The HD2 is a truly phenomenal phone. The screen crispness and colour combine with amazing design and function. There are a few little things to point out:
1. This phone also supports WiFi 802.11n (but you have to enable it).
2. The phone has the new 'standard' Micro USB connection (not a Mini USB connection.
My first concern was the screen and the prospect of it getting scratched. This was unfounded, however, as the glass appears to be scratch proof (I honestly have taken a screwdriver to it). However, it is not indestructible. I dropped my HD2 on the 3rd day, from waist height and, as you would expect, the glass cracked all over the place. I would like to point out that the display is still viewable; there is no damage to the TFT, nor to the touch screen system. (I am waiting for my replacement).
Windows Mobile 6.5 has been skinned to within an inch of its life, and functions beautifully with the HTC Sense UI. Most of the time you are completely removed from Windows Mobile and the experience is great.
The Microsoft Marketplace does provide a straightforward way to download and install apps. However, it needs to be changed to allow you to install your app to the memory card (this is an issue with Marketplace, not the HD2).
The phone comes pre-bundled with Google Maps, which works perfectly with the built in GPS. Also, it has a Facebook and Twitter client built in. Clients for Bebo and MySpace are also available.
The e-mail and messaging is easy to set up and use. Thanks to Sense UI, e-mails and messages are organised neatly, and can be accessed with a quick finger movement on the bottom of the screen.
Sense UI also includes a weather client which allows you to choose multiple locations for your weather report, and will also give you a local report based on the GPS location of the phone.
Using the Opera browser provides a fantastic experience, and should you prefer, Internet Explorer is also available.
The phone's battery lasts well, and even with the near constant use mine gets, it only needs charging every 2-3 days (WiFi is on most of the day, and I often have the WiFi router facility in use. 3G in switched on permanently because I have my e-mail updated every 5 minutes, and Bluetooth is on a lot for my Jabra set).
This is a phone, beautiful in both design and use. As the application support increases it will only improve. Also, there are strong suggestions that HTC will be providing the upgrade to Windows Mobile 7.0 when released (as the HD2 meets all criteria for running the new OS).
This is my second HTC phone (having changed from a TyTnII) and I continue to be impressed by the equipment this company produces. iPhone fans will continue to believe they have the greatest phone, but they really are years behind HTC.