HTC HD2, Grey (T-Mobile)
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- Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone with extra-large 4.3-inch multitouch display; pre-loaded with entertainment apps and both Transformer movies
- Runs on T-Mobile's fast 3G network; GPS navigation with trial version of TeleNav GPS Navigator for turn-by-turn directions
- Fast 1 GHz Snapdragon processor; Wi-Fi networking; 5-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion (with 16 GB card)
- Up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 480 hours (20 days) of standby time
- What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 16 GB microSD card, wired stereo hands-free headset, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual
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The HTC HD2 is the first Windows Mobile 6.5 device with HTC Sense. The handset has a large 4.3-inch capacitive touch display to make viewing, zooming and resizing Web sites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and photos easier with a pinch of the fingers. Running on Qualcomm's new 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, the HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos and games. Photos taken with the 5.0-megapixel camera can also be shared via Facebook or Twitter.
Offering the largest touchscreen on a smartphone in the U.S., the Windows Mobile-powered HTC HD2 for T-Mobile is also built for speed. It features a blazing-fast 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs on T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network--delivering an enhanced Web-browsing experience that you'll appreciate on the high-resolution 4.3-inch capacitive touch display. In addition to the HD2's array of multimedia applications, you'll also have access to a complete entertainment package with special pre-installed apps and two full movies--Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Enjoy the full Web and brilliant multimedia on the extra-large, high-resolution 4.3-inch multitouch display.
With pre-loaded apps from BLOCKBUSTER, Barnes & Noble, and MobiTV, you'll have access to millions of eBooks, movies, television programs on the HTC HD2.
It also includes HTC Sense, a user interface overlay from HTC that makes it easy for you to create an individualized mobile experience tailored specifically to your needs.
In addition to 3G connectivity, the HTC HD2 offers Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and business networks as well as hotspots while on the go and Bluetooth connectivity for both hands-free devices and stereo music streaming. It also offers integrated GPS with access to turn-by-turn navigation from TeleNav GPS Navigator (trial version included). Other features include a pre-installed 16 GB microSD card, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash and video capture capabilities, and up to 6 hours of talk time.
Entertainment On The GoThe HTC HD2 includes the following pre-installed applications and content:
- Paramount Pictures' films Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen come pre-loaded on the included 16 GB memory card, and they're optimized for viewing on the HD2's high-resolution screen.
- Barnes & Noble eReader puts the world's largest eBookstore in your hand with access to more than a million eBooks, newspapers, magazines and your Barnes & Noble digital library everywhere you go. Enjoy reading on the largest screen available for eReader smartphone software.
- BLOCKBUSTER On Demand enables you to discover and download the latest movie rentals on the go. Blockbuster's first-ever video download application on a smartphone allows you to buy a movie on one device and watch on another connected device through Blockbuster's library.
- MobiTV mobile offers access to live and on-demand TV on your phone, including favorite channels such as MTV, NBC, COMEDY CENTRAL, ESPN and more are available. Plus, when you subscribe to MobiTV, your first 30 days of service are free.
- Gogo Inflight Internet service offers an added bonus: up to six months of free in-flight Wi-Fi access on their device, with Internet access on 2,500 daily flights in the continental U.S. and growing.
- 4.3-inch multitouch screen with bright, lifelike 480 x 800 resolution. Zoom in and out of documents, web pages, pictures or emails with just a simple pinch. Type up responses faster and more accurately on the large onscreen keyboard. The display also automatically adjusts to the light level in your surroundings and turns off to prevent false screen touches during a call.
- 1 GHz Snapdragon processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
- Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system provides enhancements such as a touch-friendly user interface and improved browser with Flash support. Content and applications are just a fingertip away on the redesigned Start Menu and Internet Explorer Mobile supports the rich experiences you find on Web pages viewed on your PC. (Learn more)
- Customizable home screen with your apps and interests right on top.
