HTC HD7, A TmoNews Review

As some of you may know, I, along with David and Kickstar, picked up our very own Windows Phone 7 devices last week.  We became, essentially, the early adopters of this platform, just like many of you were early adopters of Android with the G1.  With little else to go on than a few short and opinionated reviews, we jumped on, hoping for something new and exciting.  Personally, I picked up the HD7, and these are my thoughts.

First, an explanation.  Why did I choose the HD7?  Among the core editors here at TmoNews, I feel like I am the only one that truly likes Android.  Sure, it has grown on Kickstar and David is starting to see the light (or the darkness, from his point of view), but I truly like it, and always have.  So why did I get the HD7 over the myTouch 4G, or even the G2.  The simple answer is that the HD7 fits my needs a little more than either of those devices.  I really wanted a phone that could tackle media, and that is something that Android just does not do well right now (see the stock music player and lack of Netflix for now).  That was the main reason why I picked it, but I also chose it because of the hardware.  It is beautiful in ways that no other phone (save the nexus S and other HTC lookalikes) can match.  Lastly, I really wanted something different.  Android, BlackBerry and iOS are everywhere.  It’s time for a change.  Your needs may be different, but it works for me, plus I knew I had 14 days.

Hardware

As with all phones, hardware is one of the most important things to consider.  It is the one thing that you, and everyone else, sees and uses everyday.  If you don’t like the hardware, then the phone is not for you.  The outside of this device is gorgeous, with some minor blemishes here and there.  Okay, so it’s only one minor blemish.  The battery cover just doesn’t quite fit.  It comes close, very very close, but it is just a tad small.  It’s a small thing to poke at, but when everything else is perfect, you really need to call it out.  That being said, I have one other problem with the external hardware, the power/lock switch.  I don’t know if it is just recessed too much, or if the slightly sloping bezel makes it hard to press, but it is a chore to press.  I can’t just pull this phone out of my pocket and turn it on.  I always fumble with pressing the lock button, and I have larger hands.

Back cover, just a tad too small

On that note, let’s talk about size.  I was iffy of the size of the device going in, especially the screen size.  It just seems so big.  My thoughts, though, were wrong.  This device is just the perfect size (for me).  That may not be the case for some people, especially those with small hands, but I love how this device feels in my hand.  In addition, it slips easily into my pockets.  So easily, in fact, that I forget that it is there sometimes, which is saying something considering the jeans that I wear (slim fitting 7 for all Mankind jeans, in case you want a reference).

(Top to bottom: iPhone 3G, HD7, Droid)

The internal hardware, however, could use a refresh.  It is a device from 6 months ago in today’s market, nothing new.  It has an old 1 GHz snapdragon processor and lacks HSPA+.  It’s no wonder that the myTouch 4G runs circles around it (in some tasks).  That being said, the snapdragon is still snappy, and proves that it is still relevant in today’s market.  The 16 GB internal storage (14 GB useable) is a plus though.  Other hardware, like 512 MB ROM and 576 MB RAM, make using the device a pleasant experience.  You also have Bluetooth, WiFI, a host of different sensors, micro USB port and a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack.  However, what self-respecting smartphone doesn’t nowadays?,

This is as good a time as any to talk about the camera.  From my experience, it is good, not great, but not bad either.  Sure, it could be better, but the camera isn’t the main focus of this phone.  If you want to take great pictures, buy a camera.  If you want to take great pictures with your phone, then there are options out there.  I would say, though, that this phone is more than capable of capturing those moments where you just don’t have a camera on hand.  Pictures come out clear enough with some slight pink discoloration.  In addition, colors seem a bit muted.  The flash seemed capable as well, given my two limited shots in the dark.  Results will vary, especially if you are taking pictures outside in the dark.  All in all, in a pinch, I would use the camera, but it’s not replacing my point and shoot any time soon, let alone a DSLR.

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Compare this shot to the lead shot.

