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)?
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.
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