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HTC HD7S Review

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Interface and Functionality:

With the platform’s stringent hardware requirements, the handset is powered by the same 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 576MB of RAM, which creates a sense of speed and responsiveness with almost every function.

Of course, it’s already loaded out of the box with the “NoDo” update that brings forth the most up-to-date Windows Phone 7 experience, but we’re still eager to see the new features with Mango. As much as we’re drooling over it, there is plenty to like about the platform with its dynamic looking homescreen.

The HTC HD7S comes with the “NoDo” update out of the box - HTC HD7S Review
The HTC HD7S comes with the “NoDo” update out of the box - HTC HD7S Review
The HTC HD7S comes with the “NoDo” update out of the box - HTC HD7S Review
The HTC HD7S comes with the “NoDo” update out of the box - HTC HD7S Review

The HTC HD7S comes with the “NoDo” update out of the box


Speed typers will find both the portrait and landscape keyboards extremely satisfying since it offers plenty of space and responsiveness to keep up with our pace.

On-screen keyboard - HTC HD7S Review
On-screen keyboard - HTC HD7S Review

On-screen keyboard


If you want to learn more about Windows Phone 7 and all of its core features and apps, then you can read about it more in our in-depth walkthrough.


Camera and Multimedia:

The HTC HD7S takes some quite poor-quality photos, with colors being on the colder side. Low-light shots have a faint hint of noise to them, while its dual-LED is able to light up the scenery, but casts some cooler looking colors again.

Outdoor samples taken with the HTC HD7S - HTC HD7S Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC HD7S - HTC HD7S Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC HD7S - HTC HD7S Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC HD7S - HTC HD7S Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC HD7S - HTC HD7S Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC HD7S - HTC HD7S Review

Outdoor samples taken with the HTC HD7S


Strong - Indoor samples - HTC HD7S Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC HD7S Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - HTC HD7S Review

Strong

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples


Granted that it offers continuous auto-focus with its 720p video recording, it’s rather perplexing to find a handset that has “HD” in its name producing some ugly and almost unrecognizable videos.

HTC HD7S Sample Video:




Needless to say that the Zune experience conjures up a refreshing presentation when listening to music, but audio quality with its speaker is on the sharp side – at the same time, lacking some needed bass.

Zune - HTC HD7S Review
Zune - HTC HD7S Review
Zune - HTC HD7S Review
Zune - HTC HD7S Review

Zune


There is no arguing that its Super LCD display and kickstand are the perfect tandem for watching high-definition videos, but it gets even better as the HD7S doesn’t stutter for one bit with its playback.


Internet and Connectivity:

The HTC HD7S offers an overall great web browsing experience since it exhibits fast page loads, smooth scrolling, and offers plenty of room to surf.

The HTC HD7S offers an overall great web browsing experience - HTC HD7S Review
The HTC HD7S offers an overall great web browsing experience - HTC HD7S Review
The HTC HD7S offers an overall great web browsing experience - HTC HD7S Review
The HTC HD7S offers an overall great web browsing experience - HTC HD7S Review

The HTC HD7S offers an overall great web browsing experience


Being the usual GSM phone that’s equipped to work in every corner of the world, it also features your usual set of connectivity features – like aGPS, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.

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posted on 01 Jun 2011, 07:07

1. gaurang (unregistered)


what is its no-contract price.....?????

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 22:08

2. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Is it just me or is the back of the phone a bit darker and blacker than the HD7?

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 04:26

4. madaleno (unregistered)


I have an HD7 (carrier free) and I must say that it's the last HTC I have.
No more HTC for me.
The camera just sucks. Pure garbage.
The HD2 camera is better.
HTC lowered its quality. HTC products no longer shine.
My wife as an iPhone 4, and the camera just shines.
I love WP7, but MS should test the hardware where they put it's new OS.
Poor hardware like this one can kill WP7.
I will wait for what Nokia has to offer.

posted on 07 Jun 2011, 10:32

5. zephxiii (unregistered)


wow HTC really needs to step up to the plate withe battery life....disappointing.

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 11:53

6. agamhonda (unregistered)


I picked upt he new HD7S on Wednesday. I have to stay overall I am happy with the phone. There are only a couple things I am not happy about such as.... Bing Map isn't turn-by-turn anymore. On my Windows 6.5 phone it was. I am not sure why it isn't available and the mango update isn't going to give you true turn-by-turn direction. The other negative is that you can't upload video from your phone to facebook, youtube, and etc... Beside those two negatives this phone is awesome!!!

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 13:43

7. CleverBee13 (unregistered)


Bought the htc hd7s phone...DO NOT BUY IT!!!... See i was excited but then almost a week later it wouldn't make sound...then i unfortunately found out that nobody on the other end of the phone couldn't hear me. Before all of this happened the phone was wonderful...I could hear people on the other end and texting was great etc etc but there was like a staticy sound in the background of all calls being made...and in one week no less it started acting up by not downloading apps in the software or by being online with the phone...so the marketplace was off limits for me...oh and what exactly is the point of a data plan if the internet on the phone never works...even in a WiFi zone? So i went back and got another phone...same one yes and now today (9/7/11) its doing exactly the same bs. Really this phone is horrible...and i bet i will only recieve stroe credit instead of my money back...even if I am sick of at&t...:(

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HTC HD7S

HTC HD7S

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
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, 4.5 hours talk time

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