Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... The games on offer where engaging and sported some great graphics - however the issue was price and game on the Windows phone which woul... more
Member Name: monkey-snatch
Advantages: Metro UI, Microsoft Office, Big Screen, XBL Integration
Disadvantages: Lacking some simple features
The HD7 was one of the first phones to come with the new Windows Mobile 7 OS.
Some of the benefits with this was the integration of Xbox Live and the ability to earn those precious achievements on the move whilst playing games on the move - this in my view posed a serious threat to Apples gaming eco system if Microsoft could pull this off. The games on offer where engaging and sported some great graphics - however the issue was price and game on the Windows phone which would set you back on average £2.49 whereas the very same game on iOS would (at the time) have set you back £0.59 (most of the cheapest apps are now £0.69). For this reason it was very difficult to justify spending this amount.
The phone has many of the standard dedicated apps like Facebook, Google Search, Lovefilm Etc. that you'd expect on all operating systems and these worked very well and the way information was conveyed from apps on the home screen is great.
Personalizing the phone, however wasn't great - you could change the background from black to white OR from white to black... and with this you have a choice of a few colours for the Metro UI. This is where the user choice ends, apart from choosing which apps you want on the home screen.
The phone has a mobile version of mobile Word, Excel and other MS Office based applications but are by no means any real use, although documents can be edited it is clumsy and doesn't always show a document as how it should look natively.
It is a good phone, but needs some attention in the future to be competitive in the market. Hopefully Microsoft will support the OS in the long term.
Summary: Overall a good start, but needs improvement.