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What is your personal story of choosing the HTC HD2 over a straight Android phone like the MyTouch Slide 3G or the Samsung Vibrant? I was a G1 user but realized that I needed the capacity for programming and hacking my phone easily which Windows Mobile allowed. The huge screen for WinMo was a plus and I knew someday that Android would replace the old OS.

So I signed up for a T-Mobile to get my HD2 a few months ago. And I have a second one now for further testing now.

Hope to hear more good stories of how you got into the HD2. :cool:
 

jmmmmm

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I have been a WinMo guy forever. I have also been with TMOUSA forever. I didnt plan on changing either. I was stuck in the MS Exchange compatibility lie :)D thats what I kept telling myself). So last week I got a sweet deal on the HD2. $52 out the door at Walmart with a 2 year renewal :eek: . I already had data from my TP2, Dash, MDA, PocketPC, HP6510 (a little history there). It was a no brainer. That how /why I got the HD2.

I also have a coworker who is always touting Android. So I decided to show him how my DEVICE could beat his phone. So I threw on Mattc's 1.6 and was BLOWN AWAY to say the least. I cant believe I waited so long to goto Android. I will never go back to WinMo for daily use. HOWEVER... any device I purchase from here on WILL be able to run both...... Old habits die hard I guess. :rolleyes:
 

eenbox

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Mar 21, 2010
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My first Windows Mobile phone was unlocked Motorola MPx220 (black limited edition). After that one of course T-Mobile MDA which I got for my brother as well... Phone was great for that time but I regret T-Mobile did not have much to offer at that time. After being bored of resistive screen on MDA and using my nails to select something on the screen, responsiveness got me away from touch-screen phones since there was no almost none capacitive screen phones other than iPhone. I got into reading a review I stumbled on between iPhone and Nokie E71. Weird I know - touchscreen phone vs full keyboard qwerty phone with much smaller screen, etc. I got myself Nokia E71 after I read the review without thinking twice... I used Nokia E71 (gray) for 2 years and got my wife another one, than my brother got it as well (back at Serbia). So, E71 was doing everything just fine; but I wanted more for God knows what reason. I got into researching without any interest whatsoever and got into more capacitive screens and got into rummor mill that T-Mobile is getting HD2. After more reading THAT WAS IT!!! :)

Android running from SD CARD was just 24k golden coating I put on it :) ...

I am now full time Froyo 2.2 user on my HD2 and brag about it whoever is asking :) ... "Oh, is this EVO?" "Oh, is this Droid?" ... NO! It is T-Mobile HD2 that can run Windows Mobile and Android back and forth without any problems!!! :)

UPDATE: I am running for the past few months Gingerbread Android CM7 (MDJ 2.6) NAND version ROM and it works just perfect for day use. I reset here and there maybe once per month or so but simply it works fine. I am also on 10$ 200MB plan with T-Mobile. Quiet honestly I do not know what the next phone will be for me ...
 
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FerretAD

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I got the phone for 2 reasons. One being, that i've always been a WinMo fan, and two, because of the immense power of the phone.

I wasn't bothered about Android at all when I got the HD2 (Plus, when I got my phone, there was no talk of Android coming to the HD2 anyway). Now i've tried Android, i'm loving it - And use it daily.

But, I will always want a phone that I can use WinMo and Android.

As jmmmmm said, old habits die hard !
 

hazard99

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Jun 13, 2009
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Because I had a Dream!

Because A palm reader told me a great man would take on a project. A project that most though was impossible. She for told of the many night this man would stay up picking through the kernal. She saw a penguin on a screen so massive.

This man was Dcordes!

But seriously the screen size and I knew someone like Dcordes could do it.
 

htcfreak

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Feb 12, 2008
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Well with the rumors of a phone with 1 GHz processor, I was like "This would be my DREAM phone"

So finally got it, thinkin that 1 day we'll have Android on it..!!!

The advantage of this phone over Nexus One, is that we can dual boot WinMO & Android..!!!

As even if we deny it, but WinMO has lotsa apps available that gives it an upper hand..!!!

I mean business apps..!!!

At the end of the day happy to be a proud owner of the HD2..!!!
 

