegeeks but for a fairly intelligent human being with reasonable levels of sophistication it falls into the PC trap of appearing to be capable of much but delivering little with ease and access. Screen and OS freeze regularly. Desktop/homescreen is cluttered. IT replaces at Toshiba TG01. Verdict: phone makers do not understand the user requirements of a handheld PC whilst PC makers are unable to make decent phone. HD2 is neither but sells itself as both. Intriguing contradiction or stylised piece of miss-selling? You decide but your money will not decide on this phone.
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Reviewed by Mark from USA on 4th Jun 2010
All of the 1 star reviews are correct on all of the phones flaws. It is June 5, and they still havent corrected the sms errors, connection errors, and random freezing. At this point, you would have to do research and get a unofficial patch of it because tmobile nor microsoft has released anything to help. Do yourself a favor and get a iphone. I unforunatelty have to stay with this phone for another year before i switch over.
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Reviewed by Meri from UK on 4th Jun 2010
When I got the phone after lots of internet research for abaout two months I was so happy because it looked superb, better than Iphone. I liked the home screen and weather interface. Sensitive touchscreen was something what I wanted after using Iphone. But not I regret for wishing a sensitive screen. Every time I am make a call, the keys keep on beeping: sometimes it goes on hold, sometimes gets disconnected by itself. When the phone rings and by the time I remove the cover, it is already disconnected. Sometimes, people have to call me four or five times before I could manage to take the call. Even if i try slide the receiver using just one hand it gets diconnected. I was using O2 network before which was good and I presumed vodafone would be better. But whether it is the network or the phone itself, sometimes it shows no network at any places, even at my home and I have to switch it off and on before I could use it again. I purchased it last month and the phone has been freezing now and then, and has made me sick of it already. When I was using iphone I used to be with my phone all the times, but now I dont even want to use it, dont even feel like making a call or texting, let alone using apps. Probably too late to return now, but I am looking for a way to get rid of this phone now, may be I would gift it to someone. I would be more happy to use a simplest Nokia Phone to HTC HD2.
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Reviewed by AW from Thailand/UK on 22nd May 2010
Battery life ..Hmmm .In the UK all of my phones have been about half what I get in Asia I use O2 in the UK and Orange, both 900 and 1800. In Thailand and Hong Kong I use DTAC and Smartphone ( Vodafone HK ) the battery life literally doubles ... WHY you ask, well the worst networks on all of my travels is the UK I mostly spend time in London and they still have places of no service at street level, in Asia the phones work EVERYWHERE, they even work on the underground in HONG KONG my HD 2 has two days flat out in ASIA but in the UK it does not make a DAY with less use to boot ..BLAME THE NETWORKS not the PHONE
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Reviewed by Mike from UK on 19th May 2010
Got to agree with the previous post. I really wanted to like this phone but the screen is way too sensitive making it unusable for office apps and texting. Worst of all it started to make calls by itsself - even when it was just sitting on my desk. After four weeks of stress I've given up and gone back to my HTC TyTn2. This is a very costly mistake and I'll make certain to get a resistive touch screen next time. Avoid!
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Reviewed by Donna from Scotland on 18th May 2010
i got the hd2 as an upgrade with tmobile in feb, with only a 7day exchange period. im soo annoyed with this phone i could cry. heres why. * Waaaaaayy too big, dont care if it makes for easier browsing or pics, i need to use both hands just to operate it. * fuzzy noise in calls * cuts out * too sensitive in anything but especially annoying whn txing, in any mode - compact qwerty, full qwerty etc... * cant reply to txs right away, need to tap the screen about 60 times before curser appears to tx * battery lasted me at max a day * constant freezes * email doesnt sync * its constant connected to web even when uv switched it off * has had a mind of its own, opertaing without touching it so with these problems i sent it bk for repair. 14 days later,came back. no change, it got worse, cut out a lot more, and i had a emergency and needed to call/tx asap, and i couldnt coz of the crappy phone,so sent it back again..A MONTH LATER came back, and its the worst yet... * nothing saves...pics taken, calls made/recived or txs..so dnt know if tx have sent.. * still constant freezes * still makes fuzzy noises * battery life still sucks i appreciate this is a high tech phone with a huge spec, but its not use if it doesnt primarily function as a phone for texting and calling. im much happier using a cheap nokia knowing that when i need to call or text, i can. iv yet again sent it back, im hoping for a complety diff phone. i dnt understand these reviews, the phone is either slated with 1 star or is amazing with 5stars...must have been manufactured differently...id avoid if u have no patience to wait 5 mins to reply to a tx.
