HTC 7 Pro review

The HTC 7 Pro brings a keyboard to the Windows Phone 7 party

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HTC Pro review: Internet

The improved Internet Explorer you get with Windows Phone 7 is a vast improvement on what Microsoft bundled with the previous version of Windows Phone (Windows Mobile 6.5).

For a start, it benefits from the high-resolution, 480 x 800-pixel screen and so is able to show plenty of detail. Pages load quickly – and we particularly enjoyed using the browser over Wi-Fi.

However, over both 3G and Wi-Fi the speeds are still dwarfed by the best Android and iOS has to offer - we really hope Microsoft picks this up in future updates.

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Full-screen views are easily zoomed into with a double tap, and text reflows. However, zoom in further and you lose the reflow, which is a nuisance, though not unprecedented.

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What we really like is that you can easily pin a web page you like to the Home screen, making it really easy and fast to come back to it later without having to fiddle around with bookmarks.

You can have multiple pages opened at once, and easily switch between them by tapping an icon on the bottom of the screen.

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So far, so good, but the lack of Flash is disappointing when it's becoming commonplace on Android and HP webOS.

Something Microsoft seems to have 'forgotten' to fix as well: when in landscape mode, the bookmark and tab icons are lost until you flip back round to portrait mode, meaning constantly opening and shutting the HTC 7 Pro to just switch windows - we really hope this is fixed in the future.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time5.50 Hour
Product Model7 Pro
Screen Size9.1 cm (3.6")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Instant Messaging, Email
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height117.5 mm
Width59 mm
Depth15.5 mm
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product Name7 Pro Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HMF003-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Taking care of business

View and edit the latest Office docs on your phone. Quickly and easily cut through the clutter to see only the unread, urgent, or flagged messages in your Outlook inbox. And use SharePoint, when you need a little bit of help from your team to crack the latest project.

Slide, tilt, enjoy

The slide and tilt screen on the HTC 7 Pro angles perfectly to reveal a dedicated QWERTY keyboard. The keys are raised and nicely spaced for fast and comfortable typing. And because the screen tilts, the HTC 7 Pro is perfect for watching videos - hands free - when you have a brief moment to kick back and relax.

Keep an eye on your portfolio

Stay on top of the market with up-to-date finance information. The Stocks app lets you view stock prices and check indices. Define up to 30 stocks and track their progress. Rotate to view charts in full-screen detail.

Limited Warranty1 Year