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Review: HTC HD2

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The T-Mobile HTC HD2 is a fairly nondescript, though not unappealing, slab. With a huge, 4.3-inch, capacitive touchscreen up front, there is hardly room for any other features. Below the screen, you'll find Send and End keys, a home button, a Windows Start button and a back key. On the bottom edge, there are ports for a microUSB cable and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the left side, you'll find a volume rocker, and that's the end of the tour. These buttons are a contentious issue, as the Windows Phone 7 spec dictates home, search and Windows keys, as well as a dedicated camera button, and this would seem to be the only obvious issue keeping the HTC HD2 off the WinPho7 upgrade list (a list with no entries, yet). I definitely would have liked a camera button, and I've found the search key useful on Android phones I've tried, so I'd appreciate the option here. But I also like that the HD2 keeps the Send and End keys, while many manufacturers abandon these for touchscreen buttons.

The size of the HD2 will be polarizing, but it didn't take long for me to enjoy using the device. It was difficult to use one-handed, as my thumb couldn't quite stretch to the farthest corners of the screen, but a slightly curved body made it comfortable to hold. Holding it to my ears for calls felt like talking into a dinner plate.

Around back, you'll find more texture. The back has a nice, soft touch finish, with a battery door in the middle made of brushed metal. It was difficult to remove at first, and the microSD card is hidden under the door, though not behind the battery.

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