Enterprise Mobility: HTC HD7 with Windows Phone 7: Sleek, Polished and Middle-of-the-Road

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-01-04 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HTC HD7 with Windows Phone 7: Sleek, Polished and Middle-of-the-Road

by Nicholas Kolakowski
 
Microsoft hopes its Windows Phone 7 smartphones will allow it to reclaim market share in a mobile space currently dominated by the likes of Google Android and the Apple iPhone. In order to accomplish that goal, the company has teamed with manufacturing partners to produce a series of smartphones whose large touch screens and minimal buttons are heavily reminiscent of the iPhone or Droid X. But how does one of those flagship Windows Phone 7 devices, the HTC HD7, compare to those bestselling rivals? Windows Phone 7 is largely free of glitches, despite lacking certain key features such as cut-and-paste (expected in January), but it still feels like a first-generation operating system in need of a few tweaks and add-ons. The hardware is handsomely constructed, with no glaring errors. In short, the HTC HD7 is a device that most people would be happy to own—and yet nothing about the smartphone stands out in a way that would necessarily drive someone to purchase it in place of a similar Apple or Android device.
 
 
 
 
 
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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