Take Notes Microsoft: Hands On With HTC HD2

HTCHD2Yesterday HTC launched the HD2, its top tier Windows Mobile 6.5 device. But what makes this device stand out against all other Windows Phones is what HTC added to it. Microsoft provided the Windows Mobile 6.5 canvas, and HTC painted fine art on top of it.

Under the hood, HTC added OS support for multi-touch, which allows the HD2 to use a capacitive screen. That means you can zoom around Web pages, photos, and more by pinching or pulling your fingers. This is a feature Microsoft should have added native support for.

Furthermore, the HTC HD2 sports HTC’s TouchFLO interface with Sense. Similar to the HTC Hero, it integrates tightly with your social networks by letting you access your Twitter and Facebook feeds. And instead of having to dig through menus just to access these applications, as Microsoft would have you do, these apps are cleanly presented on the home screen.

HTC added small UI tweaks that made the phone both beautiful and fun to use. When you’re viewing pictures, or album covers, for example, you can turn the phone sideways and flick through them horizontally. The 1GHz Qualcomm snapdragon processor under the hood helped everything ran extremely fluidly, too.

We’re scratching our heads wondering why the HTC HD2 wasn’t a highlighted phone during Microsoft’s launch, but perhaps it’s because it’s filled with features Microsoft should have added, but didn’t.

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