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HTC 7 Mozart review

A Windows Phone 7 handset with a musical and photography focus

Our Verdict

The HTC 7 Mozart is a high quality Windows Phone 7 handset, but often feels restricted by the software.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.75 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Beautifully designed OS works well with the hardware
  • Neat Facebook integration
  • Excellent Office apps
  • Great for music playback, particularly good sound quality
  • Hardware is lightweight yet sturdy and attractive

Against

  • App market choice is low compared to others
  • No real multitasking
  • Camera is a bit slow
  • Button placement infinitely frustrating
  • Battery life could be better

The HTC 7 Mozart is one of three Windows Phone 7 launch handsets from the Taiwanese company, offering a surround-sound experience for video and music playback from your humble handset.

The 1GHz processor also powers a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, an eight-megapixel camera with Xenon flash and 720p HD video recording as well as all 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity for speedy web browsing.

There isn't a great deal between the launch handsets for the new operating system, given Microsoft's strict control of the software and stringent minimum hardware specifications. But what sets the HTC 7 Mozart apart from other HTC handsets such as the HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy?

Well, the HTC 7 Mozart has a focus on high fidelity audio, and as such it offers virtual surround-sound in the form of SRS WOW HD. This audio enhancement makes the sound seem wider, even when wearing headphones, provides more realistic bass and clearer definition to the sound you hear.

The HTC 7 Mozart is also a little smaller than the HTC 7 Trophy and HTC HD7, but offers a better camera (eight megapixels to the others' five megapixels).

HTC 7 mozart

All offer the same 8GB of internal memory – there's no hot-swappable storage on any Windows Phone 7 handsets so you can't expand that 8GB.

This lack of external storage puts HTC 7 Mozart users in the same boat as iPhone owners, although the iPhone 4 offers a lot more memory for your money these days. Obviously the HTC 7 Mozart doesn't offer the freedom of its Android-toting brethren, the HTC Desire HD and Google Nexus One, in this respect.

The back panel is a bit busy. Not only do we have the camera lens and Xenon flash, but also a small external speaker (often mistaken for the micro-USB charging port), the Orange, HTC and Windows Phone logos, as well as HTC's stylistic elements – triangular rubberized top and bottom segments with the body of the handset built from a piece of brushed aluminium. There's a lot going on back there.

HTC 7 mozart

On the front, the HTC 7 Mozart has the familiar Windows-specific buttons laid into the panel – Back, Menu and Search. It's all very smart and serious.

HTC 7 mozart

Aside from these embedded buttons, there's also a camera shutter button and volume control on the rounded sides, and a lock-screen/power button on the top of the handset. Alongside this is the 3.5mm headphone jack.

HTC 7 mozart

Overall, the HTC 7 Mozart is a slim, lightweight handset. Despite this, it feels well put together and the brushed aluminium gives it a sturdy feel.

Although the HTC 7 Mozart has neither the super-sized screen of O2's HTC HD7 nor the Super AMOLED goodness of the Samsung Omnia 7, its 3.7-inch WVGA display holds its own in terms of brightness and crisp graphics.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderOrange
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameOrange
Battery Talk Time6.75 Hour
Product Model7 Mozart
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)130 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Conference Call
Height119 mm
Width60.2 mm
Depth11.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerOrange Broadband
Product NameHTC 7 Mozart Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberOHTN4962
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.orange.co.uk
Marketing Information

Amplify your audio experience

The HTC 7 Mozart gives you high fidelity sound for a richer listening and viewing experience. The secret sauce is SRS WOW HD - bringing virtual surround sound to your mobile.

Never a dull moment

Keep yourself entertained with the Music + Videos Hub powered by Zune. Have a full library of music and videos on your computer? Sync it to your phone wirelessly and take it to go. Or you can always listen to the latest tunes on the built-in FM Radio.

Package Contents
  • HTC 7 Mozart Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • User Guide