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HTC HD7 vs. HTC HD2 Comparison

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October 21st, 2010

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Windows Phone 7, the new operating system from Microsoft, will hit the marketplace running on Nov. 8, 2010. Yet the earlier version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, 6.5, is already popular with many users, and the HTC HD2 has been a star of Windows Mobile fans for a while. How does the new HTC HD7 (running Windows Phone 7) compare with the HTC HD2 (running Windows Mobile 6.5)?

Key Differences

  • Size: Windows Mobile diehards will recognize the HD7 as the close cousin of the HD2. Both have 4.3-inch LCD displays that set them apart from most cell phones, and the HD7 is the only Windows Phone 7 device to have a screen that large. Both screens display 480 x 800-pixel resolution for great clarity. Despite their extra-large displays, the HD7 and HD2 each weigh about the same: a bit more than five and a half ounces. Their dimensions are nearly identical, varying by less than 1/10 of an inch in length and width, and the HD7 is a mere 1/100 of an inch thicker than the HD2 — a slight enough difference to ignore.
  • Power: Both are equipped with speedy 1 GHz Snapdragon processors. The HD7 carries 512MB of RAM while the HD2 has 448 MB RAM.
  • Storage space: Right out of the box, both phones offer 16GB of on-board storage space.
  • Battery: Both phones feature an easily replaceable 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery and respectable talk times of 6.33 hours. The HD2 holds a considerable edge in standby time over the HD7: 490 hours to 310 hours.

Side-By-Side Comparison

HTC HD7 HTC HD2
HTC HD7 HTC HD2
Wirefly’s Price
(as of publish date)
TBD $129.99
Carrier T-Mobile T-Mobile
Operating System Windows Phone 7 Windows Mobile 6.5
Interface WP7/HTC Hub Win Mobile 6.5/HTC Sense
Display 4.3-inch TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen; 480 x 800 pixel
(WVGA) resolution
4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen; 480 x 800 pixel (WVGA) resolution
Data Speed 3G 3G
Global Roaming Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS Yes Yes
Mobile Hotspot No No
Camera 5-megapixel; Dual-LED flash; Auto focus 5-megapixel; Dual-LED flash; Auto focus
Front-facing Camera No No
Video Capture HD; Up to 720p HD; Up to 720p
Apps Windows Marketplace Windows Marketplace
Adobe Flash Support No No
Storage Space 16GB internal 16 GB internal
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery Li-ion 1,230 mAh, replaceable – Up to 6.33 hours talk time; up to 310 hours standby Li-ion 1,230 mAh, replaceable – Up to 6.33 hours talk time; up to 490 hours standby
Processor 1 GHz Snapdragon 1 GHz Snapdragon
Memory RAM: 512MB RAM: 576MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 5.7 oz 5.54 oz
Dimensions 4.8" x 2.68" x 0.44" 4.74″ x 2.64″ x 0.43″

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Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby

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36 Responses to “HTC HD7 vs. HTC HD2 Comparison”

  • superpiff
    January 7, 2012

    The tmobile USA version of the hd2 has 576mb and the euro has 512mb don’t know where they are getting the 448 of ram that is false

  • i am using htc hd2 window 6.5. i want to upgrade my moble .Is it possible. If yes,then please help from where i will get the android version software.Because i have seen some infromation about dual & triple boot windows/android for htc hd2. PLEASE HELP

    • Vinay, you want to load additional software or operating system on your HTC HD2 phone? I have no experience with that, so I recommend that you ask your question on a forum/blog that is specific to the HD2. There will be people there who have done what you want to do and they will be able to help you. You might start with http://hd2apps.blogspot.com/ and see if that can help.

      Bob at Wirefly

    • superpiff
      January 7, 2012

      Go to http://WWW.xda-developers.com they will give you step by step instructions on how to what you want on your phone whether its android or Windows 7,I have android on my hd2 its very easy to do and people are more than willing to help you

  • as soon as i turned on the HTC 7 it said it doesnt have space and tells me to delete pictures and apps…i just bought the phone and turned it on..didnt download anything and it says i have no space…any1 know why?

