If you love mobile phones and are looking to enter the new and exciting world of Windows Phone 7, then we’re almost certain that one glance at the simply stunning screen found on the HD7 will make you say ‘I want that one!’ The HTC HD7 is the spiritual successor to the HTC HD2, and the Euro WinPho7 brother to the USA’s Android-running HTC EVO. The one thing they’ve all got in common? That 4.3″ touchscreen.
Put next to the Trophy and the Mozart, HTC’s other two Windows Phone 7 offerings for the UK, its sheer size makes it easy to see why it’s considered the range topping device, but don’t forget, the 3.7″ and 3.8″ screens on the other two can hardly be considered small!
So you’ve decided that size is everything, and that the HD7 is the phone for you. Lets take a look at what you’ll be getting:
Although we love a big screen, we’re not sure the monolithic look of the HTC HD7 could be called attractive, but it certainly is striking. It’s unsurprising that the front panel is all about the glass screen, with only a sliver of a speaker above it and the three Windows Phone 7 buttons beneath it for company. Around the back though, things are slightly more interesting.
The curvy rear panel has a removable battery cover plus some Windows Phone and HTC branding, but your eye is drawn to the metallic camera lens surround. This is more than visual garnish though, as a flip of the finger sees it spring back to become a kickstand, propping the phone up at an agreeable angle for watching video.
Obviously, a phone of this size isn’t going to be light, so the 162 gram weight is only to be expected. You may be surprised to learn however, that the HD7 is only 11.2mm thick — an amazing achievement and along with the beautifully molded rear panel, part of the reason the HD7 never feels too big for your hand.
On a phone like this, you’d expect the power to be as monstrous as the screen size, right? Well, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 576MB RAM and 512MB ROM isn’t to be sneezed at, but it’s also the same as you’ll find in the majority of Windows Phone 7 handsets available at this point. It also has only 8GB of internal memory and no microSD card slot to increase this, which is a shame considering its video and audio potential.
The HD7 is a 3G phone with HSDPA and HSUPA, plus Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP.
As you know, the operating system is Windows Phone 7, the latest from Microsoft and their big hope for putting them back in the smarphone game. It has a tile-driven menu where the tiles are ‘live’, displaying everything from up-to-date information from social networks to the amount of unread messages you have in your mailbox. New tiles can be added to correspond to applications and Hubs on the phone, plus HTC have their own Hub, where you’ll find weather, stocks and other handy widgets. You can get more information on Windows Phone 7 here, where we go into its capabilities in more detail.
What Else Can it Do?
- A 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and a dual-LED flash sit on the rear panel. It can also shoot 720p video.
- Assisted GPS with a digital compass and Bing Maps.
- A 3.5mm headphone socket.
- With a screen as big as this, videos will look great and thanks to Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound audio enhancements, they should sound great too. For best results, use a pair of good headphones — you’ll be amazed at how good a phone can sound!
- The capacitive, multi-touch Super-LCD screen measures 4.3″ and has a 480 x 800 pixel resolution.
- Windows Phone 7 comes with access to the Windows Marketplace for a range of applications, plus Zune Store for music downloads or an unlimited streaming subscription too.
Like all Windows Phone 7 handsets, the lack of a microSD card slot is unfortunate, but especially here due to the large screen making it ideal for enjoying a video on the move. Other than that, if you’ve got small hands, this is a very big phone and you may want to try it out before buying it!
Just like HTC’s other big-screen phones, the HTC HD7 is hugely desirable. While not everyone will want a phone that’s going to worry the lining in more than a few trouser pockets, there is no denying that the new OS looks its absolute best on a screen this size, and we suspect that the HD7 will be the Windows Phone 7 people will aspire to own.