- 03-21-2011, 11:49 PM #1
I already talked to a friend of mine and I will have one secured for me the day it's out.
This was the phone I initially wanted back in October/November until it was announced it was a T-Mobile exclusive device. It honestly crushed me.
It goes to the form factor. When the HTC Evo 4G launched last summer, I fell in love with the phone. Not the OS, cause frankly, I don't like Android.
It was the 4.3" screen and the kickstand. So, when Microsoft had the Windows Phone 7 press event, I was bummed it wasn't coming to AT&T.
Well, today that changed. I'm pretty happy that it's shipping with the same Super-LCD 4.3" screen that the HTC Inspire 4G shipped with. That's a very nice screen. Not as nice as teh one that is on the Focus, but VERY nice!
- 03-22-2011, 06:16 PM #3
I'm really disappointed in HTC with the build quality of the HD7 for T-Mobile. We pretty much got the throw away device, it seems that way just because the HD2 wasn't upgradeable to WP7 it seems like they just slapped things around here and there to comply with the requirements and let that ship sail thinking "well if the ship (wp7) sinks at least we didn't throw our money away" and now that they saw that the "ship" made it safely across they shaft all their current users (in the U.S. anyways which is a big market) in the *** hardcore style by releasing the better built HD7 on the rival network. I had always wanted an HTC device but while I was on Android I always wanted a clean non-skinned OS, I was literally torn between the G2 and HD7 I went for the HD7 because it was a fresh start, pretty OS, Xbox Live and secure ecosystem (with the update fiasco, so much for that) I won't be going back to Android, I sure as hell wanna drop HTC so when awesome looking Nokia WP7 phones come out I'll be one of the first on board. However, I won't completely bad mouth HTC, if you're on AT&T and have the opportunity to upgrade I say do it.
- 03-23-2011, 12:25 PM #6
I've only had my Focus since last Friday. Since I'm well within the 30 day return policy I'm going to watch for the HD7S. I talked to a salesman in the AT&T store last night and he said it's perfectly OK for me to cancel, return the Focus, & then wait for the HD7S.
As with most, the HD7 is what got me excited about the WP7 O/S. I have T-Mobile thru work and it's a dead zone at my house. Hearing the news of the HD7S really got me excited again for the HTC platform.
- 03-23-2011, 02:52 PM #7
I'm waiting for Verizon to get the Trophy but, the HD7 is what I wanted but, T-moible sucks at my house. AT&T is pretty passable in my area.
If Verizon does not get a phone by the 1st, I will be testing AT&Ts service and getting the HD7s (HD7 was a great phone but, the HD7 with a SLCD is just epic)
03-29-2011, 06:18 PM #8
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i am a current HD7 owner on Tmobile but with the annoucemet of the HD7s on ATT and the recent buyout announcement ifigure i might as well make the jump (wife already has the iphone on ATT) and it would concolidate the bill. Not to mention the improved screen and what many describe as a better "build quality." Iv been very happy with this phone so far, but the screen at times has just been slightly underwhelming...especially after seeing a samsung focus inperson at an att store.
Does anyone have any idea when the HD&s is dropping?
- 03-30-2011, 06:52 AM #11
- 03-30-2011, 08:20 AM #12
I was going to change immediately, but I have changed my mind, unless I can do it without going on a two year contract. Right now, I am in a somewhat different situation, in that AT&T bought my regional carrier, so I got my HTC Surround as a free replacement phone, no contract. I am *very* disappointed with the squeaky battery cover, and how cheap that makes the phone feel, and I was going to jump ship to the HD7S as soon as possible, but I have a feeling that good old AT&T will consider that an upgrade and make me sign on for two years.
I am instead hoping to hold on to the Surround, stay off-contract, and hold out for the next wave of phones, maybe by Nokia. These large screen, 1 ghz Snapdragon phones were really awesome last year when those sorts of things were bleeding edge, but when the time comes to sign on for two years, I want a super phone. Dual core, front-camera, etc. I am sure those things will come to WP7, but we aren't there yet.