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Reviewed by Mark B from UK on 17th May 2010
have the HTC HD2 first time with HTC, very unhappy as WM6.5 keeps freezing and nothing can be done to sort out, other than this issue with the OS i think this is an exceptional phone that packs a great punch, blows away all other phones i have had, if looking for smart phone i would consider android over WM run phones
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Reviewed by Alan from UK on 11th May 2010
Easy 5 points, a brilliant phone. If you're slightly nerdy it helps as its immense power requires a bit of tweaking to make the most of it. People who appear to be struggling with this phone don't seem to follow the advice on offer - update to the latest firmware and get brilliant apps such as Cookie Tabs, which really opens up the interface, and BSBTweaks, Skyfire, mPlayer, X Task Manager, the PS1 emulator, etc etc. Point is, if you want open-architecture, and something seriously powerful, go HD2. It's stunning -- but isn't one for the luddites.
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Reviewed by STEVE from USA on 7th May 2010
let me see i had the following phones in the htc line so i guess i should know these phone, HTC DIAMOND, HTC PRO, HTC PRO 2, HTC IMAGIO, HTC HD, NOW I OWN THE HTC HD2 TO SAY YOU WANT THE BEST IS A UNDERSTATEMENT. IF YOU EVEY USED A SMARTPHONE YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW THAT BATTERY LIFE IS ALWAYS A ISSUE JUST BUY ANOTHER BATTERY SO TAKE IT FROM ME IT IS EVERYTHING AND MORE BUT EVEN MORE HTC HD3 WHICH I WILL GET AS SOON AS IT COME OUT LIKE I DONE WITH ALL MY PHONE I GOT THEM BEFORE OR ONE THEY SALE DATE SO GO AHEAD AND GET IT AND GET READY TO GET BLOWN AWAY
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Reviewed by Simon from England on 29th Apr 2010
This phone is the best phone ever! The obvious feautres, such as the size and quality of the screen are just the beginning! The Windows operating system, gives it fantastic flexibility, and familiarity with the PC based version, we all love and hate! But with the addition of HTC Sense, it is even more controlable, more adaptable, than anything else on the market! Many of my friends have i-Phones, and I personally can't stand being dictated to, as to what I can store, and how I put it there! I love grabbing an Avi file, straight from my movie collection, copying it straight to wherever I want to store it on my HD2, then instantly playing it back to my i-Friends, who are still waiting for i-tunes to try and convert the movie to a format the i-phone reconises, usually After i've finished watching the film! The features and functions work perfectly, and any apps it doesn't come with can be found somewhere to , oh yeah, download direct to the phone through any pc(without the need for i-tunes)install, it and its there, done and dusted for free.I see some people have had problems, but really this phone is for serious Smartphone users, you need to have a good tarriff, with a good network, unlimited text and web usage, which a serious user would have, my only criticism would be the battery life, but show me a smartphone that doesn't zap the battery when you sit there playing with it! I have mains chargers, USB chargers, and a car charger, so it isn't really an issue for me anyway! This is as good as phones get in todays market, but it's for serious smartphone users only!
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Reviewed by james from england on 25th Apr 2010
amazing phone ! (make sure it has latest software as older versions had problems) its fast and ppl with the iphone wanted this which is a big thing, and so customizable its unreal xda has many tricks for this phone which in proves it even more if your good on phones and installing apps then get it and there's tons you can do with it you can change it so it works like the iPhone or Android if not good and things like that look else where cause you'll never use this phone to your advantage
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 23rd Apr 2010
Amazing, this phone is fast, fun, gorgeous and great to use. the screen is great and makes web browsing a joy, especially with the multitousch which is useable on a number of other features of the phone. the interface is unbelieveably good and the phone really is difficult to fault. Medium usage sees the battery last two days and heavy requires charging every night - so what! the only problem is the windows marketplace is pretty sparse, but its growing steadily.5 stars hands down
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Reviewed by Tom from UK on 23rd Apr 2010
Amazzingg phone, fast, gorgeous and fun. what more could you want except maybe a few more apps on windows marketplace. easiest 5 stars ever!
