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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sprint HTC Arrive Reviewed

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 AM

The HTC Arrive is now on the market, and the reviews have rolled in from all the major tech blogs. Pocket Now recently reviewed the device and pulled no punches in giving the phone 3.5 out of 5 points. They dinged the phone for being heavy, overheating often, and having no improvements to the Chassis 1 specs. They did however like that the phone came pre-loaded with Nodo, free Telenav, and a supposedly great camera. I say "supposedly" because I have heard conflicting reports about the camera, and HTC has a history of sub-par cameras on their phones. Have any of our readers picked up the Arrive? Please leave your thoughts in the comments!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Verizon HTC Trophy Offered To Microsoft Employees Take Two

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 07:09 PM

"Back in November, we covered the confirmation of the HTC Trophy coming to Verizon early this year... Now we are seeing offers on the Verizon website that details an offer for Microsoft Employees that expires April 1, 2011."

Last November Microsoft employees were offered the opportunity to pre-order a HTC Trophy on the Verizon network for an early 2011 release with the offer expiring on December 31, 2010. This led to speculations that the Trophy would be released in January. Well January came and went without a sign of the phone and it was long forgotten.

Verizon has now renewed the offer to Microsoft employees for the opportunity to pre-order the Trophy and this time, the offer is valid through April 1, 2011. It looks like soon all four U.S. carriers will have WP7 offerings.

The HD7 Is Coming To AT&T As The HD7S

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:51 AM

"Sign up to receive email when the HTC HD7S-the first HD7 in the U.S. with a Super LCD display-becomes available."

It's always been known that the Samsung Focus was the mover when it comes to AT&T WP7 devices. It outsold the HTC Surround and LG Quantum due to it's bigger screen and thin non-sliding black slab form factor. A form factor that is currently available to T-Mobile USA users in the form of the HD7.

It looks like HTC is hoping to take away some AT&T sales from Samsung by adding a Super LCD to the HD7 and releasing it on AT&T as the HD7S. NoDo will be preinstalled but unfortunately the hardware specs are the familiar 1GHz processor, 16 GB memory and 5MP camera. The HD7S should be available in the coming weeks.

Tags: htc, at&t, hd7, nodo, hd7s

Thursday, March 17, 2011

HTC Arrive For Sprint Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 05:00 PM

Matthew Miller of ZDNet generally likes the Arrive - it's a solid piece of kit marred by a few flaws, not least of which is the spotty landscape support in WP7. It seems HTC did some work on improving the keyboard, as the Arrive's impresses compared to the 7 Pro's, the Arrive's GSM cousin. The Arrive will be available for $199.99 on Sprint from March 20.

Review: Sprint HTC Arrive

Posted by Danny Simmons in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 09:27 AM

"HTC often likes to highlight "firsts" in its marketing messages. While the days leading up to the launch of HTC's Arrive are noticeably devoid of any relevant advertising, Sprint and HTC could have easily kept the "first" theme alive had they chosen to raise awareness. The Arrive is Sprint's first device to run Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. In fact, it's the first modern Windows Phone in the world compatible with a CDMA network. Finally, HTC's Arrive is also the first phone to launch with Microsoft's "NoDo" update for Windows Phone 7 - a prerequisite for CDMA compatibility. But do all these firsts add up to a first-class smartphone experience, or are Sprint customers better off waiting to see what's announced next week at CTIA before making any buying decisions?"

The wait for Windows Phone 7 is nearly over for all you Sprint users out there! Are you excited? Zach Epstein at BGR put together a pretty good review here. He goes into pretty good detail on the hardware, and talks about some of the changes in the 'Nodo' update. Some good, some less than good. But overall, he really likes this phone. Does he recommend that you get it? Well, I guess you'll just have to read his review...

I'm very excited to finally see CDMA devices for WP7, and we expect to see Verizon jump on board in the next few weeks. But I'm concerned that Sprint has chosen a physical keyboard for their only option. Most people love the onscreen keyboard in WP7 and are looking for smaller, slimmer devices. I can only hope that they quickly add other options to their line-up very soon. People like variety. I think that's been the biggest problem with T-Mobile's rollout. Just one option in the HD7. Kudos to AT&T for bringing in three different manufacturers with HTC, Samsung, and LG and a variety of form factors. This leaves me asking two questions. Is there a need for a physical keyboard anymore? If so, what do you primarily use it for? If not, does Sprint have another Windows Phone coming down the pipes? Tell us what you think.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

HTC Trophy Due March 24 On Verizon

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 PM

We've now got a solid date for the long-awaited CDMA version of Windows Phone 7 - the HTC Trophy is due to launch March 24th on Verizon, which incidentally coincides with the equally long awaited NoDo update. Coincidence? Don't think so - both were originally supposed to come out in February, going by hints back when WP7 first launched. Still, better late than never, though Microsoft is slowly losing momentum on WP7. Will the Trophy help bring some needed market push? Hopefully so, and a successful NoDo rollout would be even better.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

HTC Pro 7 Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 PM

"The HTC 7 Pro is a little delayed for some tastes - while it's still the first in the UK to offer Windows Phone 7 with a full QWERTY keyboard, it's still months behind the HTC HD7 and Samsung Omnia 7. However, the 7 Pro comes with some cheeky little extras over the standard Windows Phone 7 offering, taking Microsoft's mobile OS to the next level."

