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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

HTC hd7 review

The HTC HD7 is a phone that uses the large 4.3-inch screen to differentiate itself, which is obvious when you see the kickstand at the back.

Putting up the best Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 has to offer obviously is working for this gargantuan phone, and the unit works well as a whole.

We liked

A year ago we wouldn't have believed we were saying it, but we love Windows Mobile. Well, what Windows Mobile has become: Windows Phone 7.

From the industrial and simple-to-use tiles to the brilliant way the screen responds to the finger, it's a top notch interface for the first time user from start to finish.

The large screen is lovely for watching movies on, if not sensational – we actually preferred it for playing games, because we didn't need the stellar performance as much.

The speakers on the sides of the phone were a nice touch, and the double flash really helped photos in the absence of a Xenon flash.

The sound enhancement is a real boon, but why can't it be in the Zune media player rather than in a separate application?

We disliked

We're not massive fans of the way Windows Phone 7 is so locked down at the moment, because it means there's no genius tinkering from the brilliant developers that can go on yet in the same way as on the likes of the Galaxy S or BlackBerry range.

At launch, the HTC HD7 has very few applications to play with from the store – there's not even a YouTube or Twitter client to mess around with as yet.

The Internet Explorer is a bit slow for our tastes, especially since we thought it was going to be really, really fast, and the lack of Flash, Silverlight and HTML5 is ridiculous when you think about the heritage Microsoft has in those areas.

The large size of the phone might be a turn off for some, and the way the back got damaged so easily is a little worrying for a £40-per-month handset.

The outside of the screen is a little sharp too, which makes a difference when pressed to your face.

Verdict

We like the HTC HD7 as a phone – it builds nicely on the HD2 without being a complete revamp.

The Windows Phone 7 experience is ace on it, and simply just works, which is all we're really looking for at this early stage.

However, we're worried about how it will stack up against the awesomeness of the HTC Desire HD – it's like two twins fighting on two sides of a war, both mirrored in specs and style almost exactly.

But we're all for choice, so we have to give a big thumbs up as part of the five way Windows Phone 7 launch – we just wish Microsoft wasn't so precious about locking down the OS so much, as this could be a five star phone with a little extra functionality and customisation from some creative types.

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