"Awesome phone with TONS of cool features."4.5 starson by RDAV1193
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 :)