The HTC HD7, offered up by T-Mobile in the fourth quarter of 2010, is an upgraded version of the HTC HD2 with a new OS and many other improved features. In terms of material and design, the phone looks really great and is a real slap in the face to some of the competition such as the Samsung Focus with it's plastic look. It looks really classy, thanks to the inspired use of metal and all the other modern design elements present. When buying a HD7, you first have to ask yourself a few questions. If you are interested in a nice, girly, pocketable smartphone, you should definitely look elsewhere. On the other hand, if what you want is a beast of a phone, with a huge 4.3'' capacitive display, the HTC HD7 is the phone for you. Movies and videos as well as text reading or whatever you want to do using this big bad display gives you a great thrill until a certain point, and here is where the problems start. Samsung has the Super Amoled display, Apple has it's Retina Display but all that the HD7 has is a dull, fadded and a really glossy diplay which makes it go downhill on our scale. The good news is that for an untrained eye, the situation isn't that bad. As long as you don't put the HD7 side by side with a phone which has a superior display, you shouldn't be so disappointed. Compared to Motorola's QVGA Android phone or the old Windows Mobile phones, the HD7's display suddenly starts looking much better.
No surprises in the specifications area since all the Windows phone 7 launch pack were designed to meet Microsoft's requirements, which include a first generation 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 200 GPU, 512 megs of RAM, at least 8 gigs of storage (the HD7 has 16 gigs) as well as Bluetooth and a GPS. The camera is a decent 5 megapixel autofocus, which pretty much gets the job done. When manufacturers saw how well Windows Phone 7 did on the market, decided to add a few special features and design element such as the HTC Surround's slide-out speaker and the Dell Venue Pro's slide-out keyboard or what interests us more, the HD7's huge display and kickstand. We personally like the pop-out kickstand schtick and from what we see, so does HTC. You should be careful though, because it's a really thin piece of carved metal with a very small mount point, which means it's very easy to accidently come off.
A few extra warnings should also be made. You should take into consideration that the sides are slightly angled toward the phone's front face and combined with the slippery chrome surround increases the risks of accidents, taking under consideration the weight of the phone. So, our advise is to be careful when you're lifting it out of the pocket or purse. As far as fingerprints go, you don't have to worry about them on the back of the phone but the front will be an all day fingerprint carrier.