I know there are many iPhone users in the outdoors blogging community, myself included. The iPhone has its faults, but so far it’s been the most complete and flexible package when it comes to writing, creating and publishing blogs on the move.
There is a new device in town now though and it could be that the HTC HD2 has enough extra functionality to supplant the iPhone in the hands of outdoor bloggers. Admittedly if all you want to do with the iPhone is blog then ignore the rest of this post, but if you want your phone to help out in other areas as well, then the HTC could be the phone for you.
First of all it’s a Windows Mobile 6.5 based device, but don’t let that put you off, it has the CPU to cope with the OS and it shields most of the clunky OS from the user with the cool HTC interface. Windows Mobile however, gives you a much more acceptable platform for programs like Memory Map, Anquet, TomTom and other GPS reliant programs.
I use Memory Map and I don’t have any doubt that they will never release an iPhone app – it’s been 4 years since we’ve had a PC software release and no sign yet of a new one. But their Windows Mobile program will work on the HTC, so perhaps I could carry one less piece of equipment on the hills. It has a built in GPS and a digital compass, it will be interesting to see how long the battery lasts with the GPS active.
It also has a much better camera than the iPhone and a double flash, so another tick in the box for outdoor bloggers. I’ve seen the results that people like Whitespider1066 can achieve with the iPhone, but that’s despite the quality of the camera rather than because of it.
The screen is huge, a lot bigger than the iPhone and it’s a Capacitive Touch screen, just like the iPhone, so it supports all those neat gestures for screen manipulation, it’s also very slim as you can see from the picture. It’s not clear if the battery is removable, but I’m guessing so, unless this is a complete move away from the usual HTC designs, so you can always carry a spare or two. It weighs in a 157g with the battery, which is 20g heavier than my 16gb iPhone 3G, not bad for a slightly bigger device.
When my iPhone contract expires in a few months, I will be giving some serious consideration to this new handset. There’s a little BBC technology vid here.