Video: Windows Phones Review, Smartphone Round Robin

CrackBerry Goes Windows Mobile!

Week #2 of the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin has me sampling some Windows Phones, in the form of the AT&T Tilt 2 and the HTC HD2. You can check out the video below as I pick up these devices for the first time and get guided through what's going on in the land of Windows Phones by our expert Phil Nickinson of WMExperts. I gotta say, in this video I come across a little loopy and distracted.... the reason is the MASSIVE SCREEN on this HTC HD2. It's FRAKK'n RIDICULOUS.

To get some guidance on my Windows Phone experience, I've created a forum thread over at WMExperts.com. As for BlackBerry in the Round Robin this week, it's our old pal Rene Ritchie of TheiPhoneblog that's taking the Bold 9700 and Storm2 for a spin. He has created a forum thread in the CB forums to get some help from CrackBerry Nation. Be sure to post on these forum threads daily for your chance to win a new smartphone. Contest details here.

Enjoy the video and stay tuned for the full CrackBerry on Windows Phones later this week!

CrackBerry Goes Windows Mobile!
By Kevin Michaluk on 21 Dec 2009 12:40 pm
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Week #2 of the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin has me sampling some Windows Phones, in the form of the AT&T Tilt 2 and the HTC HD2. You can check out the video below as I pick up these devices for the first time and get guided through what's going on in the land of Windows Phones by our expert Phil Nickinson of WMExperts. I gotta say, in this video I come across a little loopy and distracted.... the reason is the MASSIVE SCREEN on this HTC HD2. It's FRAKK'n RIDICULOUS.

To get some guidance on my Windows Phone experience, I've created a forum thread over at WMExperts.com. As for BlackBerry in the Round Robin this week, it's our old pal Rene Ritchie of TheiPhoneblog that's taking the Bold 9700 and Storm2 for a spin. He has created a forum thread in the CB forums to get some help from CrackBerry Nation. Be sure to post on these forum threads daily for your chance to win a new smartphone. Contest details here.

Enjoy the video and stay tuned for the full CrackBerry on Windows Phones later this week!

Video: CrackBerry Goes Windows Phone

Kevin Michaluk Kevin Michaluk "Founder, Editor in Chief " 3921 (articles) 3285 (forum posts)
37 comments

webmastir

after the xv6900. you can't say sorry enough for that lackluster piece of *#@$

ownzyouall

i'm in love with that HTC HD2!
i would so sell my 9700 over that.

Can't wait til it comes to NA.
any chance of that hitting Canada?

Snowman81

Why do you never seem to use the highlighted tab to slide through touchflo 3d, you end up making it look really bad when you don't use it the way it was meant to be used....which isn't fair.

chiwo

Exactly what I was thinking... it's like he was trying to make it look bad on purpose or something...

tony bag o donuts

just that wm devices are so pricey......
wish that os was on a berry.

phoneboy101

Ewww! Really? Have you used WM? The worst thing about WM devices is the OS. (I'm not a hater, just a WM refugee, having used it up through 6.1 on multiple devices.)

I'd love just the opposite, Blackberry OS or even Android running on that sexy hardware.

phoneboy101

That was a nice teaser, but it left me wanting to see more interaction on the HD2! That looks awesome!

BBThemes

had a good play with my mates HD2 today, and yea its awesome, if their app selection was anything like blackberry or apples then it would get alot more recognition

Snowman81

I love blackberry's as much as the next man, but Windows Mobile has much more apps than Blackberry....come on man, keep it real.

Apple's iPhone app catalog can't be matched ever though, not by BB, Android, Symbian or Winmo.

BBThemes

i should clarify that, i mean as a new user to a device if you pick up a bb then app world is there, if you pick up windows phones then the marketplace is there, we as smartphone lovers know of other places to go, but the `average joe` user doesnt, and might think that marketplace is all there is, as an example lots of people didnt even know about app world until it came onto the device app store, and thats what i meant, sometimes people only use it if its infront of them, its an ease of use thing

Snowman81

To be fair Rim's App World launched way back in March, where as MS's Winmo Marketplace launched in October and we're now only in December now.

That's not a very long time for them to be able to match other app stores on other platforms.

lions80#CB

can't say that i have ever really been interested in a win mo phone, and unless they step their game up then i doubt i will in the future.

Snowman81

While I think HTC has done a really good job, MS has been dragging their feet for a really long time now...and are unlikely to ever change.

I mean the OS does everything, but its the way it does it...just not very slick. They've fallen very behind Apple and Google. A bit sad for a company with so much resources as Microsoft.

sigmamason

i like the versatility of WM vs BB. Not too mention having a device that doesn't leak memory.

smoothwis

kevin can u plz stop throwing down the phones especially the bbs, my skin crawls when u do, plz stop i beg u, thx.

