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HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4

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Interface and Functionality:

Since we've gone over the differences between the two platforms in our Apple iPhone 4 and HTC Surround comparison, there isn't anything different this time around except for, you know, the larger real estate of the HD7. Straightforward and responsive, the platform experience on both devices are truly appreciated seeing that they radiate simplicity at their core. The 1GHz processors running within their bodies, Snapdragon for the HD7 and an A4 for the iPhone 4, chug along at a healthy rate and rarely ever shows off any hint of slowdown – thus making the overall experience feel seamless. However, there is no denying that iOS 4 is more mature with its long listing of features over the relatively still new offering with Windows Phone 7.

The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
The interface of the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4

The interface of the Apple iPhone 4

The start menu of the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4

The start menu of the HTC HD7


Personalization is a key category for some people who don't want to have the cookie cutter look and feel of an operating system. Depending on your taste, you can get a handle for each device – like the Metro UI of the HD7 or the iPhone 4's ability to display wallpapers. Though, we have to admit that the overall look of iOS hasn't changed since it came bursting out onto the scene back in 2007 with its grid-like menu. And that's the reason why the Metro UI on the HD7 stands out so much as it looks much more refreshing and appealing than anything else out there.

Social networking hounds will be grateful to find the HD7's tight support for Facebook as the People Hub aggregates a myriad of useful information like status updates and photos – all in one place. Even until now, it's hard to fathom how the iPhone still lacks this much wanted feature, but nevertheless, you can always receive the same experience by downloading the dedicated Facebook app. Unfortunately there is no love for Twitter with either devices, but that can quickly be solved by downloading the official app as well.

The People Hub on the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
The People Hub on the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4

The People Hub on the HTC HD7


As far back as we can remember, the iPhone reigned supreme when it came down to on-screen keyboards. Time after time, we've seen other devices attempt to topple it, but the HD7 manages to excel in that regard due solely to its massive display. Typing up a quick message without much errors isn't going to be a problem for both, but it's the larger nature of the HD7's on-screen keyboard that makes it gratifying.


Internet and Connectivity:

Pocket Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile was never regarded to be a mobile friendly web browser, but that quickly changes with Windows Phone 7. And just like that, the HTC HD7 stands equally on the same level of performance demonstrated by mobile Safari on the Apple iPhone 4. The commonalities are all there as they provide a super responsive feel, buttery smooth kinetic scrolling, multi-touch gesture support for zooming, and loading complex web pages in a timely manner. On one hand, some will like the amount of real estate presented with the HD7, while on the other hand, the higher resolution of the iPhone 4's Retina Display will be equally enticing. No matter what, you can expect an experience that won't disappoint in any aspect.

Internet Explorer on the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
Internet Explorer on the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
Internet Explorer on the HTC HD7 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4

Internet Explorer on the HTC HD7


Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4
Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4 - HTC HD7 vs Apple iPhone 4

Web surfing with the Apple iPhone 4


Seeing that both are GSM devices, you're not going to run into many walls when it comes down to placing phone calls in any part of the world. However, they both offer 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi in the event you don't have a sufficient cellular data connection – or even worse, you get placed on EDGE speeds. In addition, Bluetooth 2.1 is on board with both smartphones to enable a cornucopia of wireless devices, like headsets, to connect to them.

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posted on 22 Nov 2010, 10:26

1. blueFox (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 May 2008)


Okay, this is the limit. I used to love this website, but nowadays all you people are doing is lavishing superlatives on Apple products. When comparing browsers, why doesn't the article mention Flash support? And about video playback: Can the iPhone play XviD/DivX videos without converting first? No, it can't. And you guys just ignored the fact. Your site sucks -- at least, the "X v/s iDevice" reviews sure do. Grow a pair of balls and throw the rest of the money Jobs paid you on his face. You've sold your integrity, your reputation, to the Devil.

posted on 23 Nov 2010, 20:44 2

2. peepee (unregistered)


@bluefox

WP7 doesn't support Flash, HTML5 and Silverlight. iOS devices do support HTML5, though. So, your reasoning is invalid.

