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HTC HD7 Review

HTC HD7

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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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HTC HD7

HTC HD7

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.6 GB 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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