THUDUK

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Aug 12, 2007
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from years of being a windows mobile fanatic, I decided one day to head off and discover new horizons, I sold my then trusty touch hd for a spangly iphone 3gs, I even sold my psp believing the iphone was all I needed, how wrong I was, I soon became tired of the ever controlling apple, bluetooth headers not working correctly, non apple accessories not compatible, no customisation, grrrr it had to go...
then sold their iphone, for a fully fledged samsung galaxy s, and yes this was quite an amazing device, but for some reason my eye had been on the hd2 for some time, trying to convince myself not to go back to windows mobile, not sure why...so I sold my galaxy s and with the money bought an hd2 and another psp for all my gaming needs so basically back were I started but with a better windows mobile device.

then after getting all comfortable again with my trusty old windows mobile, i thought I would give android a go, thinking there is no way out would run as fast and smooth as on there dedicated samsung device...yet again how wrong I was, android on the hd2 is truly amazing, for me the large screen, brilliant camera with superb flash, the quality of manufacture and huge community following, I now have the perfect device.
 

audscott

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Feb 15, 2008
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Great question: I had planned on posing a similar one myself. I wanted the HD2 a the time of the device announcement. I had a Blackstone (HD) which is a good phone, but IMO, the HD2 knocks its socks off.

I bought the Euro model (I'm a Yank, eh), having it for a mere 4 months and I nearly nearly took got the Sprint EVO. I was hesitant on going the Android route - even after hours of research I was uncomfortable with the platform, comparable services and applications. Sure, tons of free apps, but I wasn't convinced most of them would give me what I wanted.

In March I bought a used T-Mo(USA) phone for a pittance, selling my phone for another pittance, getting 3G in the bargain.

I've been a ROM flashing groupie, so when the Android builds started coming around, I jumped on the gravy-train.

Min-Mo is still my fall back, but I am finding all my needs are met with Android except BT headset for calls.....that's not a major factor unless I start travelling again.

Guess I got carried away, but in a convoluted way, I think I addressed the query. :D
 

dusdus

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Dec 5, 2008
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My brother gave it to me, because he was sick and tired of winmo and wanted an android...

I thought winmo was fine, so I was pretty happy! One month later I called him, asking: "hey bro, still liking your Desire? Ow, and guess what? I'm calling you with Android on your old phone!"

He wasn't all that enthousiatic...I wonder why ;)

Sent from my HTC Desire using XDA App
 

Scooterr

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Apr 18, 2010
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The HD2 hardware is second to none for me, big screen and small bezel around it, dedicated buttons.

I really wanted to run Android but when I saw the level of development here on XDA I decided to try winmo and take a risk on it being hacked to run Android later. Now I have both and love it, fantastic!

Winmo with sense & CHT is my preferred interface but android with sense is winning currently, more connected, better apps and more stable.
 

StephanV

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Nov 16, 2009
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Unbeatable combo of specs vs price. Wouldn't have bought it if I wasn't sure Android was gonna work for a 100% though, so thanks XDA =)
 

poweroutlet

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Originally I had a blackberry curve 8900. To be honest, this device was great for texting and emails and did those things fast and quite well but it just couldn't satisfy my desire to hack and mess with the phone. I wanted android for a long time but I liked the HD2s build quality and hardware the most, much more so than phones like the galaxy s. After looking through the winmo roms on XDA and how much momentum android for HD2 had, I went ahead and ordered an HD2 hoping that one day android and winmo would both be running on the phone flawlessly. I'm really really happy with my purchase and thoroughly enjoying the phone. Given how much progress has been made, I have no doubt that android will be fully ported to the HD2.
 

campbell.0

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Dec 10, 2009
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I got the phone for 2 reasons. One being, that i've always been a WinMo fan, and two, because of the immense power of the phone.

I wasn't bothered about Android at all when I got the HD2 (Plus, when I got my phone, there was no talk of Android coming to the HD2 anyway). Now i've tried Android, i'm loving it - And use it daily.

But, I will always want a phone that I can use WinMo and Android.

As jmmmmm said, old habits die hard !

Ditto mate.

Word for word! :eek: ;)
 

chrisjasper

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Jan 15, 2007
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I had a G2 Touch (HTC Hero branded for T-Mobile UK) which was a great little phone but had huge data issues with T-Mobile's ropey network.

