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Monday, January 4, 2010

WMExperts Reviews the HTC HD2

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 09:50 PM

"I had concerns that the HD2 was simply going to be too big. The initial pictures gave me the impression that it couldn't be comfortable to carry, hold or use. I'm glad that first impression was way off target. I found the HD2 very comfortable, and the large 4.3-inch screen a joy to use. The capacitive screen is nice, but had HTC chosen a resistive screen, I believe the HD2 would still be a solid performer. Call quality is very good and the Snapdragon processor moves things along nicely."

WMExperts recently gave the HD2 a spin, and liked what they saw. Unfortunately, for those of you in the US, it's not all that US-friendly at the moment, but hang on to your seats because a US-friendly version of this snappy Snapdragon-based device is expected to land sometime this quarter.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

HTC Touch HD2 Review Roundup

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 06:00 PM

HTC's Touch HD2 is perhaps the most hotly anticipated handset of the holiday season, which says a lot given the competition. Is it too big? Is Snapdragon all its cracked up to be? Is this (finally) Windows Mobile answer to the iPhone? Read on for the reviews, hands-on, and first impressions:

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

It's Official: HTC HD2 Coming To The US

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:00 PM

While the grapevine has supplied this tidbit for quite some time now, it's nice to see official confirmation. If you've been living on a desert island for the last couple of months, the HD2 is HTC's latest uber-phone sporting a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3" capacitive display, WM6.5, an ultra-slim profile, HTC's latest UI overlay (HTC Sense), and just about everything else under the sun. The big deal about this confirmation is that the models currently shipping in Europe and Asia don't support US 3G bands, which meant the US market would have been left out otherwise. No clues yet on which carrier will take this up, but the HD2 should be available by Spring 2010.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

HTC HD2 Unboxing

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 PM

Italian site Solopalmari have scored what looks like the very first unboxing video of the when-is-it-going-to-be-in-stock HTC HD2 (original link here, Google-translated version here). What's shown isn't the final packaging, which is a relief - I saw the video first before reading the article, and thought HTC were nuts to have the accessories look like they've just been thrown in the box. Thankfully that's not the case, though I wonder if you can really call this an unboxing video when the "box" isn't what you're going to get at retail. Oh well, enjoy the view.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

HTC HD2 Ain't That Big

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

When I first heard about this beast, my initial thought was that it might be just a bit smaller than my Advantage with that massive 4.3" screen. Turns out HTC had a big trick up its sleeve - because capacitive screens (yes, the HD2's got one) doesn't require that much bezel space to fit, the frame is small enough to make the body almost (though not quite) comparable to phones with much smaller screens. The comparison to the iPod touch above is a pretty good example - in fact, in terms of volume, the HD2 is actually slightly smaller than the iPhone 3GS thanks to a thinner profile. My only concern now is, how the heck do you use the hardware buttons at the bottom while using the HD2 with one hand? For more example pics, check

Monday, October 5, 2009

T-Mobile To Offer HTC Leo As Touch HD2

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

News and leaks about the Touch HD2 nee HTC Leo are now coming in fast and furious. This latest includes (official) confirmation of the name, at least on T-Mobile (sorry folks, Europe only so far). If you want to know when it'll hit the shelves, scuttlebutt from various sources has it that the HD2 will be available by the end of this month from a variety of carriers across Europe and in Australia. Sorry, no pricing info forthcoming just yet, but chances are you're looking at premium positioning with prices to match. Will this come to the US? There's a version with US 3G bands in the works (the HD2 is not a world phone), but nothing confirmed yet.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More HTC Leo Details Emerging

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 01:00 PM

It looks like the HTC Leo is going to be launched very, very soon (like possibly in a couple of weeks time) with an official online appearance at Telstra Australia. More than that, it also looks like there's a reasonable chance that the Leo will sport a capacitive screen per the video above, courtesy Modaco, despite no official support under WM6.5. There's also this almost 10 minute hands-on video via WMExperts, which unfortunately is private which I couldn't view. But what struck me most was despite the massive 4.3" screen, the Leo isn't as unwieldy as the screen size would suggest. I'm getting intrigued by this device, anybody else willing to bite?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Acer F1 Drives Into Town On October 6

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

"Due to begin shipping from the 6th October, the Acer F1 is the most superior Windows Mobile 6.5 (Windows Phone) device that will be available upon launch. The competitor to the HTC Touch HD, the Acer F1 will have many advantages as of the 6th October, primarily the Windows Phone 6.5 operating system and 1Ghz processor (double that of the HTC Touch HD)."