- Fast 3G connectivity via T-Mobile's HSDPA/UMTS network. (1700/2100 MHz bands, UMTS/HSDPA; see more about T-Mobile's 3G service below)
- Quad-band GSM phone for good global voice connectivity. (850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands)
- Built-in GPS for location-based services and navigation with a trial version of TeleNav GPS Navigator, which provides real-time location on maps, turn-by-turn driving directions, and more (monthly subscription required after trial expires).
- 5-megapixel autofocus camera/camcorder with dual LED flash and digital zoom
- Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
- Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile--enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB (16 GB card included).
- Windows Media Player for multi-format audio and video playback
- Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture and IM instant messaging (via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, and MSN).
- Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off
- 3.5mm headset jack
The HTC HD2 weighs 5.54 ounces and measures 4.74 x 2.64 x 0.43 inches. Its 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6 hours of talk time, and up to 480 hours (20 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies, as well as T-Mobile's 3G network (1700/2100 MHz).
What's in the Box
HTC HD2 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 16 GB microSD card, wired stereo hands-free headset, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual
- High-speed data connectivity via T-Mobile's 3G network: In addition to its quad-band GSM connectivity, this phone is also compatible with T-Mobile's UMTS/HSDPA 3G network, which operates on the 1700/2100 MHz AWS spectrum. This phone is designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide faster data speeds when accessing the Web.
In areas where the 3G network is not available, you'll continue to receive service on the via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.
While this phone is optimized for use with T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network, many of its functions will also work well on the moderate-speed EDGE network. If you plan to access the Internet extensively on your phone, 3G network coverage may serve you best.
Activities that work well on EDGE or 3G networks:
- E-mail, instant messaging, and texting
- Downloading ringtones, CallerTunes, wallpaper, light data files
- Sending photographs via e-mail or picture messaging
Activities that work best on a 3G network:
- Viewing content-heavy websites (lots of images or videos playing)
- Viewing YouTube and other video files (they will play on EDGE, but require loading time)
- Uploading large files (photos, videos, presentations) to sharing websites
- Downloading large files from an e-mail or a website
T-Mobile's 3G network is currently available in more than 220 cities nationwide and covers more than 160 million people.
| Windows Mobile 6.5 combines a variety of enhancements to help you stay connected and manage your busy life. From a more intuitive gesture-driven interface (you can tap, drag, click, and pan) to a revamped Start screen, access and navigation are fast and easy. And with the new Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile services you can easily back up your data to the web and download great apps. With Windows Mobile 6.5, you can see alerts even if you're on a call or have password-protected your phone. You'll see new e-mail and text messages, missed calls and voice-mail notifications, and the date, time, and next calendar appointment. Other enhancements include: |
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Also, I will not go into phone technical specifications like processor and things like that since I am 100% sure you already know that. You want to know what people who own this phone think about it and what have been their experience, so here I go.
I got this phone on April 6 thru customer service. I had to wait almost a week since they ran out the first time this phone was out to the public. It was worth the waiting. This phone does MUCH MUCH more of what I was expecting:
* As a phone: excellent voice quality, easy access to contacts, touch screen very responsive (HTC Sence rocks here.) No dropped call so far and no issues with 3G connectivity as other customers have complained, at least not here in Houston TX where I live not even in any other cities or towns where I travel because of my job.
* As a PDA: Could not ask for nothing else, appoinments, tasks, office documents all works great and with the big screen you forget you are working on your phone.
* As a media device: WAO! WAO! and WAAOOOO!!!!!! you get HD quality, I have watched 4 movies already and it is awesome, it is like having a mini HD TV in your pocket, like my tittle says I forget it is a phone. Camera pictures are the best I have seen on a cell phone.
I like every single thing this phone has, but above all this (no, this is not Whitney Houston) I like the big screen, you have a great user experience when browsing the internet. You dont like Internet Explorer, it is okay Opera browser is included. I have already used blockbuster application and it is great, the only thing is you need to have wi-fi connection to download movies, it will not do it over 3G.
