Elsewhere, HTC has given its usual spit and polish to the music, picture, dialler, text, clock and other core phone apps. This means that for the most part you can use this phone quite effortlessly for everyday tasks. However, step outside HTC’s soft cushioning and you’re hit square in the face by the cold hard slab of horrible that is the Windows Phone interface where even finger scrolling isn’t always natively supported. It really is quite a shock.
Of course you get access to the growing number of applications on the Windows MarketPlace and we found preinstalled applications for Facebook and Twitter so you can get your social network up and running as soon as possible.
Perhaps the single most important thing about this phone on a software front is that HTC has nailed its onscreen keyboard. Whether in portrait or landscape mode, there’s ample room for the keys, there’s support for multitouch, response is fast, word prediction is great, and the capacitive touchscreen responds to the lightest of touches. Put simply, this is arguably a contender to the iPhone’s crown of best touchscreen keyboard.
There’s plenty more we could talk about on this phone – as indeed there is on many of these feature-packed modern phones – but we have to stop somewhere and none of it would add significantly to the outcome. The simple fact of the matter is, if you want the ultimate feature-packed big phone that can do everything, and you can accept the interface limitations of Windows Mobile, then this is the one to get. Sure the camera isn’t amazing, but on just about every other front, it’s class-leading.
However, this doesn’t mean we’d recommend it for everyone. It’s just too big and cumbersome for some. So, if you only want that next level of multimedia experience from your phone, over and above a basic handset, then the iPhone, many of the Android-based phones, or indeed a Blackberry, will still offer more manageable day-to-day usability.
The HTC HD2 is a top-notch phone that usurps every handset on just about every front when it comes to features and hardware. And if that’s all you want, then we’d recommend you get one! However, its sheer size and Windows Mobile operating system will no doubt put many off.
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