Hands-on: HTC HD2 – Windows Mobile 6.5 at its best

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That’s it. Game over. After spending some quality one-on-one time with the HTC HD2 (Leo) today, we’re convinced that the HTC HD2 is the “baddest Windows Phone” of the year. In fact, the HD2 might be strong enough to carry that title through much of next year. The powerful-yet-slim HD2 packs a 1Ghz Snapdragon chipset into a shell no thicker than your standard yellow No. 2 pencil, basically killing any hint of the lag we’re used to seeing with Windows Mobile.

What makes this new Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone so great? Well, aside from its power-packed chipset and sexy design aesthetic, the HD2 is the only Windows Phone (so far) to sport a capacitance-based touchscreen (like on the iPhone and Android smartphones) that throws out pixels at WVGA resolutions across a whopping 4.3-inches of real estate. Then, add in the fact that the HD2 features a 5-megapixel camera (with dual-LED flash), integrated GPS, WiFi, microSD slot, FM radio, digital compass and a 3.5mm headphone jack, and it’s easy to see how the HD2 dominates the competition.

HTC also baked in some of their Sense design philosophy into the HD2’s TouchFLO 3D UI, focusing on personalization/customization, intuitive finger-based interface and media consumption. That all translates into a user experience that we’d frankly never expected from a Windows Phone.

We’re expecting to see the HTC HD2 make its US debut in Q1 of 2010. As for the US price, we’re not sure. But, we’re still willing to offer a kidney in trade.

[Update]
Photos color corrected and updated. Apologies for making your eyes freak out.

Hands-on the HTC HD2 and its gigantic 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen! from IntoMobile.

  • just some dude

    great but its still windblows, no thanks

  • Mac

    This is one hell of a cool phone.. HTC/T-Mobile – Please bring it to US soon…..

  • Monica

    Hello,

    I really wish HTC would open a store and give all of us the EMANCIPATION !!! You guys have the best phones, people will buy your great phone!!! You don’t need phone company, Phone company NEEDS YOU !!! You work so hard to creat this beauty, don’t let them tell you how or when to sell, we want this phone. Monica

  • jwhdj

    The best thing about this phone is Windows Mobile. I can install all my apps and works with GPS softwares on it.

    Amazing capac. touchscreen. Pinch and all the cool stufs that it has.

  • Aca-a

    telefon je ekstra ja ga imam pa znam nema bojeg :)

  • Aca-a

    telefon je ekstra ja ga imam pa znam nema bojeg :)

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