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Calling features on the HTC HD7 are nearly identical to the other Windows Phone 7 devices, though HTC has added a few cool features that are holdovers from previous Windows Mobile devices. In the HTC Hub (every manufacturer gets their own Hub, a sort of mini app store), HTC offers the Attentive Phone app. Attentive phone gives you some very cool additions to the phone features.

You can set the phone to hush the ringer when you pick it up. After all, once you have it in hand, it doesn't need to ring so loudly. You can also set the phone to ring louder when it is in your pocket.

My favorite is the flip for speaker feature. Just as it sounds, when you flip the device over and place it face down on a desk, the HD7 will activate the speakerphone. This is such a thoughtful, intuitive action, I loved having it, especially in the car when I could simply answer the phone and place it face down on the seat next to me so I could talk with the speaker and keep my hands free. No fumbling for buttons, which is nice because Windows Phone 7 hides the speaker, mute and hold options in a drop down menu on the in-call screens.

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These features are not new to long-time HTC fans, but they are unique among the current crop of Windows Phone 7 devices, which gives the HD7 an advantage in calling over the Samsung Focus or other competing devices.

 

Calling and contacts features also benefit from the large screen on the HD7. When you make a call from the call logs, you have to press a tiny phone button next to the name to initiate the call. If you tap the name itself, you get that person's address book entry. Having larger buttons makes it easier to hit the right target.

Also, contact photos look great in Windows Phone 7, and the larger they are the better. The phone synchronizes with Facebook to populate your contact list with your friends' Facebook avatars, and you can then pin the contact to your Start screen. You can see their big, smiling faces even larger on the HD7.

 

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