HTC have strengthened their line up of handets operating on the new Windows 7 platform with the impressive new 7 Pro. Whereas the Mozart boasted a great camera and the HD superb video facilities, it is evident that the manufacturers are targeting both the business crowd and those who like to message a lot with this new model as it sports a slide out physical keyboard.
HTC have firmly established their reputation with handsets running on the Android platform. This new series of models sees them embrace the new operating system from Microsoft, and this in itself brings a fresh new look to the phones. Any handset running Windows 7 need to sport a screen of at least 3.5 inches in order to show the colourful homescreen off in all its glory. Instead of a series of icons making up your screen, Windows 7 features an assortment of larger Tiles and Hubs. Where the tiles are glorified shortcuts to other areas of the phone, the Hubs are what really keeps the interface interesting by being constantly updated with information that can display directly onto your homescreen. The People hub is a great example of this. Rather than merely being a phonebook, this hub merges a host of information from social networking sites as well as data you have input yourself. Not only is the design of this system great, but the screen on the HTC 7 Pro really does show it off to its full potential. With a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels coupled with an ability to show up to 16 million colours, not only does the interface look great, but so does all manner of other material such as photographs and web pages.
If you are looking for a handset that is not short on features, the the HTC 7 Pro may well be the handset for you. Despite having to adhere to guidelines laid down my Microsoft, the phone features enough neat tricks of its own to make it stand out from the crowd. Its main trump card is the high quality Qwerty keypad that is hidden beneath the screen, which when in use is very responsive and feels well made unlike many other flimsier models. Obviously sometimes using this is not practical, and thus the 7 Pro offers two virtual keypads as well. The handset features 8GB of internal storage space for saving all manner of files, many of which may well end up being photographs you have taken on the phone, which look great thanks to their 5 million pixel resolution. Video can also be captured at a resolution of 720P, making it high definition, whilst the unit is also an able audio player thanks to the headphone jack along with the ability to handle multiple file formats. The HTC 7 Pro will instantly appeal to the more business focused user, however the keypad and social networking features open the door for a whole younger generation of instant messagers who fancy a phone that is a little different from the rest.
The HTC 7 Pro and the Motorola Backflip are available now.