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Reviewed by Padzorelli from UK on 20th Apr 2010
Had this phone a few months now so I thought it was only fair to give it a review.Good points: great interface, pretty simple to navigate once you get used to it, usable not gimmicky apps, good for work/business,simple connectivity and comms.Iffy points: Camera isnt up to much especially at night, having to keep shutting down running apps via task manager(very annoying)and not a great battery life. Having said that this is still a very good phone. I`ve had both this and the Idiot Phone and the HTC wins for me everytime.
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Reviewed by darius from UK on 10th Apr 2010
I wanted to get a new phone so I went for HTC HD2 on o2, I read reviews on it on the internet, loved the way it looked (UI) and so I thought, ok, I'm gonna get. At first I loved the UI, all the eye-candy, it honestly looks gorgeous but the phone is RUBBISH! In my first 12 hours of use it froze on me MORE THAN 5 TIMES! I had to reset the phone to get it to work again. Battery life is too short. From me going 'wow what a beautiful eye-candy UI on the phone' I went to 'this is completely rubbish', I started to hate it and didn't want to see it, I packed it back in the box it came in and waited till Monday to go back to o2 and return the phone. Will get blackberry 9700 or wait for iPhone HD/4G or whatever it will be called. Avoid the phone.
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Reviewed by Matthew Gordon from Stoke, UK on 7th Apr 2010
This is the worst phone I've ever had. I bought it on February 15, 2010 and I loved it! I showed everyone, gorgeous display, okay camera, lovely screen. Okay at texting. For a week. Then it started connecting to the contract internet CONTINUOUSLY! EVERY time it connected without me telling it to. After about a month it was okay but still connecting god knows how many hours used without picking it up. 2 months had the phone and I hate it! The chargers just broke for no reason, the reponsivness is SHOCKING i have to tap to text OVER 30 TIMES! and it still doesnt work. I looked at endless amount of reviews and though Oh i'll get it. What a waste of time, might aswell chuck money in the bin if i'm honest with you. And yes i look at bad ones and think "They're proabably not like that" but this one is. Buy an iPhone! No doubt
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Reviewed by Philip from Norway on 28th Mar 2010
From promising start I loved this phone, my son was born on the 24th December 2010. I have been sending more than 100 text and MMS and looking up any information I needed in the delivery room on the Opera browser. However it did not take me long to realise that this phone has SERIOUS problems. I wish I had brought an android based phone. List of problems follow. 1. SMS/MMS - Sent to outbox, are not delevered, tries to resend a default of 5 times. I am charged 5 times by my operator. I avoid using MMS and SMS. Service provider Tele2/HTC have not been able to fix. SMS - FYI Friend has this phone, and resends SMS not to his girlfriend to but to his boss, that was embarrassing for him. 2. Browser Opera is constantly locking up, even on the simplest of sites. It just gets worse and worse. 3. Configuration of basic elements is very difficult to navigate your way around. 4. I bought the phone to develop on, Active Sync is required to do this in a meaningful way, you have no idea how fed up and irrited you can become when this does not work. 5. .Net framework is compact, so compact that simple programming and database access tasks become depressingly long winded, with a huge lack of information or example to code with any significant speed. 6. Camera takes two versions of each photo and video, despite turning this off after turning it on. I am just ranting about a small selection of the problems I have encountered, but this is my experience of this phone and operator. This phone was supposed to be an asset to my life, it has wasted a huge amount of time and cannot deliver on it's promises.
