Microsoft's Windows Mobile eco-system was built on a rich amount of email options, and that's been continued on Windows Phone 7 for the HTC HD7.

Firstly, you can interact with any number of accounts, be it Yahoo, Google, Hotmail or others, with only a simple username and password needed to get set up.

Even more impressively, the same can be said for Outlook setup, with Exchange email taking only an email user name and password to get all the necessary settings, which makes turning on the phone ridiculously easy first time out.

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One of the most impressive things on the HTC HD7 is the keyboard, which is probably up there with the options on the iPhone 4 and the HTC Desire in its intuition.

You can type and type and type from the outset and get about 90% accuracy, with that increasing rapidly as you get used to the portrait and landscape modes.

Microsoft has managed this by working out the letters you're most likely to use when beginning a word and making these more touch sensitive than others, making it easy to get up a good speed.

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The word correction is ace too, making it a cinch to get the right word when you accidentally/drunkenly mash your hand at the phone. It's not got the same levels of insight as the Desire, but it's still great.

The messaging interface, specifically in the email section, is great too. It's expansive, easy to read and has a number of options, such as only seeing urgent or unread emails.

Within the emails there's the option for smart linking, which means the HD7 will search through the mail to see if there are any phone numbers, emails addresses or physical locations present, and will offer them up as a tappable link.

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However, for the UK (and that means the HD7) there's no smart linking for addresses, which is sad because this looked like the coolest feature, enabling you to tap the address and see it in Bing Maps.

You can also access multiple email checking (for easy organisation or deleting) but touching to the left of each message and calling up the checkboxes – something we found ourselves using regularly.