My advice to you is, know exactly what you are looking for on a phone, there are hundreds and hundreds of cell phones in the market, one for each specific user. It goes from a dummy phone for your 3 year old baby who wants to play with it to a simple basic phone for your 92 year old grandmother who just needs it to make a call when she is running out on her medication and needs to call her Dr. I have read some negative reviews on this phone that I just think why will people get a phone with so many applications if they don't take their time to sit one hour a day with the phone to learn all it uses. ALL ELECTRONICS INCLUDE A USER'S GUIDE EITHER ON PAPER OR ONLINE BUT YOU WILL HAVE ONE. PLEASE PLEASE READ IT. Dont blame the Operating System, people say I dont like it because it is windows mobile, I dont like because it is android, I don't like it because it is linux, I don't like it because it is apple (iphone). You want to know why they really dont like it? Because they don't know what they want, that is why.
So, give it try, don't like it? take it back and get something you like. One thing I like about this country is you buy it, you try it, you dodn't like it, you take it back to the store and you get your money back. SIMPLE!
ONE LITTLE UPDATE: When I first heard about SWYPE, you know....touch screen keyboard where you enter text with one finger sliding it to each letter until you type a word...anyway...I thought that was stupid!. Well guess what?? I joined the S... club....it is awesome, I love it, easy to use and faster to enter text. Once again if you want to start using SWYPE please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS dont pretend you know everything. ONE HINT ON THIS: If you "swype" one word and it does not recongnize it, all you have to do is enter the word letter by letter (not swyping)and at the end of the word hit space and there you go your phone will recognize it next time you swype that word. I found this on the SWIPE help user's guide, READ, READ, READ instructions. This helps me a lot since I text a lot in spanish as well, so I enter the word in spanish one time and next time I "swype it" I dont get errors or suggestions because the phone already knows that is what I want to say.
This phone has so many features you won't believe, Give it a try.
For those experiencing lock ups, freezes, or errors. T-Mobile has released a ROM update that can be found on their site that contains numerous bug fixes. If you feel like maybe T-Mobile is to blame then take your IMEI number to HTC's website and grab the ROM update from them. Be aware though, doing this will require you to manually set up data connections or you will be unable to send or receive text messages or connect to the web.
The camera actually takes very nice pictures. If they appear grainy there can be a couple of ways to resolve this. First, clean the lense with a soft cloth and remove any debris. If this does not resolve it then launch the camera application and go to the settings. Change the White Balance to "Auto" by tapping on it until it says Auto. Tap Advanced and make sure the resolution is set to 5 Megapixels. Tap to the second page of the Advanced Settings and make sure the Quality is set to Super Fine. Doing these few things may help you get better pictures, I know the pictures I have taken with my HD2 have rivaled the quality of my Canon point and shoot camera.
The keyboard, yes, if coming from a Touch Pro 2 or other hard keyboard phone you will experience a learning curve. Its basically the same thing as the iPhone in normal form. I have used smartphones for years and this was my first 100% touch screen phone. If you have big fingers this may not be a good phone for you if you text and email a lot from the phone. Anyone that has an iPhone will tell you, when the keyboard is up, the screen is cut off. Thats the compromise to having a full touch screen phone that is not as thick as a Touch Pro 2 which has a keyboard slide out. Swype is a great keyboard if you are a normal talker. I am into drag racing so swype didnt really do a good job for me. You cant swype out "I picked up a GT 6776 turbo built by Limit Engineering" easily.
If you just picked up the phone, dont bother setting up email accounts before letting the phone boot up. This is a problem that seems to have come from Windows XP. When you are on the screen to set up your Gmail account the phone has not yet turned on its data so connecting is impossible. Boot the phone all the way, look for the 3G T-Mobile (or Edge) and then set up your accounts.
