Pros + Clean, uncluttered interface
+ Very responsive
+ Extremely stable
+ 16gb of onboard memory
+ Multiple MS Exchange server accounts allowed
+ Call quality (clarity) is decent
+ Screen colors are natural though a bit washed out
Cons - Non-removable memory
- Battery life is bad (OK, I am pushing 3 email accounts)
- Picture quality is less than expected
Summary I've had the HD7 for about 10 days, now, and am extremely pleased. My previous smartphone was a Blackberry Curve, which was a great phone when I bought it, but it had gotten pretty out-of-date. But my university has a contract with ATT, and my RIM was with T-Mobile, and we never got the Blackberry to sync with the Exchange server. So I decided that my next phone would be a Windows phone, but held out for WP7.
I'm thrilled with the easy integration with the Exchange server. All I had to do was enter my network ID and password, and the Exchange server name, and it immediately synchronized. You do this by choosing manual configuration. The phone also keeps track of my Hotmail and Gmail accounts, but allows me to keep them separate, which is good. My Outlook calendar has its own hub on the start page, and when I come out of stand-by the phone automatically displays my next appointment on Outlook. You don't have to sync with Exchange on you desktop or laptop, the phone syncs automatically over the phone network.
I really like the People Hub. It synchronizes my contacts across Facebook, Twitter and my Outlook address book. I've pinned my wife's icon to the start page, and with one click I can choose between calls to her cell, to home, text to the cell, email, or checking her last Facebook posting. Same for my kids.
There are great Facebook and Twitter apps available that do everything I want very easily. Also very satisfied with the weather, news, and tech news apps I've downloded. I've also added a really cool flashlight app that has my friends with iPhones jealous.
I was surprised to find an Office hub. It has mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. I can open all the attachments I receive by email, and can even edit them and email them. There is an Adobe reader, as well, for PDF. The PowerPoint slides are very clear, and you can zoom them, as well. Haven't tried to connect to an external display, but the output port is micro USB, so it should be easy.
The Pictures hub is really interesting. Not only can I use the Zune software interface on my PC to move pictures from my PC to the phone, but the hub also consolidates pictures from Facebook and I can browse my friends Facebook pictures from it, as well.
The phone comes with IE as the browser, but I have no complaints. It's quite fast, though it doesn't support flash, yet. Click on the hardware search button and if I'm on the start screen I go to Bing, but if I'm on the web it goes to Google. I've also added a Google search app that I've pinned to the start page.
The maps are beautiful and well integrated with the GPS, so it's easy to locate yourself on a map of where ever your are, with good search options for local search. Much superior to the map/search integration on my old Blackberry Curve.
I'm not a gamer, but had no trouble finding Tetris, Solitare and Blockbreaker apps.
Overall, I give the phone 5 stars. It was worth the wait. It does everything I had hoped and has even exceeded by highest expectations. I'm looking forward to the first upgrades, as I do miss the cut-and-paste and Flash. But I'm quite happy with the phone and will gladly wait.
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Pros The size doesn't overwhelm, impresive stats,amazing amount of internal memory, plus almost all of its hardware on par with other phones, unforunately it doesn't break any new ground as its suggested it will do.
Cons the screen looks dull because of the area the pixels are spread over, while the size is always a pro, it's also always a con, and theres no exandable memory i dont undertsand why HTC would do that, especailly when its facing competition on launch.
Summary While the screen may look dull the extra screen real estate more than makes up when viewing webpages or watching video, Then one major problem that HTC built for itself is no expandable memory slot, and i seriously dont understand why they would do that, especially when they are facing so much competition from other maufactures on launch day no less. Then we get to bittersweet part, the size while it may be too big for some people, no one out there can say that they would enjoy watching watching video's on a 3.5 or 3.8 or even a 4.0 inche screen then they would on this screen, plus the big size compliments some of Microsoft's built in features like the office suite on the go will be easier to view and edit on the screen, while downlaoding games from Xbox live it wil be easier to play games on this bigger screen.While it may not bre ak barriers as people may have expected, the HD7 is more than a solid smartphone in all affairs work or play. Most of the con's aren't unsolvable, and it all adds up to a satisfying smartphone experience.
Pros Operating system, stylish, awesome screen, very roomy keyboard, bright camera flash, extremely fast and smooth processor, windows phone applications are great, very customizable, Zune interface is absolutely tremendous, EXCELLENT call quality.