Outdoor

Macro

Testing flash in a completely dark bathroom

Windows Phone 7

It’s hard to describe Windows Phone 7.  It really is.  It’s just different than the other mobile operating systems.  I’m not going to sit here and explain the whole UI to you.  There are reviews and walkthroughs out there if you want to know more.  More than that, though, I would suggest going to a store and trying it out.  It is, I have found, the most pleasantly surprising aspect of this phone.  I knew I would like it, and that it would take some time to get used to, but I underestimated how much I would like it and overestimated how long it would take to learn.  The greatest thing, and I have been told this multiple times by different T-Mobile reps, is that this OS shares little to no code with previous Windows Mobile versions (it’s sad that this is a selling point).

In use, the OS and UI work wonders.  The whole experience is clean, modern and unified.  Most of the apps that I have encountered all embrace the Metro UI, making even third party apps seem uniform.  Transitions and scrolling are clean and beautiful and .very rarely is there a hiccup.  That being said, there is an odd scrolling bug in third party apps where it seems like the scroll gesture isn’t recognized immediately  I’m sure this will be fixed soon.  The tiles make it easy to see what is going on at different times.  They embody what I love about Android widgets, just simplified and clean.

I do have some complaints though.  Where’s my multitasking?  I’m not even asking for real multitasking, but why can’t third party apps run in the background?  I want to be able to listen to Slacker Radio while reading emails or, better yet, tweets.  On that subject, twitter apps should be able to update in the background and give notifications in their respective tiles.  Also, no copy and paste? That just seems like a given in today’s smartphone world, and it is a missed feature.  I would also like to see multiple calendar support.  I don’t know about you, but my Google Calendar has four color-coded calendars in it to help keep different activities or events organized.  When that account is synced, only the main calendar is synced, which is annoying because that doesn’t include my work, school, or important reminder calendars. There are problems, yes, but it’s important to remember that this is the first version of this operating system.  Sure, you could argue that some of the problems, which are really just missing features, should have been addressed given the growth and power of the competition.  This first effort, though, is formidable, and a much better effort than the first iterations of other operating systems, in my opinion.  I do see this operating system as a great choice that will grow in time, hopefully sooner than later.

A Day in the Life (warning – stream of consciousness follows)

The alarm blaring, I wake up.  I reach for my phone and turn on the screen, pressing, once, twice, three times before turning it on.  4:52 am.  Too early, but I need to get up.  I unplug the phone and roll over.  Sliding the lock screen up, I make note of the 6 email notifications I have.  I click on the email tile, as it counts up to 6.  The tiles move away and in swing the emails.  I check most of them off and delete them without diving deeper.  I click on one, the pictures don’t show up, but with a simple click they download.  I go back using the home button and open Seesmic.  I click my main twitter account and wait as it populates and brings me to the most current tweet.  I’m annoyed, remembering how my favorite Android twitter apps remember their position.  I scroll down to the last tweet I remember and then scroll up.  Time to get ready.  In my car I plug my phone into the auxiliary cable and launch Slacker.  It’s nice listening to music that I don’t own yet.

Once I arrive, I plug in my earphones and switch to the music stored in the Zune app.  I have to do this, it’s the only way I can continue to listen to music while catching up on the emails and tweets that I missed while getting ready and driving.  I turn on my phone and check twitter every 10 minutes or so for the next couple of hours.  I miss Android’s LED notifications for emails already, and the vibrate is so soft that I barely feel it (I rarely turn on the ringer).  Back to listening to music, I start up an email conversation with David (secret stuff, like new phones and what we are going to buy on Black Friday).  Off, on, off, on, 15 emails in 10 minutes, all while listening to music.  Whenever I pull the phone out of my pocket and turn on the screen, the volume in my headphones, which are giving me great sound quality by the way, changes.  I did some web browsing at this point; there were some stories that I needed to read.  I love the browsing experience; it looks great on this phone.  I set the phone aside; I needed to get to studying.  Not receiving blaring LED updates was nice in this case.  Some time later, I turn on the screen and try to catch up on everything, 5 emails and 4 hours worth of twitter updates, on two different twitter accounts.  The music is back on, Slacker again, as I drive home.