After a lot of arguing they agreed to replace it with whatever was available at the time, HD2 was the best alternative, personally I love it.
Even better with dual boot
 

appoggio

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About 2 years ago I left my Nokia N70 for a Samsung F700V and I was amused by the touchscreen and the sliding keyboard but then all the limitations of CroixUI came up and I got pissed very soon.
Then I searched (June 2009) for a smartphone that gave me freedom and possibly with a cool design and a good OS. The finalist was Xperia X1 & HTC Diamond 2.
The iPhone was immediately eliminated due to the O.S. and to the fact that I'm a Power User not a Power Luser.
The Diamond 2 won over the Xperia X1 due to the accelerometer, the wonderfull HTC Sense interface, the awesome design and quickness of Windows Mobile 6.1.
I spend about 7 months with that phone and then I saw the HD2 (Feb 2010).
Bigger, badder, cooler and with a lot of potential.
I decided to sell my Diamond 2 for the HD2 because I enjoyed Windows Mobile and, with the huge community behind it, I was sure that, sooner or later, all the potential of that phone will come up.
And I was right... now we almost got Android and in the future we'll have Windows Phone 7, moreover the HTC HD2 is still the biggest and best smartphone on the marked.
I eliminated from my choices Android phones because NONE OF THEM got the same appeal of the dark giant, the HD2.
So I bet on the right horse and I still don't feel the necessity to change it, even because I don't see a valid successor in the actual and near future market.

I love my HD2, deeply.
 

kerman19

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What's not to like about the HD2, other than WinMo? I went from my iPhone 3G to the HD2 and handed my other half the iPhone to replace her X1. I thought with all that power WinMo couldn't possibly run bad, I was wrong! Also, the Desire wasn't around at the time so my choices were limited.

I'd had the phone a while before the whole thing with Android came along, I was ready to sell it and get something else, Android did change that, for a while! Until I liked it so much I had to get a native device, so I went out and bagged myself a sim-free, unlocked Desire on 2.2.

When the HD2 is at a stage with Android where I'm not missing out on anything the Desire will go to the other half and I'll use the HD2 as my main phone again.

One thing I did notice, even though my HD2 scores upwards of 1700 on quadrant, my Desire pulls 1400-1500 without clocking, but the Desire being native fly's in comparison to the HD2, which is absolutely not slow by any means.

Summary; No android phones available to me at the time, I didn't know anything about Android either, and the HD2 just looks fantastic, a big fat slab of awesomeness.

Phil
 
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hoss_n2

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What's not to like about the HD2, other than WinMo? I went from my iPhone 3G to the HD2 and handed my other half the iPhone to replace her X1. I thought with all that power WinMo couldn't possibly run bad, I was wrong! Also, the Desire wasn't around at the time so my choices were limited.

I'd had the phone a while before the whole thing with Android came along, I was ready to sell it and get something else, Android did change that, for a while! Until I liked it so much I had to get a native device, so I went out and bagged myself a sim-free, unlocked Desire on 2.2.

When the HD2 is at a stage with Android where I'm not missing out on anything the Desire will go to the other half and I'll use the HD2 as my main phone again.

One thing I did notice, even though my HD2 scores upwards of 1700 on quadrant, my Desire pulls 1400-1500 without clocking, but the Desire being native fly's in comparison to the HD2, which is absolutely not slow by any means.

Summary; No android phones available to me at the time, I didn't know anything about Android either, and the HD2 just looks fantastic, a big fat slab of awesomeness.

Phil
did you mean that desire is much more faster than hd2 android , i don't think so , my friend's desire is the same even slower in some tasks than my hd2 with mattc clocked at same speed
 

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    My Hd2 used to be my girlfriends contract phone, she asked me what phone she should upgrade to and being as she'd despised WinMo on the HD2 I advised her to try the Desire and let me have the HD2.

    I'd been in geek-love with the HD2 ever since she first got it, huge screen was the main seller for me, this was before I even knew it was possible to load Android on the SD. Now for me if anyone asks for a recommendation on a phone I tell them about what I can and will be able to do with the HD2 in the near future and they seek one out :)