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HTC HD7 Review
|| Review: November 2010
Last updated April 2012.
In a nutshell: The HTC HD7 is
one of the first wave of phones running Windows Phone 7. The
HD7's main selling point is its huge 4.3 inch display, making
it perfect for watching videos and running all kinds of apps.
It's a large and expensive phone though, so it won't be for
The HTC HD7 is one of the first wave of phones running Microsoft's
new Windows® Phone 7 operating system. Released a full year after the
HTC HD2, we were expecting to see a substantial
improvement over the previous model, but apart from the new operating
system and an upgrade to HD video recording, the HD7 is almost identical
to the HD2.
Like its predecessor, the thing that leaps out and grabs you about
the HD7 is the screen. At 4.3 inches and 480 x 800 pixels, this was
the biggest screen in town at launch, although now it's commonplace
amongst high-end phones. The kickstand at the back enhances the entertainment
value of the big screen. It'll be too big for some, but at least the
phone is slim, at only 11.2mm thick, although it still weighs in at
a hefty 162g. The HD7 is all about the screen really, and for some it'll
be absolutely brilliant and for others it'll be simply too big.
The big screen certainly acts as a great showcase for the new Windows
Phone 7 operating system. Microsoft were on a mission to simplify their
Windows Mobile operating system, and they certainly needed to. Phone
7 seems far more intuitive to use, with a new look home screen, consistent
menus across the interface, and a very responsive UI helped by a fast
1GHz processor. We enjoyed swiping and tapping our way around the phone,
and we liked the home screen, with its collection of constantly updating
feeds and tiles. Phone 7 has a lot going for it, in particular its integration
with other Microsoft products, making it very easy to sync the phone
with your PC. It also places social media to the fore, letting you import
contact data from Facebook, as well as Windows Live, Google and other
sources, and you can easily view new Facebook postings, photos, etc
through your contacts list. We think that Phone 7 is a solid platform
for the future, and there are already plenty of business, communication
and productivity-type apps available. Access to the suite of Office
products is one of Phone 7's key selling points. Fun apps will no doubt
appear in time.
The HD7 is all about media, and the Zune media player is at the heart
of this. When viewing images or playing videos, the screen simply rocks,
and if you do a lot of this, you'll be glad you chose the HD7. For music
too, sound quality is excellent, with support for SRS Surround Sound
and Dolby Mobile, and you can listen through the phone's own twin speakers
or by headphone using the 3.5mm audio jack. You can also use a Bluetooth
stereo headset if you prefer.
The camera is excellent, with 5 megapixels and a bright dual LED flash.
The LED flash also operates as a video light when recording video at
up to HD (720p) resolution.
A new feature of the HD7 is Xbox Live integration, raising mobile game
playing to a new level. The video processor support is more than adequate,
making game playing on a big portable screen a better experience even
than the iPhone.
Other features you'll find tucked away inside the HD7 include a GPS
receiver integrated with Bing Maps, and a good web browser, based on
The phone supports fast data access with HSPA offering downloads of
up to 7.2 Mbps. Connectivity covers everything you'd expect, including
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There's plenty of memory packed inside too, with
576MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
One thing we're not too happy about is the relatively low power of
the battery. Battery power always plagued the HD2, and the HD7 looks
to have the same problem. Combine a low powered battery with a huge
LCD display and lots of toys to play with and you're heading for disappointment.
Just like the HD2 before it, the HD7 excels in some areas and is problematic
in others. The outstanding areas are many. The problem areas are the
size, weight and battery life. It's expensive too. You have to choose
a phone like this with both eyes open, knowing what it will do and what
Features of the HTC HD7 include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
- 720p HD video recording
- Display: Touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability, 480 x 800 pixels
- GPS receiver with digital compass and Bing™ Maps
- Music player formats: .m4a, .m4b, .mp3, .wma (Windows Media Audio
- Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
- XBox LIVE® integration
- Internet: HSPA (7.2 Mbps download, 2Mbps upload)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, mini-USB 2.0,
Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 16GB internal storage, 576MB RAM
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
- Size: 122 x 68 x 11.2 mm
- Weight: 162g
- Battery: 1230 mAh
- Talktime: 320 - 380 minutes
- Battery standby: 310 - 320 hours
HTC HD7 User Reviews
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Average rating from 28 reviews:
Reviewed by Becca from UK on 7th Feb 2012
This phone is terrible. I have had to have it replaced 3 times due to
software faults, phone faults and it repeatedly freezing for no reason.
