Camera and Multimedia:

Posting some respectable above average looking images with its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, the HTC HD7 will surely appease the needs of any photo enthusiasts out there. However, it still doesn't overcome the stunning looking shots captured by the iPhone 4. Beating it in almost every category, it manages to produce sharp looking photos that have the correct amount of exposure to uncover plenty of fine details. Colors are also almost perfectly replicated versus the slightly off color tones evident with images taken by the HTC HD7. In low lighting situations, the iPhone 4 continues to show its prowess as it maintains a level of clarity – plus, its LED flash works light years ahead better than the overexposed look of the HD7. All in all, it's not to say that the HD7 doesn't do a great job, but the iPhone 4 sets the bar really high – so it's going to take a lot to topple it.





Even though the HTC HD7 offers continuous auto-focus while filming in 720p, it still doesn't provide the level of clarity and detail seen with the iPhone 4's high-definition videos. In addition to that, the ones captured by the iPhone 4 record at the speedy rate of 29 frames per second versus the 24 fps presented with the HD7. So from a quick look, there is some noticeable evidence of choppiness with the HD7's recordings, but it still should be satisfactory for most people.

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In the battle of deciding which handset provides for the better music player interface, it actually comes down to a deadlock tie seeing they both have their intriguing features. With the iPhone 4, there's no denying that coverflow will continue to make it one of the spiffier looking players out there – especially when you're able to browse your library so effortlessly. Still, the HD7 brings all of the captivating visuals of the full blown Zune experience to make its level of presentation seemingly well-rounded. Although they're not the best sounding speakers, the iPhone 4 manages to emit slightly more tolerable tones over its competition.



Honestly, both devices are the perfect solution for watching videos seeing that you've got the large screen of the HD7 and the brilliant luster of iPhone 4. High definition videos play completely effortlessly without any evidence of lag or slowdown to ruin the exceptionally smooth experience. Most people would argue that the bigger display of the HD7, combined with its kickstand, would be a more ideal movie watching solution. However, the iPhone 4 can still be seen as equipped with its higher clarity and deep looking colors – plus, it's not too big to hold in the hand for watching videos.

When it comes down to storage options, the two smartphones pack an adequate amount of 16GB in storage, but the iPhone 4 is also available with double the memory at 32GB – but for more money of course.

Software:

Being new to the mobile market, Windows Phone 7 is clearly in the early stages of development – and it shows in the amount of applications it has to offer in the Marketplace for Mobile. Conversely, the iPhone 4 is littered with so many apps, which are mostly polished versus the competition, that you can find just about anything you can imagine. However, as time goes on and developers begin to uncover the true potential of Windows Phone 7, it's almost inevitable to see both on the same level. But for right now, the iPhone 4 takes the cake with its sheer amount of available offerings in the App Store.



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16 Comments

1. blueFox

Posts: 9; Member since: May 29, 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.

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.

3. Baz unregistered

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

4. fluffy boii unregistered

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

5. troll unregistered

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

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.

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

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").

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

14. Hugh unregistered

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

15. Ahmad KKK unregistered

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

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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