I have always wanted to leave a review on amazon for my fellow "purchasers" but have never really bought anything worth leaving a review on.... not until i obtained the beautiful HTC Touch HD. My room-mate has an iphone so i have experiemented with the Iphone as well.
The phone is windows based and although personally i think this is an advantage over palm OS or OS X iPhone,... i dont think the avarage phone user will find the OS very user friendly/functional or even good to look at. To conteract the ugly Windows OS, the product comes with a separate interface known as Touch FLo-3D which makes it extremly easy to access the most usefull features on the phone and adds to the phone's appearance.
Because Windows OS is much older and more established than Iphone X OS, you will find that more applications are out there for this phone that you would find for the Iphone. Better still they will most likely be free (Legaly free that is) since Windows Mobile OS is not as commercialised as the Iphone. Just go on google and type Windows mobile application and OILA! The sky (or shall i say, "mouse/keyboard is the limit") is the limit. A downside to this is that the choice is so abundant that you may not always know what is be best particular application to possess on your phone, in addition, because most of them are free,... the quality will not be as high in some cases.
The looks are to die for! simply amazing, when you get this phone on your hands for the first time you wouldnt want to put it down, it simply feels and looks ridiculously-brilliant!!!! The screen is slightly bigger than the iphones (while the product itself is the same size in dimension as the iphone) and as the name suggests,... it is HD,... meaning much much much clearer and better resolution than the iphone. The advantages of a windows based system is their ability (or shall i say flexibility?) to copy (install) other OS skins, so if you want the iphone look (and you are silly enough to get this product instead), you can always install a skin-theme that emulates it loosely.
If you love your music and are buying this phone as an MP3 as well, oi!! u are in for a delight! Although it comes with comes with really dissapointing headphones, if you invest in medium quality headphones, the iphone is no match (I have to say, the only thing that comes close are the sony MP3s (A, E, or even the S series). Synching your music to this player is a extremely easy and fast, simply use WMP and drag and drop the tunes you wish to transfer! I have not tried to use itunes yet.
In terms of speeed,... the iphone is slightly faster, the phone has the nack of getting stuck sometimes (again blame windows!), but this will not affect your enjoyement of the phone too much.
Basic technology over the iphones (ones I havent mentioned already and i think are basic in todays world of communication);
1) Two cameras. One at the front for video calls, and one at the back for normal use.
2) 5 meg pixels Camera
3) Bluetooth technology - not many people know that you cannot share files using Bluetooth on the Iphone!
Recomendations from experience;
Download a new alarm application, i dont think this product's one is good enough. I'm currently using PocketAlarm which is probably the best alarm application you could have on your phone.
Battery life,... the HTC has a slight advantage over the iphone because the battery is not in-built. what this means is that if you are smart enough to invest in a second battery, you can charge them both and carry a spare around with you. One HTC fully charged battery would last longer than an Iphones battery.
Experiment with different applications, and if you see an aplication on the iphone that you like - gurantee that you can get a better one on Windows (for free!), you just have to know where to look *wink wink*.
If there will be a competitor that stands above the rest against the Iphone - believe me this is where it begins. HTC (this model and others to come) will surpass Apple on the touch/smart-phone market.
Enjoy your phone (I cant help but...)