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HTC HD2 video unboxing & first-impressions

HTC HD2 video unboxing & first-impressions

It's fair to say that the last time we saw excitement to this degree about a Windows Phone it centered on the HTC Touch HD, and so it seems only right that it's the company's successor to that handset, the HTC HD2, that is prompting such interest in 2009. Announced last month after copious rumors, what makes the HD2 special is its 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, HTC Sense UI and 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. It's taken a while, but the HTC HD2 has finally dropped onto the SlashGear test bench, so check out our first impressions and an unboxing video after the cut.

Updated with first-boot video demo after the cut

HTC HD2 and Touch2 confirmed for T-Mobile UK this month

HTC HD2 and Touch2 confirmed for T-Mobile UK this month

T-Mobile UK have announced that they're preparing to offer the HTC Touch2 and HTC HD2, though it seems that someone in their web team hasn't been keeping up with the rumor-mill.  Both Windows Phones are listed as coming in November, but the HD2 is illustrated with an image of the Touch HD and said to come with a 3.8-inch display and access to the Android Market.

No Android-based HD2 says HTC CEO Peter Chou

No Android-based HD2 says HTC CEO Peter Chou

Has Peter Chou just crushed our HTC Dragon dreams?  In an interview with Forbes, the HTC CEO has stated that there will be no Android-based HD2: "technically, we could make the HD2 an Android phone," Chou explained, "but I have to take care of Windows Mobile."  It's all part of rejuvenating interest in Windows Phones, Chou reckons: "We're working hard on these kinds of products to get excitement about Windows Mobile back."

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HTC HD2 appears on O2 site as accessories option

HTC HD2 appears on O2 site as accessories option

The tipped O2 UK release date for the HTC HD2 of October 19th has come and gone, with no sign of the Windows Mobile 6.5 uber-phone on shelves.  However, there is at least one mention of the HD2 on O2's site: the Windows Phone is an option in the carrier's accessory pages, though so far there's no sign of any actual accessories.

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HTC “Quietly Brilliant” campaign goes global [Video]

HTC “Quietly Brilliant” campaign goes global [Video]

The HTC "YOU" campaign we spotted earlier this month has now gone global, and brings with it a new "Quietly Brilliant" tagline and "You don't need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you" slogan.  Twenty countries will get the new adverts, including TV spots examples of which you can see after the cut, which all focus on the individuality of HTC's range and the flexibility of things like HTC Sense.

Unlike, say, "there's an app for that", the HTC commercials don't so much focus on the precise functionality of their handsets but the way we use them. They're also platform-agnostic; there's no mention of either Android or Windows Mobile.

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Barnes and Noble prepping Android & WinMo ebook apps

Barnes and Noble prepping Android & WinMo ebook apps

Barnes and Noble's nook fact sheet [pdf link] has revealed upcoming Android and Windows Mobile versions of their ebook reader software, though the software is not yet available to download either from the publisher's download page or the Android Market.  The document suggests that the apps will support B&N's last-page-read sync, and be available for free.

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HTC HD2 preorders at Amazon UK: SIM-free on November 20th?

HTC HD2 preorders at Amazon UK: SIM-free on November 20th?

Amazon UK have begun taking preorders for the much-anticipated HTC HD2, the upcoming 4.3-inch Windows Phone with Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  A healthy - some might say whopping - £549.99 ($913) SIM-free, the HD2 is, according to Amazon, due to be released on November 20th 2009.

Windows Mobile 6.5.1: Windows Phone salvation can’t come soon enough

Windows Mobile 6.5.1: Windows Phone salvation can’t come soon enough

With Windows Mobile 6.5 proving less than a total success in reviews, and the most hotly anticipated Windows Phone seemingly achieving that status by throwing out Microsoft's UI and replacing it with one schooled on another platform altogether, now seems as good a time as any to ask what happened to the tweaks in later pre-launch builds.  istartedsomething's Long Zheng has pointed out that some of the more finger-friendly adaptations - such as the moved Start button and narrower status bar, shown here in OSNN.net's screenshots - are in fact being reserved with Windows Mobile 6.5.1, an incremental update with no known official release date but already available for various devices through forums.

HTC HD2 hands-on video shows slick, swift multitouch

HTC HD2 hands-on video shows slick, swift multitouch

With only a relatively brief hands-on with the HTC HD2 under our belt, and memories of the laggy Toshiba TG01 worryingly fresh in our minds, you'll forgive us for holding our breath to see exactly what sort of showing the Windows Phone's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset produces.  That breath-holding is, happily, a little less earnest today, having watched The Inquirer's hands-on video with the HD2.

Video demo after the cut

HTC launch YOU campaign to remind people they make phones

HTC launch YOU campaign to remind people they make phones

HTC's site is back, and despite our avid prayers for a Snapdragon-based Android counterpart to the HD2 the change is actually a new marketing campaign.  Branded "YOU", the new interactive site makes suggestions from HTC's range of Windows Mobile and Android devices depending on whether you enjoy tweeting, travel frequently or fit into various other categories.

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Acer neoTouch S200 (aka F1) plus beTouch E100/E101/E200 Windows Phones official

Acer neoTouch S200 (aka F1) plus beTouch E100/E101/E200 Windows Phones official

Acer have pushed out their Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone range, and they've segmented the handsets into two different categories.  The Acer beTouch line is intended for style-conscious, "trendy" users, while the Acer neoTouch line are more serious, high-end devices.  Four models have been announced, the beTouch E100, E101 and E200, and the neoTouch S200 (aka the Acer F1).

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HTC HD2 confirmed for T-Mobile USA?

HTC HD2 confirmed for T-Mobile USA?

Our pre-emptive love for the HTC HD2 knows few bounds, and Peter Chou exclusively confirming to us that the Snapdragon-based Windows Phone would be hitting the US in Q1 2010 only helped in that.  What was unclear, until now, was which carrier might be getting the HD2, but a leaked image acquired by TmoNews seemingly confirms that the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone will be arriving on T-Mobile USA.

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