HTC 7 Pro (U.S. Cellular) review: HTC 7 Pro (U.S. Cellular)

Design
With the exception of a different carrier logo, the HTC 7 Pro is identical to Sprint's HTC Arrive . After testing, we again give the responsive, rubberized QWERTY keyboard and 30-degree tilting screen a thumbs-up.


The HTC 7 Pro's tilting screen is one of its most unusual features.

Performance
We tested the dual-band (CDMA 800/1900) HTC 7 Pro in San Francisco using U.S. Cellular's roaming network (San Francisco is outside of the carrier's home coverage area). Call quality sounded great to our friends on the other end of the line: clear without any distortion or background noise. They said it sounded almost clear enough to be a landline. The call didn't sound quite so rosy to our ears. While it was definitely acceptable, a haze of white noise pervaded the calls, and overly loud volume caused distortion; the voices sounded too "hot."

HTC 7 Pro call quality sample Listen now:

Callers complained that speakerphone made our voice sound highly muffled and echoey. On our end, volume was nice and loud, but callers' voices did buzz and sound brassy.

Conclusions
We liked the Arrive when it was first released, especially as an example of a nicely designed QWERTY Windows phone, and we like the HTC 7 Pro now. Yet, times have changed since Microsoft unveiled its then-high-end hardware requirements for Windows phones. Today, dual-core, 4G phones are leading the pack and leaving single-core, 3G handsets like the HTC 7 Pro behind. Taken on its own, the HTC 7 Pro is a good phone, and a fine example of the Windows Phone 7 platform. When the HTC 7 Pro is matched against its toughest Android competitors, though, it's clear that Microsoft and HTC will need to work harder to keep the Windows Phone standards from becoming obsolete.

That said, U.S. Cellular customers looking for an Android alternative will find the HTC 7 Pro a sturdy, reliable, attractive handset with a bold design and a friendly user interface.

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HTC 7 Pro (U.S. Cellular)

Part Number: CNETHD7PROUSC Released: Jun. 13, 2011

MSRP: $199.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun. 13, 2011
  • Talk Time Up to 288 min
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X
  • Combined with With digital camera / digital player / FM radio
  • Service Provider U.S. Cellular
  • Weight 6.5 oz
  • Diagonal Size 3.6 in
  • Sensor Resolution 5 pixels
About The Author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.