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HTC HD7 Review

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HTC HD7 Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T (without 3G).

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HTC HD7 Review
HTC HD7 Review
You want a sexy touch screen smart-phone with good, solid hardware, but you're stuck on operating systems. You think iPhones are way too expensive, BlackBerry OS doesn't give you a good enough online experience, Android 's cluttered and Symbian's dated. Up until now, you might have been bashing your head against a brick wall, longing for a clean, elegant solution that delivers an up to date user interface coupled with some smooth web browsing. Our advice? Stop head bashing and start reading: Microsoft and HTC have reunited to give you the HTC HD7. A fine piece of hardware cut from the same cloth as the EVO 4G and the HTC Desire HD. The HTC HD7 sports a 4.3 inch screen, a host of connectivity options, a 5MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash as well as the enigmatic OS that could be the answer to the above dilemma - Windows Phone 7.


Design:

Being likened to the HTC Desire HD is for the most part a good thing in our eyes, and when we set eyes on the HTC HD7, we were hopeful. Its big fascia, curved, smooth back, solid look and feel all come together nicely. You may recall our niggle with the HTC Desire HD lay with the battery cover and card cover being  fiddly, this is remedied with the HTC HD7, which adopts a more traditional battery cover on the back. Other than the shiny new phone, inside the box, you'll also find a microUSB connector, a mains charger in-which the USB cable plugs in, headphones, foam ear pieces and a range of pamphlets on the topic of your new phone. Our HTC HD7 has 16GB of memory on board with no option for expanding memory (despite there being a microSD card slot under the non-removable back panel).

The big fascia, curved, smooth back, solid look and feel of the HTC HD7 all come together nicely - HTC HD7 Review
The big fascia, curved, smooth back, solid look and feel of the HTC HD7 all come together nicely - HTC HD7 Review
The big fascia, curved, smooth back, solid look and feel of the HTC HD7 all come together nicely - HTC HD7 Review

The big fascia, curved, smooth back, solid look and feel of the HTC HD7 all come together nicely


HTC HD7 Review

You can compare the HTC HD7 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The HTC HD7 is a very recognizable sibling of the Desire HD and EVO 4G, largely due to the screen. Delivering very similar results at the same 480x800 resolution, the Super LCD display gets the same positive remarks - big, bright and ultimately, a real eye popper. On the downside, it's also slightly dull when compared to a Super AMOLEDs, with blacks on it looking a dark shade of grey and colours lacking that AMOLED saturation people just can't seem to get enough of. Standalone, needless to say, it's a real pleasure to use.

The 4.3” Super LCD display is  a real eye popper - HTC HD7 Review
The 4.3” Super LCD display is  a real eye popper - HTC HD7 Review

The 4.3” Super LCD display is  a real eye popper


The two recessed metal grills at the top and bottom of the fascia attract a lot of dust and dirt - HTC HD7 Review
The two recessed metal grills at the top and bottom of the fascia attract a lot of dust and dirt - HTC HD7 Review

The two recessed metal grills at the top and bottom of the fascia attract a lot of dust and dirt


The fascia and in call speaker are encased in a finger print loving chrome frame that lavishes all sides of the handset. There are two recessed metal grills at the top and bottom of the fascia. While these look like stereo speakers (we should be so lucky), the bottom grill is decorative while the top provides a place for the in call speaker and light sensor. These may be attractive design elements that do a decent job of framing the screen, however soon become a deposit for dust and dirt.  What's worse is that they are a pain to clean being so recessed. We much prefer the HTC Desire HD's smaller single grill up top. The fascia itself plays host to the screen and three capacitive buttons below. Unlike on the HTC Desire HD, we did find ourselves accidentally pressing these occasionally. To the left is the volume rocker and two stage camera button, both being chromed, on top is the power button and jump down to the bottom and you'll find the microUSB port, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the in-call mic. Flip over the HTC HD7 and on the back you'll find the 5MP camera with dual LED flash and a loud speaker. One element that HTC have resurrected from their EVO 4G which lay absent on the Desire HD is a flip out kick stand, though on the HD7, it subtly frames the camera on the top half unlike on the EVO 4G, which kicked out from the bottom half. As mentioned earlier, the battery cover panel secures on the back part of the phone along the top half and does a fine job of this. It is plastic, but is matted with a gun metal finish, and feels good to the touch.

The sides of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review
The sides of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review
The sides of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review
The sides of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review

The sides of the HTC HD7


The flip out kick stand - HTC HD7 Review
The flip out kick stand - HTC HD7 Review
The flip out kick stand - HTC HD7 Review

The flip out kick stand


Overall, the phone is a good size with a nice even weighting behind it. Despite its plastic construction, it feels pretty solid, with our biggest gripe being the grills above and below the screen and their propensity to attract dust. Despite the large form factor, it fits comfortably in the pocket and hand, and doesn't feel like a brick when held against the ear.

