HTC Leo = The first decent HTC phone in a long time

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Senior Member
Aug 7, 2009
But I am still left asking myself is it worth being tied into an 18 month contract for, or will HTC be releasing a HD2 style handset with a keyboard?
I fail to see the problem. Get the HD2 on an 18-month contract. When something better comes out in 6 months' time, sell the HD2, then use the money to buy whatever you want to replace it with SIM-free, then use the new handset with your contract SIM. Swap handsets as many times as you want until the contract period is up, then get the next phone on another contract.

The only time being locked into a contract is a problem is if you actually need to change carriers.


Senior Member
Feb 10, 2007
I fail to see the problem. Get the HD2 on an 18-month contract. When something better comes out in 6 months' time, sell the HD2, then use the money to buy whatever you want to replace it with SIM-free, then use the new handset with your contract SIM. Swap handsets as many times as you want until the contract period is up, then get the next phone on another contract.

The only time being locked into a contract is a problem is if you actually need to change carriers.

It also locks you to a minimum monthly charge...


Senior Member
Feb 20, 2010
Disagree with me, if you want, but for a very long time, I found myself with a lack of enthusiasm for HTC's various phones. In-between all the various 'meh' releases, there were some nice phones, but they were always nice for only a few reasons. For example, the Touch HD was nice because it had a large display and supposedly better speakers. The Tough Pro 2 is nice because it's a Touch HD with a keyboard. The HTC Dream was nice because it's the first phone to use something other than Symbian/WinMo/OSX.

Now, however, for the first time in a very long time, an HTC phone came out which I can give more than one or two compliments about. This phone is of course the HTC Leo:

Let me list all of the great things I personally see about the phone:
1) 4.3in WVGA display (that surpasses even the Toshiba TG01)
2) 1Ghz Snapdragon processor; I don't think much of Qualcomm, but an upgrade is an upgrade
3) 320MB RAM
4) Dual LED flash on 8MP camera

My God, those specs are simply awesome, and best of all, it uses my favorite OS: WinMo. More importantly, the specs is perhaps good enough to facilitate an upgrade to WinMo 7 later (at least I dearly hope so). The only thing that could make this phone better is a QWERTY version and a release date not too far off.

Crazy to think that even though the Hd2 came out over a year ago it still is one of the top phones out there. You really just don't see stuff like that anymore the way HTC, Motorolla, Apple, Samsung, and Blackberry come out with new phone features like they were nothing.

Even a year late the Hd2 still does everything I ask of it:
- Bluetooth keyboard
- Emulators
- Great internet browser
- Tethering
- Camera
- Flashlight
- Voice recorder
- Tmobile 3g
- Free voice GPS directions

It's also great to see how the Hd2 was basically the starting point of HTC's rise to the top of the smartphone world. I'm surprised they havent tried to duplicate the same 4.3' screen design with a phone outside of Sprints Evo.


Senior Member
Sep 29, 2008
Yea it really is. the best I ever had ;) Best things for me I use everyday:

-Opera 10 Browser
-Biiiiiiig Screen
-GPS (Navigon)
-Wonderfull games

And more I can't remember right now ^^


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Aug 12, 2007
As a Desire owner who got ahold of a Leo for a few minutes a few days ago, I must say: That hardware is full of win. As in awesome. Hell, I wouldn't have minded sticking with Windows Mobile just to get my hands on that hardware :p

How's the Android port coming? Is long-term support (i.e. upgrades to Gingerbread and beyond) planned?

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    Official HTC Leo Specs:​
    (Exclusively on xda-developers)​

    Anxiety is over guys.As you all may see below i think it was about time, rumors to be broken and jailbreaked @ last, not to mention, that loads were been circulating pointlessly, so things finally, had to placed in an nice order and get finalized, for you out there to know and stop questioning “whether this, whether that”. I know that for sure, the below Original Leo’s Specs will leak throughout the net in lighting speed, as it is clear as far as I saw all these days that I am with u, whenever something is posted, is spread out to other forums, blogs and so on. Let it be so. But you be the FIRST to know what others will read the same, taken from here, or may still be waitting for... ;)

    Among all these rumors, most of them, were based on the existence or not of the Digital Compass and some claimed that it should have been hidden somewhere, somehow, though others supporting the idea by saying that they own final official Leo’s ROM’s that it does support. U’ll clearly see below, that through the Value Added Applications, the support of CLL.dll library, explains everything by itself, so yes, Digital Compass is there, as tested on my own, but I must say that it was part of my secrecy which now, I can’t keep it any longer ;) Along with DC, its the screen chassis to fully support future WM7. So expect the best and do not question urselves any longer about those. Lastly, it needs to be mentioned, that though a pic was posted, some posts ago regarding FM Radio existence. That indeed, is fully included, BUT user can find it on Start-Tools-FM Radio and not as it was shown on that image.


