HTC 7 Pro
A phone powered by Windows 7
HTC released the last of their already announced Windows Phone 7 handsets a couple of months ago. Manufacturers decided to call it HTC 7 Pro and add a physical keyboard as a bonus. This smartphone is a rebrand of the Arrive model. Does it deliver? Find out the answer from our review below.
The design of this 7 Pro is solid; the device is made of plastic and it has brushed-metal elements and accents on the rear; it managed to remain intact after we dropped it on the ground by accident. It ships with the following measurements and weight: 15.5mm thickness and 185g. When looking at its back, we saw a screw in front of the battery cover; fortunately we were able to remove it easily, unlike the effort we put when it came to other smartphones we tested in the past: we simply opened the keyboard and removed the screw with the help of a cut placed on the right hand side.
Responsive QWERTY keyboard
The 3.6″ screen is unlike any other HTC has produced, because, when we tested it, we noticed it could tilt; it was a very interesting addition. On the downside of HTC 7 pro, we would have liked it to be a bit bigger, but the resolution of 480 x 800 pixels offered brightness and nice viewing angles. The keyboard we already mentioned was a very responsive QWERTY one with well-spaced buttons and backlight. The menu was also very easy to use, so people who have never used a smartphone shouldn’t worry too much about not getting around with the HTC 7 Pro.
The latest addition to HTC sports, in terms of internal memory and storage, 8GB (which can be expanded to 16GB) and 448MB RAM/512 MB ROM.
The camera featured on this device is a 5MP one with LED flash and simple interface; it includes preset scenes, effects and modes such as backlight, portrait, landscape, sports, beach, sepia, candlelight, macro mode, grayscale and so on and so forth. We were also given the possibility to shoot videos in HD 720p at 25fps. Both photos and videos looked good, with superb exposure, details, contrast and almost no noise whatsoever.
The operating system preinstalled on the 7 Pro is Windows 7 and the browser is a WP7. The latter, we saw, didn’t offer support for Adobe Flash. We registered download speeds of 7.2Mbps when using the 3G mode; the GPS location feature used Ovi Maps, which was a bit frustrating.
Without DivX/Xvid compatibility
If you want to listen to your favorite music or watch your favorite movie, the device we are reviewing today enables you to do all that. The video media and music player use the Zune interface; unfortunately, the phone didn’t offer DivX/Xvid video playback, it only supported MPEG-4 codecs. Moreover, users will need to have their headset close at hand, because the device has a weak loudspeaker.
General audio performance for the HTC 7 Pro was good. Friends who called us sounded just fine and there was no background noise or distortion in voices. The speakerphone, though, didn’t work so well. The battery used by the product is a 1500mAh and it delivered almost 7 hours of talk time.
The review and test conclusion is very simple. The HTC 7 Pro is very nice option to consider when you go shopping for a new smartphone, powered by Windows 7.
|Screen||Capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 800 pixels, 3.6 inches, QWERTY keyboard, Accelerometer|
|sensor for UI auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto turn-off, Multi-touch input method|
|Dimension||117.5 x 59 x 15.5 mm|
|Network||2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Camera||5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, Face detection, Video 720p|
|Connectivity||3G HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 2 Mbps, EDGE Class 32, GPRS Class 32, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n,|
|Battery||Li-Ion 1500 mAh|
|Memory||8 / 16 GB storage, 448 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM|
|QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset|
|Other features||Microsoft Windows Phone 7, 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm|