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HTC HD2 (unlocked)The HTC HD2 is simply the best Windows Mobile phone out there, but its appeal could be hampered by its size and the upcoming Windows Phone 7 series.
[ music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hey everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com. And today I've got your first look at the HTC HD2. You might have heard by now, T-Mobile will be releasing the HD2 this spring, but we still don't know the date or pricing yet. But we thought we'd give you a preview of what to expect by looking at the un-mocked version of the phone. All right, you see the main attraction of the HD2 is the display. It's pretty hard to ignore. It's such a huge screen. And as far as I can remember, it's the largest one we've seen on a Smart Phone to date. It measures 4.3 inches diagonally, and it has a WVGA resolution. So not only are you getting more screen real estate to view web pages, photos, and videos, and messages, but they also looked really sharp and vibrant. Another benefit of the large screen is that the onscreen keyboard is quite spacious. Being a physical keyboard kind of person, I always have a hard time with virtual keyboards. But I found the HD2 is pretty easy to use, both in portrait and landscape modes, since it was so roomy. A couple of other notes about the screen. It is capacitious, [phonetic] so you no longer have to rely on a stylus. And it has a built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor. And last but not least, I think many of you will be happy to hear that the HD2 also has multi-touch capabilities, so you can use the pinch to zoom gesture in various apps, like the browser and maps to easily zoom in and out. Now the one downside of having such a large display is that the phone itself is huge. It's tall and wide, so it's not gonna easily fit into a pants pocket, and it's quite a handful to hold while on a phone call. I will say thought that with the display and all of its features, I'm impressed at how thin the HD2 is. So I have to give the HTC credit for that. Moving into the features, the HD2 is at its core a Windows mobile 6.5 device. That means you get the staple Microsoft Office Mobile 3 exchange synchronization, Windows Marketplace for Mobile, etc. It all be pretty boring if it weren't for the HTC sense user Experience. HTC has added its own user experience on top of the traditional Window Mobile interface, just like it did for android. So now it's now more user friendly and customizable. For example, on the home screen you have this tab toolbar along the bottom that lets you easily go to the most important apps. You can also add more shortcuts here in these quick link boxes. Also with animated weather wallpaper you can immediately see the weather conditions no matter where you go, since it delivers the information based on your location. HTC sends, extends beyond the home screen. There's some nice prices, like the fact that it'll automatically lower the ring tone volume as you, soon as you pick up the phone. Or you can silence it immediately by turning it over, which is great if you're in the middle of a meeting. It offers a more aesthetically pleasing music player with a cover flow like experience. Since it doesn't fix everything that's wrong with the clunky Windows Mobile Interface, but it does make a huge difference. And for that reason I say, it's probably the best Windows Mobile phone out there right now. Of course the one giga hertz snap drag and processor also help screen and keeps the smart phone snappy. Also has a great 5 mega pixel camera, and obviously with such a huge display, game, photos, and videos on the HD2 is awesome. Call quality was good, but the speakerphone quality could have been better. And also the un-mocked version doesn't support US3G band. So say wait till the T-Mobile [inaudible] comes out, since it will have 3G. Carries also gonna packet with entertainment features, including both Transformer movies, Blockbusters on demand video download apps, and Barns and Noble's ebook app, as well as other things. Definitely all great, but I'm, I'm curious to see how much appeal the HD2 will have, considering that Windows Phone 7 series has been announced. But I guess time will tell, so stay tuned. I'm Bonnie Cha, this has been your first look at the HTC HD2. ^E00:03:43