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HTC 7 Pro review

The HTC 7 Pro brings a keyboard to the Windows Phone 7 party

Our Verdict

The HTC 7 Pro is more of the same in many respects, adding a physical QWERTY keyboard to what we've already seen by way of Windows Phone 7. It's a good smartphone, but not a great one.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 5.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Long battery life
  • Solid build
  • Nice screen tilt when keyboard is out
  • Great sound quality
  • Clear, sharp screen

Against

  • No Flash
  • No desktop Outlook sync
  • Forced reliance on Zune over drag and drop
  • No removable storage
  • Keyboard is among the poorest we've seen from HTC

HTC Pro review: Camera

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With a five-megapixel camera offering autofocus and a flash, and capable of 720p video recording the HTC 7 Pro is positioned at the upper end of the range. Sadly, though, experience tells us that the camera is a bit below par.

There are a few shooting modes to tinker with such as beach and sports shot, a macro mode and a fair few effects, too.

There are a couple of neat features in all Windows Phone 7 handsets that the HTC 7 Pro offers. First off, you can squeeze the shutter button even when the handset is in standby mode and so are able to shoot quick, off-the-cuff shots easily.

Second, you can get the handset to send shots straight to SkyDrive, an online 25GB storage area you get when you register at Windows Live. Do that, and it is easy to share your photos as well as keep them backed up.

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OUTDOORS: A straightforward photo with no effects selected, the camera struggled with the variation of light and shade in our chosen scene, and made mincemeat of some of the more detailed areas. Take a look at some of the areas of water for example, where detailing is poor

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BLACK AND WHITE: Greyscale mode produces a disappointing image again because of the inability of the camera to cope with light and shade. The area of water going into the distance is too much of a dark splodge to be acceptable

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NEGATIVE: Negative mode is often fun to try, but here it doesn't produce much variety of colour or light and shade at all

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SEPIA: Sepia mode we quite like. That ageing effect is hard to dislike, really, and it is forgiving of the light and shade issues we've already mentioned, since you'd expect some fading from a truly older photo

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SOLARISE: Solarise mode is always fun to play with, though we can't see many practical uses for it, unless you're into photography as art, of course

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CLOSE-UP: Macro mode proved surprisingly effective

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product Model7 Pro
Screen Size9.1 cm (3.6")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height117.5 mm
Width59 mm
Depth15.5 mm
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product Name7 Pro Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HMF003-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Taking care of business

View and edit the latest Office docs on your phone. Quickly and easily cut through the clutter to see only the unread, urgent, or flagged messages in your Outlook inbox. And use SharePoint, when you need a little bit of help from your team to crack the latest project.

Slide, tilt, enjoy

The slide and tilt screen on the HTC 7 Pro angles perfectly to reveal a dedicated QWERTY keyboard. The keys are raised and nicely spaced for fast and comfortable typing. And because the screen tilts, the HTC 7 Pro is perfect for watching videos - hands free - when you have a brief moment to kick back and relax.

Keep an eye on your portfolio

Stay on top of the market with up-to-date finance information. The Stocks app lets you view stock prices and check indices. Define up to 30 stocks and track their progress. Rotate to view charts in full-screen detail.

Limited Warranty1 Year