    • Simran, it sounds like your HD7 may be defective. If you bought it from Wirefly, please contact Wirefly about returning it. If you got it somewhere else, you should contact that vendor.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • marcela
    August 7, 2011

    I have the hd7 and im seriously thinking of getting the hd2 due to that i dont like the screen…. Not talking about the size or resolution but talking about those huge icons that are just put like that.. Cant put a background or change each icon with a diffferent color. :S…

  • Can you run OS 6.5 on HD7. I need to sync. outlook tasks and notes, and categorize outlook contacts. OS 7 cannot do this as I understand and T-mobile does not sell HD2 with 6.5 at present. Seems only option is to get a hold of HD2 which I cannot at this point, or buy HD2 and downgrade OS to 6.5.

    Thanks,

    • Johny, I don’t know for sure about running Windows Mobile 6.5 on the HTC HD7 phone. My gut says there’s a way to do it, but it might take some good technical skills to make it happen. Keep in mind that Microsoft recently said that it was going to stop supporting the Windows Mobile 6.x operating system soon. Still, you might check Internet forums that are specific to the Windows Mobile OS and see if someone there knows how to do what you want. That’s well beyond what we can do for you here in the Wirefly forums.

      Bob at Wirefly

  • You can now use the HTC HD2 and put Windows 7 OS on it and it works great!!!

    • gustavo
      March 19, 2011

      Can you explain how and where install W7 on Htc hd2?
      Thanks

      • Gustavo, you are going to have to visit a Windows Phone forum for those details. Installing WP7 on an HTC HD2 is a complicated process that is beyond what we can support here on Wirefly Learn.

        Bob at Wirefly

      • dragonpie47
        April 1, 2011

        You are going to have to search the xda-developers forum for that.

    • jonathan
      April 18, 2011

      how do you put windows 7 OS on the htc hd2

  • You can now use the HTC HD2 and put Windows 7 on it and also use Windows Live, the HD2 works just as good as the HD7.

  • Hello everyone,

    I HOPE THIS INFORMATION CAN HELP.
    First, when HD2 was outcoming, i was thinking to buy it. But when i had found information from the internet about Windows 7 phones, i thought to wait and buy HTC HD7.
    HD7 is better than HD2 because, you can do a lot of thing’s and will be able every week to update. There will come an big update for copy and paste for example. HD7 is upgradable. On the back, under the battery you can open that piece and there is a Flash slot for MicroSD class 4 with 8GB. It means normally it isn’t really a internal memory, you can change it. BUT if you open that cover under the battery, youre guaranty is not more valid. Also available with MicroSD class 2 32GB. Nice phone, better than Iphone and HTC HD2.
    Thank you

    • But yu can upgrade the hd2 too!! The only thing yu have to do is to download the latest wp7 rom from the xda-developers and to load it with the mdgloader.I tryed to update it with zune but it didn’t worked. So i had to update it with the mdgloader.
      For example i have the htc hd2 running the latest version of the wp7……and it works great.

  • I don’t know what to het out of the hd2 or hd7 the hd2 has better features in my opinion but still need help choosing

  • plz help me which one i purchase hd7 or hd2

    • It depends on what you want. Windows phone 7 is till under development, and HD7 is aimed to entertainment and HD2 is a very versatile unit which can even host both Windows Mobile 6.5 and Android at the same time and is designed to be both an entertainment unit and a business smart phone, so if you want an i-phone substitute with better sound and prformance, get the HD7. If you want something you can adapt to most of your needs, get the HD2.

      Hope this helps.

      BTW, what I thought was a boring concept, is in fact Windows Phone 7 interface. Boring and ugly IMO.

    • Joshua Powell
      December 15, 2010

      get the HD2 for tmobile it has its a better phone it has a 1 ghz snapdragon 1024mhz ram 576 flash size 1024mb plus it can use micro sd wp7 can’t

  • Wow, this is the worst comparison on the net. Completely inaccurate. The HD2 actually has 576 MB RAM.

    Also a side note, XDA-Developers have Android running almost flawlessly on the HD2. Windows phones have never been and will never be cool. They may be useful for corporate environments where the IT guys only know microsoft and are too lazy to get Android working (Android does work with Exchange) but WP7 is the biggest disappointment in smart phones this decade.

  • Another imprecision in the specs: HD7 comes with either 16GB or 8GB internal storage, which means no removable media. HD2 storage is not internal, but removable micro-sd cards (an advantage IMO).