I hesitate to call this a review as it's so brief that you barely get a feel for the device. Having said that, Gareth cuts right down to the meat of matter - this baby's got copy and paste right out of the box, which raises some interesting questions regarding what's holding up the NoDo update for everybody else. On the flip side, the keyboard's apparently below HTC's usual standards, which makes the trade-off of having it against the extra weight you have to carry less appealing.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sprint to Release First CDMA Windows Phone, HTC Arrive March 20th at $199

Posted by Danny Simmons in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:13 PM

"Sprint picks up the QWERTY tilt-o-matic this coming March 20th for $199.99 on a two-year contract after $100 mail-in rebate, featuring a 3.6-inch WVGA display, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera with flash and 720p video capture, 16GB of internal storage, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi."

If you are one of the millions of people that have been waiting for Windows Phone 7 to "arrive" on the Sprint network, wait no longer! The HTC Arrive will be here very soon. Sprint has finally given us an official launch date and price. Check it out here. Hopefully they will be adding several more devices in the near future to give a little variety to their Windows Phone offerings. But this is a great start. Ok Verizon, now it's your turn!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Congratulations HTC: 2011 Device Manufacturer Of The Year!

Posted by Jason Lee in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 PM

"HTC was honored to win the ‘2011 Device Manufacturer of the Year' award at the prestigious GSMA Global Mobile awards at Mobile World Congress. HTC was voted the winner from a shortlist of three finalists which included Apple and Samsung."

Way to go HTC! This is quite the honor especially considering the competition they were stacked against. Of course with the slew of Android and Windows Phone devices that HTC brought to the table this past year it's hard to imagine them not getting some kind of recognition. Keep it up, HTC!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

HTC 7 Pro On Pre-Order At UK's Clove

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:30 AM

It's almost here! UK vendor Clove Technology has the 7 Pro on pre-order at a price of £360 ex-VAT, with a free BT headset thrown in to the bargain. Unlocked and with 8GB storage, a 5MP camera and (best of all) 5-row QWERTY keyboard, the 7 Pro is a nice addition to HTC's WP7 offerings.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

HTC Mozart Landing On T-Mobile Soon

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:00 PM

"Remember the HTC Mozart? Yeah, the handset we've been calling since July of 2010. Well, according to our ninjas the handset is coming really soon...Our sources tell us that Magenta may offer the handset in two versions, an 8GB version and a 16GB version, but don't marry to that."

It's been rumoured for ages but if the Mozart is the WP7 device you're waiting for, it's finally - fingers crossed - on the way. Personally I prefer the bigger screen of the HD7, but the size of that one sometimes makes handling it a juggling exercise. The Mozart is in that Goldilocks sweetspot - not too little, not too big, but just right. That 8MP camera and aluminum body are kinda nice too.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Facebook Phone Coming Soon?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 03:00 PM

"HTC will unveil two new Facebook branded mobile phones next month, City A.M. has learned. The Taiwanese manufacturer will launch an official tie-up with Mark Zuckerberg's $50bn (£31.6bn) social network at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The high-end smartphones will be the first to bear the Facebook branding and colours."

Rumoured to be running a version of Android, my first thought was "Well, if this thing is going to be the official Facebook phone, then what does that mean for Windows Phone 7, which has the deepest integration of Facebook to date?". If this phone is pitched as a phone that isn't overly geeky, and more importantly has a cheaper data plan than a full-blown uber-Android phone, I believe there's a large number of people who are currently in the feature phone segment that would trade up to this phone. One things for sure: if there really is an official Facebook Phone, the other phone makers are going to have to work harder on their depth of their feature integration.

Friday, January 14, 2011

HTC HD7 Pro Hits European Shelves Next Week

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

HTC's HD7 Pro is the first landscape slider model in the WP7 line-up, and is due to hit the streets in Germany next week. Unlike the pic above, O2 Germany's version will sport a QWERTZ keyboard, and will be offered for €22 with two year contract, or €599 unlocked. Here's hoping the rollout goes global soon.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Want More Storage For Your HD7?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:00 PM

This is purely an "at-your-own-risk" mod, because it involves some delicate deconstruction of your HD7 and a hard reset, not to mention voiding your warranty. But if you're willing to have a go, you'll need a SanDisk Class 2 32GB card (Class 4 and above cards apparently don't work), some tools, and maybe some liquid courage (or maybe not - like I said, this is delicate). We're not providing a direct link to the tutorial, but if you're interested, click through the posted link for more information. Just back up your personal data and files first!

Friday, December 31, 2010

HTC Ventures Into The Living Room

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"To say that HTC's Media Link is small is an understatement... It's so small that we thought that our friendly government import agents had stolen it from the box that had obviously been jimmied open for inspection while en route to our European test lab."

