From cracking the screen, to being flung in a drain to being dropped on gravel roads, my HD2 has been through a lot. However, its performed beyond expectations with me having loaded about 15 different WinMo 6.5 ROM's onto it. Then came Froyo, which was nice change. Finally, Windows Phone 7 to which it ran a lot smoother than Froyo.
Alas, it is now overheating for no reason, unlocking itself and uploading pictures of my armpit to Facebook and not responding at times. While I am sure a software refresh would fix it, its best to look at the available upgrade paths.
First up, we have the currently available HTC HD7 running Windows Phone 7. I loved my WP7 experience on my HD2 eventhough it was limited due to the hardware. Since I already have a Galaxy Tab running Android, it would be nice to have a phone running something else, just to add some flavour to life. A summarised run down of the specs below show that this is quite a beast of a phone :
- Released October 2010
- 122mm x 68mm x 11.2mm
- LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 480 x 800, 4.3 inches
- 16GB with 512ROM and 576 RAM (No expandable memory)
- HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps, and WiFi (b/g/n)
- 5MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, AF and dual-LED Flash
- 720p recording
- No secondary camera
- 1Ghz Scorpion processor, Andreno 200 GPU
- 1230 mAh battery
The rest of the specs are what you usually find on a higher end mobile phone these days. Full review can be found here.
At one point, this was a no brainer. However, Samsung had to come along and spoil the fun. The Samsung Galaxy S II was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) and will be available soon. Specs below:
- To be released Q1 2011
- 125.3mm x 66.1mm x 8.5mm
- Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches
- 16GB/32GB Storage with 1GB of RAM (MicroSD expandable memory)
- HSDPA 21Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, and WiFi (b/g/n), DLNA and Bluetooth 3.0
- 8MP, 3264 x 2488 pixels, AF and LED Flash
- 1080p recording
- Secondary 2MP camera
- Dual-core 1Ghz ARM, Mali - 400MP GPU
- 1650 mAh battery
The HD7 loses on every single count. On the software end, the HD7 is running the latest and greatest Windows Phone 7. The Galaxy S II will be running Gingerbread.
The HD7 is currently going for RM 1,388 with a 24 month, 3GB data plan with Maxis.