HTC HD2

HTC HD mini Review

HTC HD mini Review

It sounds like a recipe for success: take the surprisingly popular HTC HD2, shrink it down some, and offer it as a more pocketable alternative. Yet out of the three devices HTC announced at Mobile World Congress in February, the HTC HD mini has prompted the least interest. The HD mini has to convince prospective buyers not only of its own merits but that it's worth buying into an ageing OS that's just months away from replacement. Can it deliver? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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iPad gets up close & personal with Dell Mini 5

iPad gets up close & personal with Dell Mini 5

We obviously love all of our gadgets equally here at SlashGear, and wouldn't dream of playing favorites, but when someone suggests bringing the toys together and having a good old fashioned comparison photo shoot then count us in.  We found ourselves clutching an iPad up close to Dell's Mini 5 and a host of smartphones this weekend, and since they're not exactly in common circulation we thought you might like to see the end results.

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HTC EVO 4G Set to Launch Some Time in June

HTC EVO 4G Set to Launch Some Time in June

You haven't forgotten about Sprint's first WiMAX phone, right? The HTC EVO 4G was pretty big news back at CTIA this year, but we realize that the tech world moves quickly, and there's been a pretty big release since then. But, we know that for most Sprint customers, and especially Android fans on the Sprint network, the EVO 4G is a shining light at the end of a dark tunnel. But, when's it coming out? According to some higher-ups in Sprint, it may be sooner than you think.

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Leaving Las Vegas: A CTIA Tech Travelogue

Leaving Las Vegas: A CTIA Tech Travelogue

I was at CTIA last week pitching various column ideas to SlashGear Editor Vincent Nguyen, and he shot them down, one by one. An analysis of the Kindle vs. iPad? No, SlashGear has covered that more than once, and we’ll all be writing hands-on reports next week. How the digital home environment has changed? New columnist Ben Bajarin just used that theme as his debut for SlashGear. How I lived on loaner laptops, cellphones and 3G modems last week when our town was out of power? Too close to Michael Gartenberg’s recent column on traveling with just a cellphone. Apparently, the big stuff is covered. So instead, I’m going to try to provide a look into how one analyst covers a trade show: a tech travelogue, of sorts.

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HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 ROM gets video demos

HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 ROM gets video demos

Microsoft's confirmation that the HTC HD2 wouldn't be eligible for an official Windows Phone 7 upgrade certainly put a dampener on expectations of what's still the best Windows Mobile device around.  Of course, it also lit a fire under the developer community to come up with an unofficial WP7 ROM for the HD2, and sure enough - with devices running the full OS not expected until toward the end of 2010 - you'll soon be able to load an almost fully functional build of the new platform onto your HD2.

The hack is the handiwork of a team of Russian tinkerers over at htcpedia, who have managed to get the WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth all working and pretty much everything else.  Still causing issues, however, are the graphics drivers, and the device is showing some unwanted lag.  We're guessing work is being done on optimizing the code for the HD2, and that lag should get brought down.

Video demos after the cut

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When you leave your laptop behind

When you leave your laptop behind

We've all heard how the phone in your pocket is really a PC. Well, a few weeks ago I put that to the test literally. I left for a week of heavy business travel in three cities to see if my phone (actually a series of phones) could replace my MacBook Pro. For my tests, I carried an iPhone 3GS with a Mophie JuicePack Air, a Palm Pre Plus and an HTC HD2. I also had a Stowaway Bluetooth Keyboard which works with the HD2.

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T-Mobile HTC HD2 promo material leaks ahead of launch

T-Mobile HTC HD2 promo material leaks ahead of launch

Curious to know how T-Mobile USA will be pushing the HTC HD2 - a phone already available in Europe for several months now, and guaranteed not to get an official Windows Phone 7 update - when it goes on sale come March 24th?  Over at Pocketables they've a stash of in-store T-Mobile promotional material sent over from an anonymous tipster, and it looks like the carrier will be leaning heavily on the HD2's media playback abilities.

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Windows Phone 7 build teased from emulator, but don’t expect an HD2 ROM

Windows Phone 7 build teased from emulator, but don’t expect an HD2 ROM

Only a day after Microsoft fleshed out Windows Phone 7 series at MIX10, we've already got a full dump of Windows Phone 7 build 7.0.0.6077.  The files aren't a leak exactly; they've been extracted from Microsoft's own developer tools, also released yesterday.  However, before you get your hopes up, this isn't a shortcut to getting Windows Phone 7 onto the HTC HD2.

For a start it's built for x86 processors - after all, it comes from the emulator not a phone ROM - and lacks the necessary drivers and other elements needed to control phone hardware.  Even if we had all that, there's more to the HD2's incompatibility than just the number of physical buttons.

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