It’s been a long wait but the HTC HD2 is now officially available from T-Mobile. Much like the unlocked version, which we reviewed in February, the smartphone offers awesome features, such as a luxurious 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 5-megapixel camera. But T-Mobile sweetens the deal by preloading the device with a ton of entertainment apps. However, the question is not so much whether the HD2 is awesome (because it is), but whether it’s worth getting, now that Windows Phone 7 Series has been announced.

That’s always the problem with tech though, isn’t it? There’s always something newer and better around the corner, but at the same time, by waiting and waiting for the next big thing, sometimes you miss out on some really great devices and that’s sort of how we feel about the HD2. (Clearly, some of you feel the same way, as the HD2 sold out in many retail channels and were in short supply at T-Mobile stores on launch day.) Obviously, the size and older Windows Mobile 6.5 will turn off some people, but we think the HD2’s power and the fact that it can legitimately double as a multimedia device makes it one of, if not, the best smartphone in T-Mobile’s lineup. The T-Mobile HTC HD2 is available for $199.99 with a two-year contract or $449.99 with an Even More Plus Plan, which doesn’t require an annual contract.

Design
Whether you have an allegiance to a particular brand or operating system, you have to admit that the HTC HD2’s design is pretty impressive. At 4.74 inches tall by 2.64 inches wide and 5.54 ounces, the smartphone demands your attention and we don’t deny it’s a beast. In fact, we suspect its size will be a turnoff for some; it’s not exactly the most pocketable device and it’s quite a handful to hold while on a call. That said, we have to give credit where credit is due. For the HD2 to pack in a massive 4.3-inch touch screen and all of its features and remain just 0.43 inch thick is no small feat. In addition, the hardware feels solid with a mix of stainless steel and soft-touch finish.

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Bonnie Cha