Sunday, December 20, 2009

The HTC Nexus One / Google Phone Unlocked for AT&T and T-Mobile 3.5By James F. Koopmann


Have you been waiting for the Nexus One Google Phone? Maybe you’ve been waiting for AT&T to get it together and offer an Android phone. Well it looks like you can actually have your cake and eat it too here as the word is from Tnkgrl (for carriers tried) is that this phone is unlocked and can be used on AT&T, although only the measly EDGE network. If you have to have 3G, then you could also use this phone on T-Mobile. Also notable was the snappy and fast feel.

On the downside Tnkgrl noted that the phone didn’t have multitouch support in the browser or in Google Maps, no dedicated camera key, flash is weak, and low light performance passed with a decent ranking.

HTC HD2 Debuts in India

HTC's flagship Windows Mobile based handset; the monstrous HD2 has finally made its official Indian debut. The feature packed handset might easily be the mobile phone with the largest ever screen. All of 4.3 inches at a jaw dropping 480 X 800 WVGA resolution, this one makes even the Omnia HD look like a midget. The latter "only" has a 3.7-inch screen.

The HD2 is the first Windows Mobile powered handset to sport the Sense UI that was first seen ion the Android based HTC Hero. The HD2 is also different as this one sports a capacitive touchscreen, instead of the usually seen resistive one on WM powered handsets.

The phone boasts of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that runs at an incredible 1 GHz and makes the device a zippy customer to work with. It also boasts of 512 MB ROM and 448MB of RAM. Memory can be expanded using microSD cards. The phone is powered by the latest version of Windows Mobile 6.5 and is 3G capable as well. It boast of a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash. A 3.5mm jack too finds its way in. The phone is also social media friendly with native support for Facebook and Twitter.

The HD2 is now available in India at Rs. 36,990. In Maharashtra, you will need to shell out more and it will set you back by Rs. 39,990. Tata DoCoMo has announced an offer with the launch of the HTC HD2 phone wherein its subscribers can browse the Internet and download 500MB of data per month free for six months.

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HTC HD2 Coming to T-Mobile USA this Spring

HTC has promised the HTC HD2 will be released in the U.S. early next year, but hasn't revealed which wireless carrier(s) will be offering it. Nevertheless, numerous leaks and unconfirmed reports indicate that T-Mobile USA will be getting this very high-end Windows phone.

The latest bit of evidence is a leaked ROM that is supposedly for this carrier's version of the HD2. This contains quite a number of system apps with the prefix TMOUS -- short for T-Mobile USA.

HTC HD2Previously, an early version of one of the advertisements for this smartphone leaked out, with T-Mobile's logo emblazoned on it.

There has been no word of any other U.S. carrier offering this HTC model.

The HD2 is already available in Europe and Asia, but supposedly won't debut in the United States until March.

An Overview of the HTC HD2
The HD2 (AKA the HTC Leo) is one of the first devices on the market with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro, but it has the new version of HTC's custom user interface layered on top. This used to be called TouchFLO, but has just been renamed HTC Sense to reflect a greater focus on consumers.

It lacks a hardware keyboard, but that's just about the only feature it doesn't have.

The HTC HD2 is the first Windows Mobile smartphone with a capacitive display that supports multi-touch, so users can resize websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with a pinch of their fingers.

This 4.3-inch display is the largest yet on a smartphone running Microsoft's OS, and has a WVGA (800x480) resolution.

Naturally, the HD2 has mobile broadband (7.2 Mbps HSDPA), plus it includes Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1. It is even be able to act as a Wi-Fi router for another computer.

It also includes a whopping 448 MB of RAM, a 5 MPx camera with auto-focus, a microSD card reader, GPS receiver, 1,230 mAh battery, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

This HTC device comes with Windows Mobile's standard collection of mobile apps: Outlook, Office, Media Player. Opera Mobile is the default web browser.