The software on the phone is awful and has so many glitches. The repeated
number of updates is a bit frustrating and reflects how eager HTC were
to bring out a phone before really working out the kinks. I wouldn't
recommend this phone.
Reviewed by mark from UK on 10th Jan 2012
Firstly, Windows mobile is different to iOS or android. Its easy to
use, simple and clean. I've had a 3g/3gs/desire so well versed in the
operating systems, and I really like the way the new mango update has
taken shape. Zune works brilliantly, and the zune pass for only £8.99
a month means free music downloads, I do a lot of train journeys so
great for me, and cost the same as 1 album a month, I downloaded 10
last month for £8.99 nothing on the phone doesn't work, bluetooth streaming
good, messaging, facebook integration brilliant, signal pick up great.
I love the HD7 and would recommend to anyone, only downside is battery
is terrible, but i have a spare so who cares.
Reviewed by joseph from usa on 3rd Jan 2012
i hate mine for 1 reason no skype what a rip off. if it had it id love
Reply by p from london on 16th Feb
Skype is coming out in the next 2-3 months or maybe sooner.
Reviewed by Pete S from England on 11th Dec 2011
had an upgrade from the O2 Guide and was not disappointed the phone
has a screen to die for and is simple in it's use and functions. It
is a large phone but this simply makes the screen more readable and
everything is crystal clear. HTC Hub and available Apps are getting
very close to Apples and the availability of Office Mobile apps is great,
the downside however is it appears you need Office 2010 on your PC to
allow editing of Documents etc on the phone. The built in GPS is also
a plus but until one of the leading players comes up with a true App
(e.g. Tomtom, Co-Pilot.) it is at present limited in direct use I would
however recommend this phone to anyone who wants speed, clarity and
a larger display
Reviewed by Donald Smith from UK on 8th Dec 2011
It seems to to work effortlessly with Windows live. Those having trouble
with Outlook might consider migrating to it. Plug-and-play/drag-and-drop
would have been preferred, over an over reliance on the Zune software,
a step back from the HD2. Which executive thought of that? Regular updates
to Mango could see the phones come into its own, but lets hope Microsoft
don't abandon there projects concerning the phone. Potential is one
thing, but they need to be realised. The OS is great to use quite smooth
and responsive. I would like to see a better way of organising apps,
like grouping similar apps together their own screen. Flash and a re-flow
function would be nice.
Reviewed by the master from uk on 1st Nov 2011
great screen,excellent running system,love the set-up,music great,internet
fast,camera great for 5 megas but you must upload the 7.5 mango o.s.changes
the fone for the better.
Reviewed by Maria from Greece on 16th Oct 2011
I bought this phone a few weeks ago.I must say it really sucks, worst
ever phone owned. I looks prety cool but can't really do anything with
it. bluetooth not working to connect or share files with others,Zune
software sucks too ,you need to be a rocket scientist to upload anything
here, I thought that a windows phone would do prety much everything,
does not support popular formats of files...I would trade it for a iphone
and pay the difference in a eyeblink...stay away. Good camera and and
screen ,that is all i found good about it.
Reviewed by Will from USA on 19th Aug 2011
I have this phone and the htc HD2 and personally like the HD2, the HD7
is much smother and easy to use. But it doesn't have nearly as much
media than the HD2. HD2 comes with Swype, streaming media, it can read
virtually any movie, doc files, and much more. I also find it pain in
the ass using Zune, You cant just put pics, music, videos on HD7 like
on a hard drive. Its like stupid Itunes with iphone, and its very annoying.
HD2 and HD7 are basically same phones. power, screen resolution, cameras,
memory.. Its funny how they limited the HD7 even though it came 2 years
after the htc HD2.