Beware of October 6. On one hand, it marks the official release of Windows Mobile 6.5. On the other hand, the sheer number of devices to choose from will surely cause headaches. One such device is the Acer F1, and it's definitely no slouch. The beast packs a Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1 GHz, a 3.8" 480 x 800 touch screen, HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an FM tuner, and a 5.0-megapixel camera with flash - all of which, unlike the debt-inducing XPERIA X2, is priced at £295 + VAT ($480 USD). Who wants one?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

HTC Leo In The Flesh

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 03:00 AM

HTC's latest hush-hush powerhouse is big, but less so than I expected it to be. A massive 4.3" WVGA screen powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera and the usual assortment of radios, the Leo is claimed by some to be the sucessor to the Advantage. The size may be a put off to many, but I'm thinking this is designed more as a combined phone-PMP device for those who want a larger viewing area for their movies. Now that we know it actually exists (at least in prototype form), anybody out there interested?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

HTC Leo: Rumours and Specs

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

"Earlier this week we reported some rumored details of the upcoming HTC Leo and today it looks like things are now getting flushed out a bit. Actually, it looks like the Leo may turn out the be the HTC Firestone we first saw back in January."

HTC Leo is reputed to be a clamshell smartphone, with some serious horsepower under the hood - think Universal replacement. Right now not a whole lot is known about the device, or what it'll look like, but you can get the lowdown on how the story broke from the Boy Genius Report. Rumoured specs include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3" WVGA capacitive screen, WM6.5, all the usual radios (including dual-band HSPA as well as GPS), accelerometer, light and proximity sensors, and a 5MP AF camera with dual LED flash. All I can say is...I want!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Toshiba TG01 Is Big In Japan

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

"One of the hottest pieces of gear this year just made its way to retail in Japan. Less than a centimeter thick, the NTT DoCoMo T-01A is the same TG01 device revealed by Toshiba back in February running Qualcomm's ultra-fast 1GHz Snapdragon chipset."

This is one humdinger of a phone. Along with the Snapdragon chipset, you get every radio under the sun (if not quite all the right freqs for global use), 256MB RAM, a massive 4.1" WVGA screen, a thin 9.9mm chasis, and available in white or black. Downsides are a low rez main camera at just 3.1MP and a piddling 1000mAH battery to power all that hardware. Chances are we'll see this in Asia and Europe in another month or two, but I wouldn't lay odds on if or when it'll appear in the US. Hit the link for the gallery, or the Microsoft product page for more details (warning: Japanese text).

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

1GHz Snapdragon-Based Acer F1 Demoed at Computex

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:46 PM

Ever since Acer scooped up E-TEN, the company's been churning out some pretty compelling Windows Mobile devices, though none more compelling than the Windows Mobile 6.5-based F1 (translated version), which Acer says will be out in the second half of the year. Like the Toshiba TG01, the F1 packs a Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1GHz. It also features a 3.8", 480 x 800 touch screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, a 5.0-megapixel camera with flash, GPS, an FM tuner, and a 3.5mm headphone jack (you hear that, HTC?). Who wants one?


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Video Hands-On With The Toshiba TG01

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 02:00 PM

PocketPCItalia somehow managed to get a prototype build of the TG01 and put it through its paces. I'm fairly impressed - the screen is big (4.1" WVGA) and colourful, Toshiba's custom UI doesn't look as bad live as it does in photos, and the device appears snappy courtesy of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, handling video and photos with aplomb. The TG01 is pretty feature packed, with HSPA, GPS, 3.2MP AF camera, and comes equipped with an accelerometer. About the only bad thing I can say is the potentially annoying squishing sound everytime you touch the screen (and the irony of showing off an HTC review while demonstrating YouTube in PIE6). PocketPCItalia claims the TG01 will be available in June - but that's likely to be in Europe, and maybe Asia. Check out the video for more.

Friday, February 6, 2009

More Snapdragon Devices On the Way

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 12:00 PM

"High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile devices in the second quarter of 2009, according to market sources in Taiwan... HTC and Toshiba are among more than a dozen device makers that have signed up with Qualcomm to develop mobile computing devices using Snapdragon solutions. Those device makers also include Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Acer, Asustek Computer, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Wistron, Inventec and Foxconn International Holdings (FIH)."

Can't get enough of the Snapdragon in the TG01? Well, it seems HTC and a few more are gearing up to release Snapdragon devices of their own. According to Digitimes, HTC's device will hit the market one quarter after the TG01. And the rest? We're guessing they'll trickle into the market as the year progresses.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Toshiba Unveils TG01, Shows Off 4.1" WVGA Touch Screen and Snapdragon Chipset

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

Look out, HTC. Toshiba has something up its sleeve - that something is the TG01. Some standout features in this upcoming handset include a 4.1" WVGA (480 x 800) touch screen and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset with a 1GHz core. It also sports 512MB ROM, a microSDHC slot, HSDPA/HSUPA connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, aGPS, a G-sensor, a virtual trackpad, out-of-the-box DivX support, and a custom touch-friendly GUI, which sits on top of Windows Mobile Professional. And if you think the TG01 looks slim, that's because it is. With a depth of just 9.9 mm or 0.39", it's thinner than the HTC Touch HD (12 mm or 0.47") and iPhone 3G (12.3 mm or 0.48"). See for yourself at Electricpig and Pocket-lint, and expect more details at MWC, which takes place in just under two weeks.

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