Wirefly Reviews The T-Mobile HTC HD2

With only 5 days remaining until the highly anticipated T-Mobile HTC HD2 launches, the folks over at Wirefly have managed to get their hands on the T-Mobile HTC HD2 and have compiled a nice detailed review.  Wirefly also apologizes for the T-Mobile HTC HD2 unboxing video that was posted and then pulled upon T-Mobile’s request.  It has been posted again and is now available to the public. So if you didn’t get a chance to see Wirefly’s unboxing, click here.  Sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy 15 minutes of pure  HTC HD2 goodness.  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • John

    @Davidohio…How do you know Wal-Mart will have the HD2 for 148.88? What part of Ohio you from?

  • robert

    how does everyone get to try out in store demos? The stores in Austin say no until the 24th. The reps say they can lose their jobs by showing it early. Most of the stores only have 10 in stock too. Seems low. TMO must not be expecting anything big with this phone. I’m getting one regardless unless I can’t get it due to a long wait time and I’m surprised by a new phone being with the same specs running Android.

    Enough with the secrets TMO! Why is this phone not getting any advertising except for these sites? Where is the email I signed up for special notices? Something special in the works for us loyal TMO customers?

    • lev

      I actually played with the Store Manager’s hd2, I had called initially and asked if they had a demo, she said yeah, then when I went down there, the guy said no, so I told him someone said you did have a demo, he came out with the mangers actual phone, no demo, apparently the mangers are able to get the phone before anyone

    • damien

      You can try out the phones in stores, since they have officially announced the HD2 we have been showing our customers the demo HD2 and also showing my personal one as well..

    • Bdar

      I’ve played with a ‘demo unit’ twice now, at two different stores, once prior to the 16th’s media event, and once after. Both times I walked into a store and asked, “Did you get your HD2 demos in yet?” and immediately the response was something like, “Yeah! You wanna play with it?” When of course I squealed like a child and nodded. They seemed to have no hesitation showing a potential customer a product that will soon be available at their store. I’m sorry for all of you posting that your local t-mo stores are denying you the opportunity to try before you buy. Maybe they’ve taken the demo units for themselves?

  • enyahs

    It’s coming out on the 24th right? Does that mean i can have it in my hands on the 24th or do i have to order it on the24th and wait a few more days to actually get it?

  • Will I aM

    i cant wait to put my paws in phone as far as win 7 well maybe they will up dated it u have to remember it so easy to maybe change 1 of the bottoms to hold and do something also as they have say the only problem is the it dont have the bottom but if u guys may remember same thing have say about g1 the it wont go more the 1.6 buit now its going to 2.1 soon really think about u really think htc well let windows put this phone down no i dont thik so what happen is the alot other carriers are up sad about tmobile getting this bad boy and there the ones starting all this rumors. if yes o no win 7 am still getting it i just wish win mobile have a free app to download music like android does but no matter wat b 1 of the first 1 on line to get this bad boy…. @ john walmart maybe getting it but u also remeber they want u to be a new activations as well as have a contract whit them they wont told u tha but read the small print in case u dont know walmart mobile sell is power by lets talk no to say if u flex pay the want u to pay more then the stores if u dont have all the money do the 3 o 4 payments a tmobile store its better and safer

    • NEXUS ONE USER

      What did you say???

  • JBLmobileG1

    Some Walmarts should get it on the 24th and the prices above sound about right. I don’t know about you but that $50 savings is a nice chunk of change. That $50 is like a free month of internet with enough left over to purchase a car charger.

  • Joe Pa

    Does anyone know how the insurance works if I buy this unlocked? I have a MT3G right now, and I have insurance on it…..can I switch insurance over to HD2 when I buy it?

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I had the insurance but canceled it when I sent the BlackBerry 9700 back. I was not going to insure my Pearl 8120, not worth it since the deductible on any claim is $100+ (about all a Pearl 8120 is worth on eBay).

      Anyway, when I was going over my plans and services the CSR said “And you have insurance.” I asked that when I sent back the BlackBerry did the Pearl 8120 become covered and she said yes.

      So my impression was that the insurance is for the handset you have active with T-Mo. It’s NOT insurance for a particular phone. In other words, the insurance policy, if there was one, would say “your current T-Mo handset” and not “your HD2.”

      But that’s all my guess on how it works. Could be totally wrong.

