As you know I had the chance to spend a few weeks back in July with the Technical Preview of Windows Phone 7 and created my Definitive Guide that covered all aspects of this new Microsoft mobile operating system. I have spent an intensive month diving into all the details of Windows Phone 7 as I was writing my book and am intimately familiar with it, probably even more so than with any other mobile operation system I use daily. Thus, when I was told of the news about the upcoming T-Mobile HTC HD7 running Windows Phone 7 my heart started racing and I cannot wait until it is released in November and plan to be the first one in line to pick it up. I had the chance to spend a few minutes with the HD7 and it is a fantastic device that is sure to do well on T-Mobile. T-Mobile also announced they will be offering the Dell Venue Pro running Windows Phone 7.
T-Mobile HTC HD7Similar to the HTC HD2, the HTC HD7 has a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display and will be the largest Windows Phone 7 device in the U.S. While the HD2 was a great piece of hardware, the Windows Mobile 6.5 OS had issues that ruined the experience. Windows Phone 7 has been rock solid and I have not seen any of these performance issues, even with the Technical Preview so I look forward to trying it out on the HD7.
Specifications and features of the HTC HD7 include the following:
- 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display
- Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
- Quad-band GSM
- Dual-band UMTS/HSPA
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- 16GB internal Flash memory
- Integrated A-GPS receiver
- 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash
- Integrated kickstand around the camera module
- Dimensions of 4.8 x 2.7 x 0.44 inches and 5.71 ounces
The rumors were heard previously indicated the device would only have 8GB of internal memory so it is nice to see that rumor was false. I still don't understand how Nokia can now churn out penta-band 3G devices while others stick with dual and tri-band 3G radios. We also see Bluetooth 2.1 in this device rather than Bluetooth 3.0. Even though T-Mobile is rolling out their HSPA+ network, the new HD7 does not support these super fast data speeds like the T-Mobile G2.
There is limited manufacturer and carrier customizations, thank you Apple, so on the HD7 we see Netflix, T-Mobile TV (rebranded MobiTV subscription service), TeleNav GPS Navigator, and Slacker Radio preloaded on the HD7. One new feature I read about that sound quite interesting is T-Mobile Family Room, a new application exclusively from T-Mobile that helps families keep in touch and manage their busy lives. Customers can write a note on a virtual chalkboard and add shared calendar events for their Family Room group to coordinate get-togethers. Sharing pictures and interacting is easy, with real-time notifications alerting users when any family member posts something for everyone to see.
Overall, it looks like the hardware of the HD7 is a bit less than the highest end devices available today, but it is more than adequate to run Windows Phone 7 and if T-Mobile launches it in mid-November for the typical $199 smartphone price then it should do well.