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HTC HD2 (T-mobile)The HTC HD2's size and older operating system aren't ideal, but you won't find a more powerful or more entertaining smartphone in T-Mobile's lineup.
^M00:00:00 [ Music ] ^M00:00:04 >>Bonnie Cha: Hey, everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com and today we are taking a first look at the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile. The smartphone is finally available in the US after only being available overseas and we're happy to see it here. The design is pretty much like the unlocked version. On front, you've got this gorgeous, gorgeous 4.3 inch capacity touch screen. It kind of blows every screen out of the water just for its sheer size and sharpness. The one trade off is, though, that the smartphone is bigger than most. It is pretty wide and tall, so it's going to make for a tight fit in a pant's pocket. You might want to throw this in a sport's coat pocket or your bag. I have to give HTC credit for keeping it pretty thin, here, could've been thick and big so kudos to them for that. Down here you've got some shortcut buttons. On back you've got a 5 megapixel camera that took really excellent photos as well as video, so that's great. Some of the differences between this version and the unlocked version is that T-Mobile has really packed this smartphone with entertainment features. They've really taken advantage of the screen and 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. So they've included Blockbuster's video-on-demand act so you can download videos for rent or to own. They also have the Barnes & Noble's eReader so you can read ebooks as well as magazines and newspapers. They've also included a 16 Gigabyte micro SD card in the box and it's preloaded with both Transformers' movies and it's been optimized for the HD2. So it looks really great on the screen and perfect if you're traveling. So, it'll keep you entertained on your travels or during your commute. The extras include MobiTV as well as Slacker Radio. There's also Guitar Hero game on here as well. It is Windows Mobile 6.5, but it's running HTC send so it does a lot to improve the interface as well as enhance some of the features. There is that question whether you should wait for Windows Phone 7 Series, but I think this device is pretty great, especially for T-Mobile. It's one of the most powerful they have, especially for web browsing and multi-media. I will say that the performance is a little more sluggish than the unlocked version that we saw and it maybe that the extra apps are bogging down. But overall, I think for T-Mobile customers who are looking for a powerful multi-media device this is probably the best way to go. It's available from T-Mobile now for $199.99 with a two year contract or you can get it without contract for $449.99. I'm Bonnie Cha, this had been your first look of the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile. ^M00:02:40 [ Music ] ^M00:02:44