I decide to give the Netflix app a trial while I eat dinner.  Using the kickstand, I prop the phone up on my desk, the speakers are weak, barely passing as stereo.  The video is streaming without any problems, but the quality could definitely be better.  I catch up on everything again before plugging in the headphones and starting up music again.  I was on my laptop at this point and only using my phone for twitter updates, which still don’t save my position.  More of the same until 9:58 when the red LED warns me of my low battery.  I keep going, trying to push as much juice out of this phone as possible.  It turns itself off at 11:10.  It at least had the courtesy of telling me “Goodbye!” on the screen before shutting off.  I guess it’s time for some sleep.

It Was What I Thought It Was

I must say, there weren’t really any surprises.  The UI was simple, clean, elegant, but I knew that going in.  That hardware was refined, beautiful, and shiny, just like I expected.  All of the problems that I have with the OS are what I expected, and all of the things that I like about the OS are as expected.  So much was already known about this device and OS that it was impossible to surprise me.  It is because of this that I have to agree with another gadget blog.  This is a firm Meh.  It’s not great, but it will certainly make a lot of people happy.  More importantly, it helps rid the bad taste accompanied by the previous Windows Mobile.  If you are looking for something capable, intuitive and efficient, this is the phone for you.  Personally, I’m waiting to see how this whole Nexus S thing shakes out.  Otherwise, I think this, or some newer WP7 hardware, may be the phone for me.

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  • Joshalo13

    I’d still pick up a Vibrant or Mytouch 4G but, choice is always good.

  • Joshalo13

    I’d still pick up a Vibrant or Mytouch 4G but, choice is always good.

  • Lol

    Personally i am no fan of windows mobile but i welcome the phone with open arms into our t-mobile line up. It looks very sexy. Great review.

    • FanBoyCawkRawk

      Ok, but see… there’s an issue with statements like yours… and not you specifically, but in general… it has been very CLEARLY stated that this is NOT Windows Mobile, but a whole new mobile OS.

      If anything, NOT liking WinMo should encourage you to see what WP7 is all about.

      I understand skepticism, but at the same time there comes a point where its like saying you would never drive a Ford Fusion because the Ford Pinto was such a piece of crap. Things change. Sometimes better, sometimes worse. You can’t always go based on some old bias.

  • Lol

    Personally i am no fan of windows mobile but i welcome the phone with open arms into our t-mobile line up. It looks very sexy. Great review.

  • http://twitter.com/edfungus edfungus

    Nice review, I like the “A Day in Life”. It gives the review a nice style.

  • http://twitter.com/edfungus edfungus

    Nice review, I like the “A Day in Life”. It gives the review a nice style.

  • JB6464

    Nice phone but i i’m still waiting for the iphone

  • JB6464

    Nice phone but i i’m still waiting for the iphone

    • http://twitter.com/Magic_Mikey Michael Toledo

      Doubt T-Mobile is gonna get an iPhone. I hope I’m wrong though lol

    • http://twitter.com/Magic_Mikey Michael Toledo

      Doubt T-Mobile is gonna get an iPhone. I hope I’m wrong though lol

    • Binfartin

      Did you ever heard the saying? “Wish in one hand and cr@p at the other. See wish one gets filled up first.”

    • Binfartin

      Did you ever heard the saying? “Wish in one hand and cr@p at the other. See wish one gets filled up first.”

    • Deke218

      Then why are you on T-Mobile? Wake up! T-Mobile will NEVER have the iPhone.

  • Molten

    Yes I like my HD7 very much, the battery cover is a glitch I think, I actually played with one in the store and it fitted flush but the one I got doesnt and I guess yours dont too. I actually let TMO send me another one but its basically the same (will keep it anyways), but the OS just looks nice and fluid. Anybody talking about the start screen needs to use the device to know how it feels,its just great. After the updates and the smartphone wars will really be on. Oh and I love the Netflix!