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Reviewed by Derek from UK on 23rd Mar 2010
I have had this phone for just over a week and I have got to say this has got to be the best phone I have ever owned! The screen layout is beautiful, especially with the weather forecast imagery is proper HD quality, navigating around the various options is very easy, and it only takes a couple of days of playing around with it to become fully clued up on the phone. Before getting this phone, I was a little wary about windows mobiles from all of the general negative reviews, however this being my first HTC phone and windows version, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the windows platform. It works perfectly well for me. The only slight niggly flaw on this masterpiece is the battery life which I get a maximum of a day and a half from moderate use, however going by the size of the screen and the outstanding features it has, this is very minor and will not reduce my 5 star rating. Another issue (which is not to do with the phone itself) I have is HTC only providing a 2Gb memory card with this phone while they are providing US customers with the same phone with a 16Gb memory card as standard!! Why ??? Why supply Europe with a miniscule 2Gb memory card for this phone?? Anyway before I go off the subject, I highly recommend this phone and suggest playing around with the phone for at least 2/3 days before leaving feedback. You need that time period to accurately assess this masterpiece.
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Reviewed by albert einstein from UK on 23rd Mar 2010
Hardware Top software WM6.5 sh... next phone Android Phone
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Reviewed by Matt from Uk on 19th Mar 2010
I exchanged my Hero with a friend for this for a few days and I have to say, I'm appalled by this. It is too big (never thought I'd say that about a phone). You will ALWAYS have to use both hands to do absolutely anything on it. It is fast, given the 1ghz processor and display is brilliant but the windows os is such a let down. Android on it would be the best thing that can challenge the iphone. It has a decent sized battery but still doesnt go more than one whole day on average use. I used to own a Touch Diamond before, so I wanted to like this but android puts windows mobile to shame in my honest opinion.
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Reviewed by Mark Brown from uk on 14th Mar 2010
I have had this phone for 10 days now after returning my Blackberry Storm 2 which is total garbage.I am in awe of this phone. What a piece of kit, technology at its finest, people are blown away when they play with it, fast flash & a head turner. Everyone wants to look & play about with it. Seriously brilliant phone
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Reviewed by alex from uk on 14th Mar 2010
The phone is too big. Does not fit in the pocket. Windows mobile os is disaster.Bettery life is suck. Needs to recharge twice a day for normal use. Internet borwsing is nightmare. Slow and lots of checker box when browsing.Avoid this phone.
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Reviewed by tom from uk on 11th Mar 2010
i am soo pleased i baught this phone now itz dazzzaling the screen iys immense i love the way htc have tried to make this device easier for the consumer i say try but in fact they have created a masterpiece well done i think a child could use this phone the only downside i have noticed is battery life is short especially when watching movies on this beauty its a power house go get one you wont regret it i promise oh one more thing the weather back ground on this phone is excellent it eorked straight out of the box
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Reviewed by Gemma from UK on 10th Mar 2010
Ive had my HD2 for a few days now and am already amazed by it. This is my first ever HTC phone so it takes a bit of getting used to. So far everything i have come across is perfect, great picture and the screen is just amazing! Only thing i'm not pleased with is text messaging, i have found that some of my messages have not sent and I wasn't aware of this. Other than that the phone is great. People say the battery life is poor, but from what I have experienced so far... it isn't any worse than phones I've had previously. I would recommend this phone ... as long as you have the patience to play around and get used to the quirky layout! :)
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Reviewed by Leon from UK on 10th Mar 2010
Hey, Just got this phone 2 days ago, well i have to say is absolutely brilliant but there is one problem when im connect to a wifi router the internet works but i won't be able to watch videos such as youtube...
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Reviewed by Paul from UK on 7th Mar 2010
Ive had my HD2 for just over a week now, It is on Vodafone UK. If I was to say this phone is brilliant, I would by lying. It is actually beyond brilliant, Its awesome, Far better the the iFruit I had last year. Dont get me wrong, The iPhone is a very good phone but the HD2 is SO much more. The battery last about 48 hours with normal use, It is a little tricky to navigate at first but it doesnt take much getting used to. It is also very easy to customise. I could say alot more about the HD2 but I cant be bothered, I need to go to bed :P
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Reviewed by TiM from UK on 6th Mar 2010
I read the reviews here before buying this phone on contract with O2. At first i thought, yeah this is a really good phone, I even sold my iPhone 3GS on Ebay a few days after getting it. But unfortunatly the honeymoon was soon over after a couple more days. I found myself constantly having to tap the screen again as it hadnt picked up the first tap. Web browsing was a nightmare. It was me trying to buy an item on ebay and pay for it, something I could have done with ease on the iPhone, that made me send this back to O2 under their 14 days returns. Slow browsing, lots of checkered patterns when browsing pages, links not picking up when tapped etc.. Really frustrating. I laugh at people that say this is an iPhone beater.. No way.. lol Also MS have announced that there will be no Windows Mobile 7 upgrade for the HTC HD2.. Glad ive got rid. I will happily use my Nokia 6303 now until June, and see what Apple have to offer with the new iPhone :) There will NEVER be an iPhone beater...
