HTC Desire HD vs. HTC HD7 – Review

by Jerry D on December 18, 2010

It’s a battle between HTC phones as the good-looking HTC Desire HD crosses spec sheets with the brand-spanking new HTC HD7 Windows Phone. One’s an update to an already successful Android handset. The other is hoping to banish memories of Windows Mobile. Let’s see how this turns out…


The Desire HD is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. HTC has crammed its handset with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. A good start for both phones. (1-1)

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Size & Weight:

How pocket-friendly are our two phones? The Desire HD measures 123.0 x 68.0 x 11.8mm. In comparison, the HD7 is 122.0 x 68.0 x 11.2mm. The HD7 is the shorter of the two phones by 1.0mm. The Desire HD is heavier than its rival, tipping the scales at 164g. The HD7, meanwhile, weighs 162g. There’s not much in it. (1-1)



The Desire HD’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, a dual LED flash, face detection capability, geotagging and 720p HD video recording.

Desire HD
Creative Commons License photo credit: BeauGiles

In this battle, the HD7 comes off worse. Despite autofocus, a dual-LED flash and HD video recording (720p), its 5.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the Desire HD. (2-1)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

*These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary


As for screen size, the HTC Desire HD features a 4.3-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive LCD display. There are 384000 pixels overall, which translates to 216.977 pixels per inch.

The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the HD7 is the same size. There’s no difference in the resolution. And compared to its rival, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is the same 216.977. (2-1)


These days, speed is crucial. the HTC Desire HD is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8255 processor, clocked at 1GHz. The HD7 has a similar 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 chip. (2-1)


Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense is the preferred OS for the Desire HD, while the HD7 runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. (3-1)

Downloadable apps


The HD7 comes with 16GB of internal storage versus the disappointing 1.5GB capacity of the Desire HD. Of course, the Desire HD also includes a microSD card slot so you can ramp up the overall memory to 33.5GB. The 16GB on the HD7 can’t be extended as the handset lacks a usable memory card slot. (4-1)

Battery life:

Battery performance will vary, but the Desire HD boasts 9.0 hours of talktime according to HTC, while the HD7 is rated at 6.25 hours. Standby time is rated at 420 hours and 310 hours respectively. The Desire HD scores 1, the HD7 0 in this round and is piling on the points. (5-1)


Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

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The Desire HD also includes GPS/A-GPS, a g-sensor, digital compass, built-in FM radio, Dolby Mobile, DLNA wireless content sharing and integration. The HD7, meanwhile, features GPS/A-GPS (with Bing Maps), a comparable g-sensor, digital compass, Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound. (5-1)

The HTC Desire HD wins!

htc desire hd1 HTC Desire HD vs. HTC HD7   Review Boom! There can be no doubt that the HTC Desire HD is a fabulous phone. It easily emerges as the winner of this fight with an emphatic overall score (5-1). Pitted against the untried Windows Phone 7 OS, Android slams the HD7 into the canvas. The Desire HD also has more memory (via a microSD card), a slightly better camera and superior battery life.

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