11. 19. 2010
A few weeks ago I wrote about the wonder that is the new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Now that I’ve had a chance to test-drive it, I continue to hold it in the highest esteem. The little Android robot, cute as it is, should be shaking in its little green boots. And, the apple… well… that’s a debate for a future post.
Having the right equipment to showcase the WP7 functions is key and the HTC HD7 is an excellent performer. As usual, the HTC folks have produced a phone that is both solid and sexy. I will admit, this is my first “oversized” phone – I’ve always been a bit wary of too big, but this one is nicely balanced and gives the benefit of enhanced screen size for viewing videos, web pages, etc. while not being too clunky. The kickstand on the back that allows for hands-free viewing takes me back to the early days of the Sony Watchman TV.
The HD7 is speedy and features an excellent touch screen that is very responsive. The display is very bright and has superb color reproduction and contrast (with proper adjustments to the settings). Battery life is good - It will serve an average user well, but could be better for power users. Call quality is excellent. The earpiece and microphone are beautifully integrated into the design. The camera seems to be the one feature that is a bit lackluster when compared to the reset of the hardware, though the free HTC photo enhancer app does help to kick things up a notch.
Although WP7 still needs a few minor tweaks, like cut and paste (which Microsoft promises is forthcoming in early 2011), the HD7 is a perfect partner to showcase all of its talents. The HD7 is available exclusively on T-Mobile in the USA. $199.99 with a 2-year contract.