PhoneArena has published their review of the GSM HTC 7 Pro, and like most they were impressed with the keyboard, calling it one of the best keyboard sliders, not just the best WP7 keyboard slider.
The HTC 7 Pro is one of only two Windows Phone 7 handsets with physical keyboards, and it packs a great QWERTY that has a carved space for the screen half bottom when tilted up, very good key travel, and five chiclet-style key rows with a dedicated number row. This makes it one of the best messaging phones not only in WP7 land.
The build quality is very solid, but the device’s heft is considerable, even for a QWERTY slider. The camera stills and videos are average, but it does shoot HD video, so it is more than fine for casual snapping.
The Windows Phone 7 platform is still in its nascence and it shows every now and then. It is not optimized for landscape physical keyboards, as it doesn’t rotate the menus, nor the apps in landscape when you open the keyboard, except where it does with a virtual keyboard anyway.
The YouTube app is very weak, but luckily HTC offers its own version, which is much better. The generally fine browser doesn’t support Adobe Flash, and you can’t attach both Word and Excel file in one and the same email with the default email client. These hinder the experience somewhat, but functionalities will be expanded with the upcoming Spring update, and there is a big update slated for the fall.
In the meantime, the HTC 7 Pro will stay the best WP7 handset with a physical slide-out QWERTY, and you should keep an eye on the Nokia-Microsoft wild card – good things might come from there for current WP7 owners too.
If you are looking for alternatives, the HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 handset is a great Android option, but the screen doesn’t tilt. You can also have a look at the Nokia E7, which offers bigger 4â€ screen that tilts, 8MP camera, and great keyboard, but is running Symbian, which might be a deterrent for you, if you were attracted to a WP7 device because of the slick interface in the first place.
Read their full review here.