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HTC 7 Pro Review

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The HTC 7 Pro has a 5MP camera, which is becoming the minimum for smartphones these days, complete with an LED flash. The camera interface is pretty basic compared to the way HTC is able to customize it on its Android handsets, but it has still managed to sneak in a few metering modes and preset scenes like Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Beach, Backlight, Candlelight, as well as a Macro mode. Four effects are at your disposal to make things interesting – Grayscale, Negative, Sepia and Solarize.

The camera interface of the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
The camera interface of the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
The camera interface of the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
The camera interface of the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
The camera interface of the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
The camera interface of the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review

The camera interface of the HTC 7 Pro


Outdoor samples made with the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC 7 Pro - HTC 7 Pro Review

Outdoor samples made with the HTC 7 Pro


Strong - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Pro Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Pro Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Pro Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Pro Review

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Indoor samples



The shot-to-shot times are very low – a second or two – and having a two-stage camera button is always preferred to the virtual ones. The photos themselves turned out decent for the murky day they were taken in, but, as usual, the HTC camera is nothing to write home about. There are unfocused spots here and there, and a slight purple hue, especially when a lot of sky is framed, however the 5MP snapper captures enough detail. The contrast is bumped up by default to make the pics more appealing, but so many camera and phone makers are doing that, we never consider it a downside.

Indoor shots were a bit noisy and rather unfocused, you have to keep the phone extremely steady to get a decent shot. The LED flash turned out pretty weak too, and was casting unnatural shadows over the objects.

The video is set at VGA resolution by default when you open the camera app, so make sure you change it to HD 720p before you videotape anything. The resulting high-resolution clips are filmed with 25fps, and exhibit enough detail, quick exposure adjustment when panning around, as well as contrasty picture. Noise is also kept in check, so the HD video captured with the HTC 7 Pro does the job.

The video camera interface - HTC 7 Pro Review
The video camera interface - HTC 7 Pro Review
The video camera interface - HTC 7 Pro Review

The video camera interface



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As for the music and video media players, they are, naturally, rolled into the Zune interface on Windows Phone 7, which has cool and simple interface, but the phone itself doesn't support DivX/Xvid video playback out of the box, only MPEG-4 codecs.

The media menu - HTC 7 Pro Review

The media menu


The loudspeaker is pretty weak, so for enjoying music you will need to plug your headset, which gives you surround sound, and a bunch of equalizer presets unique for the HTC WP7 phones. Conference calls would also be a challenge with such an unimpressive speaker, which is a bit strange for a business oriented device that is pretty fat to boot - HTC could have placed something with more oomph in it.

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posted on 02 Mar 2011, 11:46 1

1. Philip (unregistered)


Do wish WP7 lets us send audio files via MMS and Email from the phone

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:53

2. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


I don't understand how Microsoft was willing to release an OS that was so functionally immature. They should have just waited and gotten it all finished instead of releasing it half-assed.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 17:37 1

3. dave (unregistered)


Jake · 1 hour ago @ WMpoweruser.com
There are 3 Windows Phones with hardware keyboards: the HTC 7 Pro, the Dell Venue Pro and that one by LG.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:24 2

4. Fred (unregistered)


Windows phone has a better UI than Apple or Android. Not only that, you get Office, Xbox live and a Music subscription service. Anybody who tries it will like it.

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HTC 7 Pro

HTC 7 Pro

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
view full specs
Display3.6 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (259 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
448 MB RAM
Size4.63 x 2.32 x 0.61 inches
(117.5 x 59 x 15.5 mm)
6.53 oz  (185 g)
Battery1500 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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