Reviewed by Dinu from UK on 14th Jul 2011
Great phone waaaay smoother and fasster than my old Android phone and
battery lasts longer too! Love the crisp clean user interface in comparison
to the messy and confusing Andriod UI Up coming mango update will make
it even better
Reviewed by Andy from England on 28th Jun 2011
My freind had this phone and found it dire, i had a play with it a found
it truly awful. i personaly have a desire which is awsome, dont get
this phone, get the desire hds i think the prob was 1 He was on orange,
2, microsoft got hold of it, couldnt even dowload Angry birds, i ask
you you have to have that game lol. Dont get me wrong the Internet was
Reviewed by Eric from Finland on 16th May 2011
It is alright, but I wait for Nokia win7 phone will be a lot better
Reviewed by C.Morgan from England on 11th Apr
Thought I'd wait a month or so before posting a review: Camera - great
pictures but the people have to be still, easy to upload to facebook
and the like. Video - good in decent light, but can't upload to facebook
and the like. Easy to put your own films on it. Touch Screen - really
responsive and a great screen, but not quite iphone colours. Typing
on the virtual keyboard is really good. Calls and texting - (02) great,
no problems at all. Music - Zune is okay, but I was really getting into
spotify and unfortunately it isn't supported. Emails - everything but
Outlook (Web Access version) has been a doddle and really good. Still
can't get OWA to work yet. MS Office mobile - a nice touch, but not
as great as I thought. Apps - a little disappointed in comparison to
iPhone Battery Life - with any smart phone with a screen this size,
I have to charge every night, but no real problems. Overview: All in
all a good phone; I've never been disappointed with it - but I have
always had the niggling feeling should I have gone for a iphone? Might
have to have a look at then when the iPhone5 comes out.
Reviewed by raj from england on 7th Apr 2011
i luv this phone! so responsive and really good for gaming. it also
gets your basic calling and texting is easy. i swapped from my lg pop,
looking for a more classy phone and this is absolutely great! onlny
concern is that it is astoundingly big, and hard to fit in most pockets.
it makes it harder to lose though =P but otherwise, definetely a great
phone. camera isnt of the best quality either, but it still takes pictures
at a somewhat average quality. other than that, this phones a beast.
definitely buy it. bye!
Reviewed by kenny from england on 3rd Apr 2011
this phone is great,the windows software is a breeze to use ,vune is
good,but the down side for me is the battery is rubbish and the phone
gets far too hot which might be good on a really cold day.
Reviewed by tinvia from england on 12th Mar 2011
it is the worst phone i've ever had. can even perform a simple function.
for example you cant even set your own music as ringtone, come on we
are in 2011 not 1911. easy crash, i have to take it back to o2 and exchange
it after 2 days.
Reviewed by Daniel Gil de Lamadrid from PR on
8th Mar 2011
I like it, but have a "crash" problem with marketplace hub.. so for
that I give the phone 3 stars
Reviewed by Mr Eoin Campbell from UK on 8th Feb
Very dissatisfied with this phone! I'm on an O2 business contract and
switched from my iPhone 3GS in December. I've found that the phone uses
up ridiculous amounts of data even when I'm not using the phone! It
logs on at midnight to upload data and within the first 20 days of using
the phone my 750mb allowance was gone. In the previous year on the iPhone
the most I used in any one month was 180mb! I use the phone far less
and after January's scare, I even decided to switch off data & 3G before
midnight but now I've just received the dreaded "youn have used 80%
of your data allowance!" warning! :-S I'm going to call O2 again and
complain that the phone is unsuitable and not fit for purpose! I'M VERY
Reviewed by Michael from UK on 26th Jan 2011
Just a quick response to people who have not managed to synchronise
their phone with Outlook. I had problems synchronising with Outlook
but luckily took it into the work technicians and hey presto! It works
with Outlook. I can access all my Outlook folders and I can also download
attachments, change them and then resend them again. So it can be done.
I am not sure I would have been able to do it by myself though.
Reviewed by Robert Jones from England on 29th
Hi guys, I'd just like to start by saying what a wonderful phone this
is! The screen is beautiful and a great size with vivid colours! The
new windows operating system is amazing. Everything is very, very responsive
and fluid. Loading apps or changing from screen to screen is done super
quick. While mentoning apps, there is lots of great apps out at the
moment. Obviously it has no where near the amount that the iPhone has
but for the amount of time the store has been open it has a wide and
good selection:! The phone itself is full of features, live tiles is
brilliant and the maps is second to none. Bing is nicely intergrated
into maps making it a perfect Sat nav replacement. The phone also has
possibly the best virtual keyboard I have seen, intact I'm typing this
whole review using it! Please don't be put off by harsh reviews like
the one below me, really, one star because it doesn't intergrate with
outlook perfectly?! I'd also like to point out that the phone is currently
a first version, so doesn't have things like copy and paste or multitasking
but the first update has been said to include this which is expected
around February '11.
Reviewed by Jon Taylor from UK on 13th Dec 2010
Excellent hardware with superb screen and very responsive. With the
WiFi and Bluetooth switched off when not needed, battery life is reasonable.
