With a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen, the Pro feels like a step down from its older brother, the 4.3-inch HD7. It's more akin to the Android-based, 3.7-inch, which also offers a physical keyboard.
The camera is another area in which compromises have been made. With a 5-megapixel resolution, it's a class below the 8-megapixel variant seen on the Mozart, although the presence of 720p video recording will please prospective movie directors.
The Pro's photographic skills are augmented by the inclusion of Microsoft's SkyDrive feature, which automatically uploads your images to a cloud-based storage service. This capability is even more welcome when you consider that, like many other Windows Phone 7 devices, the Pro is limited to 8GB of internal storage. As is the case with all handsets using Microsoft's mobile operating system, there's no microSD card slot, either.
Stability at the price of creativity
Windows Phone 7 isn't hugely customisable, and we're not entirely sure this suits HTC's way of thinking. If you've used HTC's excellent Sense user interface on devices such as the, then you'll already be aware of how it accentuates the Android experience. With the Pro, HTC has been denied the opportunity to cover the menus in real-time widgets and glossy animations.
The Pro's battery life is decent. You can make a single charge last for over a day if you're careful, an achievement that is no doubt aided by the lack of Flash support in the phone's browser and absence of multitasking capability in Windows Phone 7.
The HTC 7 Pro offers a great keyboard, and may appeal to those who haven't used a smart phone before. But we can't see Android orusers jumping ship to Windows Phone 7 on the strength of this handset.
Edited by Charles Kloet