HTC 's recently announced sequel to it's much appreciated HD is brilliant by spec sheets and is certain to give iPhone 3GS a formidable challenge.
Display size and resolution
Formfactor and built quality
Multimedia playback and camera
No carrier restriction
Easy sync with WinOS n Office
Browser gives desktop like experience
Poor inbuilt memory (memory card reading is always slower)
The hidden and ugly WinMo UI shows up at times
Media load times doesn't do justice to the screen
AppStore / Marketplace almost non exsistent
3rd party apps doesn't blend with SenseMe UI and not touch friendly
Choosing WinMO seems to be a deliberate choice by HTC keeping in mind the fact that many major businesses still stick to WinMO and Blackberry as far as Mobile OS is concerned, thanks to many ancient IT Security codes. After all who wants to have an NC during the many Audits that businesses need to undergo each year.
HTC while sticking to WinMO has taken it's touchflo interface one step ahead with it's new SENSEME UI. This time HTC have re skinned almost all the screens that an average user will encounter. A neatly done UI hiding away the ugly WinMo screens while making it much more touch friendly.
SENSE ME is near perfect in what it intends to do thus allowing HTC to ditch the resistive screen and go for touch friendly capacitive screen as seen in iPhone.
Since 2007, iPhone has been the benchmark for smartphones and it's quite natural that HTC HD 2 is being compared against 3GS. HTC does beat 3GS with an awesome huge display, near double processing speed and a much better camera and a host of other hardware features.
The advantages however ends there. When it comes to UI, HD 2 has a lot more catching up to do. While one has to wait for thumbnails to load on HD2, iPhone has it ready with no delay. Same is the case with songs and movies. The good part is HTC HD 2 leaves iPhone far behind once the image / video is loaded thanks to it's sexy display.
The other make or break factor is availibility of 3rd party apps. While apps were available since the time WinMo started, Apple redefined the experience through it's in device AppStore. It made 3rd party apps accessable negating the need to google around for that free app which converts currency. Something no other company thought of.
AppStore is an important aspect, sucess of iPhone itself proves that. WinMo market falls flat on it's nose. HTC, if they wish to continue with more WinMo devices should seriously think of a dedicated app service built right into it's SenseMe UI. currently 3rd party apps on WinMo is a stark contrast to the look and feel of SenseMe and many of them not optimised for touch based input.
Considering all the above, HTC HD 2 would have rocked the iPhone supremacy had it been running on Android. Well maybe corporates won't chose it.
For people who are comfortable with a bit of complex UI and finding work arounds, this device can do far more than what iPhone does. But you will miss those custom applications from fedex tracker to flight stats. But the browser + screen compensates much of that shortcomings
Most manufatures have cracked the logic behind iPhone's sucess and are slowly adopting Apple's product+service model. A long list of models with impressive hardware are scheduled for launch in the coming months. Couple that to the recently launched nokia N900, SE satio, Samsung Omnia HD, Motorola Droid and many more, Apple iPhone has a tough year ahead.
Steve Job's boys will have to come up something really incredible next July to continue dominating the smart phone market.
Competition is good.
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