Phonearena is one of the most credible phone review sites in the web. If you can't accept that Apple make great devices that the mainstream media and average consumer like, you can't be helped.

posted on 25 Nov 2010, 10:53

3. Baz (unregistered)


Iphone does support xvid/divx using free VLC media app :)

posted on 25 Nov 2010, 13:39

4. fluffy boii (unregistered)


@bluefox
yes, you are 100% right.
i noticed it from a mile away
damn apple...
such fags

posted on 25 Nov 2010, 14:24 1

5. troll (unregistered)


BLUEFOX:BAAAAAAAAWWWW SOMEONE LIKE THE PHONE I HATE.......

posted on 27 Nov 2010, 13:22 1

6. TimoTim (unregistered)


I look forward to the match up between iPhone 4 and the Samsung Focus. That should have been the first VS match up between iOS and WP7.

posted on 28 Nov 2010, 00:15

7. E.N. (Posts: 2325; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


What's special about the Focus? Isn't it basically the same as the HD7?

posted on 29 Nov 2010, 00:32

8. TimoTim (unregistered)


No. The areas that the HD7 stuggled to keep up with the iPhone (like screen quality and hardware size) should switch over to favor the Focus... or at least equal it. The Focus uses a SAMOLED screen while the HD7 uses a regular LCD... SAMOLED beats iPhone's Retina Display any day of the week... its black levels are superior and colors are richer. The Focus also has a better battery in it than the HD7 and should prove to be on par if not better than the iPhone 4 and its thickness and weight is right their on iPhone's level but has a bigger screen to play with (3.5" vs 4").

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 05:59 2

9. Coco (unregistered)


I have both phones. The iphone 4 is a super piece of kit and if I'm honest it is probably the best overall smart phone I've used to date but it has had time to mature. The software on the HD7 works well but it's not mature and not quite complete (it was probably released early to catch xmas sales). The exciting thing for me about the HTC HD7 is the pending Flash support and what future Windows Phone 7 updates will bring (copy & paste, better landscape support etc). These I think will (or will not) make the HD7 a great phone. Also although the quality of the HD7 screen is not as good as the iphone 4, I do find the larger size does make tapping on links, messaging and browsing the web more pleasant.

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 06:45

10. joe (unregistered)


I have a hd7 and I must say I have been very impressed with its ability to hold a signal during a call and support a working alarm clock.

Two very basic features that the iPhone 4 has failed to deliver. With the iPhone coming in at roughly double the price of the hd7 (UK), these failures for me are unacceptable.

Take the rose tinted glasses off guys...

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 12:41

11. Ueliton (unregistered)


Now I see why Apple spends so much in marketing... thank God I´m an advanced mobile phone user and I don´t believe in such unbalanced match thing.

posted on 04 Feb 2011, 17:00

12. Dave Granger (unregistered)


One thing to remember is that the iphone 4 costs close to twice what the HD7 does. Unless you literally have more money than sense it's a no brainer which to buy.

posted on 14 Mar 2011, 10:24

13. Lordy (unregistered)


Wow, This site is ruined. how much money did you get to sell out for such piece of crap (iPhone). No matter how advanced the iPhone is (Which it is not really) it isnt a PHONE. and most of the apps are just pure crap just to toll up the app count.
the HD7 is an all-round champion, you know why? because microsoft and htc care about there customers. just wait and see how much apps will come for the HD7.

posted on 21 Mar 2011, 10:56 1

14. Hugh (unregistered)


Rude comments, faceless authors, amateurs justifying their purchase, must be an on-line forum!

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 08:32

15. Ahmad KKK (unregistered)


i have the HTC HD7 it's relly better than iPhone 4 but its settings are really difficult...

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 12:55

16. Timmy The Bear (unregistered)


Well, Iphone 4 is definitely over priced, but it has better all-around quality, and easier os.

Htc Hd7 is great too and is cheaper, but most of it's performance fails compared to the Iphone 4, and the Os on Hd7 is not so user friendly

Additional: I don't work for Apple nor Htc nor Microsoft, don't accuse me of anything, it's just my opinion, no hating!

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