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Reviewed by Glen from england,uk on 27th Feb 2010
You peolple out there who dont like this phone are mad. I have had most of the best 3g smartphones and this is without doubt the best.Yes the battery will be used up if you leave all your apps etc running,touch screen is sensitive if you are heavy handed,camera is only 5mp. The trouble is,the menus are different from your run of the mill brands.The phone tends to feel a little alien until you spend time with it.But my god what a phone,better than the iphone 3gs. Mine is on o2 and I updated the software staright from the box.I saved Task manager to one of the app tabs on the main screen and I use this to close everything down before its put on standby.Battery life 2 days,YES 2 DAYS.The phone is the fastest on the market and is super quick when surfing and downloading whether wifi or phone network internet.The whole concept of this phone is fantastic, you just need to use it and spend time finding your way around the phone.All those people reviewing the phone and slating it need to send them back and buy a simple phone they can get btheir heads round, but if you want the best and love having the latest and best , this is the one for you. THERE IS NOTHING HARD OR BAD TO SAY ABOUT THIS PHONE IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE IT,YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED
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Reviewed by Liam from UK on 26th Feb 2010
Take an iPhone, dip it in lard, and voila, you have the HTC HD2! Let's face it, Windows mobile is an unmitigated disaster. There are also plenty of silly bugs in the HTC software, yet Vodafone refuse to release any of the updates from HTC. Great.
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Reviewed by Kevin from Scotland on 24th Feb 2010
I got this phone 4 days ago and i am returning it tomorrow as i don't like it. Camera is a very poor 5MP. with flash on and in daylight you would have though the picture was taken in the dark. the touchscreen is far too sensitive, it doesn't let you scroll without it going into almost all the options. The internet seems to run all the time, which is why battery life is poor, i know there is an option to terminate it, but when you close the internet it should not still run behind the scenes. Don't get me wrong the text side and phone side is good, but this is not an iphone killer.
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Reviewed by Lee from England on 18th Feb 2010
Hi all, 2nd post goto the htc web site and get the updated rom it improves battary life
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Reviewed by Bob from UK on 16th Feb 2010
I've compared this phone to all its competitors and this is probably the best phone currently on the market AND better than a lot of the phones due to be released this year. There are however a few problems which have been mentioned in these reviews. Before I mention these make sure to read the whole review to see why this phone gets 5 stars. The problems: The 1st problem is that the touchscreen can be TOO sensitive; the 2nd is that the battery life is VERY poor and the 3rd is that it still runs Windows Mobile 6.5 in the background. Firstly there are tweaks to reduce screen sensitivity - Google it! To address the battery problem, a new, more powerful battery is due to be released any day now, and finally, when Windows Mobile 7 arrives the HD2 will be upgradeable. With all those problems rectified the HD2 annihilates all other phones, including the iPhone!
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Reviewed by Pesmi from England on 14th Feb 2010
Had two n97 mini's both broke :( this is an unbelieveably good phone :)
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Reviewed by Martin from U.K. on 12th Feb 2010
i got this phone on the Tuesday and had it returned by the Friday - let me explain, on the plus side the screen is just about perfect, excellent quality, camera is good and lots of features and apps. On the negative side, very poor navigation, the SMS screens are terrible laid out, the touch sense keyboard is hard to use, zooming in and out of web pages is almost impossible and trying to activate a link on an web page is almost impossible. There are another couple of facts though, on the HTC website the Rom has been updated in feb of this year, however as an O2 customer i can't use this and have to go through O2 - of course O2 have not got any updates for the Rom, the Rom on my phone was from Aug 09 - so 6 months out of date, now i'm not saying that that would have made a difference, but from what i read it makes the phone a lot easier to use with the updates. I also have very big hands, so maybe the touch screen was not the best partner for me, worth trying though. So to sum up for the screen, camera and apps i'd give it 5 stars, but for the actually day to day use i'd only give it 1 star.
