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HTC HD7 review

Windows Phone 7 goes gargantuan - movie-watching the Microsoft way

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.33 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Large screen is great for movies
  • Stereo speakers
  • Slick interface
  • Kickstand for easy use
  • Sound enhancement genuinely works

Against

  • No Flash on internet browser
  • Windows Phone 7 still lacking some features
  • Some might find the screen too large
  • Lock button is hard to hit
  • HTC Hub doesn't offer a lot

The HTC HD7 is by far the biggest of them, with a Desire HD- and HD2-matching 4.3-inch screen atop the near-identical hardware specs of its other WP7 brethren.

In the hand it feels a bit gargantuan – smaller hands might struggle to contain its heft, but luckily it feels thin enough to not give the impression of a small netbook in your pocket.

The screen makes up most of the phone when turned on – apart from a thin strip of glass at the bottom that holds the touch sensitive buttons, this is very much all about the screen, which makes sense when you consider how massive it is.

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Our only gripe is that it's not an OLED screen – the Samsung Omnia 7 has the edge on the HD7 on screen quality, and we would have loved the vibrancy of that tech at this screen size.

There are speakers either side of the HD7's screen. When you're watching movies on the go, and want to annoy your fellow train commuters, this is the way to do it (we prefer the headphone option – call us mental for that).

HTC hd7 review

What's interesting is the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the bottom of the phone – it's a sculpted option and headphones fit in nicely. Some people like it there, but given most phones have it at the top, it's hard to get used to the fact the phone feels upside down in your hand.

HTC hd7 review

The 5MP camera on the back is a little more tech-heavy than its brothers, offering a dual-LED flash that can also be used as a video light when capturing HD video at 720p.

HTC hd7 review

There's also an exceedingly playable-with kickstand on the back, propping up the phone for when you want to look at things and you need your hands for something else.

We're told the kickstand can take force from above and will close safely rather than snapping off... but we're not testing that theory in case it's wrong.

HTC hd7 review

What's more worrying is the damage you can cause to the back; all the exposed metal gets very easily scratched and in a few days we had a pretty war-torn phone on our hands.

The top power/lock button can be hard to reach if you're of the teenier-handed variety, but then again this phone might not be for you if that's the case – perhaps check out the HTC 7 Mozart instead, which offers a similarly decent chassis feel with a more palatable screen size.

HTC hd7 review

That same button can be hard to hit as it's so flush to the chassis, which is annoying since it's the one that's supposed to be used to the most to lock the phone; if it was a smaller handset, it wouldn't be an issue.

HTC hd7 review

We like the way the HD7 looks and feels, but we get the feeling that some people will dismiss it as 'too big' instantly.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
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 StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time6.33 Hour
Product ModelHD7
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)162 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Conference Call
Height122 mm
Width68 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameHD7 Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HLY008-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Cinematic experience

The big 4.3" high resolution screen gives an epic cinematic experience. Just flip out the kickstand, kick back and catch all the magic of your favorite movies and videos.

Gaming anytime, anywhere

Put the power of Xbox LIVE in the palm of your hand. The large 4.3" screen makes the fastest action come to life. Play with friends, share scores, and earn recognition for your achievements. There's a huge range of game titles available plus the option to "Try Before You Buy" so anyone can be a major player.

Make your own movies in HD

The HTC HD7 comes with an 720p HD camcorder which allows you to capture film with incredible quality and detail. It's ideal for turning your friends and family into stars.

Package Contents
  • HD7 Smartphone
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Power Adapter
  • Start Here Guide
  • Quick Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year