The HTC 7 Pro is the manufacturers take on a Windows 7 mobile, but one sporting a full Qwerty keypad. Whilst maintaining its appeal to traditional smartphone lovers, this new handset will open the doors to those who rely upon their handset for messaging and e mailing, yet want to do so on this impressive new operating system.
This new handset sports a large 3.6" display that dominates the front of the display. Without moving into the realms of the extra large offerings, 3.6 inches is plenty big enough for everyday functionality, bearing in mind that you have to consider the extra bulk that the physical keypad brings. The screen is a capacitive TFT display which offers it own virtual keypad in both horizontal and vertical mode, should you not wish to deploy the full keypad. When using either method, the result are great with both sets of keys proving very responsive. Resolution wise the phone offers 480 x 800 pixels, with resulting graphics and images looking as clear as you would expect on such a top end model. The screen supports multi touch, allowing you to use the effective pinch to zoom method on complex web pages. Overall the phone measures 117.5 x 59 x 15.5mm. Despite the thickness being a little more than the average 11 to 12mm, it is still remarkably streamline considering there is that keyboard tucked away beneath the screen. When in use, the screen sits up nicely above the keys, ideal if you want to set the phone down onto a desk. The keys are well spaced out and are on a par with the current range of Blackberrys, the major player in this area of the phone market.
A high capacity battery comes supplied with the HTC 7 Pro, giving the user great performance. Typically you can expect up to around 7 hours of 3G talktime, or converted into standby time this equates to an impressive 420 hours. This model is one of several new handsets from HTC running on the great new Windows 7 operating system. This new platform offers a homescreen that is stacked vertically with a selection of tiles. Bigger than the icons found on iPhone and Android homescreens, these tiles each relate to a seperate area of the phone, and are capable of displaying lots of information directly onto the screen. Like other Windows 7 handsets, Microsoft have laid down strict criteria that the handsets have to meet, meaning there is no micro SD card slot, however there is internal storage of 8GB or 16GB, giving plenty of room for storage of the 5 mega pixels photos or the HD video footage you shoot with this phone.
The HTC 7 Pro has three major things in it favour that should ensure its success. Firstly HTC have established a great reputation as a brand, secondly the QWERTY keypad is always favoured by certain consumers and finally the Windows 7 OS looks to make a major impact on the marketplace.
The HTC 7 Pro and the Blackberry Playbook are coming soon.