  • Molten

    Yes I like my HD7 very much, the battery cover is a glitch I think, I actually played with one in the store and it fitted flush but the one I got doesnt and I guess yours dont too. I actually let TMO send me another one but its basically the same (will keep it anyways), but the OS just looks nice and fluid. Anybody talking about the start screen needs to use the device to know how it feels,its just great. After the updates and the smartphone wars will really be on. Oh and I love the Netflix!

  • jesusfromhoustontx

    windows sucks end of story!
    android pwns everybody inlcuding this pos…

    g2 baby!! windows has a long way to go ha

  • jesusfromhoustontx

    windows sucks end of story!
    android pwns everybody inlcuding this pos…

    g2 baby!! windows has a long way to go ha

    • Bratty

      Thank you for your outstanding feedback. I am glad you “ended the story” for the HD7.
      Jackass.

    • Bratty

      Thank you for your outstanding feedback. I am glad you “ended the story” for the HD7.
      Jackass.

    • Anonymous

      I like Android as much as the next personbut if you say wp7 has a long way to go then Android has just as long. wp7 is clearly more free flowing and smoother. I hope android gets to that point. And on the other hand I hope wp7 becomes more customizable. It’s all about who’s buying the device and what they’re looking for.

    • Anonymous

      I like Android as much as the next personbut if you say wp7 has a long way to go then Android has just as long. wp7 is clearly more free flowing and smoother. I hope android gets to that point. And on the other hand I hope wp7 becomes more customizable. It’s all about who’s buying the device and what they’re looking for.

    • Deke218

      As stated, Android is the worse OS out when it comes to media. The UI looks like something a child put together. I won’t get the HD7 simply due to the fact that there is no HSPA+. I have the HD2 and its the same phone with the exception of the OS – which sooner or later will be ported for the HD2. I can already run Android on my HD2 and still, after being a early user of the G1, I see nothing in the latest version that would want to make me buy another Android device. I’ll leave it for the kiddies to play with. There are a lot of people that love Android. I’m happy for them. For me, Android is still like it was on day one and will have to grow up in order for me to even consider spending a dime on it.

  • JDizzley

    i enjoy your review, i really wanna try this phone but the old hardware and lack of “4G” is just a deal breaker for me i love android but i myself am willing to try a new ui that seems pretty slick, soon very soon i will once the upgrades are made

    using mytouch4G

  • JDizzley

    i enjoy your review, i really wanna try this phone but the old hardware and lack of “4G” is just a deal breaker for me i love android but i myself am willing to try a new ui that seems pretty slick, soon very soon i will once the upgrades are made

    using mytouch4G

  • 5!n7

    still looking forword to the nexus s !

  • 5!n7

    still looking forword to the nexus s !

  • http://twitter.com/Magic_Mikey Michael Toledo

    Great Review. Makes me want to get it more then I already do. By any chance David, Hows the battery life for you?

  • http://twitter.com/Magic_Mikey Michael Toledo

    Great Review. Makes me want to get it more then I already do. By any chance David, Hows the battery life for you?

    • http://tmonews.com tmonews

      Are you asking me or Andrew? I can get through a day with it and that’s all that matters and I’m ALWAYS looking at something!

    • http://tmonews.com tmonews

      Are you asking me or Andrew? I can get through a day with it and that’s all that matters and I’m ALWAYS looking at something!

  • Anthony Tracy

    The fact that it lacks 4G and a front-facing camera steers me away. If it had these capabilities and a newer generation processor, then I might make the switch to WinPho7. Until then, I’ll stick with my myTouch 4G.

    On another note, the HD7 seems like a pretty slick phone. I give it a 7/10.

  • Anthony Tracy

    The fact that it lacks 4G and a front-facing camera steers me away. If it had these capabilities and a newer generation processor, then I might make the switch to WinPho7. Until then, I’ll stick with my myTouch 4G.

    On another note, the HD7 seems like a pretty slick phone. I give it a 7/10.

