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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

Microsoft's Windows Mobile eco-system was built on a rich amount of email options, and that's been continued on Windows Phone 7 for the HTC HD7.

Firstly, you can interact with any number of accounts, be it Yahoo, Google, Hotmail or others, with only a simple username and password needed to get set up.

Even more impressively, the same can be said for Outlook setup, with Exchange email taking only an email user name and password to get all the necessary settings, which makes turning on the phone ridiculously easy first time out.

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One of the most impressive things on the HTC HD7 is the keyboard, which is probably up there with the options on the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire in its intuition.

You can type and type and type from the outset and get about 90% accuracy, with that increasing rapidly as you get used to the portrait and landscape modes.

Microsoft has managed this by working out the letters you're most likely to use when beginning a word and making these more touch sensitive than others, making it easy to get up a good speed.

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The word correction is ace too, making it a cinch to get the right word when you accidentally/drunkenly mash your hand at the phone. It's not got the same levels of insight as the Desire, but it's still great.

The messaging interface, specifically in the email section, is great too. It's expansive, easy to read and has a number of options, such as only seeing urgent or unread emails.

Within the emails there's the option for smart linking, which means the HD7 will search through the mail to see if there are any phone numbers, emails addresses or physical locations present, and will offer them up as a tappable link.

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However, for the UK (and that means the HD7) there's no smart linking for addresses, which is sad because this looked like the coolest feature, enabling you to tap the address and see it in Bing Maps.

You can also access multiple email checking (for easy organisation or deleting) but touching to the left of each message and calling up the checkboxes – something we found ourselves using regularly.

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