Breaking Down the HTC HD7
HTC’s unloaded yet another mobile adonis, this time fashioned from the form of the HD2 and blessed with the new Windows Phone 7 operating system.
The HD7 isn’t a small phone, weighing in at 5.7 ounces (162 grams) and carries an HD2 matching 4.3″ screen. If you have tiny hands, you’ll have to absolutely love the HD7’s specs–the hardware won’t be too comfortable.
Speaking of specs, let’s delve into those before elaborating on the screen. The HD7 is powered by a a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8250 (which disappointed those who were hoping for a 1.5 GHz) with 512MB ROM, 576 MB RAM. It stores 8/16 GB and packs a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash capable of 720p HD video recording at 24 FPS. Other features include Dolby mobile, FM radio, and SRS surround for its audio capability. The phone is powered by a 1230 mAH Li-On battery, meaning HTC is taking battery life improvement on its smartphones very seriously.
Speakers surround the HD7’s massive screen, which in itself is largely unimpressive compared to its Apple, Samsung and even Motorola counterparts. The sheer size isn’t necessarily the problem–that’s a mixed bag. The resolution isn’t even that much of an issue. The real gripe is that it’s simply not an OLED (amoled/superamoled) screen. Samsung’s Omnia 7 has a major edge on the HD7 in this respect, as it’s far more vibrant and displays better color quality.
As a phone running the brand-new Windows Phone 7 platform, it will cater to all of Microsoft’s native OS apps, such as Bing Maps, Xbox Live entertainment, Zune Music Network, and Netflix. Since the phone is exclusively available from T-Mobile (sigh…), the T-Mobile TV Entertainment Package looks to be on board as well.
The HTC HD7 will be available at T-Mobile U.S stores on November 8th for $199.99 with a 2-year contract.
Interested in picking up an HTC HD7 this holiday season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. You can learn more about some of HTC’s newest phones at Exploring the HTC G2 and Desire HD Becomes HTC’s Android Flagship in Europe.