      • Joe Pa

        Thanks Michael

      • chaoscentral

        you are correct on that. Your insurance is transferred to whichever phone you had your sim card in last. I got insurance when I bought my CLIQ, since then I sold the CLIQ for $150 and a G1, and my G1 is now covered under the warranty.

  • jtomm

    just left the tmo store. played with an hd2 for about 10 min…wow. put my name on the reserve list. that baby will be mine on wed. taking the day off to play golf while it charges, then will spend the rest of the day playing with the hd2. good times.

    • jtomm

      also adding my wife to my acct so she will be getting a my touch through the bogo

      • jtomm

        um…with the latest post on the updated bogo, stratch that mytouch 3g.

        two hd2s pls.

  • sortamad

    i feel like he hasn’t said anything that we already knew. This review should have been more in-depth and covered all of the “unknown” things about it

  • gargoyle999

    For anyone that has the phone, is the wifi tethering enabled out of the box on the HD2?

    • Duck Dodgers

      @gargoyle999,

      The demo phone I played with at the store did not have WiFi tethering. So I’m assuming that they will not have WiFi tethering out of the box. You will have to go find the cab for that.

  • Ricardo

    Reserve list? They don’t mean a thing. If an employee has someone on line b4 you wanting the last phone, he/she is not waiting for you. My reserve is the parking spot in front of the t-mobile store on Wednesday. I’ll be there at 8 am, eating breakfast in the car listening to some sports radio all while keeping an eye on the front door. The second i see an employee or competition (another person probably wanting to buy an HD2) i’ll hop on line. They open at ten. Man is this exciting. I haven’t been this giddy since i was online for the G1 at a lower Manhattan T-mobile store. I had the touch pro two but it was too bulky and really didn’t do media so well for me. I’ve been to my local store about 5 times to demo this phone and every time something new gets me. first it was the screen, then the animated weather, camera and video player. I go out at night a couple nights a week and really need a good camera phone with a good flash. I have many word and excel files that i need constant access to. I spend so much time in transit. This beauty will fill a hole.

    • Joe Pa

      yeah these reserve lists I keep hearing about don’t make sense to me……I doubt these store’s are going to turn away customers who are their ready to buy. I think people might be surprised at the turnout Weds morning…..I wouldn’t wait too long to get to the store to pick it up.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      That’s how I look at it. T-Mo reps are there to sell products. You show up with cash in hand they are going to sell you an HD2.

      People getting on these lists are not thinking this through. For example, even though on the list, how does that rep know if you are going to show up to buy the phone. People can have a change of heart, the wife could say no to buying it, the budget may have changed, etc.

      Moreover, just how long does a store have to keep the phone for you? How long do YOU think the store has to hold it for you, until you get off work that day, or if something comes up to hold it for a couple days? And what is the store’s remedy if you say “Never mind, I read up on T-Mo News that the Nexus One is better, so I am going to get that. You can release the phone and sell it to someone else.”

      The fact is, you have given the store nothing to assure you will buy the phone, so they have no obligation to hold one for you.

      Even if this informal list procedure was valid (I don’t think it is and if corporate got wind of it I suspect they would put a stop to it) how is this going to work:

      T-Mo advertises “Buy the HD2 starting on March 24.” When someone walks in at 10:00 am the CSR says “Sorry, we sold out. People are on a list and there’s no more available.” Legally that could constitute false advertising by T-Mobile if it is advertising products for sale when in fact they don’t have any available.

      I suspect corporate would not want to get calls from angry customers about being denied a phone because someone who is on a list MAY be in at 5:00 p.m. to MAYBE buy the HD2 is he likes it.

      I have a feeling corporate is unaware that SOME store managers are keeping lists. And I suspect T-Mo has a policy prohibiting the practice. (The fact that SOME managers are keeping these lists on “binder paper” and that some stores are not even talking about the HD2 evidences this list nonsense is an informal, unauthorized practice.)

      Bottom line, keeping names on a list is a bad practice. It’s usually a termination offense if an employee holds or sets aside an item for a friend or relative, I can’t imagine keeping a list and reserving a store’s alloted HD2s for people is something T-Mobile corporate would permit.

      And given how many people flake or have a change of mind or heart, if I was a local store manager I wouldn’t keep a list to reserve phones for people who don’t have an obligation to show up and actually buy the phone.