Dafunkhead

I want a HTC HD2....that screen is amazing!!

BB_Storm4me

That HD2 looks awesome. Would love to see something like that with BlackBerry OS6 sometime soon...but I think it will be Android 2.1 well before BB has hardware like the HD2. The Storm3 perhaps?

stallions35

I am still loving my bold 9700....that's all I got to say about that!

lapya

Hi Kevin, you have just said in this very informative video that blackberry is on the Skyfire's agenda. Could you give us more information on it? Thank you...

infamyx

Skyfire has been in Private Alpha for awhile now, there are select Bold users who have it and are under NDA to keep from discussing it.

Skyfire is available on WM, but the HD2 comes with the new Opera Browser (a serious contender to both Skyfire and Safari)

If the HD2 makes its way over to AT&T i will be off the Berry wagon in a heartbeat until something sways me back (possibly the Magnum...)

R1cE

cool a big piece of glass. Not really amazed with it or typing on touchscreens in general :/

xolanir

Wow that screen is huge. Well I guess if you like watching movies on the go, the HTC HD2 will be a good phone for that.

kwkid

It is rather sad that HTC had to build a front end in order to exploit the power of WM. Hopefully when WM7 debuts and the Samsung Omnia debuts we can see where Microsoft sees themselves in the mobile market. Until then, I have to admit the HTC gigantic screen is rather awesome. Nice review!!!

BeKure

The iPhone is like a Porsche with all the bells and whistles such as a killer stereo system, five point star chrome wheels, heated and cooled leather seats, a dependable navigation system etc...but if it is equipped with an engine equivalent to a Mercury Tracer it won't matter much at all. The iPhone is a well manufactured piece of hardware no doubt, but the phone is crippled by ATT lackluster service. I don't care how many apps your throw at me, if I can't make a phone call or send/receive a text or email when I good an well please or at least 95% of the time (like you can on Verizon's network) then it doesn't matter in the least bit. All the apps in the world are not going to help you when you experience car trouble out in the middle of nowhere and you have no cell phone service to call for help.

kevin5377

I also come from WM devices including a Treo, HTC PPC-6800 and stand-alone PDA. While there are plenty of apps available for these devices, few simply work as they do on a BB. Also, when I had my HTC, I had to have it replaced 3 times in one week! I certainly hope the quality in these phones has improved since I've owned mine.

I will stick with my Tour until I have enough proof to convince me to switch from Blackberry.

Snowman81

How well does Blackberry Connect work on Windows Mobile? The HD2 with Blackberry Connect might be the perfect device for those who want a touch screen Blackberry.

Fuzzballz

God I hate winmo. soooo slow and glitchy

Nash_Vegas

I'm a new BB user after developing for WM for a looong time. I like the simplicity of the BB OS, but the flexibility of WM is sorely missed. Any problem or tweak could be fixed with a simple .cab file, much less the custom rom community, and best of all for a geek like me, the awesome emulators! Talk about a gaming device...I had the entire catalog of older systems on my phone!

hgtf

I like it. I didn't use to but the more I get irritated with my Storm I'm thinking I should consider...

Corey

If Android ever makes it onto the HD2, I'd switch in a heartbeat. I'm surprised they didn't discuss the processor on that. It's quick and has no slowdown at all handling Sense UI.

ReccaKun

damn that screen is nice...

laurenmac

Such a heartbreaking dilemma I have.. Do I love the BB or the TP2? I still have yet to decide..

a2002cmacg

I currently own a HTC Touch Pro2 running Windows Mobile 6.1. I have previously owned or used a dozen or more other smartphones for work and personal use. Quite honestly, I was very strongly biased against anything Windows Mobile. I thought they were buggy, slow, not innovative, and an afterthought of Microsoft. Not that I'm a Microsoft hater (I'm actually a longtime PC), but I wouldn't go near a windows phone from personal experience and second-hand info. With that being said, the TP2 is easily my favorite smartphone. I need a phone with a physical keyboard, expandable memory, lots of apps (new and legacy), open development, strong productivity and multimedia, a nice screen, and most of all, a good PHONE. In my opinion, the TP2 does everything well. It may not be the best at everything, but it is certainly the most complete phone on the market. The manufacturer has now picked up where Microsoft has fell behind.

My two choices were the TP2 and the Bold. I took a chance on the TP2 and you should too! You won't regret it!

-Satisfied WMExpert:-)

Mamamia416

It could be an outstanding phone if AT&T would perfect their network.

justintoom

Just a contest entry here