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HTC HD7 Review

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Connected pretty much every which way, the HTC HD7 is a quad-band GSM, tri-band 3G phone and comes loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS on board. Connections include a 3.5mm headphone jack and a a microUSB port. Despite lacking expandable memory, it does have 16GB on board, the most out of any Windows Phone 7 launch device. The only things we might have liked to see are DLNA functionality and a mini HDMI port.

“Internet Explorer Mobile”

Once upon a time, these words sent shivers down mobile users’ spines, with Opera saving WinMo users from web browsing peril. So has Microsoft fixed the stigma of years of bad browsing it has created? You bet your bottom dollar they have.

Completely in line with the latest and greatest achievements in the area, the new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and silky smooth scrolling. The same goes for zooming, which you can do by either double-tapping or using pinch-to-zoom. Both options work flawlessly, with double-tap being very accurate, more so than on Android, and about equal to what you get on the iPhone.

The new Internet Explorer - HTC HD7 Review

The new Internet Explorer


The user interface is also an important part of a mobile internet browser though. There are good and bad things we can say about the one of the new Internet Explorer. First off, we don't like that there is no full-screen option in portrait mode. Fortunately, you can view web pages in full-screen when in landscape mode, but then another issue arises. There is no address bar at the top, meaning that you have to return to portrait mode to enter a new web address. This isn't a big deal, since switching orientations is very snappy, but still we cannot see a clear reason why they didn't put a simple address bar at the top of the page. However, Safari isn't without its issues either, lacking full-screen mode whatsoever.

Internet Explorer interface - HTC HD7 Review
Internet Explorer interface - HTC HD7 Review
Internet Explorer interface - HTC HD7 Review

Internet Explorer interface


Internet Explorer lacks Flash or Silverlight support, which is on one hand unpleasant, but on the other, it guarantees flawless operation, so we can live without it. Android has the advantage here, but we shouldn't forget the fact that scrolling when a Flash element is present is far from smooth in Google's OS.

The email client works great. As soon as you've entered your account details, your emails start to populate the app. Everything works super smooth. Unfortunately, you do not get a universal inbox like in bada or iOS, so your different inboxes are displayed as separate tiles. However, this isn't much of an inconvenience high-speed of the HTC HD7. Emails are displayed in HTML and look fantastic.

The email client on the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review
The email client on the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 Review

The email client on the HTC HD7


Google has Google Maps, Nokia has Ovi Maps, Microsoft has Bing maps and it's the latter that'll get you from A to B on a Windows Phone 7 device. Panning the map around in the app is very smooth, same as pinch zooming. The available options are pretty standard – you can search for a specific location, go to you position, and get directions from A to B. Unfortunately, there is no support for voice-guided directions so far.

Searching for POIs on the HTC  HD7 is very intuitive, of course, and once you open a POI in order to see more details, you are presented with the exact address, an option to get directions and a phone number. You can also pin a certain POI to the home screen, as well as share it via text or email.

The GPS managed to get our location fixed very quickly after a cold start, however, for some reason, the map took a pretty long time to load on our unit, even over Wi-Fi which was the only real let down.


Software:

We were a bit underwhelmed by what we found in the Office Hub of the HTC HD7. While the panoramic user interface is great for the purpose, we found Word Mobile's options to be quite limited. Stuff like word correction and find is present, plus there's even the option to place comments, but when it comes to formatting, available options are should just be enough if you just want to add some finishing touches to a document, or write something basic, little more.

You can also create, view and edit Excel files (with a range of available functions to choose from), as well as view and edit PowerPoint presentations. However, editing here comes down to just editing text. You can also take notes using the included OneNote software, or collaborate through SharePoint.

HTC HD7 Review

Thankfully, you can find some of the functionality that you find missing in the new Marketplace Hub. Right now, the selection of apps there should include about 2000 titles, which is a good start, but of course we expect that number to rise quickly. We are positive towards Windows Phone 7's gaming capabilities as we tried a few of the available offerings, and have to admit that they looked really good. The Xbox Live integration in WP7 lets you do stuff like personalize your avatar, track various achievements and scores, as well as see requests, providing a nice mix of playfulness and function.

HTC HD7 Review
HTC HD7 Review
HTC HD7 Review


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posted on 14 Nov 2010, 12:54

1. matistight (Posts: 198; 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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