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Monday, October 17, 2011

T-Mobile Pulling HD7 from Store Shelves?

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:30 PM

I just stopped in to my local T-Mobile in Chicago, and to my surprise there was no sign of Windows Phone anywhere in the store. When I asked the employee where it was, she mentioned that T-Mobile was really not focused on Windows Phone because there was a "very specific market" for those devices (whatever that meant). I then asked her about the HTC Radar, and she confirmed they were getting it, but didn't have any information to share. It strikes me as surprising and sad to see that Windows Phone has been overlooked in this way. I'd be really interested in hearing from our readers about their experiences. Is this a sign of things to come from T-Mobile?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Why Does T-Mobile Hate Microsoft? Or is it Vice Versa?

Posted by Ron Hostetter in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:00 PM

I’ve always been a Microsoft fan. Years ago, I worked for a consulting firm that was a Microsoft Partner, so I spent a lot of my time implementing various Microsoft technologies. A good portion of my salary was derived from the success of the Redmond company.

A few years ago, Microsoft released the Zune, and I jumped on board. It, of course, has become somewhat of a disappointment. I love the Zune Pass service, but the Zune music player device has already died. When Microsoft released their plans for a new Windows phone last year, I was excited. When I saw the early demos of the interface, I was thrilled. I thought that finally, Microsoft could put a dent in the iPhone universe. Read more...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hard Shell Head to Head with Seidio & Mobi Cases

Posted by Darren Blade in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"If you want to give your Windows Phone a little protection, a hard shell case is one option that won't weight you down. Mobi Products and Seidio both offer a hard shell case for various Windows Phones. These cases offer an extra layer of protection to the back and sides of the phone while adding very little overall bulk to your Windows Phone."

Like our choice of devices, what we carry them around in can be just as personal. Case in point, George Ponder has carried out a review comparing the Seidio and Mobi Hard shell cases for the HTC HD7 (thou each manufacturer has other phone models covered as well). Looking at both form and function, George gives some quick analysis and while not all cases are made equal, they both have their merits in meeting the differing needs of you the mobile user. Of the two, my pick is the 'Seidio Innocase II Surface', for me it looks a little more robust and up to the challenges of rougher activity, I am likely to throw at it (or, it into!). Whereas the 'Mobi Hard Shell' is both, thinner and its attachment more intricate/delicate.If you are looking at cloaking your device in a hard shell check out the review.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Purchase an HTC HD7 In Australia, Get a Return Flight and Xbox 360 Goodies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Events" @ 11:00 AM

Aussies, if you've been putting off that HTC HD7 purchase, there's no better time to pick one up than now. Why? Because there are freebies to be had. No, we're not talking a mediocre case or headset. Instead, how does a return flight to one of thirty-three destinations in Australia sound? And on top of that, two Xbox 360 games (Halo Reach and Kinect Joy Ride) or 3000 Microsoft Points. Just make that purchase before the end of May and redeem those offers before early June and they're yours. We're not sure what's induced this huge act of generosity from the folks at Microsoft Australia, but whatever the cause, we give it nothing but two thumbs-up.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

February Update Roll-Out Begins for Telstra Customers

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:00 PM

So, without a doubt, the update process for Windows Phone 7 has been anything but fast and fluid for most users. Case in point, Telstra customers in Australia who, only yesterday, started receiving the February update notification on the HTC 7 Mozart and LG Optimus 7Q. Yes, we know what you're thinking -- the February update in April. A whole two months later. But as they say, better late than never. The March update, which delivers copy-and-paste, is supposedly arriving later this month, and when it does, we'll let you know about it. Of course, if you're rocking the recently-released HTC HD7, you already have both updates, so that game they call the waiting game is not yours to be played.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Telstra Launches the HTC HD7

Posted by Darius Wey in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:45 PM

"Telstra today joined with HTC Corporation and Microsoft to launch the HTC HD7 smartphone - the latest Windows Phone 7 to arrive in Australia, which will be available from March 29 exclusively on the Telstra Next G network. The HTC HD7 embodies a stand‐out design with a large 4.3" high-resolution screen and flipout kickstand for an epic viewing experience. The handset is perfect for customers looking for the ultimate multimedia experience, from interactive gaming to the 720p HD camcorder that allows high definition capture and playback. The HTC HD7 has a simple, easy to use interface and access to a range of fun and useful applications that all perform brilliantly on the large screen."

If you avoided the Mozart because you decided to patiently wait for Telstra to deliver the HD7, your time has come. From March 29, the long-awaited device with the big 4.3" screen will be available at a RRP of $768 AUD, either outright or on a contract of your choosing, both online and direct from Telstra stores and partner stores.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Matt Miller Investigates Windows Phone 7 Data Issues

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

I read a couple of reports from Engadget and the BBC that some Windows Phone 7 devices seem to be consuming data at an extraordinary rate. I have been using Windows Phone 7 devices since last July and find this reported anomaly hasn't affected me with the HTC HD7 or Samsung test WP7 device.

Matt Miller over at ZDNET has been looking into the reports of rogue data usage by Windows Phone 7. He has had zero issues while using both the HD7 and the Samsung Taylor on the T-Mobile 3G network. I have also been using the HD7 on T-Mobile and have had zero issues with data, so this could be isolated to AT&T. Have any of our readers encountered any issues with extreme data usage? Microsoft is investigating the issue but whether this is an AT&T issue or caused by a rogue app only time will tell.

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 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?

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?

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!

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.

Monday, October 25, 2010 Now Offering T-Mobile HTC HD7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:30 AM

Are you a T-Mobile customer, or someone who's interested in switching? has the HTC HD7 listed for purchase on their site now, so if you've been waiting for this moment, here it is. Pricing starts at $169 USD with the phone upgrade discount. Purchasing this phone via the link above helps support Windows Phone Thoughts. Thanks! [Affiliate]

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

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

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC HD7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:24 PM

"The HTC HD7 offers high-fidelity surround sound and a large 4.3" screen to provide great experiences with music, video and gaming."

Look familiar? Yeah, this is basically the HTC HD2 with a few tweaks; that's not a bad thing, mind you, because the HD2 was a hell of a Windows Phone - the best one I've ever used in fact. I really like the kickstand concept, because a 4.3 inch screen is pretty good for watching a movie on a plane. The 720p HD video capture is also a nice perk! The HD7 will be available exclusively in the USA from T-Mobile.

  • 4.3", 800 x 480 touchscreen
  • 4.8" x 2.68" x 0.44"162g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB 16 GB internal storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 320 min/Standby: 320 hrs GSM - Talk time: 380 min/Standby: 310 hrs
  • 5MP camera with flash
  • HD 720p video
  • Kick stand
  • Widescreen phone with Surround Sound

UPDATE: Incredibly, Microsoft's Press page had incorrect data. The HTC HD7 will come with 16 GB in the USA and the UK; in some other European countries it may have 8 GB.

More photos after the break.

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