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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pocket-Lint Interviews HTC's Drew Bamford

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 08:30 PM

"[Drew] Bamford, is the man responsible for making the 20 million HTC handsets sold this year easy to use. Director of User Experience for the Taiwanese company, Bamford's job is all about making HTC's Sense software for the company's dozens of phones around the globe work, and work well...Rather than focus on the physical hardware of the phone like Scott Croyle at One & Co , Bamford's job is all about HTC Sense."

Pocket-Lint has been pretty busy - and that's good for us. After talking to Horace Luke on HTC's hardware design, they bring us Drew Bamford, who's in charge of HTC Sense. Nothing earth shattering, but a good read nonetheless about the thought process that goes into the design of Sense.

Pocket-Lint Interview's HTC's Horace Luke

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 AM

"50 per cent of my office from ceiling to floor is white board surfaces. I'm a big doodler. Occasionally I draw on the windows". So says, HTC's chief innovations officer Horace Luke, on the phone from Taiwan; describing, on request, what Pocket-lint might be looking at were the company's HQ not on the other side of the planet."

Horace Luke is a really interesting guy - I've had the pleasure of talking with him a couple of times, and seeing him present to a room full of smart people, and frankly he's quite...dazzling. There's no other word for it - his passion for mobile phones and the design language of materials, surfaces, and physical interaction with the phone is unparalleled. He used to work for Microsoft's Windows Phone team a few years ago, and he moved over to HTC. Microsoft has lost a lot of great talent over the years, and another person today, so in some ways it's a surprise that we even have a Windows Phone 7 OS! At any rate, check out the interview with Horace Luke - it's a great read and gives you some insight into the direction HTC is headed.

Another good read can be found in this article about HTC's design firm, One & Co. Nicely done Pocket-Lint - this is some top-notch content.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Return Of Antennagate: HD7 Edition

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 03:00 AM

"[H]ere's the thing - according to a YouTube video shown below which seems to be a convincing one, HTC HD7 does lose signals when you hold your phone in a natural way or you subject your handset to the death grip as you like to call it."

And here I am, just having gotten the HD7 - it's hasn't even been unboxed yet! So, has anybody else seen this same issue? And if so, did HTC and Microsoft have to follow Apple's script so closely that they've run into the same problem with the HD7 as the iPhone 4?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AT&T Offering A Two For One Holiday Deal

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 06:00 PM

"AT&T just sweetened the pot a bit for the holiday shopping season with the announcement of a buy one get one free deal for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus. To take advantage of this offer head down to your local AT&T retail store, sign up for a two-year contract and you and a friend will have a couple of the coolest phones of the season."

I've got mixed feelings about this - on the one hand this sounds like a great deal, but on the other hand, AT&T is trying to clear stock already? Really? But if you're interested, dropping by an AT&T store and have a look.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

More Evidence WP7 is Coming To Verizon

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 08:00 PM

"Looks like Microsoft took Big Red's challenge and decided to respond in kind, as the official Windows Phone Twitter feed claims that Windows Phone 7 devices are finally headed to Verizon. They'll allegedly arrive this holiday season, a good bit earlier than we were told, but we doubt you're exactly dismayed to get your hands on CDMA WP7 phones ahead of schedule."

I'm still wouldn't call this confirmed until Verizon actually make an official announcement , but with a CDMA handset ready in the wings, there's a fair chance that WP7 get a bite of more than the GSM market, and soon. Note that the tweet above has been followed up with a less committed one on the timing, but it seems just a matter of time until Verizon customers can get their hands on a WP7 phone.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Leckness Launches Super Smartphone Showdown: MyTouch 4G or HD7!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 04:30 AM

"Without a doubt, the myTouch 4G would be my choice if I actually had to choose between the two. I don't have to choose though. I intend to use them both. I want to watch how Windows Phone 7 progresses and need to have a Windows Phone 7 device to be able to follow along with the progress. I am going to retire my Zune 120 and use the HD7 as my Zune...I am going to use the myTouch 4G as my daily driver."

Chris Leckness over at Gotta Be Mobile has an interesting piece up discussing the battle for his SIM card - pitting two of the hottest phones out right now against each other. In the end he finds a nice compromise in this very comprehensive piece discussing both phones. Check it out and see what you'd want.

As for me... Well, I'm thinking maybe a T-Mobile G2 and a MyTouch 4G might have to join my HTC HD7 just so I can fully compare all 3 of them!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Techradar Reviews HTC's HD7 and 7 Mozart

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 04:30 PM

"There isn't a great deal between the launch handsets for the new operating system, given Microsoft's strict control of the software and stringent minimum hardware specifications. But what sets the HTC 7 Mozart apart from other HTC handsets such as the HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy?"

