Hands-on with the Windows Phone 7 Super Phone: The T-Mobile HTC HD7

The HTC HD7 on T-Mobile could be the most compelling offering for the Windows Phone 7 OS. The HD7 sports a large 4.3-inch display (the biggest on any WP7 device) a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera with dual flash and HD video recording, and 16GB of internal storage. T-Mobile pairs this larger-than-life screen with a well-designed Netflix app and a T-Mobile TV app for watching your favorite movies and shows.

When we got our hands on it, the HD7 felt well-constructed with aluminum accents and a soft-touch back that makes the handset look professional and casual at the same time. We especially dig the built-in kickstand, similar to the Evo 4G.  The general performance on the device was fast–everything with the exception of some early T-Mobile software glided smoothly. Based on our short experience with the device, Internet Explorer 8 seemed faster than it did on other phones we tested.

The HD7 comes pre-loaded with the aforementioned Netflix app, plus Slacker Radio and Xbox Live. Netflix loaded quickly and showed an easy-to-peek-through menu for selecting content. The opening of the movie Being John Malkovich played smoothly over Wi-Fi during our brief test. An icon for T-Mobile TV, a new app powered by MobiTV, was on the tester phone but did not work. A T-Mobile rep said T-Mobile TV would play live video from several channels for free and then offer an additional channel package for $9.99 a month.

The HD7 will be available for T-Mobile customers in mid-November. Check out our full gallery below and hands-on video below.


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