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The outstanding physical feature of HTC’s HD2 is the 4.3-inch, 800 x 400 pixel resolution screen, which dominates the device. It is capacitive rather than resistive – there is no stylus here – and is extremely responsive to the touch. It is a 3.5G/HSDPA device and delivers the closest to a desktop-like browsing experience one could get on a mobile.

The phone measures 67mm x 120.5mm but amazingly is only 11mm thick – 1.6 mm thinner than an iPhone. It has a rubberised finish and metallic back and weighs a hefty157g. The accelerometer ensures the screen image flips between portrait and landscape automatically as you tilt the screen. There is a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, FM radio and digital compass.

Running Windows Mobile 6.5, it has Pocket Office with all the associated applications: there is automatic integration with Facebook, you can share videos on YouTube and use HTC’s own Peep for Twittering. A sobering thought is that the HD2 has the same processor and RAM specifications that would have graced a top-of-the-range desktop PC about a decade ago.

The media player supports all the popular file formats and there is a standard 3.5 mm jack so you can choose your own headphones.

Battery life is rated at up to six hours’ talk time (GSM); five (3G) and around 450 hours on standby from a full charge; video playback can run to eight hours and audio up to 12 hours.


Specifications

Weight: 110g
Battery time: 0 mAh
Bluetooth Organiser Video player

2G
3.5 mm Audio jack
3G or UMTS
Bluetooth
Calculator
Calendar
Camera
Document viewer
Dual Band
EDGE for high speed data access
Email
Game
GPRS
GPS navigation
HSCSD
Instant messaging
Internet
Java compatible
Memory expandable via MicroSD card
Micro USB
MP3 Player
MP3 Ringtone
MP4
Multimedia Service MMS
Office applications
Organiser
Quadband
SMS - text messages
Solid Bar
Stereo speakers
Touch sensitive
Vibra alert
Video player
Video recorder
Voice memo
Wi-Fi