Cons Minor glitches, camera could be better, cannot save text messages to drafts.
Summary So I've been dying to get my hands on this phone for a little while now, and today I used my 2-yr contract extension upgrade ON TOP of a $100 credit, and got the phone for roughly $150 ($100 counting mail-in rebate). I have to say, after using the phone for around 10 hours now, I have explored just about the entire phone.
The operating system is beautiful and smooth, transition effects are great, and notifications are very clear and easy to navigate. You have options to synchronize facebook, email, and other applications' contacts with your phone's contact book, which is very handy. Also, the in-house Windows-branded applications use the same interface as say the Zune, with the whole "Carousel" menu thingy. Facebook application is great and fast, Netflix is easy to navigate, and Xbox Live as well.
When you first set up the phone, you put in your Windows Live ID which immediately logs you into your applications.
There are essentially three different types of app-markets, the Windows Market, the HTC market, and the Xbox Live market. There are tons of great apps, and are of much higher quality than Android's. (Not nearly as many, but as the saying goes, "Quality, not Quantity").
The camera takes decent but not stellar pictures, and the flash is VERY, VERY bright (Understatement!!! - this thing could light up an entire city). The biggest problem with the HTC HD7 I found was the interface for the camera, unfortunately. This phone is capable of 5MP still images and 720p HD video recording, however, when you record a video, the default setting is VGA 540x480, and when you want to record in HD, you simply press the settings button and change the quality. However, the proble, is, this changes back EVERY time you close the camera. So next time you open the camera app, the settings restore to default. There is even a setting for "Restore default settings", so this is obviously an early-OS glitch that will most likely be fixed. Not a big deal really, just a small annoyance.
The claim to fame on the Windows Phone 7 would have to be the User Interface. Everything is very pretty, very easy to navigate, simplistic, not overdone, and extremely customizable.
Heavy texters will love this phone as well, believe it or not. Typically touch-only phones aren't the text-fiend's best friend, but as someone who sent and received over 12,000 text messages last month, I have to say, transitioning from a full QWERTY keyboard to THIS phone was very easy. In fact, I feel as if I text even faster now. Unfortunately, there is no Swype, YET, but the auto-correction and massive screen are a piece of cake to use to send your 400 texts a minute.
Another thing I absolutely have to mention is that the call quality is FANTASTIC. The speaker on the phone is very loud (the back speaker is great too for speakerphone and music), and the microphone picks up crystal clear and cancels out external noise for the caller at the other end. I was talking to my mom and the first thing she says is "Nice and loud, I can hear you perfectly". It's very landline-quality.
Overall, I say this is *THE* best phone in T-Mobile's lineup. You can decide for yourself whether or not you want Windows Mobile 7 or Android platform, but for a multimedia-hungry consumer, this is a very luxurious phone, both hardware and software wise. The phone's housing is incredibly durable feeling, well-weighted, easy to hold, feels great in the hand, and the metal casing is just beautiful.
Get this phone and I promise you won't regret it.
Android phones are great as well, although in my opinion have terrible battery life.
(This phone does very well in that department because of the simplistic design)
Buy this phone :)
Pros Windows Phone 7 OS is Amazing
Apps are great
In love with Zune
Cons Camera-It has an "Alright" Camera...I guess i have been spoiled by 8 megapixel Cameras on Android but i am not a fan of the Camera
Lack of Cut and paste-annoying not a dealbreaker
Lack of custom ringtones-I like having mp3s but im used to vibrate
Summary I am going to keep this pretty short and simple...
I never have seen an OS like this..It is better than both Apple and Android
in my opinion...because it takes what they both do and merges them together into something better
If your a tmobile customer, i recommend this over most Android phones because it is easy to use, it's fresh, and it just is an all around amazing phone.
I had a mytouch 4g and while it is fast and has some features that the HD7 does not...The only thing that would make me go back to it is the fact of the camera...and maybe the wi-fi calling.
I just love the phone...it's fast, no lag like on Android phones when you open multiple apps
Not bogged down with bloatware and what bloatware it does have...you can delete?
Now it does not have an SD card slot to expand memory but 16GB is big enough for me and what i plan to do with it
I have yet to try out Microsoft office but i have a project due for class on thursday and friday and plan to figure out they work with the microsoft office
Live tiles are amazing(no longer do i have to worry about pulling down the android notification tab that is bogged down with too many notifications)
It is just a great phone...its using last years hardware but combined with next year software, it really does feel like it could compete with many phones out there today!
