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

  1. HTC HD7
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

It was a matter of sheer size, the HTC HD7 would have won already. For with 162 grams of weight, it is not only the worst Smartphone with Windows phone 7 operating system, it is also the widest distance copy of this genus horizontal with 68 mm Indians. But at least in a normal big hand it is even on the phone well, and in jacket pockets it not particularly bears due to its relatively flat with twelve millimeters deep design. The Kaventsmann can be but not comfortably carry in your pocket.

Display in the cinema format

Of course, the sprawling housing has its reason, finally, it must be the display largest previously on Windows phone 7 devices. That leaves on the sides of only five mm room for the frame, on the surface, it offers 30 percent more space than the display of the originating from same House Mozart smartphones. 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 HD7 is particularly suitable as a mobile video player. He rapid Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1 GHz clock frequency provides ultra-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”, that so far from HTC as sensor keys. The Mozart and the trophy the testers claimed that the virtual printer to sensitive and were more often accidentally. That was the case with the larger format the operating experience increased since the last test with WP7 can play a role with the HD7 significantly less frequently. Otherwise the control of smartphones work properly, the user interface is intuitive to gather and respond to input almost always liquid.

Data in the cloud, no tethering is possible

Like so far every new operating system, even Windows phone 7 can of course still some room for improvement. Interesting is that Microsoft is a nakedness in areas, which were once considered brand strength. The missing also when the first iPhone copy and paste to come soon, but in the Outlook synchronisation 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. Other files such as Office documents can be placed either on a SharePoint Server usual only for corporate or mail on the HD7. The Internet connection is an integral part of the instrument concept, where some users would want a more direct line between personal computer and phone as on iPhones and Android smartphones.

This is true also in the opposite direction, when the HD7 its with 7.2 Mbit/s in the down and 2 Mbit / s in the upload fast Internet connection on the move the notebook to make available. This so-called tethering was the last generation of Microsoft of course, at the latest, the software giant has refused at least for the time being on the mobile radio network access via the phone.

Also missing memory card slot, which made easy with previous smartphones with Microsoft operating system expansion is on the list of the most missing details. Granted, with at least 8 GB, the latest WP7 phones are generously equipped, the HTC HD7 exclusively sold through O2 comes even with 16 GB. But with steadily falling memory prices and unlimited range of videos and music, a simple micro-SD-card slot has a lot for themselves.

Many users will however miss none of the here mentioned details in practical use, but rejoice rather over the highly successful integration of the most popular of all social media services: Facebook like on the HD7 and its WP7 stable mates so much was to have mobile little. Here Microsoft is at an advantage compared to Apple and Google, because the latter see Facebook probably also a threat, it may give too much space on the own platforms. At Microsoft, one relies less on services for software and a little hardware and so Facebook can give much more room – HD7 and co. create a target group.

From the measurement lab

Next to good handling and a decent feature set, the buyer is also practical performance data. This weakens the HD7 as already the trophy and the Mozart at the stamina: While five to six hours talk time in GSM networks for the most contemporaries are more than lush, three and a half hours that keep the HD7 in the typical mixed operation, can be used for intensive users of surf and mail function even before the beginning of the evening. A larger battery would have helped here.

The radio properties, which are located especially in the UMTS network at a very high level need no help. The rumor spread in the net, the HD7 suffers from the same antenna problems such as an incorrectly set iPhone 4, has not been confirmed in our tests. You must wrap the HD7 with both hands firmly even come close the iPhone effect. The acoustics of the HD7 not quite high levels of two sibling models, earned but both callers as called for a clear asset.


For 530 euros, the HTC HD7 offered on O2 is an excellent processed Smartphone with good and large display. It is also inBaugröße and weight above the average, but the ounce makes up for it loose missing handiness with ease of use. The endurance may be somewhat limited for demanding users, the other metrological properties move at the high level expected from HTC. Would have succeeded in O2, the navigation software for the future promised Telemap Navigator at the test time to make, it would have been enough for the HD7 in the endnote probably just for a good. So the price of the young Windows phone-7 – series top model must line up a point behind the HTC 7 Mozart and trophy competitors.

Technical data and test results

Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon / 1000
internal memory (MB) 13486
Memory card slot
Phone / qwert keyboard / touchscreen / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
USB host / client / /
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 /.
Wi-FI / standard / 802 .11b / g
… Headset profile / hands-free profiles /
… OBEX / SIM access-profiles /
Type transm. TFT
Resolution (pixels) 480 x 800
Number of colors 16700000
Diagonal (inches) 4.3
Call list / ringing tones of groups of callers
Brokering / withhold / Situation profiles: Number / flight mode 3 /. Handsfree / mute / PIM Contact management ANZ. Telephone number / Email / address 7 / 3 / 3 Image / notes field / date of birth / / Appointment management Day / week / month view / / weekly / annual events / Notes /… typed / ink… /… Outlook-sync / / / To do list / with date / Sync: Windows / Mac / SyncML / / OFFICE Look at Word / edit / Consider Excel / edit / PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / / MESSAGING Email / POP3 / IMAP / / Attachments send / receive / SMS / MMS / fax / / BROWSER Web / frames / Java / Java scripting / / / Home / Favorites / WAP MULTIMEDIA Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / / Video player / full screen display / Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / / Integrated camera / resolution (mega pixels) / 5 NAVIGATION GPS receiver SIZE AND WEIGHT Dimensions (H x W x D in mm) 122 x 68 x 11 Weight (grams) 162 MEASURED VALUES Endurance D power (hours) 5:00 Stamina E-Netz (hours) 5:57 Endurance UMTS (hours) 3:12 type. Endurance (hours) 3:35 Standby time days (days) 14 standard radiation factor / SAR value (-/ W / kg) -0.31 / 0,660 TEST RESULTS Endurance (max. 115) satisfactory (75) Endurance conversation / operation (80) 51 Endurance standby (35) 24 Facilities (max. 175) satisfactory (129) System (15) 13 Scope of delivery (10) 4 Display (30) 26 Connectivity (20) 15 Phone functions (15) 12 Messaging (15) 12 PIM (15) 10 Office (10) 7 Web browser (10) 9 Camera (10) 7 Music and video (10) 7 Features (5) 0 Navigation (10) 7 Handling (max 125) good (101) Manageability (30) 23 User interface (70) 59 Processing quality (20) 16 Documentation / support (5) 3 Measurements (max. 85) well (67) Transmission and reception quality GSM (33) 26 Transmission and reception quality UMTS (17) 13 Acoustic measurements send (17.5) 14 Acoustic measurements receiving (17.5) 14 CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points satisfactory (372) tested in issue: 02 / 11


Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 02/11


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