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Thinking of switching to HD2

billwillbillwill Registered User regular
edited March 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey all

I have a Sprint Rumor 2. Yeah, I know. Anyway, I'm just sharing this to let you know how low my standards are for phones, which I think you should consider when giving advice on the HD2.

So I'm paying 50 dollars a month with Sprint. I get a few hundred minutes and unlimited texting. With T-Mobile, 50 bucks will give you a few hundred minutes (a little more i think) plus unlimited texting, IMing, picture messaging, and video messaging. Thats one reason why I would like to switch.

I want the HD2 for a few reasons. First, the interface is damn sexy. I know its running WinMo underneath and that I could run into that from time to time, but honestly I don't do many deep things on my phone. I text and call, and with the HD2 I'd just text, call, and browse the web, so I doubt WinMo would be rearing its ugly head often.

My questions are:

Are there any big flaws with the HD2 that I have missed? I know there was some issue with text messaging when it first came out overseas, but would that also carry over to this release? Or have they fixed it already?

How does the wireless internet work? My university has free wi-fi all over campus and my house does too, so I don't think I'll be needing the monthly internet plan. Is the wi-fi free for me to use or do I have to pay a small fee or something to unlock it?

EDIT: Just a kind note, I don't want suggestions for other phones in this thread. Just why this phone wouldn't be good. Thanks.

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    billwillbillwill Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I read the browser has Flash support, so does that mean I can watch hulu in between classes?

    Also, I posted this thread in Writer's Block, but its been four hours and no response. Does it generally take that long to get your work critiqued in that forum?

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    LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    billwill wrote: »
    I read the browser has Flash support, so does that mean I can watch hulu in between classes?

    Also, I posted this thread in Writer's Block, but its been four hours and no response. Does it generally take that long to get your work critiqued in that forum?

    The WB is a much, much slower forum than most all of the others, so it may. If you've gone a couple days and there has been no post in your thread, hit up the [Chat] thread there asking specifically for some feedback or just try to bring up (not in a whiny, entitled way) that your thread has gotten views but no replies.

    I can't help with the cell phone, though. Sorry.

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    billwillbillwill Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    It's cool, I got a few responses last night.

    Still would love some advice on this phone, though...I know its not out in America, but someone overseas must have it and use this board.

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    matt has a problemmatt has a problem Points to 'off' Points to 'on'Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Unless you buy it outright through Tmo, you'll have to get the data plan. It's required in the contract. WiFi is just a matter of turning it on, there's just a screen where you tell it "hey find some wireless networks and connect", same as on the iPhone.

    That said, the HD2 is a super nice phone. The fact that it's Winmo, and the ability to upgrade it to Winmo7 is in the air at the moment, yet the tech sites are still drooling all over it says volumes.

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I bought an HD2. It was a piece of shit and I hated it with a passion. I only spent a week with it before I sent it back, but I knew pretty much after 1 day that it wasn't going to be sticking around.

    My main issue was the tracking on the touchscreen was awful. I'm not a big iphone fan or anything, but I can type ok on an itouch. HD2 was a total crapshoot as to whether I could get a single word coming up properly.

    Secondly, it was slow and unresponsive. I thought the snapdragon processor would make it super quick, but it would often just sit there and do nothing at times when trying to unlock or switch between the panes in the interface. Browsing the internet was a horrible experience, as not only is it really slow. But trying to click on links is impossible. It really needs a stylus to work properly and a lot of the apps on it are the same.

    For some strange reason my GPS on it, was regularly up to a km out, and some things like the autolocative weather never worked. The camera is a grade A POS and I had the pink blob bug in my phone as well. There's lots of other really minor annoying things, such as when I get the new text notifcation thingie, clicking on it would take me to my last read text rather than the new one, and the tendancy of the phone not to really lock itself, which often meant it was going crazy when I stuck it in my pocket.

    Also, the obligatory, WM is an utter piece of shit with nothing on it, and the battery life was pretty awful (a day of light use).

    On the plus side, the wireless router mode in it is awesome, and videos on it seemed nice.

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    badpoetbadpoet Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I can't imagine switching from Sprint to T-Mobile. My girlfriend has T-Mobile and pretty much every location (from East Coast to Banff, Canada) we've been in I get great signal and she's lucky to get one. Plus you get unlimited mobile to mobile so you barely have to have any minutes (unless you call a lot of lan lines)

    Get the Everything Data plan (450 mins $69.99 - unlimited data, texts, and mobile-to-mobile) or see if you can get on the Everything Plus plan (500 mins $59 a month - unlimited data, texts, and mobile-to-mobile) by calling them and telling them you're thinking of switching. You can check out the everything plus stuff by going to www.sprint.com/everythingplus and inputting russ.s.mcguire@sprint.com as the email and 383 as the pin. He's their marketing guy and he put it out on the web awhile ago.

    I'd suggest you check out the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi (I can't say enough good things about the Palm WebOS it is really great), or the Hero (which is an HTC Google phone that has the same UI look as what you're looking for) if you want a good phone. If you want something with Windows Mobile, get the Touch Pro 2.

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