Review: HTC HD7
The HTC HD7 is a very nice device, and it handles Microsoft's new mobile OS well. The large screen made for a great multimedia, Web browsing and working experience, though I still think some aspects, like the onscreen keyboard, could use some improvement. There were also some kinks that need to be worked out, like the scrolling problems I had in some third-party apps, or the camera trouble that ruined a few shots.
The real question is how the HD7 stands up to the Samsung Focus, its closest competitor. The HD7 offers a larger screen and better overall materials, with metal accents and a body that feels rock solid. But the Samsung Focus is a bit smaller, making it more easy to use one-handed, and much lighter, by more than an ounce and a half. I also prefer Samsung's super AMOLED display to the big LCD on the HD7. The HD7 has better video recording, and my best HD7 pics beat my Samsung Focus samples, but the HD7's camera is less consistent.
If you're a T-Mobile fan, I have no problem recommending the HTC HD7. Like I said, it will make you smile every time you turn it on, and Microsoft's elegant interface looks wonderful spread out across the HD7's face. But if you have some leeway in your carrier choice, I would take a look at the Focus as well before you make a final decision.
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