Hands-on with the HTC HD7
Visit our hands-on with AT&T's Windows Phone 7 smartphones as well.
Although it might not have been there during Microsoft's big event with AT&T, especially when it's the competition we're talking about, but the HTC HD7 for T-Mobile happened to receive its own separate event – rightfully so. T-Mobile is surely looking to lay claim to what's arguably the most highly anticipated device to sport the next-gen platform, and from what we've been able to check out so far, the HTC HD7 can proclaim itself as the device that will get the mobile platform into the hands of consumers. Having their own shindig away from the festivities held by AT&T and Microsoft, the low key T-Mobile event in itself held a treasure trove of HTC HD7 units littered all around for everyone to experience.
Fittingly so, the hardware is pretty typical of what we've seen employed with the HTC HD2 and HTC EVO 4G – which borrows heavily between the two. Not to say that it's a bad thing, but it doesn't have that wow factor as it did with previous devices. Regardless, it's still nonetheless a fantastic industrial designed smartphone that radiates the kind of quality you expect out of HTC's camp. Packing a customary 4.3” display, there is no arguing that you'll be able to visually see everything so clearly – and even more when it's Windows Phone 7 eye candy all around.
The handset employs a matte touch coating for its rear, which happens to be sturdy due to its metal like exterior, but perfectly hugs your hand with its curved rear. And just like the HTC EVO 4G, we find a wider kickstand which will enable it to stay upright for all your movie watching experience without the scare of it falling over. Needless to say that it's a big jewel in T-Mobile's arsenal, but even more when it quickly finds itself among the elite Windows Phone 7 devices out there.
T-Mobile is adding some interesting premium features to the Windows Phone 7 experience with its inclusion of Netflix, T-Mobile TV, and Slacker Radio. We were happy to see that Netflix instant streaming is available in all of its glory and will undoubtedly provide a lot of entertainment with its larger than life display.
Naturally, the experience with Windows Phone 7 on a device like the HTC HD7 is undeniably fantastic since we didn't experience any slowdown or lag when navigating around the platform. Ultimately, the HTC HD7 is the one sure device to get consumers all around excited since it combines the two best items we expect out of most handsets – beautiful hardware combined with a seamless experience.
HTC HD7 Specifications
1. etownone (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jul 2010)
Looks like the pics of the supposed Incredible HD.
2. carguy (unregistered)
Does Windows 7 includes voice turn by turn directions like google maps ??
11. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)
15. Pings (Posts: 272; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I thought Bing has maps and not voice turn by turn directions.
4. Carlos Mencia (unregistered)
I am just wondering about the use of WP 7 are manufacturers going to have any unique phone interfaces for their phones, like HTC Sense, etc. Cause all the WP7 phones have the same interface that I like, but they are all the same.
5. WP7Fan (unregistered)
Part of Microsoft Requirements software wise is to not have any major changes to the look/UI of the phone. OEMs/Carries can have there own hubs and OEMs/Carries can add one custome color to the theme options on the phone. Thats it. Tis why HTC only has a hub interface and most of the phones look similar. Its to make sure if you buy any windows phone it feels like windows phone.
6. Messyzain (unregistered)
phones shud be like phones not like tablet PCs this is one of them
7. etownone (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jul 2010)
Nope. If you want to be stuck in the stone ages, then that's you. I can only imagine the advances in smartphones 5 or even 10 yrs down the line.
8. tt123 (unregistered)
why on the American versions of these phones do they not include an htc hub. is there one? in the video of the HD7 there's no hub shown, do you have to download it?
10. molten (unregistered)
It does have the htc hub. He just didnt talk about it. Look at the video carefully when he is scrolling and you will see it around the 1.19 minute mark and its the one before telenav tile at the bottom.
13. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
Call me crazy for thinkin forward and goin against what Google thinks will be a crowded market with WP7's introduction but i like the OS. Too bad HTC opted to put this on T-Mobile of all carriers man. Talk about a waste of potential...
14. Nish (unregistered)
I don't like the homescreen, but the interface is very fluid.