- 03-30-2011, 09:28 AM #13
- 04-10-2011, 09:22 PM #14
- 04-10-2011, 11:45 PM #15
i love the size of the Focus. i actually thought the Surround was going to be the phone i fell in love with, but that speaker killed it before seeing it in person. then when seeing it in store next to the Focus, it got even worse. the Focus is a perfect size and honestly, the screen makes a difference compared to the HD7 and will probably be the same with the HD7S, but the gap will not be as big as it is with the HD7.
great device though for those who do not like the Focus and/or aren't fans of Samsung. only negative for me is the battery life, but HTC is usually worse in that category from my experience.
- 04-11-2011, 09:08 AM #17
It really depends on a ton factors for me. Camera, screen and build quality are three that instantly come to mind. It also depends on the unsubsidized price. I'm really interested to see how its screen compares in terms of sharpness to my Focus. The pentile screen of the Focus annoys me at times, and the colors are oversaturated.
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- 04-11-2011, 01:49 PM #18
- 04-11-2011, 02:09 PM #19
i ordered the Samsumg Focus from AT&T friday, It should arrive in the mail 2morrow, now I'm just seeing this news. I'm new 2 da Windows Phone seen by the way. I was trying to wait for a 4.3 screen, dual core, 4G/LTE, front facing camera Windows Phone before I pulled the trigger, but I'm too anxious, I couldn't wait so I ordered one of those Samsung Focus joints from AT&T for $50. Should I return it and wait?
- 04-11-2011, 02:17 PM #20
I would at least see how you like the HD7S before you completely decide on the Focus. I had the focus when it forst came out and returned it because I didnt like the build quality. Way to much plastic on that thing. You have 30 days though os you could just hold onto it for a few weeks to get the feel for WP7. It wont hurt, just keep in mind that when you return something you have to pay the $35 restocking fee.
- 05-26-2011, 10:52 AM #21
June 5, 2011. Finally. $199... a little high, but worth it, IMO. I am getting switched into the phone as a one time courtesy.
It's been a wild ride on cell phones for me since the year started. My iPhone 3GS was dying only 13 months after I bought it new from Apple. Purchased the HTC Inspire 4G and was in love with the device, but hated the Android OS. Returned it and bought the Focus, and have been in love with it.......... when it's not rebooting or crashing on me. Granted, a lot was due to the Rev. 1.4 models of the phone I was getting, but the errors still occasionally happen.
So, come Sunday, June 5, I'll have my hands on the phone I wanted when the HD7 was originally announced for T-Mobile... patience has paid off.
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- 06-05-2011, 10:40 PM #22
Picked up the phone this morning... and I am really, really pleased overall with the build quality of the phone. My only complaint is the camera button. Takes some force in comparison to the Focus I just came from. Outside of that, this is a winner.
- 06-06-2011, 12:42 AM #23
I went to check it out this afternoon and they didn't have the demos in yet. The store had 1 in stock and he let me hold it. The hardware is absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to turn it on so badly but he was breathing down my neck, plus the fact that he was wearing an Infuse 4G shirt made me uncomfortable. I can't wait to go back to actually see how the screen looks. I stopped by Best Buy to see if they had any. In a nutshell, clueless. The salesman did mention that a Microsoft representative is coming in this week to set up a dedicated Windows Phone booth, so I'm excited about seeing that. I wasn't looked down upon as harshly at BB, actually refreshing.
@ Loiselle, How does the screen look to you? Is it as "dim" as everyone claims it to be?
06-06-2011, 08:50 AM #24
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I honestly hadn't heard people saying its dim. I haven't had any issues with it. Maybe compared to other phones it seems dim, but it seems fine to me. I'll boot up my Palm Pre 2 later today and compare them both.
- 06-06-2011, 10:42 AM #25
I am more than happy with my decision to change out to the HD7S from the Samsung Focus.
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