Excerpt: The screen that just keeps on going meets the OS that refuses to fit on a single display. Yes, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, like Windows Mobile 6.5 and Android before it, is getting treated with a 4.3-inch display from HTC for its launch party. The aptly titled HD7 is, by virtue of Microsoft's stringent hardware requirements, mostly just a stretched-out version of its WP7 contemporaries: it offers the standard 800 x 480 res, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, 576MB of RAM, and a...
Pros: Giant 4.3-inch display makes everything easier, Windows Phone 7 runs like well oiled machine, Great ergonomics
Cons: Questionable build quality, Poor viewing angles, contrast, color reproduction, Small battery for its size
HTC HD7 review – is the biggest Windows Phone 7 phone also the best?
17 June 2011
Excerpt: Of the four Windows Phone 7 smartphones that HTC have released, the HTC HD7 in this review is the largest, with a whopping 4.3″ screen, and also the most similar to existing phones, being based on the same hardware as…
An Android user’s review of the HTC HD7 and Windows Phone 7
26 April 2011
Excerpt: I’ve been an Android user since the G1 . Picked one up on launch day, in fact. I was working in an environment that was heavily embedded in open source, so the greater concepts that surrounded Android appealed to me. It was my first real smartphone, having only really been a feature phone user previously. Since the G1 I’ve spent quality time with just about every Android phone that has come out, but I’ve owned a Cliq, a Nexus One, and a Nexus S .
Conclusion: Because of Microsoft's stringent minimum specifications for OEMs and 'standardisation' of the platform, each Windows Phone 7 handset is going to offer a very similar OS experience. That said, the HD7 is the biggest screen around at launch which is a real boon when it comes to media playback and web browsing.
Excerpt: It’s not just the hardware on the new HTC HD7 that is pretty exciting, but the fact that it is running the new Windows Phone...
Pros: Excellent performance with a responsive touchscreen, beautiful and fresh interface design, strong multimedia features, 4.3″ display transforms the system into a mobile theater, Find my Phone feature is built-in and free, with its great performance and growing library of graphically rich games it makes sense that serious Xbox gamers will want this phone, Wireless Sync, strong social networking integration, excellent onscreen keyboard, seamless Zune integration.
Cons: Doesn’t take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G network, no cut and paste or internet tethering available yet for Windows Phone 7, dedicated social networking apps like Facebook and Twitter need to be downloaded separately, lacks multitasking capabilities, no option to expand storage, camera shots are hit or miss – camera pictures are not consistent and the camera often takes a while to focus.
Excerpt: Multiple tabs in Internet Explorer Mobile 7. Other features include multi-touch gesture support, a new UI, smooth zoom in/out animations, and a hybrid rendering engine of the Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 desktop versions
Summary: A good first effort at a Windows Phone 7 handset, and a brilliant multimedia smartphone. That huge screen really does make a difference when it comes to browsing the web or watching films on the move. We also like the slim and svelte dimensions.
Summary: The HD7 is without a doubt one of my choice devices. If I were to do it again, it would be a tough decision between this device or the myTouch 4G . The HD7 is solid inside and out, and even though Windows Phone 7 has some kinks that Microsoft needs to iron out, and HTC missed the mark on the battery and display, it is still a great device. To T-Mobile customers looking to upgrade, if you're intrigued by what Microsoft has cooking, I would say give this device a go.
Pros: Decent battery life; thin; very large and responsive display; good build quality; kickstand; feels great in the hand; decent camera, dual LED flash helps in low-light situations.
Cons: Windows Phone 7 is still has an extensive setup process; display looks a little washed out when compared to other devices; lagginess (specific to launching third-party applications); dual LED flash is sometimes too bright; tends to forget some settings.