I’m about a week into using my HD7 and I have to say I’m loving the experience. Yes, it’s not perfect, and I wish the OS was more refined, but this is to be expected from any new product. The potential and ease of use far outweigh any issues I have with the device so far.
Recently I wrote about how the sound in video/audio playback from the external speaker leaves much to be desired, now I have discovered a new problem pertaining to sound: games. My problem is not with the sound itself, but with the fact that sound from games is still enabled when the phone is on vibrate. On Symbian, iOS and even feature phones, when I place my phone on silent/vibrate it automatically mutes all sounds emanating from games. The fact that Windows Phone doesn’t do this is very irritating especially when I want to play games in quiet environments. The only way I have found thus far to work around this is to launch the game and then lower/disable sound in game. But this is both inconvenient and not very effective as any theme music will be blaring until I get the sound under control, and when I want sound again, I need to re-enable it from within the game. I hope Microsoft fixes this as well as the video/audio sound reduction in their next update.