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Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2.

With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called “HTC Sense” for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone could ask for … and back in 2009, there was no shortage of asking, with the device selling out repeatedly over its initial rollout period.

But even after its service lifetime ended, the HD2’s star refused to fade. The device’s ability to install custom operating systems directly from the SD card or flash memory gave it impressive hackability, and its powerful hardware made running those platforms easier and more comfortable than on other devices. Over the next few years, the HD2 would be altered to run platforms ranging from Android to Windows Phone 7 to Ubuntu to Windows RT, among others. Even today, the device enjoys the support of a healthy dev community doing its best to bring the latest and greatest to the venerable old soldier.

Such a legend deserves another, closer look to see just what’s kept it in the limelight all these years. Join us for the latest Pocketnow Throwback, and leave your own HTC HD2 memories in the comments below!

 

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