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A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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HTC HD7 review

The screen that just keeps on going meets the OS that refuses to fit on a single display. Yes, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, like Windows Mobile 6.5 and Android before it, is getting treated with a 4.3-inch display from HTC for its launch party. The aptly titled HD7 is, by virtue of Microsoft's stringent hardware requirements, mostly just a stretched-out version of its WP7 contemporaries: it offers the standard 800 x 480 res, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, 576MB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a 720p movie mode. So what sets it apart? HTC will have you believe its Hub enhances the buttery smooth WP7 software, while outside the shell there's a handy kickstand for landscape lounging and you do of course benefit from an enlarged canvas for your finger inputs. Join us after the break to discover how much that matters in day-to-day use, along with the rest of our thoughts on the HTC HD7. This review is primarily of the HTC HD7 hardware. Check out our full review of Windows Phone 7 for our thoughts on the OS.

Pros
  • Giant 4.3-inch display makes everything easier
  • Windows Phone 7 runs like well oiled machine
  • Great ergonomics
Cons
  • Questionable build quality
  • Poor viewing angles, contrast, color reproduction
  • Small battery for its size
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Model
8GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Jelly Bean [4.2])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Contact pictures) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (8 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
1 GB
Model
16GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Jelly Bean [4.2])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video, Contact pictures) (yes)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
1 GB