My Review: HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 device

While on vacation most of this month, I was lucky enough to find an unlocked HTC HD7 in Phone House, on the last day of my stay in Paris. I did not get one in London nor did I expect to get one in Paris, but when I did see an unlocked WP7 at Phone House, Paris, I decided to grab it at 599 Euro.

I was not used used to Touch Phones, since I was moving on from a Nokia E50 to a Windows Phone 7 and I did face minor discomfort in handling a Touch Phone.

But the HTC HP7 made the job comfortable for me! It is not exactly small and hence made it easier for me to handle. It measures 122 x 68 x 11mm and weighs 160 gm. Its glossy black looks are really classy and Windows Phone 7 sure looks good on it! Its screen measures all of 4.3″ diagonal (480×800 res) making it the largest screen on a Windows Phone 7 device. It dominates the front of the phone leaving only a little space for the 3 mandatory buttons required of a Windows Phone; the Back button, the Home (Win Flag) button and the Bing Search button. The capacitive LCD touchscreen offers multi-touch capability and the display is pretty sharp and bright.

Actually since the Search button caters only to the internet search, I do not really use it frequently. It would have been great if the Search also included stuff on my phone! It would then probably justify its place in the front! And every time I hold the phone in my right hand, even if my palm so much as slightly touches, the right bottom corner edge of the phone, Bing search opens up. Is the Search button too sensitive? Or is it just me!?

Its edges are tapered giving it a real sleek look. On its sides, you have the volume button and the camera button for its 5MP dual LED flash Camera (with a 720p movie mode). At the bottom are placed aΒ  USB power/sync port and a headphone jack.

For all its sturdy look and feel, I find the back cover too flimsy and thin. Every time I have to open the cover to access the battery or the SIM card, I am scared and pray that I do not break or crack it!

Its battery life is claimed to be 6 hours talk time, and upto 14 days standby time. As a moderate phone and SMS text user I find that I have to charge it every day, since the battery gets almost over by the end of the day.

HTC HD7 runs on 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon with 576MB of RAM. It offers no option to expand the 16GB storage using memory cards, but I guess 16GB should be good enough for me.

Its sound quality and ability to pick up and keep a signal is also good.

Its HTC Hub, which you access from the home page offers HTC-specific apps, like the Weather app, Stocks, Currency Convertor, Photo Enhancer, Sound Enhancer, etc. The HTC weather gadget is the show stealer, however!

At the back, near the camera lens, is a stand. You can pull out the stand, and make the phone stand horizontally, which makes for some cool cinematic style viewing.

As I said, I am still getting used to a touch phone in general, and a Windows Phone in particular, but Windows Phone 7 operating system sure feels responsive and snappy on the HTC HD7.

Expect to read my posts on what I like / dislike about the Windows Phone 7 operating system, followed by someΒ  WP7 tips and troubleshooting tutorials, over the next few days.

Any WP7 or HTC HD7 users here? Would you like to comment or share your experiences here?

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

10 Comments

  1. Lee@TWC

    Thanks for the review Anand, been debating over this phone and to be honest there aren’t any (real person) reviews on the phones so far. The reviews so far have all seemed a little more like advertising rather than real life experience.

  2. Thanks Lee. This is my first attempt at doing such a review btw πŸ™‚

  3. Nice! More screenshots pl.
    Also add more practical tips (its + and – ) as you start using it more.
    WP7 difficult to find in Europe ? You had any oth choice or only 1 model available for WP7?

  4. Hi vasudev, Its the “unlocked’ WP7 phone that I am referring to and did not find. All that I came across were tied up with some service provider or the other. I only found this unlocked HTC HD7 model at Phone House.

  5. Yes that’s right, unlocked ones only else you wont be able to use it here. And screenshots like the one with the stand. I have seen this in their ads, sites but real pics by user makes it different. πŸ™‚
    Now u can review various apps also in future that will make it interesting.

  6. Mad Geek

    Nice review Anand.

  7. Wow…. Lucky man! I w%d like to see more pics.

  8. Amazing review… share some pics πŸ™‚

  9. Anand, Nice review. I saw HTC Mozart recently and most of the people grabbing Mozart and other over HD7,most of them said HD7 is big and not comfortable to keep in hand and talk, do you experienced something similar?

  10. No, Vikram, not at all! I do not find it too big to hold in the hands.

    And thanks for your comments Mad Geek, Ramesh Kumar and vipul πŸ™‚

    OK. I will try to put a few more screen shots tomorrow!

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