Engadget just posted their impressions after a little hands-on action with HTC’s HD2 in NewYork today:
We were frankly blown away with how slick this phone is. Mind you, WM 6.5 still shows its not-so-fresh colors here and there, but the general experience of using the device is handled mainly through the Sense interface, and it blows the hinges off of any other Windows phone experience we’ve had. Ever. From the lag-free gestures which get you around the device, to image pinching and zooming with that aforementioned multitouch, the hesitation-free jumps in and out of applications, and typing on the sprawling, HTC-ified onscreen keyboard, using the HD2 is a joy. There’s no getting around the fact that the phone is still very much anchored to Windows Mobile, but what HTC has done here is nothing short of a revelation. Why Robbie Bach didn’t bring this up on stage today at Microsoft’s open house event is anyone’s guess — though we have to imagine that when your OS is this heavily gutted (HTC has even completely removed stock apps like calendar and contacts and replaced them with its own versions, and the company had to hand-roll the capacitive / multitouch interfacing), it might not be the best example of what you’ve done.
Here’s some bad news for those waiting for Motorola’s upcoming Android device coming to Verizon. According to Engadget the Morotola Tao / Sholes will not feature the BLUR UI introduced on the Motorola CLIQ. The reason for this is that the Tao / Sholes is suposed to be a “Google Experience” phone which means that will need to run the vanila Android UI. The phones is no longer a “Google Experience” phone once the UI with customized like HTC’s Hero and Motorola CLIQ. See the picture above of the Morotola Tao / Sholes in the hands of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.
It didn’t take long for the HTC HD2 to be avaible for pre-order in Europe. You can either go to Clove for £475 (£546.25 inc VAT) or Expansys for £478.25 (£549.99 inc VAT)
Source: Clove & Expansys via WMPoweruser
This time it’s from SlashGear:
A bigger display means that the on-screen QWERTY can be larger, and in fact the keys are significantly bigger than any portrait-orientation hardware keyboard smartphone we’ve played with. The same clever auto-correction has been implemented, and – though our typing experience was brief – we found it to be very straightforward to use. Full-screen browsing, using Opera Mobile (since Internet Explorer Mobile doesn’t support multitouch), is a slick revelation, with the speedy Snapdragon processor making for rapid zooming – whether by double-tap or multitouch pinch-zoom – and instantaneous text resizing and reflowing. There’s no pause or delay to wait for jagged images to be rescaled, or half-chopped paragraphs to shuffle onto the screen. The capacitive touchscreen itself is swift and smooth, and has instantly left resistive Windows Phones in the shade.
And the good news is that it’s coming to the US in Q1 2010! :
The HTC HD2 Windows Phone will see its UK and European launch later this month, with broader availability in Asia during the rest of the year. Meanwhile Peter Chou confirmed to us that HTC are working on a US-spec version of the device, which will cross the Atlantic in time for Q1 2010. No word on pricing as yet.
My only hope is that it would be able to run Windows Mobile 7 and according to the WM7 chassis specs it shouldn’t have a problem. Now it remains to be seen if HTC is going to officially release a WM7 rom in 2010 for this device. Thankfully with have XDA..
You can read the whole thing here
Wired got a chance to play a bit with the new HTC HD2 / Leo:
The first thing you notice is the enormous 4.3-inch screen, which sits in a slender handset barely bigger than the model it replaces. It makes the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen look rather measly in comparison, and while it doesn’t match Apple’s uncompromising design aesthetic, it is a handsome phone. The old HD was good-looking in a workmanlike kind of way, but its younger brother has a sharper suit and a better haircut.
It’s also nimbler, faster and more responsive. Instead of the old model’s pressure-sensitive resistive touchscreen, which required a firm tap of the fingernail (or a prod of the stylus), the new phone comes with a sensitive capacitive screen, which responds to a gentle sweep of the finger – and to the multi-touch zoom gestures that Apple made famous. It’s joyfully smooth and fast too, thanks to its 1GHz Snapdragon processor.
