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HTC HD7 review

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

Microsoft's heritage in the mobile phone space (and one of the key things than kept Windows Mobile alive for so long) was the ability to work on documents and projects on the go, and that functionality is back with a vengeance on the HTC HD7.

Be it simply looking at a document from an email without needing to switch between multiple applications, or doing some deep editing of a Powerpoint, it's all on offer through Windows Phone 7.

The front-facing application is One Note – this is a really advanced note-taking application that can be synchronised with the SkyDrive on your Windows account, or on a Microsoft SharePoint if you have one set up for your company.

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You can add in text, pictures from the camera, sound you've recorded – basically if you're after a complete way to record a meeting then this is an excellent way to do it.

Word and Excel support is similarly excellent – for instance, in Word you can look at the whole document in overview, or press a button to simply see the starting phrase of each paragraph, which can make shooting through a 90-page document on your handset much easier.

You can obviously edit said documents with ease too, by tapping the edit key – you can also track changes on collaborative docs with a specified user name to make it easy to show what you think. Or swear at people in real-time, which is hilarious in all work-based instances.

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PowerPoint is ridiculously good, too; simply open it up and you can alter a project, add text, move the slide around the presentation with a slick drag and drop principle, basically all the things you can think of in a really nice manner.

You can also subscribe to web-based PowerPoint presentations and follow them real-time on your phone – we didn't get the chance to try out this functionality but it sounds ace.

What's hard to describe here is how it works – namely the foibles, the weaknesses, the things that don't impress you as much, and the reason is that there aren't any.

The Windows Phone 7 platform on the HTC HD7 is almost perfect in the way it operates the tasks you ask it to, and that's never more apparent than in the intensive Office Suite.

Search

Bing is hardwired into most of the phones, meaning when you're on the Home screen you'll be able to access it from the search button on the front.

It prioritises local results – which include a map, phone numbers, opening times, ratings and the options to pin the result to the Start screen (so you can look back at the map easily) or send the details as an email or SMS.

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You also get prioritised information, such as currency conversion or flight times if you enter in the Flight Number – it comes up at the top just like in the 'real life' Bing.

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You can swipe to web and news results, which come with enough of an excerpt for you to know if they're useful before you waste time and data clicking through to them.

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The HTC HD7's Internet Explorer search engine on the O2 version is locked to Yahoo mobile though – this is annoying when you see how good the Bing version is from the main screen, and that's the one used in the unlocked version.

Pressing the same key throughout the phone will open up different things: for instance, you can search marketplace or emails depending on what you have open and get results in real time as you type.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height122 mm
Width68 mm
Depth11.2 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time310 Hour
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