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HTC HD7 Review

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HTC HD7 Review
Call quality on the HTC HD7 is good, with decent in clarity on the handset itself and good volume levels. Listeners on the other end of the line found that the phone produced a good sound with no muffling or interference. The loud speaker delivers an overall good noise, though is slightly tinny with a few muffles, but nothing major. With there being no issues with regards to reception or mobile browsing, the HTC HD7 gets an overall thumbs up as a phone.

Get the HTC HD7 up and running and you will find the overwhelming smoothness and visual flare of the OS coupled with the 4.3 inch screen works a treat. Given the hardware and software, 99% of the time, it all runs like a dream. There are two occasions this is not the case.

The first is when you are using an app that is heavily web dependant, such as Facebook. This can take a long time to load content and is jerky until it does. The whole OS is a data grabbing tool, so to get the most out of it, both in terms of functionality and smoothness, you will need to feed the beast some MBs in the form of an online tariff or regular Wi-Fi access.

Our second concern is a little more noteworthy. Before we explain, we'd ask that you visualize yourself using a Windows XP PC. You may recall, when it went into overdrive, dragging a window could cause a cascade of shadow windows enabling you to create an attractive buggy pattern until everything caught up with you. In a similar vein, our unit created some interesting visual effects after not being switched off for a couple of days. A simple soft reset solved the problem and it hasn't re-appeared, however, has left us feeling the OS could be more stable. Then again, it might have been just our unit.

One final point on performance is a lack of true multi tasking. This didn't ruin the experience by any means, but meant, for example a half written text was lost on a couple of occasions when hitting the search button by mistake.

Battery life on the HTC HD7 is just okay. With a quoted 6.3 hours talk time and 17 days standby time, in reality, with fair usage, it lasts a whole day, but that’s it. Markedly better than the HTC Desire HD, it’s still not great and we hope HTC start pumping more juice into their future releases with screens of this size. 


Conclusion:

The HTC HD7 is an all in all pleasure to use. Unfortunately however, it isn't as much of a wow device as its Android 4.3" siblings, having been released far later than the EVO 4G, therefore lacking the edge and without the build quality of the HTC Desire HD or the new Sense UI's functional implementation. HTC's overlay upon Windows Phone 7 comes only in the form of HTC Hub, and is pretty underwhelming as it’s not intended to be another Sense UI. Also, while Windows Phone 7 is a promising OS, it could use a hand in the functionality department. Nevertheless, this doesn't take away from the 4.3 inch screen being great for movies, and the fact that it does real justice to the super smooth OS. Like all Windows Phone 7 handsets, the HTC HD7 will get better as the OS matures. In the meantime, it comes recommended by us, though admittedly not to the same extent as we might have hoped. Alternative considerations would be the Samsung Omnia 7 if you want to stay with the OS but want a Super AMOLED screen. If the form factor appeals, depending on where you are in the world, the EVO 4G or HTC Desire HD would provide great Android alternatives, or the iPhone 4 could offer a more established OS, though the screen is considerably smaller.


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Pros

  • Windows Phone 7 looks great on the screen
  • Video is smooth, bright and immersive
  • Web browsing is a pleasure on the large screen
  • Dolby Mobile and SRS work very well for music and video

Cons

  • Design has a few issues
  • OS needs to mature
  • Camera has some issues
  • Battery life could be better
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posted on 14 Nov 2010, 12:54

1. matistight (Posts: 206; 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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