HOWEVER for me, the Windows operating system really is the pits. My
whole reason for choosing this over Android is what I believed would
be good compatibily with Outlook. Quite the opposite in fact - it won't
synchronise with Outlook at any level. Everything has to be sent to
your Hotmail account and done from there. Fine if you have one but not
everyone wants to be forced to do that - I certainly don't. Luckily
I have this on trial so it will be going back next week. If your reason
for choosing this phone is compatibility with Outlook - forget it.
Reviewed by adam from uk on 9th Dec 2010
Except of many shiny gadgets hd7 can't do simple things like adjusting
text size when reading anything on the net. Big flaw.
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 2nd Dec 2010
HD7 is great - the screen is very responsive and I like the build quality.
Unfortunately I had to return the phone for a refund as the OS does
not allow proper pc-phone sync with MS Outlook. This is a major oversight
by Microsoft - not everyone wants to sync using a windows live account,
particularly with confidential business information. Phone is excellent
but OS sadly lacking in this first version. The OS looks great but the
interface is too simple and allows very little customisation. Gone to
Desire HD instead.
Reviewed by MINANTRA from UK on 20th Nov 2010
Reporting back....OK, sad to say that I have returned two HD7's back
to O2 for a full refund. The phone is just not ready for 'prime time',
with the main problem being battery life. It was truly awful and I never
managed more than 12 hours before charging again which is unacceptable!
Who's idea was it to put a 1230 mAh battery in a phone with a monster
4.3inch screen?! As I said before the speaker was so quiet and tinny
I could never hear the phone ring/text when it was in my pocket, and
it went from warm to hot after using it for an hour. The software on
the other hand is very slick, ultra fast and refreshingly different,
so I applaud MS for that, however, for me, I think I will let it mature
over the next 12 months before I decide to buy another Windows Phone
7. Back to my iPhone 3gs I go. 2 stars for the HTC HD7 and 4 stars for
Reviewed by Martin from UK on 18th Nov 2010
I have been trialing this phone for a couple of days and like the interface
and screen size. However for business use there are a number of big
BUTs that applies to all W7 phones for BUSINESS USE: The exchange client
does not syncronise tasks - in this regard the Outlook client is inferior
to the S6 and Symbian3 Exchange Offerings and misses a critical business
element (I had expected MS to deliver best Exchange/Outlook client;
Linkedin aplication does not integrate with contacts hub and forces
web access for full access - inferior to iPhone and Blackberry clients;
Lack of Skype app is a killer against Nokia, Android and iPhone; Acrobat
reader will not handle secured pdf files - again a major oversight compared
to others. Lack of Tube Map app is a pain for getting around London
quickly. Battery needs more beef - 8 hours business use kills the battery
All that said as a consumer device I would give it 5 stars - but for
business it is just not grown up enough yet - maybe another year and
some serious thought about business users. I'll check out the Nokia
E7 when it comes out as the N8 has impressed
Reviewed by Mike from UK on 17th Nov 2010
Had this phone for a few says now and was bought to repace me desire,it
is excellent,yes excellent!.. In terms of smartphones the iphone is
the daddy (I dont own one,buts lots of friends do) the Windows 7 mobile
is pretty damn close and is really slick,makes the android look a bit
disjointed.. Use is slick,impressive and the mail,windows office,excellent..
Market place is getting better and the battery life get better,all smart
phones are current hungry,you aint going to get nokia 6300 battery life...Learn
to use it well and you wont be dissapointed
Reviewed by Andrew Roberts from UK on 10th Nov
Had this phone only 2 days, it is not very good and I am changing it
for a HTC Desire, the screen is good and some of the applications but
here is a lot missing, no individual ringtones, no usb storage function,
unable to connect to coprotae network the list goes on.
Reviewed by steve anderson from uk on 7th Nov
had this phone 2 days all i can says is amazing ive had htc desire iphone
4 samsung galaxy s this year and i got to say wow what a phone this
phone beats them all yes copy and paste misssing full multi tasking
and a couple fixes needed this year like apple an update will be due
then it will be truly amazing phone
Reviewed by MINANTRA from UK on 3rd Nov 2010
Had this phone 12 days now and on the whole i am very impressed impressed
with the software, however the hardware is not so good. The screen is
fantastic, the build quality is good, the camera is great especially
in day light / good lighting. The battery life sucks, 15 hours if im
lucky, 12 if i'm not, its also gets hot after 30mins of constant use!
The speaker is rubbish, too quiet and very tinny, my camera button got
loose and started to click, and lastly, the phone keeps hanging and
crashing. I am getting a brand new replacement tomorrow, and hopefully
it wont have the problems mentioned above. I will report back.
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