      • Ricardo

        Plus, as a rep, why would you put yourself in such a position? Let’s say you make this list and a dozen people walk into the store and buy out your stock of HD2′s. Someone on the list comes in at 12, can’t get a phone, and gets angry because you promised them that you reserved an HD2 for them by putting their name on a list. If they call CS to complain, your a** is grass. Why would any rep take that risk? Let’s say a manager is holding one for a friend. I come in and can’t get the phone, call CS to complain about the store not having one, them checking and seeing that one should be left and you getting in trouble. It makes no sense. Advice to anyone working at a t-mobile store, just tell whoever wants the phone to get their butts over there early.

      • Duck Dodgers

        You are so right ItsMichaelNotMike. At my local store I asked the manager how many they were getting in. He didn’t know was reply. He asked if I wanted to be put on a list to call when they are in. He said it was not a reserve list, but a list to be called when they are in. As he explained if someone would come in and want to purchase the last phone then he couldn’t save it for me and I would be SOL.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Duck Dodgers… the “list” you describe sounds the way it’s supposed to be. It’s one thing to say “Call me when it arrives” quite another to say the store is obligated to reserve or hold an HD2 for someone.

        In fact, T-Mobile’s web page is a “list” since it does what that store manager was doing, giving T-Mo your contact information (e-mail, phone number if a T-Mo customer) and they will contact us and say “It’s for sale now.”

        (Albeit I am still waiting for my e-mail that says “Hi Michael, you are such a swell customer that we are contacting you today, Sunday, to provide you the opportunity to buy TWO (02) HD2s for the price of one. We will include FREE FedEx overnight shipping and if you order within the next hour we will toss in a free year of data on BOTH lines. ALERT/UPDATE: While typing this it was brought to our attention that you are more than a swell customer. You are what we call T-Mobile royalty. So Your Highness, that knock on your door is our local San Francisco rep delivering TWO (02) HD2s for you, and the cost to you is zero for the phones. That’s right, the phones are free. Thank you for your business.”)

      • jonnyhd2

        Somebody thinks they are very special, and should be making the rules for everybody.I am so sick of these guys who act all tough and bigshit on the internet, and your walls of text are extremly annoying, and contain nothing of any value to anyone except yourself.

        If your name is on a list, you show to get your phone, and its not there, then you also have grounds to be calling Tmo head quarters.

  • chicago081

    I went to a T-Mobile in surburban Chicago and they acted like they did not know what I was talking about when I asked about the release date of the HD2. When I asked about unlimited loyalty rates for long time customers, things got even more confusing. What the hell is going on here??

    • HtotheDtothe2

      It’s funny when you go into the store and you know more about the phones and plan then the employees there….sad. Tmo employees should get more training and at least visit tmonews.com sometime so they know whats going on with the corporation they work for. lol.

  • HtotheDtothe2

    Went to tmo store to check out demo. The rep manager said their demo was not ready for show but brought out a dummy phone. So i checked out the size and weight of the phone and its quite a nice feel. I thought it was going to be bigger as seen in a few youtube vids. I asked about pre orders/list/and what not, but he said its a first come first serve basis. Another thing that was disappointing was when the rep told me the store was going to get only 5 on opening day and wasn’t sure when the next order will ship in. I was hoping to arrive maybe 15 mins earlier before the store open to get the HD2 but i guess I have to be there at least an hour earlier to even be the first 5 to get it. Good luck to everyone on the 24th…because your gonna need it.

    • Joe Pa

      Yep, I also keep hearing about low inventories….that’s why I’m taking the day off of work and getting there as early as it takes. I’ve been waiting too long for this bad boy….and won’t be denied day #1. Just a few more days left, thank god for college basketball.

  • trife

    I went to one of the local TMO stores today to see if they had a demo and was reminded why I never go into a TMO store. With 4 customers and 3 employees I waited a good 25 minutes to speak with someone. Guess what? They never even acknowledged my wife or me, so we left. Much love to my carrier of choice, but there is no reason that a customer shouldn’t even be acknowledged in almost a half hour’s time. Like the dude that walked by us 4 or 5 times could have maybe said “hey, someone will be with you ASAP”, no?

    Anyways, I ended up calling them later to see if they had a demo unit. I was told “yes” but they couldn’t let anyone use it until the 24th. Kinda sucks but I understand if that’s the orders they were given. They did have a dummy phone I could check out though.

    I guess I’ll have to wait until this baby arrives at the house to get my hands on it! Can’t wait!

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    This may sound silly, but here is what I am needing to do.

