HTC HD7 – Impressive On Every Level

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Bad Gastein is a spa town in the Austrian state of Salzburg, situated at the northern rim of the Hohe Tauern national park. It has 5,838 inhabitants. The name "Bad" means "spa", reflecting the town’s history as a health resort. It is located at the head of the Gastein valley, about 1,000 metres (3,280 ft.) above sea level. The townscape is characterised by historic multi-story hotel buildings erected on the steep slopes. The name is occasionally rendered in old books and newspaper reports as Badgasteln.


The Gastein valley was first mentioned as Gastuna in a 963 deed, then part of the Duchy of Bavaria, and was purchased by the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg in 1297. It was originally a gold mining area and the site of an ancient trade route crossing the main ridge of the Central Eastern Alps. About 1230 the minnesinger Neidhart von Reuental referred to the hot springs in his Middle High German poem Die Graserin in der Gastein, they were visited by Emperor Frederick III as well as by the Renaissance physician Paracelsus.

In the 19th century the waters of Bad Gastein became a fashionable resort, visited by monarchs as well as the rich and famous. Some notable guests of the past included Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) and the German Emperor Wilhelm I with his chancellor Otto von Bismarck as well as Subhas Chandra Bose,[3] a leading Indian nationalist, Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, King Faisal I of Iraq, King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia and Iran’s last king Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, industrialists like Wilhelm von Opel and artists like Heinrich Mann, Robert Stolz and W. Somerset Maugham. In 1865 Bismarck had signed the Gastein Convention with Austria concerning the administration of the provinces of Schleswig and Holstein after the Second Schleswig War.

The composer Franz Schubert is believed to have sketched a score of a Gastein Symphony in 1824. No score of this Gastein Symphony appears to have survived, but it is often identified with the unfinished Symphony No. 7 (D. 729), the Octet in F (D. 803), or the Grand Duo (Sonata in C major) for piano four-hands (Op. 140, D. 812).

Mass tourism was pushed by the opening of the Tauern Railway station in 1905. From the 1960s on the resort lost some of its former notoriety and many former hotels sit empty. During the past few years, Bad Gastein renovated its Felsentherme and the Congress Center.

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The combination of HTC hardware and Microsoft software can only result in an impressive Smartphone.  The HTC HD7 is manufactured by the increasingly popular Smartphone brand, and utilises the new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system.


With a long and impressive spec list as well as great aesthetics, this handset is already selling well, and looks set to become even more popular.  It features a huge LCD capacitive touchscreen which measures up at 4.3 inches (480x 800 pixels) which does a wonderful job of displaying multimedia such as photos and videos, and even makes browsing the user interface an enjoyable experience.  To further enhance the multimedia experience, there is a built in kickstand on the back of the phone which allows users to stand it on any flat surface such as a desk or table, and in conjunction with the built in accelerometer sensor can enjoy a videos in full screen mode.  The touchscreen has virtually zero lag time thanks to a fast 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which also handles demanding applications with ease.


Plenty of files can be stored within the handset thanks to 8 GB of on board storage.  This level of memory essentially eliminates the need for expandable storage such as a microSD card slot.  Many different formats of both music and video files are supported thanks to the versatile internal media player.  Additional entertainment features include a stereo FM radio player with RDS along with a selection of pre-installed games.  The HTC HD7 also caters for social networkers.  Facebook and Twitter integration is included as standard, as well as social media clients such as YouTube.


The phone comes with an impressive 5 mega pixel digital camera located on the back of the handset.  This operates at 2592x 1944 pixels, which is capable of taking superb quality still images.  This comes with Autofocus and dual-LED flash, to overcome poor lighting conditions.  As if superb quality still images weren’t enough, it also has the ability to shoot high definition video in 720p.


The HTC HD7 is also an effective web browser.  The browser supports HTML, WAP 2.0/xHTML and relies on both 3G coverage and Wi-Fi connectivity.  The latter provides the fastest and most reliable connection, whenever users have access to local wireless networks.


The handset also doubles up as an effective productivity device for the workplace, as it comes with Pocket Office, a program which allows users to view Microsoft Office documents as well as PDF documents.


With many handsets now sporting a spec list aimed at versatility, the HTC HD7 is ideally placed to provide an impressive alternative to mainstream smartphones. Not only does it look great, but it is highly versatile, and packed with easy to use yet powerful features.




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