It cost approx $1000 and I have not rooted it. It does everything I want it to with stock senseUI. I love the huge 4.3 inch screen and the fact that the ability to add widgets means I can read the time without having to put on my reading glasses. Add in what is available from the market, a lot of it free. Android 2.2 gives me the ability to use the phone as a wifi hotspot, which I did on holiday. I guess what I'm getting at is the phone is perfectly adequate straight out of the box.
I rejected the other phones for the following reasons.
SGS, plasticky and cheap feeling, great specs let down by details like the GPS and memory lag and a clunky UI.
Desire, same hardware as the HD, but the bigger screen and 2.2 out of the box put the HD ahead.
Iphone, $200 dearer, couldn't actually walk out of the shop with one unless I went on a plan, handset if locked down hard. There is much more but it will sound like a fanboy rant.
The nexus s had only just been announced and was way too expensive.
The DHD is not without limitations. The main one us battery life but I can easily get a full day, and sometimes more, depending on whether I use it as a phone or a laptop replacement.
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