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HTC 7 Trophy – Windows Winner!

In an effort to help people differentiate between their new Windows Phone 7 devices, HTC are promoting each one slightly differently.  It’s Microsoft’s fault really, as the specifications aren’t all that different, especially between the Mozart and this, the HTC Trophy.  While the Mozart’s name sums up what that phone is all about nicely, it’s not so clear with the Trophy.  However, think about it for a moment, where are you likely to win such a thing?  That’s right, HTC are branding this as the gamers choice!

Before the Trophy was made official it had been spotted under the codename of Spark, but that obviously doesn’t fit with the whole gaming thing, leaving HTC to grab one of its unused names out of the bag.  In fact, a Windows Mobile 6.5-running Trophy appeared on an HTC roadmap back in 2009!  So what does the Trophy bring to the Windows Phone table, and is it the right device for you?  Lets take a closer look.

Style.

Like the Mozart and the HD7, the HTC Trophy is a regular candybar phone with a large touchscreen and to be honest, there is little to separate it from the Mozart at first glance.  For that, you need to get it in your hands.  The most obvious difference once you’ve done this is that the Trophy has a soft-touch plastic body rather than the uni-body aluminium one on the Mozart.  Flip the Trophy over and it has a more conventional look to it too, with a central removable battery cover and a dead-centre camera lens.

Around the front, the Trophy has a Super-LCD, 3.8″ capacitive touchscreen with the usual 480 x 800 pixel resolution, plus the search, back and Windows buttons underneath it.  At 12mm thick and 140 grams, the Trophy isn’t quite the slimmest and lightest Windows Phone 7 device you can buy, but the differences are small enough not to cause concern, especially as it boasts a slightly larger screen over the Mozart.

Power.

Hidden inside the HTC 7 Trophy is a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM and 8GB of internal memory – which most will recognise as the standard spec required for a Windows Phone 7 handset.  Of course, the Trophy is a 3G phone with HSDPA and HSUPA, plus it has Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP.

This is a great specification for a smartphone, but it probably won’t be the reason you choose this phone; as the real draw here is Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system.  It’s implemented in exactly the same way on the Trophy as it is on all other Windows Phone 7 devices, so buying decisions will ultimately come down to screen size and design preferences.

What Else Can it Do?

  • It has a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash.  You can also record 720p video.
  • Assisted GPS with a digital compass and Bing Maps.  Geo-tagging is also supported by the camera.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • A G-sensor, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.
  • Like the Mozart, Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound audio enhancements improve the quality of your music and movies.
  • As with other Windows Phone 7 devices, you’re given access to the Zune store for all your music needs, the Windows Phone Marketplace for applications and Xbox Live to keep up with your achievements and gaming friends.  We went into a lot more detail of all the cool stuff Windows Phone 7 offers here.
  • HTC have their own Hub too, which comes across like a version of HTC Sense, complete with familiar widgets including the weather, a clock and stock information.

Any Downsides?

You can’t really fault the specification nor the design, but its status as the starter Windows Phone 7 handset from HTC means that it doesn’t really standout from the crowd.

Summary.

The HTC Trophy has an excellent smartphone specification, a typically understated HTC design and the latest Microsoft operating system.  We think it’s perfect for those wanting Windows Phone 7 without all the garnish.

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