Techradar has reviewed both the HD7 (link here) and the 7 Mozart (here). Like many, they've pointed out the blemishes in WP7, but generally like the OS and these spanking new HTC devices. Want to know more? Hit the links for the reviews!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

HTC Trophy Impresses Despite Small Size

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Yet even with middling hardware and a brand new version 1."0 Microsoft OS that is clearly lacking the maturity of iOS or Android, it's simply hard to resist this sleek little lightweight gem of a handset running a very promising -- and dare we say fun -- take on the mobile OS experience. Try as we might, we can't put it down even though we have an iPhone 4 and Galaxy S at our immediate disposal. The HTC Trophy may not be our smartphone champ but it's definitely a winner."

While it may not have as large and visually enticing screen as some of the 4.3" behemoths out there, the somewhat more diminutive HTC Trophy has been packaged in such a way that Thomas Ricker over at Engadget really liked his evaluation unit. The Trophy's specs can be summarized as:

  • 480 x 800 pixel resolution capacitive screen measuring 3.8"
  • 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor
  • 802.11n
  • WiFiBluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • GPS
  • FM Radio
  • 1300mAh battery
  • 8GB of fixed flash storage, 512MB ROM and 576MB RAM
  • 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 720p video recording capability

While not all that different in spec from most of the Windows Phone 7 handsets that have already made their way to market, it is the total packaging of construction quality, feel, performance, custom HTC apps, and, well, the total user experience, that tipped his impression to the favorable category. It's a nice review of a phone that may just be the sweet spot for a number of potential purchasers.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Swapping Onboard Storage On The HD7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 PM

"One of the limitations of Windows Phone 7 is, that Microsoft's new mobile OS isn't supporting user removable flash memory like microSD cards, as supported by Windows Mobile, but Windows Phone 7 uses embedded memory like Apple's iPhone does...However, even if Windows Phone 7 isn't featuring a customer swappable flash memory, it seems that some handset manufactures are using micro SD cards anyway."

Even though Microsoft has mandated non-swappable storage, you can still upgrade a WP7 device's storage capacity if it has a MicroSD slot - if you don't mind having to factory-reset your phone. takes a stab at the process, and though it's not as trouble-free as it could be, Arne shows that it can be done.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

O2 HD7 Reviewed

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 05:30 PM

"As you will no doubt be aware today (21st of October) is the 'launch day' of Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 in the UK and Europe. Our good friends at O2 have kindly loaned us their variant of the HTC HD7 for review. As we only received the machine just in time for the launch date we'll be putting the device through its paces on a daily basis and commenting as to how each aspect of the device works in the real world! So onwards."

The reviews are coming in fast and furious. Here we have Smartphone Gurus review of the UK version of the HD7, sold via O2. The review is ongoing and you can put in your own queries if you have a mind. Battery life seems to be a problem, but whether this is a problem with the OS, the HTC design or this specific unit, we'll have to wait and see - other reviews (so far) don't report the kind of battery drain the reviewer is seeing.

Tags: hardware, htc, htc hd7

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hands-On with the HTC 7 Mozart

Posted by Darius Wey in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:30 PM

Choice is good. No, choice is great! But in looking at HTC's Windows Phone 7 devices, you could be forgiven for thinking that the paradox of choice is entirely applicable. Specs-wise, they're almost the same. That makes decision-making inherently tough. But there are features that differentiate each from the other, and perhaps the most defining features on the HTC 7 Mozart is the 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash and the 3.7" display, which, being the second-smallest of the bunch, makes for some pretty impressive pixel density. How does this beast look and feel in the flesh? Read on to find out!


WP7 Now On The Streets

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:30 PM

D-Day is here! Engadget reports that Windows Phone 7 is now in New Zealand. Due to the vagaries of time zones, New Zealand gets first dibs at Microsoft's new OS. In case you're curious, it looks like HTC gets the prize for first WP7 unit sold (if that means anything at all).

AT&T & Microsoft Talk About their Windows Phone 7 Collaboration

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 09:47 AM

"Steve Conn, Associate Director of Windows Phone Product Portfolio at AT&T, and Beth Goza, Sr. Community Manager of Windows Phone for Microsoft, discuss collaboration to bring the newest Windows Phones to market."

This is mostly a marketing fluff piece, but if you're an AT&T customer and you want to see what they're offering in terms of Windows Phone 7 devices, here it is...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First Impressions: HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:00 PM

"When it comes to Windows Phone 7 devices, AT&T might win in quantity, but we think T-Mobile wins in quality...Both the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro will be headed to T-Mobile shelves this holiday season, and frankly, we can't wait to get our hands on these phones, as they both offer enticing designs."

Bonnie Cha from CNet spent some time with the HD7 and Venue Pro during WP7's launch ceremony, and I'll admit to being envious. Both are expected to hit the shelves in mid to late November. Check out the link for a gallery of both and a video.

Monday, October 11, 2010

HTC Goes Big With Microsoft; Launching Five New Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:30 PM

"NEW YORK, Oct. 11 -- HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones and long-time Microsoft partner, today unveiled five new Windows Phone 7 smartphones: HTC 7 Surround, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC HD7. This strong and diverse family of phones features Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 platform and embodies the stand-out design and innovation for which HTC has come to be known. Each new phone includes a variety of cutting-edge technologies and a series of unique HTC applications that can be accessed through the new HTC Hub that complements the Windows Phone 7 Hub and Tile experience."

