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The version of Internet Explorer on the HTC HD7 finally brings Microsoft devices into the modern age of mobile browsing. Pages look completely accurate on the Web browser. Every page I tried offered a full desktop version, so you won't have to suffer through the mobile versions of CNN, New York Times or whatever your favorite site may be. I had a little trouble with Google Reader, as the browser would get caught scrolling through the frames in my RSS feed. This was not the same as the buggy scrolling problems I had with the social networking apps, it was just a browser layout issue.

Navigating through pages was a breeze on the HD7. The screen is perfect for reading Web sites. The Web browser responded very quickly as I flicked up and down a page, and the pinch-to-zoom feature was incredibly smooth. I'd like to see Flash support in the future, but that's still a rarity on smartphones.

 

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Windows Phone 7 doesn't allow customization so much as it allows you to organize your stuff. The Start screen tiles can be rearranged however you like, and every tile can be removed from the Start column. That column can get pretty long as you start adding Web pages, contacts and Bing Maps, but the tiles are big enough that you can scroll through them in a hurry.

You can adjust the theme of WP7 as well. The background can be black or white (a very light grey, really), and you can change the color of the main Start tiles and other interface bits. There are 10 colors to choose from, including some striking and some more staid choices. I'd like to have a color picker so that I can choose my own favorite color.

 

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