    1. When I walk the dog I take my cell phone with me. I take it in case I need to make an emergency call.

    2. When I ride my road bike I take the cell phone.

    In those two situations, the HD2 is too big a phone to take along.

    So I am going to have two phones for my use, the HD2 and an el cheapo prepaid phone, which are all super small.

    I only recently discovered how cheap prepaid phones have become when I was checking them out for my tech-challenged parents.

    If you want to go this route the best ones I have found are TracFone and Net10 (which is owned by TracFone).

    TracFone has a double minutes for life promo running. You also don’t lose your minutes or time if you don’t renew every two month, for example.

    Net10 is good because the minutes are always 10 cents. It’s real easy to figure out what the phone is costing, 10 cents a minute for calls.

    A Net10 I got my folks was $30 for a small LG300G. It comes with 300 minutes on the phone included! So that’s basically a free phone.

    Again,the main reason I want this phone is because I can’t see carrying the HD2 in a jeans or jacket pocket. It’s too big. Sometimes when walking the dog I just put on jeans and a t-shirt and rush out the door. Currently I put my Pearl 8120 on a lanyard and put that around my neck. I can do that with one of these Net10 or TracFones too.

    And there’s no way I am going to take the HD2 on my road bike unless I put it in a really good protective case, etc. That just seems a hassle.

    Oh, Radio Shack is selling a really nice LG clamshell phone with camera, web access, etc. for $20. That’s a great phone that used to sell for $60. You should consider that phone too.

    Sidenote: It’s also kinda cool having a second “secret line.” Maybe Tiger might be endorsing TracFones someday, something like “If I only had been using this here TracFone.”

    Bonus Sidenote: You may be wondering why I don’t just take the HD2 SIM and insert it into the Pearl 8120 I have. Well, that’s a friggin hassle. Even if the SIMS were accessed externally, booting up is not worth the hassle just because the dog has to pinch a loaf.

    • jon

      I’m sorry, I’ve got to.

      Cool story brah.

    • chaoscentral

      So it being around the same size as an iPhone makes it too big??? Have you held one of these in your hands yet? The videos and pictures make the device look enormous, but in reality it is a little taller than the iPhone with a lot less bezel. You don’t hear anyone complaining about the size of the iPhone, so stop complaining about the size of this

      If you can’t fit the HD2 in your pocket, stop wearing skin tights and get a little looser fitting clothes, only advice I can give you.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        First, I am not complaining about the size of the HD2.

        Second, don’t rant or flame when you don’t know the facts.

        Third, learn how to read.

        Fourth, any of these large display smartphones don’t fit into pockets.

        Fifth, have you put a large smartphone in a pocket? Advice: if you put it in the front pocket people are going to think you are trying to get around putting a potato up there.

        Fifth, anyone who puts an iPhone, Touch Pro2, or HD2 into a front or back jeans pocket is a fool. It’s uncomfortable, it can get damaged and if there’s anything else in the pocket such as change, the display will be toast. Tip: You can find these phones on eBay under the phone’s name and “parts only.” Some will tell you how the phone got damaged.

        Sixth, I had a Touch Pro2 and I never put that into a pant pocket. That’s smaller than an HD2 so I have some idea about the size of an HD2.

        Seventh, your advice is worthless.

        Eighth, see attached that depicts your advice. Nice looking loose pants you have there.

        http://www.bullpooper.com/HD2pants.jpg

    • Ricardo

      LOL. That tiger commercial would be amazing.
      It’s been a couple years since i put a phone in my pants pocket. My job requires a business casual look so all my phones usually survive in a khaki pants side pocket or the inside pocket of a jacket. The phone fits in a pocket, i’ve tried it with the demo i was playing with (asked the rep if i could first b4 he thought i had sticky fingers). It even fit comfortably. The problem is that pants pockets are not the safest place. I learned that painful lesson when i began buying phones that retailed over 200 dollars. I know i have insurance but i don’t want to wait.
      Itsmichaelnotmike id love to do what you do but the thing that sucks is that my 500 minute even more plus plan is too much for me. I have never broken 200 minutes these past six months. I make many calls at night and on weekends. Are you familiar with any tmo prepaid plans with unlimited data and messages?

    • CMK

      You could also switch out the sim card from your HD2 to the pre-paid phone. I took the sim card from my daily phone and put it into my tiny pre-paid Nokia yesterday so I could take the phone along on a run yesterday – all 26.2 miles of it!

