HTC is known for making a plethora of devices, which are spread among the Android platform, and most recently, with Windows Phone 7.
Having experienced the Windows Phone 7 operating system on the HTC Surround 7 (which, in my opinion, was a terrible piece of hardware), I decided to give the totally revamped OS another shot. This time, however, was in the form of the ‘beast’ known as the HTC HD 7. Let’s take a look at the massive specs before we get started, shall we?
– 1Ghz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor
– 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM
– 5MP Camera with dual LED flash (and dedicated camera button)
– 720p video capture
– 16GB internal storage
– 4.3” 480×800 pixel capacitive TFT LCD display
– WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth
– 4.80” x 2.68” x 0.44” (122 x 68 x 11.2 mm)
– 5.71 oz (162 g)
Now you can see why I nicknamed this phone the ‘beast’. Taking cues from its brother in the United States, the HTC EVO 4G, this is one massive slab of beautiful technology. The asthetics are breathtaking, especially for a smartphone: the metal-like bezel, the speakers at both the top and bottom half of the phone, the matte finish on the back of the device. Everything about this phone screams beauty. Some might love it. Some might hate it. I personally fell in love with this device since the first time I laid eyes on it during the press release.
The Windows Phone 7 Operating System
When Windows updated their platform to Windows Mobile 6.5, it left an extremely bitter and foul-tasting mouths of users. It was just not good enough at all, in comparison to its competitors offerings. In fact, it was quite a disaster, and they were losing marketshare faster than you can say iPhone.
Let me tell you: when Windows were in talks of building their new OS from scratch, they were dead serious. And the final result, while still far from perfect, is pretty damn impressive. I’ve used every single mobile operating system imaginable (minus the Nokia Symbian platform, which has been absorbed by noneother than Microsoft). Blackberry, iOS, Android, and webOS. Between all of those OS’s, I would have to say webOS and Windows Phone 7 are the clear winners, and are actually neck and neck when it comes to the most fluid, intuitive, and user-friendly graphical user interfaces. And the fact that the Windows Phone 7 update in the near future is going to implement cut & paste, but the multitasking which is extremely similar to the ‘cards’ feature of webOS is a tech junkie’s dream!
The only gripe I have regarding the HTC HD 7 is the pitiful 1230mAh battery. I’m a heavy user of Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail, so if I can get through a full day of heavy usage on this underwhelming battery, I’ll consider myself lucky. Don’t know why they skimped out on the battery, especially since it’s supporting a monster 4.3″ LCD screen, and the primary colours used in the OS are white. Strange choice on HTC’s end.
Overall, I’ve been extremely happy us Canadians are being exposed to the supersized phones of the US of A. We finally get the EVO 4G’s equivalent in the form of the HD 7 and the Desire HD (its Android counterpart). Let’s just see how long my battery lasts!