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HTC HD7S Hands-on

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HTC HD7S Hands-on
We got to handle the phone with the largest screen in Windows Phone land at the CTIA show, in its AT&T reincarnation, which adds an “S” to its name.

The 4.3” LCD display on the HTC HD7S sports the same 480x800 pixels of resolution, but the “S” means that the screen is now of the Super LCD variety, unlike the plain vanilla LCD of old, exhibiting higher contrast, brighter, vivid colors, and better viewing angles right before our eyes.

Not to mention it should be more power-efficient than the LCD on the HTC HD7. Have a look at the few pictures we snapped of the new screen on the HTC HD7S:

HTC HD7S Hands-on
HTC HD7S Hands-on
HTC HD7S Hands-on

The handset offers a remarkably good fit in the hand, because it feels very compact for its screen size, with curved edges everywhere, and soft-touch plastic on the back. All the rest of the usual WP7 goodies are onboard – 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and protruding 5MP camera with dual LED flash that does HD video recording.

There is a kickstand tucked around the camera area, which comes in very handy for watching movies on the large screen. You should be able to store enough of those movies on the handset, since HTC has graced it with 16GB of internal memory.

HTC HD7S Hands-on
HTC HD7S Hands-on
HTC HD7S Hands-on

AT&T's HTC HD7S will ship with the latest version of Windows Phone 7, which means an even more fluid performance, and the copy/paste update onboard. AT&T didn't hesitate to slap its carrier-specific software on it, as we could easily see the U-Verse TV service app winking at us from a double-tile on the homescreen in nasty orange.

As for availability, it shouldn't be long, AT&T has set up a preview website, where you can enter your email address to get notified for the HTC HD7S arrival. In the meantime, you can read our in-depth review of the original to catch a notion what you will be dealing with on AT&T.

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posted on 23 Mar 2011, 14:53 2

1. Kakarotto (Posts: 254; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

Kickstand! Woooot!!! xD

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 20:21

2. HallucinatingElvis (unregistered)

LOL, A Kickstand...

Wish my Inspire had a kickstand :(

posted on 23 Mar 2011, 21:38

3. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Slim!...I'm impressed. Windows phone 7...Disappointed

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 15:57 2

5. joe (unregistered)

I don't know why considering WP7 kicks all kinds of ass, and embarrasses the ugly, unintuitive, choppy, laggy, fragmented pile of crap known as Android and matches and even surpasses iOS is many areas of usability and smoothness. It also happens to be by far the best looking mobile OS by a country mile.

It's not without some early headaches, but in a year there won't be a mobile OS as good. Whether that makes it successful, nobody knows. Consumers are sheep who will buy sh*t simply because everyone else is. How else can you explain people putting up with Android. I say this is a former Android user for 9 months.

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 18:18 2

8. KParks23 (Posts: 679; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

i have to agree.... this luis guy must be hating on stuff he has never used WP7 is awesome!!! WP 6&6.5 yea pretty bad

posted on 25 Mar 2011, 21:28

9. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)

I want to try windows 7 but there just aren't any phones that really appeal to me. That's where I think why people are hesitant to try windows 7.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 09:13

4. hasgjs (unregistered)

The display looks huge. I'm not sure I like it.

posted on 24 Mar 2011, 19:54

6. chinakidoliver.iab (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

joe ur retarded u just dont know how to use a phone

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 21:15

10. M (unregistered)

Of course WP7 has a more user friendly UI. Just waiting for WP7 on a LTE device with a bright 4.3" screen, dual proc and a big battery. Also want a GPS mapping program with turn by turn voice and this will be a keeper.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 12:01

11. Unplug (unregistered)

While you all argue about whats better ... I work for a living and productivity out weighs angry bird or some app that does some meaningless task ... Give me office 2010 on my phone I can get my job done faster, better and make more money so I can go somewhere enjoyable with people I want to be around and turn my phone off! Wait ... WP7 doesn't need an app for that ... It comes with it ... Go play angry bird Joe

posted on 16 Apr 2011, 17:42

13. mattyfromma (unregistered)

I think WP7 is just going to get as popular as android when more of these phones hit more carriers. Sprint just got a wp7 phone and well its 50/50 some people prefer keyboards some dont, but this is only one model. Verizon doesnt have a wp right now, T-mobile has one model. Att is the only carrier that has a few different models. I have an android phone and like other people are just waiting for a model with more options. The good thing i think Microsoft is doing is controlling their OS and not letting every manufacturer out there customize the UI and make OS updates take forever.

posted on 11 May 2011, 23:20

14. MENINBLK (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 May 2011)

Where is it already !!!!

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