If anyone doubted HTC's resolve in supporting Windows Phone 7, the flood of devices released today should put that to rest. HTC has released a broad array of devices, though I'm a bit surprised to only see one device with a keyboard - on the other hand, HTC has been touch-obsessed since the iPhone came out and stole all their thunder. The remainder of the press release is after the break, with details on which HTC devices are coming to which markets. Read more...

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Pro

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:46 PM

Although it's not listed on the official Microsoft device list yet, HTC is doing an updated Touch Pro 2 style device, dubbed the HTC 7 Pro. It will be exclusive to Sprint, coming out in the first half of 2011. Specs are as follows:

  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • Operating System: Windows® Phone OS 7
  • Memory: ROM: 512 MB RAM: 576 MB Internal storage: 16 GB
  • Dimensions: Size 117.5 X 59 X 15.5 mm (4.62 X 2.32 X 0.61 inches)
  • Weight: 183.5 grams (6.47 ounces) with battery
  • Display: 3.6 inch touch screen with 480 X 800 resolution
  • Network: 1xRTT/EVD0rA Upload speed of up to 1.8 Mbps and download speed of up to 3.1 Mbps
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP for wireless stereo headsets; Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • Camera 5.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Power: Removable and Rechargeable Lithium ion or Lithium-polymer battery, 1500 mAh
  • AC adaptor: AC input: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
  • Sensors: Motion G-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
  • Additional features: Dolby® Mobile and SRS surround sound

Higher-res images of the images above after the break. Read more...

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the Samsung Omnia 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 01:27 PM

"With a 4.0" SUPER AMOLED display and thin, light design the Samsung Omnia 7 is great for gaming with Xbox LIVE, listening to Zune music and watching videos."

OK Samsung, you have me baffled. The specs on the Omnia 7 are virtually identical to the Samsung Focus...yet the exterior design of the casing would seem to target a different sort of market. Any insights here? Maybe one is a North American market device, and one is for Europe/Asia?

  • 4.0", 480x800 Super AMOLED screen
  • 4.82" x 2.53" x 0.43" 119g
  • 512MB RAM/1GB Flash/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 3 hrs/Standby: 250 hrs
  • 5MP camera/720p HD video

UPDATE: It looks like the Samsung Focus is coming to North America via AT&T, while the Samsung Omnia 7 is coming to Europe.

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Trophy

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:54 PM

"With the vivid 3.8" screen, HTC 7 Trophy sits comfortably in your hand and performs perfectly playing games on Xbox Live."

If there's a budget phone in the new HTC line up, I think this is it; this pretty much adheres to the Windows Phone 7 minimum specs down the line, though it has a 3.8 inch screen versus a 3.5 inch screen. The HTC 7 Trophy will offered by Vodaphone in Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland.

  • 3.8", 800x480 touchscreen
  • 4.67" x 2.42" x 0.47" 140g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 330 min/Standby: 435 hrs GSM - Talk time: 405 min/Standby: 360 hrs
  • 5MP camera / 720p HD video

More photos after the break.

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Surround

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:45 PM

"The HTC 7 Surround is designed to entertain with a fold out kickstand for hands-free viewing, and a slide out the speaker lets you share music and videos with friends in virtual surround sound."

HTC continues their curiously similar Windows Phone 7 product line up with the HTC 7 Surround. The 16 GB of storage is nice, as is the kickstand, but only a 3.6" 3.8" touch screen? The slide out Yamaha speaker + SRS + Dolby Surround Sound make it obviously a multimedia-focused device...but then why pair it with the small-ish iPhone-sized screen? The HTC 7 Surround will be available exclusive in the USA from AT&T, and in Canada from Telus.

  • 3.6" 3.8" touchscreen
  • 4.71" x 2.42" x 0.51", 165g
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 250 min/Standby: 255 hrs GSM - Talk time: 240 min/Standby: 255 hrs
  • 5MP camera + flash
  • 720p HD video
  • Slide out Yamaha speaker + SRS + Dolby surround sound
  • Kickstand

More photos after the break.

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Mozart

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:33 PM

"The HTC 7 Mozart offers high fidelity sound for a richer listening and viewing experience, along with a powerful 8MP camera with Xenon flash."

The Mozart is a bit of a curious beast; it has an 8 megapixel camera, and SRS WOW surround sound, so you'd think this is the flagship multimedia phone from HTC...yet it only has a 3.7" screen and a mere 8 GB of storage. Maybe it's the "budget" multimedia phone? The HTC 7 Mozart will be released in Europe.

  • 3.7", 800x480 touchscreen
  • 4.69" x 2.37" x 0.47", 130g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 330 min/Standby: 435 hrs GSM - Talk time: 405 min/Standby: 360 hrs
  • 8 MP camera + Xenon flash
  • 720p HD video
  • SRS WOW HD sound

More photos after the break.

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