HTC's ambitions have lately started to venture far from its usual stomping grounds. The HTC Sense team for instance want to extend their UI design into consumer electronics, and some of you might remember the HTC Shift, a marriage between a UMPC slate and Windows Mobile. Here we have another sample of HTC's diversification strategy, albeit a logical one given their proven strength in smartphones. The HTC Media Link leverages on existing DLNA technology to allow wireless media streaming from your HTC smartphone to any DLNA ready screen. It's a neat device, especially for its size, and can act as a WiFi hotspot. Engadget's impressed with it, though they did note some weaknesses (compliance with other DLNA devices, the price) and they think its more suitable for road warriors rather than the home. Think it's suitable for you? Click through the link to read the review.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Making Sense For WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 06:00 PM

"One of the great debates surrounding Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system focuses on whether the design guidelines the company set for its manufacturer partners allow for adequate expression. How can companies like Samsung, LG and Dell keep their Windows Phone 7 (WP7) handsets looking cool and different when Microsoft specifies the basic button layout, display resolution and user interface framework these companies should use?"

HTC is hoping to bring it's Sense UI to WP7 - it's one way to differentiate its WP7 phones from everyone else's. They've even begun an ambitious project to bring Windows Live type services to all their Sense enabled phones across different OS types (here and here for reference), starting with Android. I'm not sure if this isn't really just wishful thinking on their part, given the determined way Microsoft has been protecting the consistent user interaction and performance that WP7 offers across the board. But what do you guys think? Would bringing the full Sense experience to WP7 make sense (sorry for the pun)?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Android 2.3 Gingerbread Ported To HTC HD2

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 06:00 PM

The HTC HD2 (aka Leo) was perhaps the ultimate Windows Mobile device - the fact that hardware on the market has barely advanced since it was released a year ago shows how advanced it was for the time. That also means the HD2 can handle the current crop of operating systems: case in point, a forum member of XDA Developers has managed to port the latest Android build (specifically 2.3.1) onto an HD2. Some stuff still isn't working (camera and contacts sync for instance), but most of the rest of the hardware is. Fancy a try? Let us know if you do! Just remember to back up your data first.

Friday, December 10, 2010

2011 WP7 Models: Asus E600 and HTC PD29130 Pass FCC

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Asus Windows Phones" @ 09:00 AM

"The Asus E600 was demoed previously by Microsoft, and although the company was listed as a launch partner by Microsoft for Windows Phone 7, Asus still does not have any Windows Phone 7 devices available on the market yet."

Well, the Asus is at the FCC for certification, and should be available stateside soon. Funny, how did Microsoft bring in demo sets if it hadn't passed FCC? The world wonders. In any case, the E600 has a 4" screen and a 5MP camera. More mysteriously, an HTC model is also being tested by the FCC, but precious little other detail is available apart from the model number - PD29130. are speculating that this might be an AT&T version of the HD7 or maybe a GSM version of the HD Pro 7. Fact is, there's nothing to go on, but it's fun speculating.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

HTC HD7 - Ready to Take On the iPhone? Really!

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 10:00 AM

Product Category: Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Manufacturer: HTC
Where to buy: T-Mobile
Price: $199 USD with contract
Specifications: From HTC site


  • High quality look and feel;
  • Large responsive capacitive touchscreen;
  • Windows Phone 7 provides a unique and easy-to-use user interface;
  • Wireless synching of calendar and contacts through Windows Live is included.


  • No slot for memory cards;
  • Mobile Office apps (particularly Word) are short on features;
  • Weak external speaker affects speakerphone performance;
  • Wireless synching of calendar and contacts can be complicated to set up;
  • No "cut and paste" or third-party multitasking.

Summary: With the game-changing introduction of the iPhone in 2007, Microsoft saw its position as a consistent midpack player in the smartphone market begin to decline. Attempts to update the legacy Windows Mobile (WM) OS and UI to provide a more "iPhone-like" experience met with indifference in the marketplace. The MS product planners came to the inevitable conclusion that the only way to compete with the iPhone (and the up and coming Android platform) was to introduce an all-new platform specifically designed to target the newcomers. That platform is finally here and it's called Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Long-time partner HTC has introduced the HD7, a phone with state-of-the-art specs running WP7. Does HTC's WP7-powered flagship model have what it takes to once again establish Microsoft as a player in the current marketplace, in the face of smartphone "superstars" like the iPhone 4 and the MyTouch 4G? Read on as we consider that question...


Friday, December 3, 2010

HTC Addresses HD7 Death Grip Issue

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 10:00 PM

" is inevitable that a phone's signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user's palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate."

It's been about a week since videos began circulating regarding a potential issue with the HD7's antenna. HTC's response, via Computer Weekly, appears to be - hey, it works, even if the bars aren't full. For the record, I've yet to run into any dropped calls or network issues no matter how I hold the phone, so it looks like HTC's largely right. Has anybody found reception getting worse if they hold the phone the "wrong" way?

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