The back of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review
The back of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review
The back of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review

The back of the HTC HD7



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posted on 14 Nov 2010, 12:54

1. matistight (Posts: 202; Member since: 13 May 2009)


battery life cant be better. like its not possible. if they really wanted a good battery life they would talk to blackberry, but their batteries will continue to suck because they have had plenty of times to upgrade the batteries to be good

posted on 15 Nov 2010, 15:39

2. Serentic (unregistered)


You want a sexy touch screen smart-phone with good, solid hardware, but you're stuck on operating systems. You think iPhones are way too expensive, BlackBerry OS doesn't give you a good enough online experience, Android 's cluttered and Symbian's dated. Up until now, you might have been bashing your head against a brick wall, longing for a clean, elegant solution that delivers an up to date user interface coupled with some smooth web browsing.


Palm. WebOS.

Affordable, fantastic online experience, neat (try no apps on the home screen, thank you), and updated. There's a new phone coming out in the coming weeks of 2010. Elegance embodied. :P

posted on 30 Nov 2010, 16:34

3. Garbage (unregistered)


HOURS AND HOURS spent with T Mobile and Microsort.
Phone will not sync unless you put your personal info on
Microsift Servers.

Hours wasted trying to sync contacts, calandars.

Junk!

posted on 03 Dec 2010, 12:27

4. Microsoft Lover (unregistered)


I have used Windows phones since 2002. I still recall the Samsung windows phone that I had purchased at $600 with a 1GB card that were both stolen within a month. Much improvements were made and I was really excited about purchasing the new HD 7 phone to match with my home OS and upgrade from my Touch Pro 2.

Alas, what a disappointment! It is the first phone ever that I have returned. HTC and Microsoft alliance did a poor job on this one. I was sold on the big screen, the ease of moving from one screen to the other, and just the coolness of having windows 7 phone, but little did I know that I was heading to various issues:

1. As mentioned by another individual, it took me hours to try to sync my contacts. I thought that MS would be smart enough to let people sync their info from Windows 6.5 to Windows 7, but hey, sounds like the smart guys disregarded this option. Getting this phone is like starting from scratch. After hours of research, I saw that some people found a work around with Outlook, and it's no easy stuff, given that I am actually a tech guy...

2. Applications, I spent hours trying to install some goodies that I have downloaded over the years, but then again I received messages saying that you can't install CAB files. What a disappointment that was... You have to use Zune software and/or the market place where there's a restricted amount of applications, number that will grow they say...

3. I have many small applications in my flash card, but then again I did not realize that this phone does not have cards' slots, and of course does not take cab files...

It seems like MS is trying hard to follow iPhones and Androids, but if there were behind, now they have just stopped running. It will take me some time before getting another MS phone. I am settling with my Touch Pro2 for now.

posted on 26 Dec 2010, 06:23

5. JB (unregistered)


HTC HD7 - If you live in HK or China definitely don't buy this phone. Windows is not prepared to download applications to your PC or Phone at this time. I have been trying to solve this problem for more then one month with no success.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 23:55

6. Bharat Bhushan (unregistered)


I has been experienced by many users that HTC HD7 is useless mobile reason being the user cannot change its ringtone of its own choice, user cannot install third party applications. User cannot download applicaitons other than available at Market Place.
So then what is the use of mobile? Hopeless

posted on 18 Feb 2011, 00:01

7. Ahmed Khan (unregistered)


HTC should withdraw HTC HD7 from Indian Market. It just a box. In this fact technology I cannot keep my Ringtone as MP3. I cannot instal software available at Net. I cannot instal call recorder, I cannot instal any software which are needed. I cannot share office documents with PC. Very disappointing Mobile as compare low level window mobiles

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 08:31

8. Rody (unregistered)


I had a problem with my HTC HD7 that get wet, nothing is working wrong but the camera glass cover is blurred, how can I clean it, I have some special tools but I need to know how could I do it.
Thanks for your help

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 13:19

9. Michaelen (unregistered)


I thought the Zune software on PC was supposed to act as a sort of converter during sync... How come it can't even add .dat files in my PC to its library? I've been trying to transfer some video files to my HTC-HD7, and so far, no progress! I can't believe I've been sitting here for more than 2 hours...

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 13:20

10. Michaelen (unregistered)


I thought the Zune software on PC was supposed to act as a sort of converter during sync... How come it can't even add .dat files in my PC to its library? I've been trying to transfer some video files to my HTC-HD7, and so far, no progress! I can't believe I've been sitting here for more than 2 hours...

posted on 26 Dec 2011, 05:20

11. k.shehab (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Dec 2011)


It's the worst phone human beings ever seen ........ many problems and issues with zune many accounts no application don't take credit cards other than the us germany france and some other country so it suck it's literally the worst mistake I ever made in my life :@

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 04:51

12. Adomako (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I have the HTC HD7 9292 which I bought in December. After working for a while it now restarts so often I am unable to use it to anything that takes more than 5 minutes. Why is it so? Any solution? Nana.

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HTC HD7

HTC HD7

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
576 MB RAM
Size4.80 x 2.68 x 0.44 inches
(122 x 68 x 11.2 mm)
5.71 oz  (162 g)
Battery1230 mAh, 6.33 hours talk time

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