HTC HD7: Good points and bad points

ExtraGSM Team  |  February 15 2011  |   Comments 0

Features and Performance

It's no use making a big debate about the phone's battery capacity. In short, it should have been much better than the present 1230 mAh Lithium Ion battery, considering the very large display and the Snapdragon CPU with it's huge hunger for power. You have to charge your HD7 on a nightly basis and even top it off during the day if you are a tech-geeek.

A definite plus is the navigation, which includes TeleNav, an application giving you excellent routing and traffic reporting for a merely 10$ per month. We tested both this app as well as the GPS hardware and we were fully satisfied.

Phone and Internet

A few technical details about the HD7 should be mentioned in this paragraph such as it being a quad band GSM world phone with EDGE and 3G HSDPA 7.2Mbps on T-Mobile's AWS 1700/2100MHz bands. From the call quality point of view, it's hard to be too excited and although smartphones don't report signal in decibels, by comparing bars we noticed it typically had one less bar than phones like T-Mobile G2 and the BlackBerry 3G. On the internet side, we have lots of good things to say. You benefit from some great data speeds for app downloads, the T-Mobile TV looks really good and the full HTML web browser is light years ahead of Windows Mobile. Sadly, there's no support for HTML5 or Flash which is a bit of a bummer, but we hope these problems will soon be solved.

Multimedia and Camera

Surprisingly, the Zune player looks really good and it actually blows away custom music and music players from Android and even makes iTunes on the iPhone look dull and faded. It can easily run in the backround and has a side scrolling panorama view filled with useful stuff such as a history of what you've played. Although buying Zune music is completely optional, it's really hard to resist the Zune Pass plan which for only 15$/month allows you to get subscription music as well as enabling you to download and keep 10 mostly DRM-free songs each month. The Zune player also gives you the option to rip songs from CDs and import tunes already on your hard drive.

Due to it's large display, it's a real pleasure to just lay back and watch long content movies or any kind of clips. You don't have to worry about the video player not being Zune friendly, because there is a desktop app which will convert it for you. Flanking the display are built-in stereo speakers which offer plenty of volume.


As you probably noticed with the HD7, immediately after a good feature comes the bad one. In this case, the bad news are regarding the camera. You would expect from a 5 megapixel camera some good image quality, which it partially offers, but the dual LED is blinding and focus is awfully slow. I can hardly see any difference between this camera and the one on the HD2 from last year, which is not cool at all, because there were lots of problems discovered on that model, the most disturbing one being that annoying magenta bug.

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