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Reviewed by lawrence from UK on 11th Feb 2010
1 WORD...........WICKED ..... AND FOR THE GUY EARLIER WHO SUGGESTED THE NOKIA 5800 ....WAS MY LAST PHONE AND IS NOT A STITCH NEAR TO THE HD2 AND TO BE HONEST I THINK THE IPHONE NOW HAS A TRUE CONTENDER IN THE MARKET SO APPLE BEWARE
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Reviewed by Drew from UK on 9th Feb 2010
Purchased the HTC HD2 on the O2 network, the first thing that strikes you is the size of the screen, my mrs has an iphone 3G and when sat side by side the size and quality of the HTC's screen is by far the better of the two - I would even go as far as saying that it makes the iPhone's screen / display look some what dated. The HTC's Sense software is a joy to use, very simple and it looks fantastic, particularly the weather updates. The HTC HD2 is however, running Windows mobile 6.5 behind HTC's software and unfortunately this is the phones down fall for me, for example, when a new e-mail is received, it is displayed on the e-mail tab using HTC's sense software, which looks brilliant, then when you tap the screen to open the e-mail, it is opened into windows mobile's software which is just hopeless. I have also found that the on screen qwerty keyboard isnt the easiest of things to use, usually finding that i have made several errors when reading a text back that I had just typed, it gets annoying having to go back and delete words and re-type them. I owned an iPhone 3GS prior to the HTC and screen aside, I have to say that for ease of use, the iPhone is the better handset, the concept of the HD2 is fantastic, it just desperately needs an update to the operating system. However, the HTC HD2 is far more customisable than the iPhone, with things like changing wallpaper etc. All in all, 4 out of 5 for me.
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Reviewed by Nsbirdi from UK on 9th Feb 2010
I kept this phone for a month and had to return it to t-mobile. It is too sensitive and during conversation you can accidentally make calls to other numbers. Sound from the ear piece is so bad thatit peaks even at the lowest volume there is resonance as if the earpiece is loose. I returned it to tmobile for a replacement and the new replacement phone is the same bad sound from the earpiece that gives you headaches. Surprisingly the review does not address this
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Reviewed by Neil from Northern Ireland on 8th Feb 2010
I think a lot of people who have tried the HD2 haven't spent the time reading the manual or playing around with the phone. Yes it is a complicated piece of kit, but lets face it, its like a mini pc. If you want something simple, go for an Iphone or Nexus One. If you want something that is very flexible and powerful, shows web pages as if you're on your own pc, then look no further. The interface is great and the touch screen is as good as the Iphone. It does everything well, and yes the texting takes a bit of getting used to,but it works fine. The battery is a bit poor, but then again you can charge the phone through a micro usb, very flexible. The phone has its glitches,but all phones do when they 1st come out, and this is no different. And i'm sure the phone will be brilliant with win7 mobile, whenever it makes an appearance.
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Reviewed by The Truth from You on 6th Feb 2010
Not one star NO star; Extremely slow, and it really does not feel like HD. I bought it because it would be a brilliant thing to use for movies but I was totally wrong!! In cold weather the screen blips and battery life is HONESTLY soooooo low! Get this!; I had to recharge after 2HOURS!! If i were you (which i am because i am truth) I would strongly recommend the Nokia 5800; In fact I beg you too get it!! It is the best phone there is. You know it makes sense..
