Summary: The HTC HD7S is very similar to the HD7 on T-Mobile USA and other networks in Europe. There are only a few differences and improvements from the older HD7, but the biggest difference is that this model is available on AT&T with AT&T 3G bands. There were a few other things about the older HD7 that we really didn’t like. Aside from its choice of utilizing a Super LCD display instead, there is absolutely nothing else that separates it from the original version.
Pros: Large 4.3″ Super LCD screen, Windows Phone 7 OS is smooth, refined, Flip out kickstand integrated with the camera rim, Dual LED flash on the 5MP camera, Better hardware buttons
Cons: Windows Phone 7 still lacks some key features that you might be used to from other platforms, No expandable storage (16GB only), External speaker is mono, not stereo. Poor sound quality compared to the HTC Surround, Super LCD screen makes color banding more apparent, Only 3G speeds (but you won’t really notice on AT&T’s network)
Excerpt: The HTC HD7S is very similar to the HD7 on T-Mobile USA and other networks in Europe. There are only a few differences and improvements from the older HD7, but the biggest difference is that this model is available on AT&T with AT&T 3G bands. There were a few other things about the older HD7 that we really didn’t like.
Pros: + Large 4.3″ Super LCD screen
Cons: - Windows Phone 7 still lacks some key features that you might be used to from other platforms
Conclusion: The HTC HD7S is currently our top pick among Windows 7 Phones. However, we understand if you opt for the also capable Samsung Focus for its Super AMOLED display and slightly more pocketable form factor. The Focus is currently less expensive since it's been in AT&T's lineup since November of 2010, but we wouldn't be suprised if third party dealers offer the HD7S at very attractive prices.
Pros: Large Super LCD display, very enjoyable OS.
Cons: Not 4G, will have to wait until fall 2011 for more OS features.
Conclusion: Although it’s the latest thing to grace AT&T’s lineup, the HTC HD7S doesn’t dethrone the Samsung Focus as the carrier’s best WP7 handset. Moreover, its $200 on-contract price is undoubtedly hard to swallow considering that it doesn’t differ tremendously from the original model. Revolting in a way, we’re sad to see that the latest crop of WP7 devices on the market are none other than recycled models like this one, but it’s even worse for the HD7S since it doesn’t receive...
Pros: Pleasant looking Super LCD display, Agreeable and solid design, Responsive operation
Cons: Pricey at $200, Terrible calling quality, Muddy looking 720p videos and poor photos
Conclusion: The HD7S is our favorite AT&T Windows Phone 7 device currently available. It has some impressive specs and performs flawlessly. Windows Phone 7 still has a ways to go, but it will be getting better when the Mango update hits in the fall. Overall we recommend the HD7S to those who want to get into smartphones or those who are die hard Microsoft fans.
Excerpt: We got our hands on the HTC HD7S which is scheduled to drop on AT&T on June 5. We have been playing around with it for about a day and are liking it so far. The HD7S runs on the Windows Phone platform and a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD display. Internally we have a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera. Hit the jump for our hands-on pictures.