It's not often that a carrier-locked phone bests an unlocked version in anything other than a subsidized up-front cost, so when rumors surfaced late last year that T-Mobile would be bringing the HTC HD2 to the US in early 2010, I went ahead and purchased an international model anyway. Sure, it wouldn't be able to hop on to any of the 3G networks we have here, but I was only interested in it as a casual-use MID for around the house anyway, so WiFi was good enough for me.
I sized it up when it arrived but while I was trying to make it better with a handful of tweaks, there was some talk about T-Mobile carrying a much improved HD2. I started thinking about selling my current HD2 to get the upcoming one after learning about its beefier specs and new media-centric focus, and once pricing was revealed, the deed was done.
My international HD2 was packed up and shipped off across the country to the gadget-buying folks at Gazelle.com, who paid me more than enough to fund the purchase of the contract-free HD2 from T-Mobile that was released today. Take a look at the comparison chart of both models below, and you'll understand why I have absolutely no regrets.
Note: Many of the T-Mobile goodies have been extracted and baked into some custom ROMS cooked up in the xda-developers kitchen for other HD2s, but the chart reflects both model's out-of-the-box specs.
|T-Mobile HTC HD2
||International HTC HD2
|Processor||1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon|
||4.3" capacitive touchscreen (800 x 480)|
|OS||Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC Sense|
|Barnes & Noble eReader,
Blockbuster Movies on Demand,
MobiTV, Gogo Inflight Internet,
TeleNav, Flashlight, Slacker
Radio, DoubleTwist, Visual
Voicemail, Mobile Backup,
Revenge of the Fallen
|Games||Teeter, Guitar Hero 5 Mobile,
Millionaire 2010 demo, Ferrari
GT Evolution demo, Prince of,
Persia HD demo, Tetris demo
|Virtual Keyboard||Standard on-screen keyboard
|Standard on-screen keyboard|
||5-megapixel (digital zoom, auto focus, dual LED flash)|
||4.8" x 2.6" x 0.4"||4.7" x 2.6" x 0.4"|
| Box Contents
||16GB microSD card
| 2GB/8GB microSD card
* Applications that are common to both versions are not mentioned.