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HTC HD7 review

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

The Xbox Live integration on the HTC HD7 is excellent as you'd expect, and we think this could be one of the killer features of this handset thanks to the sheer range of things you can do with the Xbox Live hub.

The least important (but among the most fun) features on there is the ability to play with the avatar from your Xbox Live account – you can dress him/her (depending on your taste) as you'd like, buying new clothes and accessories for it and interacting with it on a regular basis.

HTC hd7 review

For instance, you can shake the phone and see your avatar fall over – it doesn't seem like much but its one of those things that makes the phone seem cool and something fun to show off to your friends, especially when you've clearly made it a lot thinner than you are in real life…

The Xbox Live portal is clearly set up to defeat the oncoming might of Apple's Game Center, and will do so using the power of the Xbox brand to lure in gamers.

To that end you can set up your Xbox live account on the HTC HD7 and use that to record achievements, talk to friends or even challenge them to a game.

HTC hd7 review

However, Microsoft has yet to put its multiplayer offerings live as yet, waiting until after the launch to do so.

And although it has built its strategy over the years on online multiplayer gaming, no such luck on the HTC HD7, as only turn-based games are on offer from the outset, so you can't see another person's moves in real time, which would have been awesome.

HTC hd7 review

Some of the best games on the Marketplace when we first used the phone ranged from the innovative and powerful (like Rocket Riot) to the old school classic (like Frogger) and what's more you can try them in a basic mode (with limited options/gameplay) before buying them, a model which will surely entice more people to purchase a game or two more than usual.

The HTC HD7 offers a great gameplay experience, with things like Rocket Riot proving to be easier to play thanks to the larger screen.

With more space to hit the on-screen controls, this phone could be the one that really offers the best gaming of all the Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Gameplay is more than adequately handled by the HD7's internal GPU, and you can see the slickness in play – during our tests we noticed very little, if any, slow-down.

We reckon this could be a serious contender to the iPhone as a gaming platform in your pocket – it just depends if Microsoft manages to get a decent enough gaming portfolio together and manages to bring cool things in the future like real-time Xbox compatibility across titles.

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