Massive HTC HD2 review posted

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Massive is the word, not only when talking about the HTC HD2 screen but also 4Winmobile‘s review of the device. I’m just going to post their conclusion and let you read the whole thing:

Windows – I’ve been honoured to have the HD2 in daily use for the last six weeks (thanks O2) and I’m very impressed with all aspects of its design and function – The Sense tabs that replace the Titanium interface work beautifully well and the deeper integration that HTC have done to hide the somewhat finger unfriendly WM6.5 interface make the device a joy to use – and yes I can say that the stylus has not been missed at all.

The speed of the HD2 has to be seen to be believed (videos to follow) everything feels fast and smooth from the transitional tab navigation in the Sense screen to the speed of scanning photos in flow mode, or flicking through large pictures in the Album itself. Transitions from portrait to landscape modes in applications is nigh on instant and the same can be said when zooming in and out of photographs using the two finger pinch system. At one point I actually found I had fourteen applications loaded in the background (including heavyweight items like the Album) and there was no slow down in operation and no applications had auto-closed in the background. During the time I’ve used the HD2 there have been no problems with the device heating up or behaving in an adverse manner in any way.

Dislikes – There is only one annoyance I have with the HD2. This is the removal of the ability to customise the functions of the buttons on the front or the HD2. The only application that really suffers on the HD2 is the native Notes application, it is fine entering text using the keyboard, but trying to draw any freehand graphics is nigh on impossible as you have to use a finger tip, not even a fingernail can be used and the results are not good, accuracy goes completely out of the window!

Personal Final Words – The HD2 is awesomely fast and smooth both in operation and looks, the large glorious capacitive screen works wonderfully well and the thin form factor with the functionality of the Sense system make it for me at least the best WindowsPhone so far. Go and buy one, you’ll not be disappointed.

Boz – Firstly I would like to echo Daron’s comments and thank O2 for generously letting me have use of an HD2 too. I have enjoyed every minute with it so far without any problems at all, and helping out with this review certainly helped me to learn every aspect of the O2 HD2 at a very rapid rate, and all without the use of a stylus!

Looks wise there’s no escaping the fact that the HD2 oozes class in every respect, from its exquisite build quality that makes the device look the part, to its wonderful large pin sharp capacitive screen, and software that does its job in a very understated way. There is so much to admire about the HD2 too, the ‘Sense UI’ is excellent, and the ability to update the weather using the built in location software to wherever you are, is simply brilliant. The music player that’s standard is in my view the best I have seen on a Windows Mobile device, and is a pleasure to use rather than a chore like Windows Media Player.

Windows Mobile 6.5 has been given a fantastic makeover by HTC, and there are many clever touches on the HD2. One of my favourites is the screen turning off when placing the phone against your ear while making a call, then turning itself back on when the phone is taken away from your ear which saves accidently setting off other applications. The HD2 isn’t just about quirky ideas that work well though, it’s all about speed and overall performance as a whole, and running a 1GHz processor it doesn’t disappoint, its lightening fast at everything it does, and running a host of applications in the background doesn’t drag it to its knees at all. There’s no clunkiness or sticking when scrolling, zooming, flicking or when changing from portrait to landscape mode, and the whole operating system feels and looks perfect in use.

I do have a few gripes though, I dislike having to search for the task manager to close applications, having been used to ending a program by tapping ‘X’ in the top corner on previous HTC devices. I’m also not keen on having to use the magnifier in a few applications to tick boxes or scroll drop down menus, but I suppose that is a legacy from Windows Mobile 6.1, and I’m sure in future ROM updates this will be history. Also I can’t believe that there isn’t anywhere at all to add your ‘Owner’ details, this omission stops you from being able to install any software you already own, because without the owner information you cannot add the product key number in many cases, plain daft in my view! Freehand writing or drawing in notes isn’t easy at all, but it isn’t something I use anyway so isn’t a major problem for me, and is the only application that doesn’t work as it should. Believe it or not I do miss the XDA branding and O2’s applications that used to be. The name XDA was synonymous with O2 and was the symbol of their high end Windows Mobile devices, but times change I suppose.

It should be noted that the camera does suffer from the same purple tinting as seen in previous hands-on.

Head over here if you have some tile and check out one of the best HD2 review to date.

Source: 4Winmobile

Qualcomm announces new MSM7X30 mainstream chipsets & first Dual-carrier LTE chipsets

Qualcomm is announcing a new line of mainstrem chipset today based on the their Scorpion CPU core (the same one found in the SnapDragon chipset):

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, today announced that it is sampling a new smartphone chipset family that breaks new ground in mobile performance in the mainstream smartphone tier. The MSM7x30 family features a strong emphasis on multimedia performance, supporting high-definition video recording and playback, exceptional graphics with dedicated 2D and 3D cores, and an overall chip design optimized for a highly responsive, immersive Web experience. The first devices based on the flagship MSM7x30 family of chipsets are expected to launch commercially before the end of 2010.

“Qualcomm continues to focus on enabling the best possible mobile experiences and this new family of solutions brings an unmatched feature set to the smartphone segment,” said Alex Katouzian, vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “As the demand for smartphones continues to grow, our innovative technology will enable Qualcomm’s device manufacturing partners to deliver products with greater value than ever before.”

