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

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

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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HTC HD7

HTCs HD7, running Windows Phone 7, features a 4.3-inch touch screen (480 x 800 WVGA) and 1GHz processor.

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Battery Life

The HTC HD7s rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for roughly a day before needing recharging, provided you go relatively light on the phone calls.

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Camera

The 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual LED flash offers 720p HD video recording.

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Kickstand

The integrated kickstand sets the HTC HD7 in landscape mode.

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Lock Screen

Windows Phone 7s lock screen.

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Passcode Protected

Unlike Google Android, which has its users draw a shape to access their phone, Windows Phone 7 takes the traditional pass-code approach.

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Hubs

Windows Phone 7s interface centers on six subject-specific Hubs.

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Apps

Users can pin new apps (such as the Facebook and Twitter apps, seen here) to their Start screens.

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More Options

By flicking their finger to the right, users can access a variety of tools not present on the Start screen, including their apps.

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Bing Maps

Windows Phone 7s maps, powered by Bing, offer a satellite view when zoomed in close to ground level.

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Office Hub

Microsoft hopes its Office Hub will attract business users.

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Document Editing

The Office hub offers light editing for Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel workbooks, as well as access to OneNote.

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SharePoint

Microsoft is also betting that its smartphone platforms tight SharePoint integration will appeal to businesses.

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Outlook Integration

Windows Phone 7 integrates fairly seamlessly with Outlook e-mail, at least in eWEEKs testing. Users can also add their Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and other e-mail accounts to their phones.

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Phone Calls

Windows Phone 7s interface for making phone calls.

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Multimedia Phone

HTC and carrier T-Mobile are selling the HD7 as a multimedia phone, with a "T-Mobile TV" app and integration with the users Zune account. Netflix also exists as a preloaded app.

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Calendar

Windows Phone 7s calendar interface.

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App Marketplace

Windows Phone 7s app marketplace reportedly has close to 5,000 apps.

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Xbox Integration

As befitting a Microsoft product, Windows Phone 7 features tight Xbox Live integration. Here, the users digital (and customizable) avatar.

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Photos

Windows Phone 7s photo-taking interface offers control over effects, resolution, "Metering mode," "Flicker adjustment," and flash.

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HTC Hub

Elements of HTCs Hub for WP7 bear a curious resemblance to Google Androids user interface, no?

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