HTC HD7 Windowsphone First Impressions

What has a 4.3-inch display, runs Windowsphone 7 and is in our office at MobilityNigeria right now?

Yes; it is the HTC HD7 monster.

The first thing that will arrest your attention with the HD7 is the size. This is huge. Next up is the display – 4.3 inches of capacitive goodness is irresistible. You sort of love the phone immediately. That is until you find out that it is actually best defined more by what it cannot do than what it can. Take a look at the long list of wants:

  1. No copy/paste
  2. No multitasking
  3. No Bluetooth file transfers
  4. No USB mass storage mode
  5. No internet tethering
  6. No Flash support in the browser
  7. No video calls
  8. No DivX/XviD video support

The list of missing features almost gives me a headache, and I actually developed one when I really started using the device. It is almost unbelievable. Leaving an app means that it is closed, so forget about multitasking.

Still, the HD7 is impressive in lots of other ways. Take a look at the specifications:

  • Windows Phone 7 operating system
  • 1GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • 576MB RAM
  • 4.3″ capacitive LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Dual-band 3G with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) and HSUPA (2Mbps)
  • 8GB Built-in storage
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Standard microUSB port (charging only)
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash
  • 720p video recording
  • Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP
  • Accelerometer for screen auto rotation
  • Office document editor
  • Facebook integration
  • Built-in A-GPS receiver
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Kickstand

First Impressions

Getting my mails, contacts and calendar onto the device was a joy. I simply set up my Google-based email account and the HD7 synced everything flawlessly.

Getting anything else – music, videos, et al – onto the device has been a royal pain in the butts. You see, there’s no USB mass storage mode. There’s no Bluetooth file transfer. I am yet to download the Zune software that enables PC synchronisation. But why do I have to do that in this day and age?

I like some parts of this device, and I am absolutely stumped by others. The user interface is nice, but so limited that it feels like a hybrid monster to me. Also, that display is a fingerprint mega magnet – and the fingerprints hinder your viewing pleasure, especially in sunlight.

But I am so, so tempted by that email app and the web browser. More detailed reviews coming in after I have used the HD7 more extensively.

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