    I have been watching videos about the HD7, and can’t believe that ugly and unimaginative concept that was floating around the net as the rumored HD3 (which turned out to be bogus), finally made its way through the final line of HTC’s new phones (I mean the blue squares with crappy icons. I thought at first it was some sort of a joke), although I must add the HD7′s screen looks way better than HD2′s, and high definition video capture also looks great. It also comes with integrated stereo speakers (Very thin lines on top and bottom of the screen) and the kickstand looks cool, which might please some people.

    I still lean towards HD2, although its alleged support for windows mobile 7 will seemingly be restricted to only certain features, which makes no sense at all. Who would want to upgrade to an OS that can not be fully used?

    Probably Microsof’s way of “giving HTC sugar with the finger”, as we say in Mexico.

  • BTW according to HTC’s website, HD7 has 16GB of internal memory in the Asian distribution. Europe and presumably American versions will ship with 8GB.

  • These guys are just blatantly selling the HD7 over HD2. I was expecting to be blown away by the improvements in the HD2 successor, like AMOLED screen or faster processor. Instead they got rid of many features that added to the HD2 wow factor. The only things that appeal to me in the HD7 are the scarce extra 64 MB of Ram, and the functionality of the HTC hub, but wouldn’t definitely trade the wifi hotspot for high definition and possibly better audio playback.

    What a disappointment. I refrained from getting the HD2 like 6 months ago because of the HD3 rumors. HD7 doesn’t seem to be a leap forward, but the other way around IMO.

    I’ve made up my mind for the HD2.

  • Wrong comparison, the HD2 has WiFi b/g/n

    HD2 has Opera Mobile Flash Lite (u can even use flash 10)

    HD2 has Mobile Hotspot called the Wi-Fi Router app

    No, the HD2 dont have 16GB internal

  • Erik Bielitzer
    November 12, 2010

    Very good Nestor, you pretty much hit the nail on the head. I purchased the HD7 got it and realized all of the shortcomings and things that were important to me. Like you saidit doesn’t seem that microsoft is hearing the rants of its customers or maybe we are the minority? If you have a windows mobile device you are already a minority. I love the interface of the win 7 phone but thats not enough to make me want to keep it. Im sending it back in trade for the HD2 instead.

    Microsoft needed to find a way to Make a “Gee Wizz!” device like I-phone os or android but most importantly they needed to do this while maintaining the features that seperated them from the rest and they fell on their face with that. I can’t believe we have not covered the whole backward compatability issue already! I cant even use mobile device center to sync all my thousands of contacts and outlook 2003 calendar appointments with out major juggling. Kinda dissapointed.

    • Erik, I love my HD2 but can’t syn with outlook anymore after I upgraded my PC from XP to Window 7. Do you have ways to deal with this?

      • Hi cheung,

        If it’s possible to upgrade and download your HTC HD2 6.5 to Windows 7 than there will be no problem. Or your computer back to XP.
        One of these.

        Thank you

  • They weren’t comparing the OS, just the phone.

  • You mada a mistake in the comparison the htc hd2 makes videos in 640×480 resolution noth in JD

  • This comparison is also incorrect because the HD2 does not support 720p video recording.. however, the HD7 does!

    • You are wrong, both phones support the 720p video recording, please do not make false information.

  • Nestor Camacho
    October 25, 2010

    Bad comparison as Wirefly does not mention the Windows Phone 7′s lack of copy and paste. In WinMo 6.5 devices I can copy information from an e-mail and create a Word document and send it via e-mail. Abobe Flash is supported in WinMO 6.5 with 3rd party apps like Skyfire mobile browser. Mobile hotspot is also supported by 3rd party software with WiFi Router apps, and WinMo 7 does have free software you can obtain with Open Market app and many cab files available. WinMo 6.5 also haves literally thousands of apps you can purchase via Microsoft Market Place and elsewere. Silverlight, Twitter and Videocall and Multitasking are only a few other features in WinMo 6.5 not available in Windows Phone 7. Plus expansion slots for extra storage, not available in Windows Phone 7, Messaging and e-mail threading, HTML5 to name a few more. And many customazations available for WinMo 6.5 so that a consumer could make his phone unique from others. Windows Phone has many of the missing features Iphone OS had when it started. If Microsoft was hearing people complaining for lack of these feautures, why did they leave them out also? To make a newer version of their OS and add these features slowly while making consumers have to purchase newer phones with the features that Windows 7′s first version lacked?

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