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Review: HTC HD2

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The HD2 offers a full complement of messaging options, just about everything I'd expect with no surprising extras thrown in. There's e-mail for corporate users or more mainstream services. The e-mail app had no trouble synchronizing with my Gmail inbox. There is Instant Messaging support for Google Talk, Yahoo, AIM, Microsoft and even MySpace IM. Poor old IRC, a longtime T-Mobile standby, doesn't make the cut. The instant messaging apps were somewhat barebones in appearance and features, but I appreciate the range of options. My conversations always went through quickly on both ends of a Gtalk chat session. The HD2 also features SMS text messaging, and messages are arranged in a conversational, threaded format. I had no trouble sending texts to my contacts and attaching pictures for MMS messages.

Twitter gets its own tab on the main Sense interface screens, but the HTC Peep app isn't the best Twitter app I've used. The interface can be a bit confusing, and it lacks some of the advanced features that other apps have started to include, like the new retweet feature or a full conversation view. Still, it's among the best options for Windows Mobile devices.

Facebook comes preloaded on the HTC HD2. It gives you basic access to status updates, friends' profiles and your Facebook inbox. There aren't many extra features on board, but you can upload pics and even videos easily.

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The HD2 does make it easy to quickly flip through incoming messages, offering the first few lines on main messaging or e-mail tabs on the home screen. When new messages arrive, it's also easy to jump right into reading from the lock screen. You can drag down the sliding lock on the screen to see how many of each kind of message you've received, and depending on which row you slide the lock, you jump right into the corresponding messaging app.

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