HTC HD7 in the Test

The HD7 is HTC’s largest Windows-phone-7 Smartphone. Is it also the best representatives of the new operating system?

With 162 grams, the HTC HD7 is not only the worst Smartphone with Windows phone 7 operating system, it is also the widest distance copy of this genus with 68 mm in the horizontal plane.

But at least in a normal big hand is still good even on the phone, and in jacket pockets it not particularly bears due to its relatively flat with twelve millimeters deep design. The HTC HD7 can be but not comfortably carry in your pocket.

Display in the cinema format

Of course, the sprawling housing has its reason, finally, the display largest so far in Windows phone 7 devices must include the HTC HD7. That leaves on the sides only five millimetres square, it offers 30% more space than the display for the border, in the area of the same House, HTC 7 Mozart.

The gain in area does not affect on the resolution, which remains at the previous standard of 800 x 480 pixels, this operating system. This all elements are slightly larger Scripture about the icons to the buttons of the virtual keyboards for text entry and mobile.

Most users hardly a lack of resolution will find that on the contrary: the HTC HD7 is particularly suitable as a mobile video player. The fast Qualcomm-Snapdragon processor with 1 GHz clock frequency ensures smooth playback, the bright, contrast display for a squeaky clean representation. Thanks to a fold-out, safely locking metal stand, the HD7 as a landscape format-table cinema can be operated, retracted the piece of metal framed camera, Flash led and speaker opening.

Ease of use, liquid reaction

The operation reveal little difference with the previous Windows phone 7 models, finally Microsoft sets out tightly in its operating system. These include the obligatory buttons on the front for “Main menu”, “Back” and “Search”, which lays out HTC as sensor keys. The control of the HTC HD7 work properly, the user interface is intuitive to gather and respond to input almost always liquid.

Data in the cloud, no tethering is possible

As so far every new operating system, also Windows phone 7 is still some room for improvement. Interesting is that Microsoft is a nakedness in areas, which were once considered brand strength. The also when the first iPhones lack of copy and paste is coming soon, but in the Outlook synchronization force in the last few years as exemplary, Microsoft has in the latest version in local terms to offer nothing at all.

The makers from Seattle reference all over the Zeitgeist on the cloud – so wireless data management server, which keeps the inventory on all devices equal. The synchronization via Microsoft Services Windows Live or Hotmail into the contacts from Outlook can be transferred.

Live Mail and contacts from Outlook to the Microsoft Office Outlook Connector is also edit, we will report soon. With WP7 smartphones, they are then synchronized via mobile phone. But sometimes the local would be still practically a la ActiveSync desktop synchronization.

The same applies to the now lost opportunity, easy-to-play data via Windows Explorer on the Smartphone and to manage on this via Explorer. For pictures, music and videos Microsoft makes Zune software for now available.

But the Internet connection is an integral part of the instrument concept like on iPhones and Android smartphones.

The missing memory card slot is on the list of the most missing details. After all: The HTC HD7 exclusively sold through O2 comes memory with 16 GB.

Conclusion

For 530 euros, the HTC HD7 offered on O2 is an excellent processed Smartphone with good and large display. Also in size and weight, it is above the average, but the ounce makes up for it loose missing handiness with ease of use.

A more detailed test all results from the test lab, see the connect 2/2011 (since 4 January at the kiosk).