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  Reply # 274837 20-Nov-2009 21:17
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Nice. I am tossing up between this and a Milestone.




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  Reply # 274846 20-Nov-2009 22:11
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heavenly_wild: I find Opera Mobile 10 a RAM hog.


Needs some optimisation, true. Was kinda a non-issue with my i8910.




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  Reply # 275247 22-Nov-2009 18:44
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Interesting, I see that the HD2 has wireless N, just needs to be enabled! Is this a first for a mobile? Makes me happy, having just a week ago purchased an N-spec wireless router for home :)




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  Reply # 277178 28-Nov-2009 10:45
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Any more information for us? Laughing Whats the speakerphone quality like?




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  Reply # 279721 6-Dec-2009 12:54
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I just got mine yesterday:). So far I am pretty happy.




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  Reply # 279767 6-Dec-2009 17:59
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Speaker phone seems adequate, I never use it much to be honest.

I've now installed BSB Tweaks v1.1, which is great, and easily allows many tweaks (including adding auto-rotate to apps, which is annoyingly missing out of the box). I've also got a 5 row quicklinks row on the homescreen in Sense, which makes for 20 quicklinks total, which seems about right for my use (and importantly doesn't break other UI elements, like the 4x4 cabs do). Added a few of Smaburgs cabs to tweak things, adding back the HTC taskmanager, WiFi and bluetooth toggles (assigned to homescreen quicklinks). From the point of view of tweaking the UI to suit my needs I'm pretty much there now...

Lots more software on there now, run.gps is brilliant with my Zephyr heart rate monitor, Pocket Scrobbler fills my Lastfm needs, Shazam is now on the Marketplace and works well, Xtract and Experiment 13 are a couple of really nice free games, and Morphgear with a landscape skin plays GBA games fullscreen in landscape which is nice (no sound mind, and only really suits games like Advance Wars), Coreplayer works brilliantly for playing avi's, Nimbuzz fulfills messaging/VoIP functionality, youtube play downloads youtube vids...

Most annoying thing that remains is HTC Messaging, which is slow once you get a few texts from a person when you're trying to respond to them (latency before you can start typing your text, slow to load the threaded SMS thread). There are fixes that involve reverting back to WinMo default messaging apps which obliterate the lag, but I'm happy enough just clearing texts occasionally...

Overall still very happy, be interested to see how my N900 stacks up in a few days time when it arrives...




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  Reply # 279771 6-Dec-2009 18:31
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you got the pink camera issue? - is the camera really crap? compared to say n95 8GB
what are the things that you wish it had compared to the i8910HD?



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  Reply # 279821 6-Dec-2009 22:30
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I think the camera and AMOLED screen are really the only things I miss (although where the screen is concerned I think the HD2's is better overall). I'm sure on rare occasions I'll miss the TV Out.

I don't particularly have the colour balance problem, I have some pics where you see the pink hue, but for the most part its not there. Its nowhere near the i8910 camera, but there are enough other payoffs.

Otherwise its better for me, better music sound quality, better music player, better apps/availability of apps, better browser (especially with that screen size and resolution), better contacts/email/backup management, better integration with social networking.




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  Reply # 283513 17-Dec-2009 19:19
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Hey NZtechfreak, have you played enough with your N900 to tell us which phone is better? N900 or HTC HD2?



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  Reply # 283609 18-Dec-2009 06:20
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kepster: Hey NZtechfreak, have you played enough with your N900 to tell us which phone is better? N900 or HTC HD2?


Depends on what each person wants of course, but for my use I think the HD2 is ahead by a comfortable margin (although in say a years time when the app availability increases for the N900 it would be closer).

In terms of where the N900 is better than the HD2:


  • The N900s camera is far, far better for stills and video (although I've only just applied the hotfix for the pink spot in the HD2's camera images, and also another tweak that increases captured detail and reduces compression on images, so the difference for stills may be less pronounced than before)

  • Hardware keyboard is obviously nice, and a particular benefit for gaming applications (an advantage somewhat mitigated by the lack of games right now)

  • Storage capacity, obviously

  • VoIP/IM integration


Where the HD2 is better:



  • Better screen, due to the size and capacitive touch (N900 is a good resistive screen, but its lacking Vs the HD2s)

  • Better battery life

  • Better contacts/email/backup management

  • Better office capabilities

  • Better UI

  • More apps

  • Better telephony elements

  • Better GPS due to app availability (several different turn-by-turn apps available, others like run.gps etc)

  • Social network integration

  • Better developer community, would expect maemo community to make up ground quickly though

  • Better form factor/build quality, and aesthetics


Where things are a little more even:


  • As media devices overall they're quite even, HD2 has better screen, better media player UI, better media apps available, N900 has better SQ out of the box before equaliser enhancements (audio booster in the HD2 makes it comparable), more storage, better camera, TV-Out

  • Browsing. You'd think the N900 would take it easily here with its awesomely capable browser, but to be honest I enjoy browsing on the HD2 more. Capacitive touch makes a difference for one thing, as does the screen, pinch zooming and even more importantly double tap to zoom+reflow (which is for me the most crucial behaviour of a mobile browser in terms of their usability). Turns out I just don't surf that many flash intensive sites, and I prefer apps for youtube (the HTC youtube app is considered best in class by many). If I really need to see something flash then the new release of Skyfire for WinMo covers things pretty well.

  • OS openess. Again this is one that the zealots would tell you is a clear win for the N900, but the truth is, thanks to XDA-developers, WinMo is about as deeply customisable as an OS gets. It might not be open source, but the scope for tweaks/refinements is just massive


So as to which is best for a particular user, it depends on what their priorities are. My feeling is that the HD2 is better for most people, providing that storage capacity, camera, and hardware keypad are not uber-priorities.







 




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  Reply # 283844 18-Dec-2009 17:47
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Thanks so much for your detailed opinion NZteck! Im sure you have just made a lot of decisions whether which phone to buy a lot easier!
Oh and one more thing is WinMo 7 coming to HD2?

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  Reply # 289224 12-Jan-2010 11:43
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that's a very detailed review.

i'm still using my touch pro... :( hehehe

btw, how much did you get it for? comparaing prices from clove & pricespy, i think it's about the same (+ import tax etc)

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