    • FanBoyCawkRawk

      Huh? Wait… are you giving a rating on a phone based on someone else’s review? What is your 7/10 basis?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    I still don’t get why people hate on Windows Mobile so much. The best phone I’ve ever had is a tie between the Nexus One and the T-Mobile MDA I had from it’s inception until the G1 came out. I love the new tech, but I still miss having true Windows Media Player integration and true Outlook/Office integration. To this day I can’t rate songs on my phone and have the ratings sync with my computer and then create playlists by ratings to keep only my favorite songs on e phone and only have me listen to my favorite songs on the computer. I also can’t have a to do list on my computer that syncs with my phone natively.

  • Claude

    I played with one in the store and I actually liked the software. I would consider buying one if it had better hardware.

  • mtnman

    Well compitition is good for everyone. It forces everyone to either keep up, move ahead, or fall by the way-side. Love or hare Window’s phone, you have to admit that at least you now have more choice in the cell phone game. And more choice is always a good thing.

  • Manusferrera

    love the review but a little too much reading a video would work better :)

    • Anonymous

      You don’t own a nook, do you? :P

    • Marcus

      I can’t watch videos while I’m supposed to be working.

    • Marcus

      I can’t watch videos while I’m supposed to be working.

      • Manusferrera

        you probably shouldn’t be reading phone reviews while your working either.

      • Manusferrera

        you probably shouldn’t be reading phone reviews while your working either.

      • Manusferrera

        you probably shouldn’t be reading phone reviews while your working either.

      • Manusferrera

        you probably shouldn’t be reading phone reviews while your working either.

  • Marcus

    This helped, thank you for sharing. Sounds like it will do everything I want it to do and your complaints aren’t things that are important to me, which is good.

    Thank you for this real world review of the phone, I enjoyed reading it.

  • Anonymous

    I owned the HD7 for a week. “Meh” pretty much sums up my experience as well. The Dell Venue Pro is where it’s at.. if it ever fucking gets released.

    Props on the site update, btw

    • http://twitter.com/TmoNews_Andrew TmoNews_Andrew

      I had some time with the Dell Venue Pro and one of my friends owned it before returning it for the HD7. It treats WP7 just the same, but the hardware is really nice. I couldn’t justify the keyboard because it was awkward to type on, for me. That is why I picked up the HD7 instead.

      • Anonymous

        Why did your friend return it? I’ve read it has a pretty crappy camera. Also, yeah, the kb is too small for large hands.

  • Miro

    looks like the camera really is crap. I was hoping this device will resemble the EVO. Really want but just can’t justify the hardware more and more. Nice review

    • Makoute

      That is a big issue for me. One big reason, I eont be keeping this phone

  • Beef Twinkie

    Better Off Ted! Cool!!! Why they cancel Better Off Ted but shite like ‘Pregnant Jersey House Moms You Wanna Kick in the Groin’ goes on for like 4 seasons??

    • http://twitter.com/Fishtick Chris Fisher

      I thought it was great they put Better Off Ted up there! That show made me laugh pretty much every time. I had to rewind a few times as I was laughing too loud to catch the next lines. I’m not terribly interested in the HD7 but I figured I’d take a look at the review.

  • Beef Twinkie

    Better Off Ted! Cool!!! Why they cancel Better Off Ted but shite like ‘Pregnant Jersey House Moms You Wanna Kick in the Groin’ goes on for like 4 seasons??

  • Bad T-Mobile

    Oh dear, T-Mobiles and Windows together…… That’s like Icy and Titanic becoming partners. Look at the “T-Mobile Boycott Page” on Facebook for all the latest lies, scams, lawsuits, class actions and One Click links to State, Federal and Consumer Protection Agencies.

    Bad Service, Bad Products, Bad Choice, That’s t-mobile!

    • MIKEEEEE

      tmonews on f/b has 2850 likers.

      t-mobile boycott has 37 likers.

      you got a real mandate there mr. bad.

    • MIKEEEEE

      tmonews on f/b has 2850 likers.

      t-mobile boycott has 37 likers.

      you got a real mandate there mr. bad.

    • Franky1990

      Checked out the site. Never seen someone sooooo mad becuase they don’t have service at your house. That’s just life man! Get over it….

