Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HT7 HDeliciously Awesome Phone.
Member Name: kellface
Date: 23/05/11, updated on 23/05/11 (93 review reads)
Advantages: HD Video Recorder, Xbox Live, HTC Apps, Microsoft Office & So much more...
Disadvantages: A little pricey on Pay as You Go. Battery life isn't amazing.
So before our littlen is born my boyfriend and I decided to treat ourselves one last time as the next few months (and years) are going to cost us a fortune with a little one around. I'm saving my money to spend on lots of lush clothes and nice things to pamper myself when our littlen is born, my boyfriend on the other hand wanted a new gadget. His dream phone - The HTC HD7 - why is it his dream phone you ask? That's because it has Xbox Live on it of course! We're both huge geeks and being able to log onto his Xbox Live account when he's away from the console meant that it had uber geek points and was obviously the best phone on the market.
We purchased the phone on contract with O2 a few weeks ago now and I do use it a fair bit myself as he's got free minutes, texts and lots of cool stuff. I've inherited his old iPhone 3G but i have to say his HTC HD7 is far superior to any phone I've ever used, we were tempted to get 2 of them on contract but it would have cost us too much money.
The Geeky Bit -
Dimensions; 122mm x 68mm
4.3" Touch Screen
5 Megapixel Camera
720p HD Video Recording
Wi-Fi and 3G up to 7.2 Mbps Download Speed
16G Internal Storage
1GHz CPU Processing Speed
3.5mm Stereo Audio Jack
Micro USB port - USB 2.0
Ambient Light Sensor
Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
You may think crikey that's a hell of a list for all the geeky stuff the phone has built in, but this phone really is an awesome piece of kit.
The price of the HTC HD7 varies depending on where you shop, we purchased the phone on O2 on a 24 months contract at £27 per month. This was one of the cheapest contracts and is great value for money. The o2 store are currently selling the HD7 for just shy of £400. We did shop around a fair bit, there are a lot of good deals from various online dealers from £300+, and the highest we saw the phone at was in the Carphone Warehouse at £480!! We were absolutely gob smacked as to how they could charge an extra £80 for the same phone! Anyway, as I said there are various deals it just depends on where you want to buy from. We have been O2 customers for many years now and felt like we trusted them a lot more to buy from isntead of buying from a random online shop. Yes it is cheaper from some online retailers but I'd rather buy it from a real person, from a company I know and trust.
The home screen of the HD7 has a series of tiles which are fully customisable, some of the tiles on the home screen that we have set up include ;
People - This is your list of contacts, which may also include contacts from your hotmail address book.
Messaging - This is where all of your messages are kept, and where you can create and send texts and IM's.
Hotmail - Check, Send and Receive e-Mails with your Hotmail account.
HTC Hub - This is where all of the featured HTC stuff is available whether it be apps or games your after.
Internet Explorer - Surf the internet via Wi-Fi or 3G with Windows Internet Explorer.
Games - There are hundreds of games to choose from, very similar to the app store on the iPhone, but the added awesomeness with HTC is that Xbox Live is on it! OK so you can't play some of the top games like Call of Duty and LA Noire, but there are still Xbox Live Arcade games available.
Calender - Your own personal organiser, sleek and simple to use.
Music & Videos - Your hub for your music tracks and videos, you can also get to the Zune Marketplace here.
Photo Enhancer - It isn't quite like Adobe Photoshop but it's still a great addition to the phone being able to adjust and play around with your photos.
Me - This is basically a little home page for your Hotmail and MSN, with updates for yourself and your friends.
Settings - The place to change the general settings of the HD7 from ringtones to email and accounts.
Facebook - Takes you straight to your Facebook home page.
Youtube - A hub in which to search through the millions of mainly shockingly terrible internet videos.
Maps - This is pretty much Google maps on your phone, it's a great gadget.
Camera - The HD7's 5 Megapixel camera is of superb quality for a phone. Gone are the grainy dull pictures and in are the bright high definition photos. You can change numerous settings including picture effects, resolution and whether you want the flash on or off etc. The best thing about the camera is you can record HD video in 720p! You can upload your photos or videos straight to Facebook, Youtube or attach them to your emails.
You can customise which tiles you wish to have on your home screen and the colour theme of the phone and tiles themselves. Other gadgets are available to download from the HTC Marketplace on the HD7 include Alarms, Compass, Converter, eBay, Flashlight, Weather and Stocks. These are only a few of literally hundreds of gadgets and add on's you can download for your HD7.
Like the iPhone and iPods, the Windows HTC HD7 has it's own software where you can download and store your games, music and videos. This comes in the form of Zune, which is simple and easy to set up. Included with the HD7 was a lovely bonus of 6000 Microsoft points (which equates to around £50) in which we could spend on Zune, or on Xbox Live. With the free points you can download and keep several films, or download music tracks. We decided to spend the money on Xbox Live content instead as we download a lot of our music and movies. When trying to decide what you want to listen to or watch, you simply move your finger across the touch screen from either direction and the various menu's will show up. When browsing Zune you can choose from music, videos, podcasts, radio or just visit the Zune Marketplace in general.
The built in sound enhancer enables you to change the way your music or videos sound, even when you haven't fiddled with any of the settings the sound quality is absolutely brilliant. Clear sound and brilliant picture quality, even random Youtube videos look great on the 4.3" screen.
Making a call can be done in 2 ways, you can simply choose the "people" tile on the home screen and choose a contact there, or you can simply press and hold the "windows" logo button on the bottom of the phone and say the persons name. Oh yes, the phone has speech recognition, and it's actually pretty impressive. As long as you speak clearly and into the phone it will recognise you really well.
SMS and E-mails are simple and easy to create, the touch screen keyboard can be used vertically or horizontally, I prefer the latter as the keys are a little wider then and easier to use for those who unfortunately don't have delicate slender fingers. The HTC HD7 also has a mini version of Microsoft Office which includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint. We've not used these yet so can't really comment, but I'm guessing that they will be brilliant for office working types who use these on a daily basis at work, or for students who can use these for coursework and presentations.
The only downside apart from the price of the phone is battery life can be quite short, depending on what you use the phone for. My boyfriend has to charge it up at the end of the day which isn't an inconvenience at all but for the amount of cool stuff the phone can do, and the amount of power it takes to run each of the various gadgets they would have used a longer lasting battery. The good thing about the battery is it isn't built in so can easily be replaced or you can buy a spare one which you could take out and about with you in case the phone dies during the day through heavy use.
I could literally sit here and write about this phone for hours with the amount of stuff it has to offer, but I'm going to stop there. Overall the phone is absolutely brilliant, it's of superb quality and has so many little added extra's, I'm sure in 6 months we will still be finding new things that we didn't know were there already. I'd recommend anyone who can afford it really to purchase a HD7, it's great for gaming, music, office and social networking. It's useful for everyone really in every way, yes it's a bit pricey but it really is worth it.
Summary: Awesome bit of kit.
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