  • bob

    So what would be the main website/forum for the HD2/windows mobile community? You know? For discussing apps, themes, etc.

  • jtomm

    im not counting on being on a list. i still plan on being at the store first thing, especially now that i can bogo and will be getting two.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I searched YouTube for the latest HD2 stuff. This person has some good demo of the T-Mobile version. Video quality is poor but he shows BlockBuster and MobiTV.

  • Scott

    I just picked up a HD2 from walmart. I was not eligiblke for an upgrade so I just purchased it at full price. $500 big ones. Ouch! I am such a phone crackhead I could not wait till next week. I saw on youtube where a guy had managed to get one from walmart because the people that sell the phones are walmart employees and not tmobile reps. Apparently they do not know they are supposed to wait till Wednesday. I had to go to 3 different walmarts. None of them have them on display but you can look underneath the sales counter from the backside and see what phones they have in stock. If you haven’t seen the box it is black, about 4 inches wide and 7 inches tall. The sales rep I spoke too was clueless about the phone. If you are in the Houston area and cannot wait I got mine from the walmart on hwy99 just south of Katy. I am excited and discusted at the same time because I could not wait and paid the full $500 for it.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Well, $50 more is not that bad since you got the phone early, I know a lot of people who would pay $50 to get it today.

      Plus you have it. That puts you way ahead of those who are hoping they get one.

      I venture to guess that there’s 99.9% of T-Mo readers who wish they had a Wal-Mart near them and that the clerk is as uninformed as yours was.

  • dm

    Someone got their hands on one already at Walmart according to Engadget post. called Walmart near me and they didn’t have it..

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/21/htc-hd2-gets-purchased-and-unboxed-early-video/

  • MacGuy

    Does anyone know how well the HD2 will sync with a Macbook? Since this is a WinMo device, I wanted to know if there would be any compatibility issues?

  • MrMeNaCe

    i have the n900 but the hd2 is appealingggggggggggggggg

  • BobbyD

    Hello, I am not eligible for the full upgrade discount. I just got my 9700 in January (just sold it). Does anyone know if you get any kind of discount to upgrade my account again to this phone?
    Thanks

    • trife

      This is what I’m wondering, as well. I called CC today and was told that they had no partial upgrade price yet. But the rep told me that the 1-year contract price was $299. I thought they did away with 1-year contracts?

  • BobbyD

    I was wondering this as well? I would do a 1 year if they still do that. I hope some one can give us a clear answer on this.

  • 2006mr

    no the one year pricing is not avaiable but some diff upgrades options will be coming out escpecially for families (heads up!) all yeah on the 24th! Someone made a comment on employees getting training on the device before hand and yes…..they do TRUST espcially CC. However, folks keep in mind….YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE OPTION OF NOT ADDING THE REQUIRED FEATURE…

  • Anthony44

    Cnet prize fight on YouTube says it all my friends. Hd2 should consider a fight with the I phone.sense included helped without it its lop sided. The N1 has it. Checkmated c 4 ur self

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I have an interesting tidbit of info.

    I have a Netflix account. While on the phone with a rep to ask about my account I told him I just got the HD2 and that it has BlockBuster on it and that it will let me download movies for purchase or rent them on a streamed basis. I said I was really happy with Netflix and wish they would get something like that.

    Here is what he said:

    “Oh don’t worry, just be patient for a little longer. We know about Blockbuster’s deal with T-Mobile. (I guess they would.) We are working on doing the same thing, but there’s some fine tuning to be done.

    We will be doing things different however. We intend to focus on giving you content for free rather than charging you. The content will be from our Instant Viewing catalog (which is very good, by the way).

    Good customers such as yourself (been with them 6 years) will get free access, much the same as you view instantly on your computer which I see you do a lot of. (Busted, I do watch a lot of movies using Netflix’s instant viewing feature.)

    It will be announced pretty soon, so just be patient, we will send notice to you.”

    I told him that on that news I would not even consider BB since I don’t like the way the company does business.

    Woot… this phone just gets better and better by each minute I have it (just got it this afternoon).

  • sam

    htc phones are the way to go. i actually prefer them over blackberry phones and even iphones. they’re better quality than blackberries and i can’t afford an iphone. i got the hd2 from gsmauthority.com. it’s a great unlocked phone. i love the huge screen. it’s very easy to navigate. this phone has a lot to offer for a good price.