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Reviewed by Terry from Belfast, Northern Ireland on 5th Feb 2010
This is an update to my original post on the 24th Jan 2010. I have since the last review returned my HTC HD2 to the original owner, seemingly there was an sms or txt message conflict, problem I experienced was nearly all my txt messages either were'nt being sent or they would go all at once or maybe never, I did write to HTC and they replied advising me to return the phone to the original owner for refund other wise I could try software update, failing this a replacement handset would be the next step but unfortunately my serial no was allocated to Virgin and my network is O2, so the rom update still wouldn't be possible for me to do on the O2 network, I reluctantally decided to return this phone, for no other reason except it is useless having a device when you don't know if a txt message has been sent or not, so i'm back using my 5 year old Nokia 6500 at least my txt messages are sent and I no longer have to worry if my recipients have received them or not.. I purchased this phone of a user on E Bay, so my advice is if your deciding on purchasing an HTC HD2 of e bay would be to check the serial no on HTC HD2 web site to confirm you can update the rom as this most probabally cured the problem but I didnt have time as my window for refund on e bay was very close so i reluctantally returned the HTC HD2 to the original seller.. I give this phone 5 stars, as it's an excellent phone and I will be buying theor new HTC HD3 when it comes out next year. Thanks
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Reviewed by Lee from England on 1st Feb 2010
This phone is the dogs
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Reviewed by Stewart Smith from UK on 1st Feb 2010
This is a brilliant phone (or is it a tablet?). Having - finally - managed to secure one, it's impressed from day one. The screen is so easy to use, the Sense UI is attractive and fluid, the connectivity, functionality, speed and overall experience are also fantastic. The camera, for what it's worth, is actually okay, but it's not going to compete with any Cybershot or N-series cameras. If there is a gripe, it's the back-end software you sometimes come across in the deeper menus in WinMo 6.5, which can be visually dull and fiddly (although surprisingly good - when did you last unzip a file on a phone?). If you have fat fingers, you may want the new HTC HD2 stylus for this. The upcoming WinMo7 will, apparently, be a total overhaul and thankfully get rid of the old WinMo interface once and for all. HD2 owners will apparently get this for upgrade free. On the apps front, there's a load of good ones, but you need to go out and find them. There thankfully isn't much in the way of the trashy gimmick ones either, most are seriously useful add-ons, including DivX players, Skype, the fiendishly clever Swype, Cyberon Voice Speed Dial, BsBTweaks, Zooomer and more custom ROMs than you could ever want. Also, unlike the fruit-named competition, the HD2 is not locked to iTunes and can even act as a hard drive. You can seriously customise it and also fully edit/paste/copy/delete all files without ever linking it to a computer. Oh, and it has Bluetooth. And browsers that can play Flash. And a great music player. The point is, this phone is a smart alternative to the near-ubiquitous iPhone, and HTC have achieved something really clever with the HD2. If you want to avoid the herd mentality, you'll struggle to find anything to beat this device. As a PS - update the phone with the hotfixes from HTC's HD2 pages as soon as you get it. They sort all the issues people have mentioned below, inc. upgrading the camera's functions.
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Reviewed by farhan from ksa on 1st Feb 2010
htc hd2 outstanding
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Reviewed by Andy S from UK on 27th Jan 2010
HTC HD2 is at last on order. Yep after my little review i went back to the shop and had a better go with this piece of kit and was sold. Its still a little big compared to dinky 'make do' phone i've got till this one arrives at my door, but i'll get used to it. Something that may solve the battery life issue for others (and probably myself since i'm quite a heavy net user) is the extended life battery just released. Its got a kickstand built into it that lets the phone be put in portrait or landscape for viewing which will come in handy for videos, slide shows and the like. I'll try and post again when i find out how much one will set me back can't imagine it'll be too much (hopefully)
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Reviewed by David from exeter on 26th Jan 2010
So many have said about the battery being pants, well mine was rubbish for some time but after conditioning (charging and using for a month) beleive it or not it does improve the more you use and charge it, mine now will go for 2.5 days, which isn't awsome, but lets not forget the little blighter is powering a mini flat screen tv.
