The HTC HD2 is one of the stronger iPhone competitors on the market, and T-Mobile USA is trying to lure users of Apple’s smartphone from AT&T by offering $100 when they buy an HD2 and trade in their iPhone.
The offer is good from now until May 19. All iPhone models are apparently covered, but the device has to be functional. Customers are not required to buy service to qualify.
Is This Necessary?
Although it’s clearly intended to spur demand for HTC’s latest Windows phone, it’s clearly not necessary. Demand is already so high that the carrier is having difficulty keeping the HD2 is stock.
The model debuted a couple of weeks ago but hasn’t been readily available for because demand is exceeding supply. T-Mobile’s website currently lists it as being “Out of Stock,” and there’s no word on when new shipments will arrive.
HTC HD2 vs. Apple iPhone 3GS
In a comparison of the two models, the HD2 comes out ahead in the display department, thanks to its 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen. The iPhone 3GS has a 3.5-inch, HVGA touchscreen. Both are capacitive with multi-touch support.
The HD2 also has a 1 GHz processor vs. the iPhone 3GS’s 600 MHz one.
On the other hand, consumers have flocked to the user interface on the iPhone, while consumer interest in Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro is lackluster at best. In an attempt to create a little more buzz, HTC has replaced the HD2’s standard user interface with one of its own, with a focus on giving consumers easy access to the features they use most, as well as making the smartphone easy to use with a fingertip.
Both the smartphones have web browsers, email software, and audio and video players. In addition, Windows Mobile is bundled with a smartphone version of Microsoft Office, allowing users to work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint files while on the go.
While there are thousands of third-party Windows Mobile apps available, the collection is dwarfed by the 150,000+ iPhone apps.
Both the device have tablet shapes, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS receivers and 3.5 mm headset jacks.
The iPhone depends on built-in storage (16 GB or 32 GB depending on model), while the HD2 is bundled with a 16 GB microSD memory card that can be swapped with other cards as necessary.
The HTC model has a 5.0 megapixel camera, while Apple’s is 3.0 megapixels.
The HTC HD2 sells for $200 with a two-year contract or $450 without a contract. The prices are reduced to $100 or $350 by trading in an iPhone.