Read the rest here
Norvegian site ITvisen also handled the device:
Read it here
Finally, Engadget Spain did a short video hands on of the Leo :
HTC is officialy announcing the HTC HD2 today, The official site is here and here’s the full press release:
HTC Corporation, today unveiled the HTC HD2, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3-inch capacitive touch display, the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way.
“At HTC we believe that the best things in life should be experienced, not explained. HTC Sense is based on this principle by making the phone more simple and natural to use and by enabling people to personalise their mobile experience in their own unique way,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. With HTC Sense, the HTC HD2 melds the power and flexibility of the Windows platform with the most advanced phone we’ve ever created.”
“HTC has a long history of innovation with Windows Mobile, shipping millions of devices over the years in a wide range of designs,” said Andy Lees, senior vice president, Mobile Communication Business, Microsoft Corp. “The HTC HD2 Windows phone breaks new ground with its responsive, touch screen.”
The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft® Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard. Utilizing Qualcomm’s new 1Ghz Snapdragon mobile processor, the HTC HD2 offers enhanced performance that improves the speed of applications, videos, games and more.
Developed with a passion for enhancing people’s lives through innovation, design and ease of use, HTC Sense is rooted in three fundamental principles of Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected.
Make It Mine
The HD2 continues HTC’s drive for personalization by reflecting not only what you want on your phone, but also where you are. Using its large 4.3-inch window-like display, HTC has brought a new dimension to weather with a localized, animated weather experience that utilizes HD2’s entire display without being invasive to your important content and information. The HD2 can also be further enhanced to reflect your needs and style by downloading a wealth of applications at the new Windows® Marketplace for Mobile.
The HD2 helps you stay close to the important friends and colleagues in your life with HTC’s people-centric communication approach that provides a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of your conversations with the people in your life regardless of whether a call, text, Facebook status update or email were used. While in the midst of email exchange with someone you can easily transition to a call by pressing the call button. HTC has also included a new Windows-based version of its Twitter application, HTC Peep. The pictures you take with the 5MP camera can also be quickly shared via Facebook or Twitter.
Discover the Unexpected
With the HTC Sense experience, the HTC HD2 includes a variety of enhancements that expand and improve the overall phone experience. The HD2 includes a variety of sensors including a proximity sensor that is used to prevent false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call. A light sensor automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD2 also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or other devices.
Also available for the HTC HD2 is the optional car kit that automatically transforms HD2’s user interface into a finger friendly in-car navigation experience for driving.
As a new Windows phone, the HTC HD2 showcases the powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered by Windows Mobile® 6.5. Offering a best in class e-mail experience complete with the ability to synchronize with Microsoft Exchange, you have the ability to check and manage multiple email accounts. Microsoft’s new My Phone service enables you to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.
The HTC HD2 will be available later this month with selected operators across Europe, before rolling out to other regions in the coming months.
Full Specs :
Weight: 157 grams (5.54 ounces) with battery
CPU Processing Speed
1GHz Snapdragon™ processor
Power & Battery
Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1230 mAh
•WCDMA: Up to 320 mins
•GSM: Up to 380 mins
•WCDMA: Up to 390 hours
•GSM: Up to 490 hours
Video playback Up to 8 hours
Audio playback: Up to 12 hours
Type: Capacitive touch screen
Resolution: 480 X 800 WVGA
Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional
•ROM: 512 MB
•RAM: 448 MB
•Expansion slot: microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
•5 megapixel color camera
•Dual LED flashlight
•3.5 mm stereo audio jack
(5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
•Ambient light sensor
Home, People, Messages, Mail, Internet, Calendar, Stocks, Photos & Videos, Music, Weather, Footprints, Twitter, Settings
•Sharing photos on Facebook and Twitter
•Sharing videos on YouTube™
•HTC Peep™ for twittering
•HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
•GSM: 850/950/1800/1900 MHz
•HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
•GSM: 850/950/1800/1900 MHz
•Browser: Opera Mobile™
Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Up to 2 Mbps upload speed
•GPRS: Up to 114 kbps download speed
•EDGE: Up to 560 kbps download speed
•Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
•Internet Sharing through USB or Bluetooth
•Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
•Supported profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, BIP, BPP, DUN, FTP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP, SPP
•Windows Media® Player
•Pictures & Videos
•Audio supported formats:
.aac, .amr, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .mp4, .qcp, .wav, .wma
•Video supported formats:
.wmv, .asf, .mp4, .3gp, .3g2, .m4v, .avi
•Internal GPS antenna
1.Battery times (talk time, standby time, and more) are subject to network and phone usage.
