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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 may have a smaller screen than its launch compadres, the HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy, but what it lacks in screen size it makes up for in style. It's a more Android-inspired handset than the two other HTCs, which are very much in the straight-laced Microsoft vein.

With its rounded sides and styled-out back it puts us much more in mind of the Google Nexus One and HTC Wildfire than the other Windows Phone 7 launchers.

The interface on the HTC 7 Mozart couldn't be more different to that of the open Google phones, including those with HTC Sense like the HTC Legend. Because of this, it feels much less of an HTC handset and more of a Windows Phone, which is what Microsoft was going for.

Unlike the Google Nexus One and its Android contemporaries, the architecture is very closed so you'll be getting the same experience on all the Windows handsets, regardless of your token customisations.

Although the contacts integrate brilliantly with Facebook on the HTC 7 Mozart, it's lacking in other social networking know-how – unlike the Samsung Wave, for example, which can integrate Twitter contacts as well and makes uploading images to Flickr part of the infrastructure.

In terms of media playback, the HTC 7 Mozart can certainly take on the likes of the Apple iPhone 4, however. Microsoft has re-thought the music player and come out with something less like the Cover Flow stylings on the iPhone, which has been much-copied – not least by RIM on the BlackBerry Torch 9800. In terms of playback quality, the HTC 7 Mozart is excellent and easily the Google Nexus One's superior.

The HTC 7 Mozart still lacks in some areas though; we'd like to be able to build playlists on the handset as we can on the Sony Ericsson Zylo, and the multi-tasking aspect of the media player on the HTC 7 Mozart struggles, where the iPhone 4's does not.

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