The MSM7x30 family of chipsets, which includes the MSM7230(TM) solution for HSPA+ networks and MSM7630(TM) solution with multi-mode HSPA+/EV-DO Rev. B and SV-DO support, is designed around optimal data throughput and powerful multimedia functionality. The 7×30 has the same market-leading Scorpion CPU as previously commercialized in the Snapdragon QSD8x50 chipset. The 7×30 uses an 800 MHz to 1 GHz custom superscalar CPU based on the ARM v7 instruction set, delivering exceptionally high-end processing at low power to support features that include:

•720p high-definition video encode/decode at 30 frames per second
•Integrated 2D and 3D graphics GPUs with support for OpenGL ES 2.0, and OpenVG 1.1 industry standard APIs
•Dedicated low-power audio subsystem supporting 5.1 surround
•12-megapixel camera support
•Integrated GPS for location-based services
•Support for leading mobile operating systems, including Android, Windows Mobile, Brew Mobile Platform and Symbian
•Support for package-on-package memory for reduced board space, optimized power consumption and more responsive performance

The MSM7x30 family of chipsets is supported by the PM8058(TM) power management integrated circuit and the QTR8600(TM) RF subsystem with integrated Bluetooth® and FM radio. MSM7x30 chipsets will directly interface with Qualcomm’s WCN1312(TM) WLAN solution for 802.11 b/g/n.

This doesn’t look like anything new to me. It has exactly the same specs as the SnapDragon chipset and I’m willing to bet that it’s just a 45nm version of the QSD8x50 platform (65nm). Remember that before being renamed QSD8x50 the SnapDragon SOC was named MSM7850….

THe San Diego chipmaker is also announcing the sampling of the first dual-carrier HSPA+ and Multi-Mode 3G/LTE Chipsets:

Dual-carrier HSPA+ and LTE are network innovations that provide the ability to deliver more advanced data capabilities to mobile devices, supporting more compelling applications and richer user experiences. A wide variety of network operators, infrastructure vendors and mobile device manufacturers are now working with Qualcomm to enable the deployment of these next-generation network technologies in new markets worldwide. Interoperability testing with infrastructure partners is already underway with multiple field trials scheduled for the first half of next year. Commercial launches of data-centric devices based on Qualcomm’s MDM solutions are expected to begin during the second half of 2010.

“Qualcomm leads the industry in enabling next-generation mobile experiences with highly integrated, powerful and elegant solutions for dual-carrier HSPA+ and LTE. We are pleased to be working with so many industry leaders to bring these advanced technologies to market,” said Alex Katouzian, vice president of product management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “We remain committed to CDMA and OFDMA WAN modem leadership and the seamless and cost-effective commercialization of next-generation technologies around the world.”

Read the rest here

Source: Qualcomm

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 hands-on gallery

The boys at HDblog.ithave posted a couple of live pictures of Sony Ericsson’s first Android smartphone (sporting a SnapDragon chipset), the Xperia X10. The device is still a couple of months away and knowing SE I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s gets delayed. Hopefully they will fix the horrible performance we saw in the first videos last week.


Motorola Droid Scratch Test

Droid Does right? Well it sure does what the HTC HD2 does, after the HD2 teardown we had the Droid teardown and today we get a scratch test of the Droid’s capacitive screen two days after the HTC HD2 scratch test:

Source: YouTube thanks for the tip Marc

HTC HD2 available for Free on Vodafone!

HTC HD2 Vodafone Free
Well that was unexpected! The HTC HD2 is now available on Vodafone UK for Free with a £35 monthly plan (2 years) you’ll get 900 minutes talk-time, unlimited internet/email & unlimited text messages. Hurry up and grab one now, I’m sure that supply won’t last long.

Source: Vodafone via Coolsmartphone

Windows Marketplace for Mobile gets updated

Windows Marketplace for mobile web
Microsoft is announcing the first update to the Windows Marketplace for Mobile today. The new update includes a more advanced anti-piracy protection and an improved developer portal for the registered ISVs, as well as introducing PC based shopping and account management for Windows phone customers. Unfortunately no word on the region selector which will enabled user to access apps not available in their country (because of the language).

Developer portal improvements and stronger anti-piracy protection

We’ve been gathering input on what we can do to improve the developer experience and have made some subtle but important enhancements to the developer portal to enable easier uploading of images, greater insight into account status and several other refinements based on feedback from developers. Today’s update also provides more advanced anti-piracy protection. While the underlying technical changes will be transparent for customers, developers will now be able to take advantage of these new protections by following the steps outlined in this anti-piracy whitepaper. As always, updates to existing applications can be submitted for free. To learn more about developing applications for Windows phones, head over to the Windows Mobile for Developers site.

Browse and buy applications from the PC

While we’ve heard great feedback on the Marketplace experience on Windows phones, sometimes people just want the benefits of a shopping on a PC. Starting today, Windows phone customers can browse, buy and download applications online at the Windows Marketplace for Mobile site. The selected applications are delivered wirelessly to the customer’s Windows phone and install the next time the Windows Marketplace client runs on the device. This creates another way for customers to easily find and purchase applications and gives developers a whole new level of exposure.

You can acces the new Marketplace webstore here

Source: Windows Mobile Blog

Disassembled Motorola Droid pictures make us sad

Following yesterday‘s HTC HD2 teardown here comes the naked Motorola Droid. Some dudes do have a lot of time (and money) to waste I guess. It’s nice to see the guts of our new shiny smartphones sometimes though.

Source: PhoneWreck