    Ultra slim bar type touch phone / Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional

    Qualcomm MSM 8250, 1GHz

    Memory / Internal Storage
    ROM: 512 MB / RAM: 320 MB / HD: 207.13MB

    Display Module
    4.3-inch 480x800 WVGA resolution / 65K-color / Sensitive touch screen (Capacitive) / Keep support Multi-Touch capability for WM7 Chassis

    Internal antenna
    HSPA/UMTS 2100/900 MHz and GSM/GPRS/EDGE
    Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) / HSDPA / 3GPP Release 5 compliant
    Up to 7.2Mbps / HSUPA / 3GPP release 6 compliant / UE category 5, up to 2 Mbps peak rate / EGPRS Functionality / EGPRS class B / Multi-slot class 12 (10 Operator dependent) / PBCCH

    Standalone GPS
    Internal GPS antenna

    Motion G-sensor / Proximity sensor / Ambient Light Sensor / FM Radio

    Digital Camera
    Main camera: 5 MP Color CMOS with auto focus / 2x LED flash

    Volume up and down control / Send Key / End Key (Power Key) / Windows Key / Home Key / (Cinema mode Key, TBD) / Back Key / Reset

    Notification by sound, vibration, LEDs or status shown on the display
    One dual colors (Green and Amber) LED in the left / lens for PDA event, battery and charging / status

    Built-in microphone / Receiver / Loud speaker with hands-free support

    Connectivity & Interface
    Bluetooth / Version 2.1 compliant with EDR / Wi-Fi / IEEE 802.11 b/g compliant / Micro-USB: / USB 2.0 High-Speed client / 3.5 mm stereo audio jack with mic / 1.8/3V USIM/SIM card slot / microSD card slot with SDHC support

    Battery / Removable and chargeable battery, 1,230 mAh / AC adaptor / AC input: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz / DC output: 5V and 1A

    Accessories (In-Box)
    Quick Start Guide [Inbox] / Travel Charger, TC P300 [Inbox] / USB Sync Cable (Micro-USB to Standard USB) [Inbox] / Battery [Inbox] / Wired stereo headset with 3.5mm audio connector, HS G335 [Inbox] / Premium pouch (Carrying Case) [Inbox] / Car Charger [optional] /Car Holder with
    battery cover [optional]

    Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional Applications
    Microsoft Outlook Mobile / Messaging (SMS/E-mail), Contacts, Calendar,Tasks, Email Set Up Wizard / Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile / Microsoft Media Player Mobile / Microsoft ActiveSync / Microsoft Windows Mobile Update / Internet Sharing / Pictures & Videos / Games / MSFT Zip
    File Explorer / Device Management / Security Enhancement / Microsoft Office Mobile / Microsoft Windows Live! / Microsoft Smart Dial / Microsoft Remote Desktop Mobile

    Value-Added Applications
    Windows Mobile Enhancements / Pictures & Videos enhancements / Ring Tone enhancements Telephony (HTC) Phone Canvas(HTC) Phone Experience Multimedia / (HTC) Camera Album / MP3 Trimmer / Streaming Media Player / FM Radio / Presentation mode / Web / Push Internet / RSS HUB / YouTube Client Social Networking / Input Method EZ-INPUT / Messaging SMS/MMS Client / GPS/LBS Navigation (CoPilot, Papago) / Google Maps / Quick GPS / Support CLL.dll library for indoor positioning andreverse geo-coding / Navi-panel / Calendar to Navi / User Interface (Enhanced Manila) / TouchFLO Footprints / Auto Screen Rotation /

    Tools & Utilities
    HTC Common Sense / 3G to WiFi router / Task Manager / Text selection (HTC) Connection Setup / OOBE / Voice Recorder / Document Viewer / PDF / OMA DRM Engine / Java virtual machine / Long Press / End Key Confirmation (to shut down) / STK SIM manager / (HTC) Volume Control / Business Card Reader / Document Printing / Magnifier.

    More Photos:

    Finally, this post is concluded with some today’s (3/10/09) taken photos, with Leo's back being uncovered and battery being removed, indicating with red arrows in some of them, where microSD and/or USIM is inserted, where, soft-reset button is, where led-indicating/notifications lights are placed (front images) and in 360 format where all Leo’s button exist. Its clearly shown, there is an absence of push-camera button, so no more questions about it whatsoever;) Just for the non-belivers and for the rest to know, all IMEI, S/N numbers have all the way through been fuzed by me for security reasons, so don’t put urselves into crazy thoughts where the hell all these numbers gone ;) Once more I wanna thank all of you of reading this detailed post, ask for admins forgiveness and I truly hope from now and on, u have the best overview of the device that as it seems most of u expect for such long. Well…no more!! My best regards to all of you and still I will remain at forum’s disposal and to all of you for anything else may have left to ask! Till then…keep it low and slow, stay out of troubles…and for some of u…have finally a normal-non-posting lame life!!

    Taking Leo's back off

    Dual Cam's Led flash
    (bottom arrow) & Loudspeaker (upper arrow)

    microSD with SDHC support card slot

    SIM / USIM card slot

    Dual colored (Green and Amber) Notification LED (right arrow) & Dual Proximity Sensors (left arrow)

    microUSB charger/USB host Input (right arrow) & 3.5 mm Stereo Audio Jack with mic (left arrow)