With all these Android smartphones hitting the market, it was only a matter of time before Windows decided to join in the fray. HTC brings us the HD7, packing the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system and promises us a different experience. Pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S2, how does the HTC HD7 fare?  Read on to find out.

Design and Display

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is definitely one of the thinnest phones in the market. With a width of 8.5 mm, and dimensions of 125.3 x 66.1 mm, this device weighs only 4.09 ounces. It’s packed with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen and a pixel resolution of 480×800 pixels. This device is guaranteed to give you crisp and vibrant images. For those of you with small hands, you may find it a little difficult to reach all the areas on the display with one hand.

The HTC HD7 is not only thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S2 but also heavier. Some users may find its 122 x 68 x 11.2 mm dimensions a little too big, while others may find it just perfect. It weighs 5.71 ounces, with a capacitive LCD touchscreen display and a resolution of 480×800 pixels. Its LCD display is a little washed out, compared to many of today’s LED displays.

One thing you’ll notice about the HTC HD7 is the size of the tiles of its display. The words just pop out at you and practically invite you to play with the phone even when you really don’t need to pick it up. It may come across to some users as messy, but simplicity and ease-of-access has definitely been achieved here. The enlarged panels make working with your phone so much easier. The large screen of the HTC HD7 makes reading webpages a joy, without needing to zoom in too much. Another interesting thing about the HTC HD7’s design is its kickstand, which can be found in the back. It props the phone up for landscape navigation or for helping you when you want to watch media on your device.


The Samsung Galaxy S2 has models with internal storage of either 16 GB or 32 GB. For extra storage space, you can pop in a microSD card and expand it up to 32 GB. This device also packs 1 GB of RAM.

The HTC HD7, however, has no external card slot. Models with 8 GB internal storage have been released in Europe. The Asian market is luckier with 16 GB models of the handset. That would prove a little difficult for those of you who like to pack hundreds of songs or videos into your devices. It’s also equipped with 576 MB of RAM.


The Samsung Galaxy S2 is equipped with two cameras: one 8-megapixel rear camera equipped with LED flash and a 2-megapixel secondary, front-facing camera.

The HTC HD7 comes with only one 5-megapixel rear camera, although it sports dual-LED flash.

Processor and Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S2 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 Exynos processor and Mali-400MP GPU as its processing engine underneath.

The HTC HD7 operates on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. It’s got a 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor paired with an Adreno 200 GPU.


In terms of battery life, the Samsung Galaxy S2 can go up to 710 hours on standby and has a talk time of 18 hours.

The HTC HD7 on the other hand boasts 6.33 hours of talk time and standby of 310 hours. It’s a little small on the power side, and users will easily find themselves charging the phone at the end of the day.


While the HTC HD7 is not bad, per se, it certainly could have benefited from a few improvements. A brighter screen might have been better compared to the display of the Samsung Galaxy S2. The battery is also a little on the weak side, but there is no denying that the HTC HD7’s display makes it feel like you’re reading something on a device just like your laptop–but smaller.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 on the other hand seems equipped to deal with today’s demands, not just in terms of battery but also in terms of memory storage. So, if you’re the type who’d like to bring around with you tons of your media library, this device might appeal the most to you.

Which of these two starkly different smartphones can satisfy your smartphone computing needs?

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