HTC 7 Pro Review
HTC 7 Pro is pretty good. We were able to hear those calling us distinctly with natural sounding voices, although we'd prefer a bit more in the volume department. The microphone on the bottom of the phone did a good job converting and sending our voices over the air to the receiving side with minimal distortion.
The 1500mAh battery is rated for 7 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is about average, and you will have to charge the handset daily unless you use it very lightly.
The HTC 7 Pro is one of only two Windows Phone 7 handsets with physical keyboards, and it packs a great QWERTY that has a carved space for the screen half bottom when tilted up, very good key travel, and five chiclet-style key rows with a dedicated number row. This makes it one of the best messaging phones not only in WP7 land.
The build quality is very solid, but the device's heft is considerable, even for a QWERTY slider. The camera stills and videos are average, but it does shoot HD video, so it is more than fine for casual snapping.
The Windows Phone 7 platform is still in its nascence and it shows every now and then. It is not optimized for landscape physical keyboards, as it doesn't rotate the menus, nor the apps in landscape when you open the keyboard, except where it does with a virtual keyboard anyway.
The YouTube app is very weak, but luckily HTC offers its own version, which is much better. The generally fine browser doesn't support Adobe Flash, and you can't attach both Word and Excel file in one and the same email with the default email client. These hinder the experience somewhat, but functionalities will be expanded with the upcoming Spring update, and there is a big update slated for the fall.
In the meantime, the HTC 7 Pro will stay the best WP7 handset with a physical slide-out QWERTY, and you should keep an eye on the Nokia-Microsoft wild card - good things might come from there for current WP7 owners too.
If you are looking for alternatives, the HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 handset is a great Android option, but the screen doesn't tilt. You can also have a look at the Nokia E7, which offers bigger 4” screen that tilts, 8MP camera, and great keyboard, but is running Symbian, which might be a deterrent for you, if you were attracted to a WP7 device because of the slick interface in the first place.
Software version of the reviewed unit: 2250.10.12201.401
HTC 7 Pro Video Review:
- Nice ergonomic keyboard
- Tilting screen half
- Helpful HTC apps and interface customizations
- Quite heavy
- Weak loudspeaker
- WP7-related quirks like no Adobe Flash support
1. Philip (unregistered)
Do wish WP7 lets us send audio files via MMS and Email from the phone
2. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 721; 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.
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.
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.