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Extra bits and bobs for the HD2

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Last time I wrote about splashing out on an HTC HD2 with Orange via the Phones4U website. This time I thought I’d mention some of the accessories and software I’ve got for it.

First things first – I was a bit concerned about the phone getting damaged if I stuff it in a pocket so wanted something to protect it. So after a bit of digging I went for a “Case-Mate Barely There Black Rubber Case” and bought it from superetrader.co.uk since they had a good price and virtually free delivery. The case arrived pretty quickly and as is documented elsewhere, it’s a very snug fit – you really don’t want to be putting it on and taking it off very often. The case also comes with an adequate screen protector so no need to buy a separate one of those.

I also picked up a cheap car windscreen mount for the HD2, but with the Barely There adding slightly to the phone’s bulk, it wouldn’t fit. As it happens, I already had a Brodit screen mount for a Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket Loox N560 PDA which I’d previously used as a sat-nav with a copy of TomTom among other things. Lo and behold, the HD2 wrapped in its Barely There is a not bad fit for the N560 mount – bit of play fore and aft but snug enough side to side so that will do for now. It’s a shame Brodit don’t make adjustable mounts for phones other than that Apple one – what’s it called??

I also bought a class 6 Samsung 8GB microSD HC card via Amazon to give me some extra room for music and maps and stuff – shame my computer won’t recognise it when plugged in the SD Card slot (in its adapter of course) but it certainly feels quick in the phone.

Software wise, after a bit of discussion with the chaps at PocketGPSWorld I bought a copy of Sygic Mobile Maps version 10 to use on it in conjunction with the PGPSW safety camera database and their Points of Interest. This I like and find a worth replacement for TomTom, and considerably cheaper. Since TomTom’s attitude to devices other than their own isn’t one of their strong points I was happy to look elsewhere. The HD2 had a trial version of CoPilot on it but I tried it and wasn’t impressed.

For flying navigation I have PocketFMS, SkyDemon and MemoryMap for CAA charts (and walking and stuff). Three packages is probably excessive so one of them probably won’t be renewed when the licence runs out.

I’d already been using pocketwit on the N560 so put a copy of that on the HD2 as I didn’t take to the included “Peep” programme. Most of the other included stuff including Opera and Internet Explorer is fine.

Games-wise, I’m a bit old-school here and mainly go for puzzle-ish games. I went for Smart Mahjongg, Pocket Uno, Freak Othello by Andy Jurko, and a few other free, simple time-wasters.

The only thing I’ve paid for apart from Sygic is a copy of Ruttensoft’s CloudFiles which means I can access the stuff I’ve got at Dropbox (or this referral link for 250 extra MB for me and anyone who joins through it).

I’m sure there are lots of “must-haves” out there which I haven’t seen so feel free to suggest some in the comments….

Thats all for now

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Written by thesoapster

July 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

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