It’s a beautiful-looking phone—black and dark grey, exceedingly slim side bezels, and a massive 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen. It has a raised metal bezel running around the phone, which means that placing the phone face down on a flat surface will not scratch the display.
There are three touch-sensitive keys beneath the glass slab that extend below the LCD. These are well-spaced and quite usable. The Micro USB port and 3.5mm jack are conveniently located on the bottom of the phone. The touch screen is sensitive, and navigating is a snap.
The display is mediocre—colour and contrast are strictly so-so. The 5 MP camera on the HD7 is pretty decent with colour and contrast, and the flash is powerful. The phone has an internal memory of 16 GB. Music quality via the hands-free kit is good—decent bass for earphones, and a nice mid-range. The loudspeaker distorts a lot and is not suitable for playing music. Video playback is a mediocre experience. While the large display is good, the colours can look a bit washed out, and the contrast is mediocre at best. Battery life seems decent, considering the paltry 1,230 mAh power plant. With heavy usage and 2-3 hours of calls, battery life drops to 25% within a day.
With good reception, call quality and clarity are good, but as signal levels drop slightly, there is a loss of coherence at the other end. There are better-performing, more rounded devices available.
OS: Windows Phone 7
CPU: Qualcomm QSD8250
Display: 4.3-inch, 480x800 pixels, capacitive
Battery: 1230 mAh
Build quality: 7
Value for money: 5.5
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