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HTC HD7S Review


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HTC HD7S Review
Leaving a sour taste in our mouth, calling quality isn’t all that great due to its weak earpiece, muffled voices through its speakerphone, and robotic tones on our caller’s end.

Luckily, signal strength seems to be solid in high coverage areas and it didn’t drop any calls during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area.

Paltry is one word that clearly defines its 1,230 mAh battery, since it manages to get us a total of 5.5 hours of talk on a single charge. Expect to constantly charge this one if you happen to be a power user.


Although it’s the latest thing to grace AT&T’s lineup, the HTC HD7S doesn’t dethrone the Samsung Focus as the carrier’s best WP7 handset. Moreover, its $200 on-contract price is undoubtedly hard to swallow considering that it doesn’t differ tremendously from the original model. Revolting in a way, we’re sad to see that the latest crop of WP7 devices on the market are none other than recycled models like this one, but it’s even worse for the HD7S since it doesn’t receive a fitting price point.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 7.0.7390.0

HTC HD7S Video Review:


  • Pleasant looking Super LCD display
  • Agreeable and solid design
  • Responsive operation


  • Pricey at $200
  • Terrible calling quality
  • Muddy looking 720p videos and poor photos
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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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OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display4.3 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (217 ppi) S-LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Single core, 1000 MHz
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, 4.5 hours talk time

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