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We’re already on Game 4 and so far the games have been relatively one-sided. The iPhone 3GS knocked out the HTC Touch Pro2, BlackBerry’s Bold 9700 stomped all over the Pixi and the Motorola DROID pretty much steamrolled the BlackBerry 8530. Today we have a slightly closer match-up between the HTC HD2 for T-Mobile, and Verizon’s BlackBerry Storm 2. The HTC HD2 isn’t available yet, but it will be hitting T-Mobile stores on March 24, just a week away. The Storm 2 has been available for quite some time and many BlackBerry fans are saying it is what the original Storm should have been.
Who will win this battle of the touchscreens?
The BlackBerry Storm 2 has been getting mixed results from the BlackBerry community, but overall it has been doing quite well with its owners. The screen is very clean and vivid and the Storm 2’s touch input is leagues better than its predecessor. Typing on it is faster than the original Storm and its overall performance is quite snappy by comparison. As an added bonus, the camera and camcorder are actually quite good.
Of course, you get all the goodness of BlackBerry e-mail support on the crisp 3.3-inch display. It also has access to BlackBerry App World and comes with built-in Verizon V-Cast with Rhapsody. Music fanatics will be glad to know that the Storm 2 supports up to 16GB microSD cards so you can carry a good chunk of media around with you.
Up against the Storm 2 is the HTC HD2. Now while it isn’t available yet, we’ve done a hands-on of the unlocked version and we were quite impressed. The T-Mobile version was also shown off at an NYC event just a few days ago and we gave our impressions of it here.
The HD2 has a gorgeous and enormous capacitive touchscreen. The 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 display is perfect for reading books (it comes with a Barnes & Noble app) or watching movies (Transformers and Transformers 2 are included with the 16GB microSD card, and it has the Blockbuster movie app). Its soft keyboard is a pleasure to use since it is large and spacious – something that you’d expect from a screen that huge.
The only downside, if you can consider it one, is that it’s running Windows Mobile 6.5. HTC did a fantastic job of skinning it with Sense UI, but it still feels like you’re on a system designed for three years ago. With Windows Phone 7 coming later this year, committing to a two-year contract with this phone might spark a little regret and envy after just a few months. WinMo 6.5 is certainly a capable OS, so we’re still suckers for this phone because of the hardware, but we’d be hard pressed to recommend this over waiting for Windows Phone 7.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, we’re talking now! Who do you think should win this battle? The poll is below, you know what to do.