I'm still bowled over by HD2's industrial design. The phone's 4.3" capacitive touchscreen and 11mm thin profile may well be giving me a peek into the near-term future of super-smartphones. I really don't mind carting around a phone this large if it's also this thin - HD2 is extremely pocketable. HTC did a great job of hiding as much of Windows Mobile 6.5 as possible, loading HD2 up with the Sense user experience and Opera Mobile (with multitouch support), but you've still gotta use WinMo for Email, which is a big turn-off for me.
The display is gorgeous and responsive, and the 1GHz Snapdragon processor is generally quite zippy, despite a few bugs with the camera and lock screen. Can't wait to see a device like this running a modern operating system. In the meantime, Windows Mobile users who don't need a hard QWERTY finally have some hardware bragging rights in the HD2. Though the virtual keyboard has been oddly troublesome for me in testing - I've heard the term "oversensitive" used to describe it. Not sure if that's it, or if it's actually kind of inaccurate. I also had problems with the camera taking so-so photos and choppy video. Hopefully an OTA update can clear all of those issues up.
HD2 isn't yet available on a US carrier, but I'm told we'll see it on multiple networks starting early in 2010. I'm also holding out hope that the rumors are true and an Android OS device based on a similar hardware platform is coming soon from HTC, as well. I'd love to rock Android on a device like this. Would I ever.