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HTC HD7 Review: Passable and a Failure?

For those of you who are planning to pick up the upcoming HTC HD7 smartphone, we have a review for you to read now, one which doesnt exactly cast the handset in a good light. Prepare to be somewhat disappointed after you’ve read this.

The HD7 goes on sale on October 21st in Europe and Asia, but consumers in the US will have to wait until November 8th to get their hands on one. However, after you’ve read Engadget’s review, you might think twice as they have only scored it a 6/10. The HD7 is considered to be the premium handset in many people’s eyes, especially to those who owned the impressive HTC HD2.

Where did it go wrong? Engadget has stated that the build quality is below par and picked out further issues with the viewing angles, color reproduction and contrast levels. Worryingly, they also mention about the small battery size (1230mAh), adding that the phone is going to need to be charged everyday if used extensively.

If you are looking for the solid reason why they have only scored the HD7 a 6, and other handsets like the T-Mobile G2 an 8, then perhaps this paragraph from their review sums it up nicely –

”For a device aspiring to woo us with its multimedia features, this, along with middling sound output from its stereo speakers, renders the HD7 a failure if measured purely by the boasts of its promotional materials.”

What are your thoughts on this? Are you surprised by the poor score? Read their full review here and give us your say on this.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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twonuttypuppies
twonuttypuppies

Forgot to mention I'm a bzzagent & got this phone to test out from HTC & give my honest reviews!

twonuttypuppies
twonuttypuppies

The touch screen is awesome. I have no problem with its response time. Still lightning fast. I have learned along the way, that you DO have to turn off your phone & restart it, so I just did that tonight for the first time in many days. I didn't feel like I needed to, but I just did it because its good to do. It's uuber easy to put your friends photo & all their information on a tile on your home page. Instead of seeing their name, it will rotate and you can see an assigned photo! You can… Read more »

Mark
Mark

any idea how do i add my comments to htc or microsoft that they might notice that the hd7/wm7 is a big let down in that i can't copy and paste text or scroll. Unlike previous HTC smart phone and WM5 and 6. MASSIVE Let down there. (multitasking would also be nice) Afraid that's an expensive mistake and back to blackberry if not fixed soon.

Anna
Anna

after reading all the comments that was written, there is no way i can deny that we cannot have both worlds for the iphone & htc hd 7, it's all depend on the individual needs to the phone users. I believe strongly that as for htc hd 7 have their own good use & iphone has their own too. By the end of the day, its the user (ourself) decide what we want.

MrColobus
MrColobus

Their review refers to the poor stereo speakers. It doesn't have stereo speakers, there's a single speaker near the camera on the back. They (and many other reviewers it seems) seem to have assumed it has stereo speakers because of it's appearance. I noticed this within minutes of using mine. Very, very poor reviewing standards.

VCite
VCite

Engaget sucks more than my old ipoo phone
because it changed nothing again!

Gussie
Gussie

I couldn't understand why t-mobile allows this sort of failures to happen. As a wireless provider you must ensure that customers that are up to pay for those phones is worth to. HTC has all the rights to build whatever phones they want,but the provider must ensure that whichever phone they will offer to customers are the best of the best because your reputation goes along with whatever product you are offering. I've been a t-mobile custmer for the past years and all i can say is that t-mobile needs to do better if they want to compete with the… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew

I just bought my HTC HD7 from Singtel Singapore yesterday. Some things missing are just UNFORGIVEABLE !!!! I mean, how can designers be making such mistakes by not including certain "must haves" if they want to taken seriously as smartphone? I can never understand why a new would include some new features, and yet take away, or not include in some BASIC must have features !!! I mean it's like taking 5 steps forward, and 2 steps back again !!! Ridiculous ! 1) while charging the phone, the phone CANNOT be turned off ! I turned it off, and it… Read more »

Kevyn
Kevyn

So, does it have stereo speakers on the front or not? There are conflicting reports about this in the forums.

Joseph
Joseph

Agreed. I got rid of my I Phone for the HTC HD7 and just love it. And to think that there are upgrades coming from Microsoft on a regular basis. This device along with Windows Phone 7 are going to revolutionize the marketplace. Great going Microsoft and HTC: you guys are really on the ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

omfg
omfg

engadgets a bunch of idiots…Whoever wrote that review need to be slapped..in the face!!!
They didn even mention zune support or xbox live

andy p
andy p

I did read the engadget review. They obviously don't review phones properly. The iPhone 4 I have is the most uncomfortable device to hold probably ever. Did they mention that when they reviewed the device? No!
The iPhone 4 has pretty poor viewing angles, did they score it down? Hell no!

The iPhone 4 batterydies in a day with push mail and heavy use. Did engadget mention that? Hell no! Biased bunch of people they are!

minh nguyen
minh nguyen

so how about htc desire hd ?
when will it be available in the US?

omg
omg

considering everyone at engadget sucks off steve jobs im not surprised they gave a negative review. every other one i've seen has been positive.

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