      • Eric

        hahahah That’s so awesome. I love people that hate for no reason. It’s like hey guys I didn’t like how they made my food at McDonalds today, let’s make a website dedicated to how much I hate them!

      • Eric

        hahahah That’s so awesome. I love people that hate for no reason. It’s like hey guys I didn’t like how they made my food at McDonalds today, let’s make a website dedicated to how much I hate them!

    • Doc

      Wow!!!

      Bitter much

    • Doc

      Wow!!!

      Bitter much

  • MIKEEEEE

    in 2001 nokia had the best cellular radios.

    now motorola does.

    the only thing i would ever think to get a windows phone for is the bluetooth HID so i can hook up a keyboard to it.

    paired my freedom pro keyboard to my motorola DEFY last night.

    i never have to carry a laptop again for day or short overnight trips and i got bars and edge where no HTC device will ever get them.

  • MIKEEEEE

    in 2001 nokia had the best cellular radios.

    now motorola does.

    the only thing i would ever think to get a windows phone for is the bluetooth HID so i can hook up a keyboard to it.

    paired my freedom pro keyboard to my motorola DEFY last night.

    i never have to carry a laptop again for day or short overnight trips and i got bars and edge where no HTC device will ever get them.

  • Anonymous

    I took out my trusty sharpie and painted the upper half of my SIM card black. It was kind of annoying seeing the white of the SIM card peaking out from behind the ill fitting small door. Looks much better now!

  • Anonymous

    I took out my trusty sharpie and painted the upper half of my SIM card black. It was kind of annoying seeing the white of the SIM card peaking out from behind the ill fitting small door. Looks much better now!

  • Anonymous

    I am still not completely sold on WP7 but this and other reviews convinced my bro and he is very happy. BTW Tmonews needs to do more reviews, it really completes the site!

  • SC

    My biggest problem is that it doesn’t sync with Outlook, it only syncs to a “cloud.”

  • Lyndon baskin

    one problem is it doesnt send or receive video messages at all.

  • Jgonzal45

    Its syncs perfeclty fine with outlook SC

  • Jgonzal45

    I’ve had the the WP7 for almost a month now and It’s the best phone I’ve ever had. The ZUNE player and the live tiles on the phone make it an amazing handset to have.

  • alex

    I took my HD2 with Android on it to the Tmo store and loaded up tmobile.com on my phone, the HD7 and the galaxy S. Mine finished first, about 3 seconds later the galaxy s, and about 10 seconds later the HD7 still wasn’t done. I was pretty disappointed – not to mention the hardware is almost identical to the year old HD2.

    • Antoniochulo007

      the HD2 isnt a year old yet

      • Chris

        Actually it is, the HD2 was brought in March 2010, which was 5-6 months after it was originally released internationally. So technically speaking, the hardware on it is completely equivalent to a year old device.

      • alex

        like chris said, the HD2 was released in Europe in November 09

  • Sirrobbah

    i have a blackberry now and i am leaving the blackberry nation for this phone. Question do you really have to upgrade your plan to the umlimited windows plan vs the umlimited bb plan

    • zellbz

      No, you can get the 200Mb plan.

  • http://twitter.com/killercrit Killer

    in regards to slacker radio and background multitasking. The issue here is how slacker radio app works. its half ass at best. If you want background music to be playing Microsoft has the option, but you can only do it by integrating it with he zune hub (not zune app). its one line of code which non of the app developers are doing. But the blame is also partly on Microsoft, almost no developer got final hands on the actual rom that will be in the devices so each app developer made their apps independent of each other. Remember the selling point of wp7 is tiles and hubs. hubs is where lots of other application can integrate with each other. Right now only few apps are doing that right now, shazam being one of them. once slacker updates their app, this whole background music playing will disappear.

