If there was an award for longevity where smartphones are concerned, then the HTC HD2 would certainly be in contention for top spot. First introduced to the world in 2009 (which can be deemed as an eternity in the world of technology), it is touted to be one of the most powerful phones ever to ship with Windows Mobile 6.5 on board. It is rather unfortunate that HTC and Microsoft did not roll out Windows Phone 7 for the HTC HD2, but that oversight by Microsoft and HTC did not prevent others who are more knowledgeable to roll out ports of Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.5, MeeGo, Ubuntu, and Google Android on the device (with varying degrees of success, of course).
The phone that simply refuses to be put down is now capable of running Windows Phone 8, now how about that? Hackers over at Dark Forces Team did post some pictures of the HTC HD2 which were running on an early build of Windows Phone 8. Bear in mind that since these are mere pictures, there is no word on just how responsive the device is, but the fact that Windows Phone 8 can boot up is rather impressive.
After all, the HTC HD2 comes with a 4.3” display at 800 x 480 resolution, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB ROM and 576MB RAM, a 1,230mAh battery and a microSDHC memory card.