Recently, I was really busy with my HTC HD2 Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS installation, apps testing, and explore more on WP7. I have my Android OS in my HTC HD2 for the past few weeks, and now I going to experience WP7. My plan is to install both Android and WP7 OS in my HTC HD2 for daily use. I have my HD2 WP7 with live service activated from Microsoft, it means I could access to the xbox live market and marketplace to install any apps that I wish. Is it cool?? ^^
Windows Phone 7 In HTC HD2 Tour
Compare Android and WP7
Hardware wise, it is still my HTC HD2, nothing much need to be changed except my microsd card. To run a smooth WP7 on HD2 or any WP7 smartphones, you will need a compatible microsd card. It is so annoying to get random reboot with incompatible sdcard, I had purchased a compatible sdcard from Amazon in order to run WP7, it cost me 30$. It is a 16GB Sandisk class 2. Praise God, it works flawlessly. 4GB Sandisk class 4 doesn’t work with me. You can purchase this item too.
WP7 marketplace is still under development, Android app market has more compete apps list where I could get whatever features & functions from android app market. WP7 is limited in choices, and mostly of the apps are paid version. I believe WP7 marketplace will continue to grow. I’m kind of disappointed with WP7 marketplace as well as Microsoft strategy to push out WP7 without a very basic need for this platform. For example, in order to connect to Windows live messenger, I need a 3rd party app which is sucks too to get through to MSN. Microsoft has all very good tokens on hand with all their existing desktop apps to embed into WP7 but I just found it no way. I look forward to see the next WP7 update – Mango.
The requirement of WP7 on the hardware is have the 3 main buttons, where HD2 had 5 buttons. Hence, the ROM need to be customized by ROM chefs to make all the hardware works properly. HTC HD2 WP7 user also can’t update the ROM thru OTA. NoDo has been officially released to WP7 devices but HD2 still do not have any custom ROM with the NoDo.
Overall, HTC HD2 to run WP7 is pretty smooth. Surely, they are still some known bugs in the cooked ROM which I think bugs are everywhere even though in the official WP7. I experienced multitouch screen & battery indicator bugs on my existing ROM but overall performance is acceptable. The reason I love WP7 is the attractive and beautiful UI, functions wise, I give more stars to Android OS.