  • Sanjay

    I bought the HD7 last friday, finally (was thinking about the Venue Pro). The more I use it the more I love it. Microsoft has done a great job with this OS. It takes some getting used to the tiles concept from the old WM OS, but the more I use it the more I just love it! It is nothing like the old Windows. Yes there are some bugs, but I am confident to stay in the game Microsoft will roll out improvements. They probably wanted the first version to be smooth. I love the Hubs concept, Zune is very good especially with the subscription and XBox looks promising (have not played with it much). They should have had copy, paste, flash etc. basics in this already, but it will come. I have used my brothers G1 and the HD7 with WP7 is way better. We need to give it a chance so we have more competition which is better for all of us. I love the big screen and won’t go back to a smaller one. Netflix is great on it. Oh by the way battery life is improving with daily use, it seems. First day ran low on juice by 3 pm, and now getting through the day.

    • Doc

      Did you really just compare this to a two year-old G1? Not saying anything bad about the HD7 (I haven’t handled one yet) but at least compare it to something from this year.

      • Sanjay

        I meant to say G2, sorry.

    • Doc

      Did you really just compare this to a two year-old G1? Not saying anything bad about the HD7 (I haven’t handled one yet) but at least compare it to something from this year.

  • hawkmike

    UHHH!!!! Personally, I like the hardware (with the exception that it doesn’t have ffc), and the software has some serious potential, but it just isn’t a big enough leap from my Vibrant. I guess i’ll just wait out the holidays to see what large HSPA+ devices are coming out early next year… (FINGERS CROSSED)

  • Anonymous

    Every windows phone 7 review I read confirms my original impressions. It has great potential and I’ll likely own a Windows Phone 8 device when they come out. Just keep refining it, MS and you may just lure me away from Android.

  • 4G OR NOT TO 4G

    If your gonna step in, step in strong…I can’t understand why would they enter the market and not have HSPA+…I will not consider a phone today without HSPA+ and FFC…T-Mobile, why are you still bringing phones on the network that are not HSPA+…I just don’t understand it

    • Bratty

      You have the absolute right to demand H+ but it is tough to justify that every manufacturer customize every phone for every network. A TMo specific phone should be H+ but this OS was essentially released on a HD2 platform and I guess that they did to to gauge interest from all carriers and then begin refining/optimizing version 2. Again, just a guess here.

  • Albertov12

    I like the HD7, but because it doesn’t have a front facing camera, and not HSPA+ I will wait gor something better, I love the new OS, I just having to much fun with my Vibrant. But as soon as they start getting more app and does thing that is missing, I going to run a get one

  • Albertov12

    I like the HD7, but because it doesn’t have a front facing camera, and not HSPA+ I will wait gor something better, I love the new OS, I just having to much fun with my Vibrant. But as soon as they start getting more app and does thing that is missing, I going to run a get one

  • MT-Mobile9

    The HD7 is an interesting phone, and an ambitious attempt at a new UI, (although it is a Zune HD interface, it is new to the phone world).
    I purchased this phone, somewhat reluctantly. I had tried it several times in the store, and wanted to like it. Finally I purchased it and tried it out of the store in the real world, email streaming, phone calls etc. Hated it within the day! Battery was too weak, call quality was lacking compared to the My touch 4G. I decided to stick with my 4G.
    For the record, I have always liked windows phones in the past, I owned the MDA, Wing, Touch Pr0 2, HD2, and Dash 3G.

    Some things I did not like about HD7:
    The Zune interface, some people may find this a hassle. I just wanted to add music and pictures to the device, and after installing Zune (which I had to get from a website, the phone does not include the software) I received an error message saying I had to update my computer. Fine, but Really!!, I tried to download apps and games. Apps were fine, but when I tried o download a game, the phone gave me an error message stating Connect to computer or Wifi (while I had a very strong 3G signal and no problem downloading apps).
    All things considered, this is a little too much work for day one of using my phone. Within the first 30 minutes of owning the Mytouch 4G, I had downloaded Angry Birds, Shazam and many other games and apps. I also had all my pics, vids, and music because I transferred my 16gig micro-sd.

    I was prepared to deal with the phone’s shortcomings, no custom ring tones, no copy-paste, no multi-tasking, but Really!! They could make this a little more user friendly out of the box.

  • rpinazo

    Loved this review. Wish there would be more like it for other phones ( Mytouch). Liking the new site too