2.Network bands in regions other than Europe and Asia Pacific may be different, depending on the mobile operator and your location. Please check with your mobile operator.
3.Actual data speed is dependent on the network or Wi-Fi signal strength.
4.NaviPanel requires the HTC HD2 car kit which needs to be purchased separately
Recommended Windows System Requirements
•Windows XP or Windows Vista®
•Microsoft® ActiveSync® 4.5 for Windows XP
•Microsoft® Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1
for Windows Vista
Looks like the UK Android lover are going to get the Motorola DEXT (the European name of the CLIQ) Android smartphone earlier that we thought. According to SlashGear it’s supposd to be avaialbe tomorrow, October 7th, on Orange UK for FREE on a £34.26 ($55) per month two year contract. US folks will have to wait until October 19th to start to pre-order the CLIQ on T-Mobile.
Microsoft is announcing today 4 new premium features for the MyPhone service for $4.99. Those 4 features are:
- Ring Your Phone: Lets you remotely ring you device so it’s easier for you to find it incase you misplaced it somewhere.
- Locate your phone: If somebody has stolen your phone (and was dumb enough not to turn it off..)This feature will enable the GPS receiver on your device and show it on a map
- Lock your Phone: This will lock your phone a display a message (it can be your name and contact information) in case you lost your phone and somebody finds it.
- Erase your phone: Remote wipe your phone (the best of the 4 features IMO)
All those features are free to trial for 60 days and will cost you $4.99 afterwards. But you will still be able to use one of the four feature after the trial perioide (before paying $4.99)
Once again BGR has the scoop on some Verizon news. This time they’ve got a picture of an internal Verizon calendar showing what looks like the launch date of the Morola Tao / Sholes / Droid Android smartphone. The target date is October 30th, but obviously this is still nothing but a rumor. Stay tuned for more in the coming days.
Hold on, here’ some nice Project Pink rumor for you. According to some anonymous tipster who contacted MobileCrunch, Microsoft’s Project Pink is as good as dead. Here’s the info they’ve got:
- Much of the Danger/Sidekick team has left or been fired since the 2008 acquisition. According to our source, there is “no braintrust that understands how to build a product” left on the Pink team.
- If a product does ship, it will lack the third party application support/store that rumors have indicated it would have – the remaining team members simply don’t know how to get it done.
- Amongst remaining employees, dissent is high. Much of the team uses iPhones around the office, or their old Sidekick handsets. Employees “hate the product” internally, many feeling that the division exists only to “challenge [the Windows Mobile 7 team] and upset them into competing.” Our source outright indicated that they felt the product was never intended to ship.
- At this point, the project is roughly 2 years behind schedule. In order to continue moving forward toward some undefined launch date, basics such as a calendar application have already ended up on the cutting room floor.
- On the “Turtle” (the smaller of the two devices): The touchscreen is unusable, as there are too many elements on screen at one time. “Your finger covers 50% of the screen”, says the source. The unit was designed “on the fly”, with a design drawn up and then sent to Sharp for verbatim manufacturing. Our source says this backwards design process has lead to a “near disastrous” battery life. “Designers forced Sharp to build to sketch and not ‘worry about that stuff.’”
- The UI concept work was originally done by an outside party, and Microsoft engineers have been “struggling to replicate it ever since”.
Signing off, our source says that the project “is near death and probably will be canceled.”
Well, I don’t have much to say. Just take this with a big grain of salt for the moment. I always thought that an MS branded phone isn’t a good idea anyway.