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Reviewed by Terry from Northern Ireland on 24th Jan 2010
I never write reviews, but I use this site quite a lot nearly all the time looking at the latest phones and what people have to say about them so here is my review on the HTC HD2.. I got this phone of EBay for 370 and have since wrapped an Invisible shield round it. So to keep it good no scrapes. I love this phone it's absolutely brilliant, fantastic camera user interface is so simple to navigate, only gripe I have is it keeps connecting to the internet to downlaod weather data but I have that feature turned of and still it connects can't seem to stop it doing this thank god I have free web browsing. I have since updated the software for the sim card, camera, and txt messages, have to say didn't notice a difference except for the camera which is much better, brill pictures. I will warn anyone thinking of buying this phone of one serious flaw? That is the ''BATTERY''. It is down right pants. If you take it of charge at say 7am and go to work, say you send 12 txts, make a 60 minute call and faff about on the phone say 13minutes take a few pics by the time you get home @ 6pm I would imagine you will be running on fumes with the phone's battery about to die, so if your a power user forget about this phone my old nokia 6700 would last nearly 2.5 days. But if your near a power point no problems, I did use this phone one day without doing anything else than make the one call for like 30mins the rest of the day it was on standby didnt even send one txt nor did I read any txts that day, even then battery life was down to %25. I think htc for this size of screen should have made a deeper profile to accommodate a far bigger and more powerful battery which could have lasted at least a full day or two. I love this phone even with it's faults i'm keeping mine maybe in a couple of months or so maybe a third party battery producer will design a more powerful battery to facilitate longer phone use. It's a shame because there is no other phone out there with the features this phone has to offer, i'm giving the HTC HD2 yes five stars. If you use your phone a lot then look else where. I dunno what else to say screen is very responsive, and it's not too big at all I was surprised how comapct this phone is, I didn't find it bulky at all if anything I loved the screen and screen size though you won't be sticking this phone down your trouser pocket any time soon, more like your jacket pocket. I think you should know to keep your charger handy so you can always keep the phone topped up throughout the day other than that, your going to be holding a dead phone in your hands.. This ends my review. Thanks
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Reviewed by Steve from UK on 21st Jan 2010
I have to agree with Lee below. The phone in itself is a lovely piece of hardware but actually using the thing is a different matter altogether. The touchscreen is responsive and intuitive but as already stated you need both hands to hold the unit. Battery life is horrendous and anything above minimal usage will probably give you less than a day. The screen is a delight but I can't see it lasting very long down the pub on a Friday night! The menu system and not knowing if you have closed down applications were also a minor issue as well. Mine has come and gone, I suspect on the same 28 day Guarantee as Lee below, I'm now looking at getting one of the newer Nokia handsets or maybe one of the Blackberry range, either way it will have a proper hardware keyboard!
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Reviewed by kev from uk on 20th Jan 2010
great phone, great screen, loads of features, I think battery could of been better. camera is very good although flash can be a bit bright. srceen is very quick and the phone does not feel to big as others have reported. very pleased i got one
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Reviewed by James Sinclair from Great Britain on 18th Jan 2010
I have had the HTC HD2 for four days and its going back to the supplier for a nokia N97 Mini. The camera is not very good at all and takes pictures that look oink in the middle( even after downloading the patch). The Video frame rate is only 25 FPS and lags like a cheap phone yet the HTC HD2 is far from cheap. A must for this phone is some form of protection and currently the crystal cases HCT do not fit as they need to due to the back of the phone being curved and the camera lens being very exposed due to the bulging glass of the lens itself. The HTC HD2 supplied to me did not come with a large Micro SD card and only came with a 2GB MSD. The box is rather cheap looking as is the supplied mains charger that doubles as a USB lead (data lead). The supplied case is useless and looks like a womans purse and you can not get the phone back out unless you have thin fingers. The Sim card and Micro SD are under the metal battery cover so back metal cover needs to be removed if you need to change your memory card or Sim but be very careful as it is quite tricky removing the back cover. The rubberised Finnish on the HTC HD2 is not very good at all and after only a few days shows marks and rub ware from fingers so will not maintain its new look for very long. GOOD THINGS...large screen and nice graphics. The Windows 6.5 is handy yet it is smoothed over by Tc's own UI and a standard headphone port but the micro charging port looks very flimsy and HTC like nokia need to rethink this and have a stand alone charging port dedicated for charging only. . Overall a nice phone but not built to last 3 months of normal use and very bad battery life and only 2GB of supplied memory is not enough when you think of the price of the phone. HTC HD2,,,,Give it a miss they are better phones out there for half the price
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