Here’s the HTC 7 Pro, the latest Windows Phone 7 phone from the Taiwanese titans. It features a full Qwerty keypad ‘neath that 3.6-inch touch screen, which is capacitive as per Microsoft’s minimum spec requirements for WP7 phones.
This should mean that whether you prefer to type on real physical keys or a glossy, responsive touchscreen (or both) the HTC 7 Pro shouldn’t dissapoint.
Speaking of spec, the other vital stats of the HTC 7 Pro read thus: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8GB of internal memory and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash that can record 720p HD video.
Before we plough on with our full review we thought we’d put up a handful of pics in the time honoured Recombu What’s In The Box tradition. So without further ado, here’s ten shots of the HTC 7 Pro and what comes bundled with it.
The HTC 7 Pro’s innards exposed. Well, the battery taken out anyway. As is usual with Windows Phone 7 phones, there’s no internal microSD slot. HTC has opted for its trademark mixture of rubberised and metallic sections on the back here.
The full Qwerty keypad of the HTC 7 Pro. It’s got five full rows of keys with secondary characters (@, €, £ etc) activated by holding down the yellow ‘FN’ function key
There are also a key for special characters and accents, and an emoticon shortcut as well. This allows you to quickly access favourites like 🙂 😉 and :p as well as more complex ones like ^_^ and >:(.
There’s also two tiny white LEDs which turn on when you’ve got the shift or function keys held down.
The power button, 3.5mm audio jack here at the top of the HTC 7 Pro, above the 5-megapixel camera and LED flash. The metal battery cover has a brushed effect on it which gives the phone a veneer of quality.
In order to open the battery cover of the HTC 7 Pro, the screen/keyboard needs to be open. When the phone is shut, the hinge covers the opening mechanism.
The HTC 7 Pro with the screen/keyabord open from the back.
The charger which comes bundled with the HTC 7 Pro is the standard HTC mutli-part mains adapter. As you can see, the mains unit which came with our model is a Continental adapter – obviously models in the UK will ship with the regular three pin one.
Compared to other Windows Phone 7 phones, like the Samsung Omnia 7 above, the HTC 7 Pro is still pretty svelte, when you consider it’s a slider with a big five-row keyboard.
The dedicated camera button of the HTC 7 Pro, mounted on the screen portion of the phone.