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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

This isn't HTC's attempt to bring the best camera to Windows Phone 7, but that doesn't mean it offers a poor performance.

Instead of the 8MP camera with Xenon flash on the HTC Mozart, the HTC HD7 comes with a 5MP option with only a really bright double LED flash.

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The camera interface is pretty basic too, but it's easily accessed from the phone's screen, and enables you to change the focus mode, ISO levels and a constant option to change the flash, which we're glad Microsoft has realised is among the most often used features.

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The same can be said for video where, like the camera mode, the light can be toggled on and off for easy use and there are a basic range of options to mess with resolution and the like.

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A quick snap was nice and easy with the HD7, although the corner light wasn't balanced well

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A general scene looks a little bit dark in automatic mode

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The HTC HD7 outperformed the Samsung Omnia 7 at capturing detail in a bright scene

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Standard scenes with lots of colour have a tendency to look over saturated though

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We thought we'd struck gold with this picture - photography awards were on their way. But then the bright sun came in and ruined it all. Again.

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The rainbow - the Aurora of the British summer (sort of). Still, with nice levels and colour balance it's shown up beautifully here

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