Google Maps app, if you are not in 3G loading the map will take a while. Turn off satellite view to help the maps load quicker. This would be a problem even for an iPhone or a Droid phone, if the bandwidth is not there, it will take a while. This is not a Windows thing.
Facebook, the facebook app that comes standard on the phone is BASIC at best. Go to the Windows Market Place and download the latest from there. Its free and will allow for more interaction beyond just seeing someones profile. Also, this will not just update on the fly as it seems to be looking out for your data usage. When you load the app, there is a Refresh button at the bottom for Home. Tap that and it will then refresh the Home page. For any other page, if there is not a Refresh at the bottom, it will be in the Menu. You can refresh all pages to get the latest content.
Speaking of Market Place, installing apps is fairly simple. One problem with some apps from the Microsoft store is the install screen will appear behind the application making it appear the install has locked up. Exit the store to expose the dialog behind and finish the install. Also there are much better places to get great content for your phone. One app that I recommend is the OMarket app which is similar to the Microsoft Market Place but offers a lot more, for a lot less.
Accessing the SD card in the phone. There are two ways you can do this. 1. Use the cable supplied with the charger as a USB cable on your computer. When you connect the phone choose "Connect as disk drive" and do not shut the screen off. If you have AutoPlay turned on you should then get a dialog asking what you want to do. If not, open My Computer (or Computer on Vista or 7) and look for the "Multimedia Sync by doubleTwist" drive. This is your phones SD card and opening this allows you to browse the contents or move stuff on or off the card. T-Mobile did not do anything to prevent you from doing this and syncing with Windows Media Player is just another way of doing things. 2. Remove the MicroSD card from the phone, place it in an SD Card adapter and place it in an SDHC card reader. If you do not have an SDHC card reader then your computer will not see the card. One note: When the phone is connected to the PC you will not be able to browse the storage card from the phone. If you need this, just eject the phone from the PC and then explore the storage card.
Setting up MP3's to use for ring tones I will admit can be a little cumbersome. The easiest way to do it is to connect the phone to your PC through ActiveSync and explore the device, not the storage card. Go to My Documents\My Ringtones and put the mp3's you wish to use there. An alternate way to do it is to load them on the storage card first. Locate an mp3 you would like to use, tap and hold your finger on the file. This is sort of like right clicking and a context menu will appear with a choice that says "Use as Ringtone". Tapping that will automatically copy the mp3 to the "My Ringtones" directory and assign it as your ring tone. You will then see it show up in the list of selectable ring tones for your contacts.
If you want to back up the phone there are several ways to do this well. You can use Microsoft My Phone which is on the phone already. I would suggest getting the latest from the Microsoft Market Place (its free) and you can back up your stuff that way. You can also get a PIM Backup tool (there are free ones) but I wouldnt recommend this unless you are comfortable doing so. The apps I have used are simple enough and can back up EVERYTHING minus apps. Basically, I can take another Windows phone, run a restore on it and I will have all my text messages, email messages, speed dials, call history, contacts, calendar, etc.. I wouldnt recommend doing anything through Windows Live beyond checking your Hotmail account.
Viewing movies on the phone, of course its a big screen so why not enjoy it? The best format is MP4, for the most part, if you have an MP4 video file it will play nicely on the phone. The phone will also play WMV and MPG files and with the DviX player will also play Dvix AVI files but the playback may not be as good as it is with MP4. I have over a dozen full length movies on my phone and they play without any problems.
I hope this review is helpful for you. If you have other questions I would suggest going to the T-Mobile forums on their site and asking the question there. You may be pointed to the XDA site as well which is a great place to get apps, games and other cool stuff for your Windows phone but you need to be comfortable with installing and configuring the device before you start downloading customizing appplications. My not-so-technical sister has one of these phones as well. She had adapted nicely to it and has tons of apps, more on hers than mine. She has only asked me one question ever about the phone, and it turned out to be her SIM card that was the problem.