Lol i guess this wasnt as short as i planned
Pros - Awesome interface
- Very sturdy
- Beautiful screen
- Super sensitive touch screen
- MAC compatible +++
- Sleek design
- Great for texting
- Battery is amazing
Cons - Speaker phone not loud at all
- Kickstand seems like it will going to break easily
- Camera button has to be pushed very hard to take a picture
- Not very customizable
Summary Ok, this is my first phone review and I thought the HTC HD7 was so special that I would use my sacred first review on this particular phone. I have had A LOT of phones throughout the years and this is by far one of the most techie I have ever had. I recently changed carriers from ATT to T-Mobile and had a choice of any of the phones that I wanted due to the cheaper initial phone purchase with a two year contract. I chose this phone because I wanted to see what the Windows Phone could do. As of now I am far from disappointed. The pros above are things I like about the phone, but lets talk about the cons really quick.
- Item #1: The speaker phone, isn't loud at all but I haven't had any problems with it because I have been in a nice quite house. However I'm not sure how it would be in a moving car or any other place with excess noise.
- Item #2: The kickstand/support, I actually do enjoy the kickstand because I use the phone for when I play the guitar and it makes it very easy to prop the phone up and read/play tabs from the internet to learn new songs. However it has a very flimsy feel to it and I am afraid that any freak accident whether it be that it get caught on your pocket or something I think it would rip right off.
- Item #3: The Camera Button, the camera button is extremely difficult to push/take a picture. The phone does have an auto focus which will happen if you press the button half way down, but once you push it all the way down, with the amount of pressure I put behind it tends to make me jerk the phone causing a blurry picture.
- Item #4: Customization, I have had many phones that were very customizable but as of yet I haven't done much to my HD7. With my Iphone, I had jail-broken it and was able to do whatever I wanted with it. In the sense of customizing, the HD7 is seriously lacking in that department.
Now for the Pros:
- Item #1: The Interface/W7OS, I absolutely love the tile system and all that is the W7 OS. It's really smooth and very easy to navigate. Until the HD7, I noticed that a lot of phones had super stiff touch-screens and weren't smooth in the least. The only exception to this was the iphone, I really did enjoy how smooth everything was got rid of it because I am a man and I need the newest, coolest thing.
- Item #2: Sturdiness, the HTC HD7 is super sturdy. I really enjoy the weight of the phone in my hand and it doesn't have that creaky feel to. I was surprised that it doesn't make any noise at all when pushing super hard on the camera button.
- Item #3: Clarity, as far as the visual aspect of the screen itself. Anything you do with be in super high quality. I had watched a Netflix movie on it recently (kickstand out and ready to go) and it was as if I was watching the movie on my television.
- Item #4: Touch-Screen, the touch screen is super sensitive. It can be troublesome at times depending on if your a hoverer or not. Hoverer: Somebody who likes to hover their fingers just above the screen, like me. Other than that the touch-screen is top notch!
- Item #5: Meet My MAC: I have a MAC computer and was genuinely afraid that the two wouldn't be compatible. I had looked online for an answer but I don't think I looked up the right thing. In any case it will sync with your Itunes and Iphoto. All you have to do is download the Windows Phone 7 Connector and plug in your phone and you'll be good to go.
- Item #6: Design, I love the design of the phone. It's sleep it's happening, its the newest, coolest gadget around (according to me).
- Item #7: Texting, I am a texting fanatic. I have the lowest minute plan on the market for just that reason, I don't call anybody! Ever! Well, sometimes I do, but only for two minutes at a time. Any who, the phone supports portrait and landscape keyboard styles but I have found that with such a big screen, it's a little harder for somebody with smaller hands like me to type in landscape style. Big buttons and autocorrect! Nuff said.
- Item #8: Last but not least, the battery. I have been using the phone religiously for last week or so, and I have ONLY charged it in the evenings when I go to sleep. Any other phone would have been charged at least 2 times a day with the amount that I was using it.
All in all I think the HTC HD7 is an amazing phone. Very fun and works perfectly for whatever you want to use it for. I really hope my first review helped somebody out in their process for getting a new phone.
*NOTE* I don't know if it's me or not, but I don't think the phone supports push notifications for facebook. *NOTE*