A well-kept secret of the HTC HD2 is that it can operate as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, giving any Wi-Fi device access to the Internet through it’s 3G data connection.
Abbas reviewed HTC HD2 in February and said it’s “probably the best Windows Mobile phone you can purchase today.” For the most part I agree with that. I’ve said to friends, put Android 2.1 on the HD2 and you have the best smartphone around today. I think the hardware of the HD2 is great looking as well as high performance but the big problem is that it runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3.
There is however one aspect of the HD2 that I think takes it that step further compared to its competitors and it’s something that Abbas left out of his review as far as I can tell. That is that the HD2 can work as a wireless base station letting any Wi-Fi device connect to the Internet using it’s 3G data connection. It’s kind of like having a Mi-Fi device and a smartphone in one package.
We’ve had issues with broadband Internet in our home for the last while. I won’t go in to why, that’s a whole other post, but we’ve survived with tethering our iPhone and other solutions. Nothing’s been as simple and effective as the HD2 set up as a Wi-Fi access point.
The speed is not the greatest, but that will obviously depend on where you use it, but it gives us a Wi-Fi network to which almost any device can connect. So far I’ve only found one thing that apparently doesn’t connect and that’s our Apple TV (the Apple TV doesn’t seem to even “see” the HD2′s Wi-Fi network.) But overall it works fine and this functionality alone may be reason enough for someone to consider getting the HD2.