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HTC 7 Trophy review

Is the cheap price of this Windows Phone 7 handset worth the sacrifices?

Our Verdict

Windows Phone 7 needs some tweaks here and there, but we couldn't put the HTC 7 Trophy down. A brilliantly usable and stunningly fast phone with few peers in its price range.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.75 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

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For

  • Beautiful operating system
  • Fast and highly responsive
  • Great Facebook integration
  • Good music playback with SRS Enhancement
  • Free on contract

Against

  • OS is still missing some features
  • Battery life is a bit disappointing
  • Camera was a let down, especially video recording
  • Can't expand the 8GB storage
  • Awkward sleep/wake button

With no third-party multitasking available, you'd be forgiven for hoping for some good battery life out of the HTC 7 Trophy. Alas, that isn't the case.

The 3.8-inch screen is no doubt a significant source of the battery drain; though it's smaller than the HTC HD7's screen, it's still larger than most other phones.

HTC 7 trophy

But in addition to that, we noticed the battery seemed to drain a lot faster with music playing in the background. Obviously, this will always have an effect on battery life, but it seemed a lot more dramatic on the Trophy than on, say, the iPhone.

During our intensive testing period, we were able to wipe the 1300mAh battery out in much less than a day. The battery's capacity is about average for the phone type, but we get the feeling Windows Phone 7 could do with a bit more power optimisation.

HTC 7 trophy

Having said that, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce drain on the battery. The screen's brightness and how long it stays without being used can be altered, and you can turn Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G on and off independently.

If you got economic with the settings and left it alone mostly, we see no reason you couldn't get several days out of the Trophy. However, that's not the point of a smartphone, so we'll stick with advising you to charge it every night.

Connectivity

In a style that very much reminds us of the iPhone, all connectivity in the HTC 7 Trophy (and, more specifically, the Windows Phone 7 OS) is carefully curated.

The phone features Edge and 3G data connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi for speedy browsing when in range. As we said in the 'Internet' section, it was inexplicably difficult to get onto our Wi-Fi network. This network has had no problems with iPhones, Android phones, Symbian phones, a PS3, a Wii and various computers.

Why we were constantly rejected we can't say, but eventually we started tapping the screen impatiently during the slow 'Connecting…' period, and suddenly we were on. We don't know of anyone else having such a hassle, so we'll chalk it up to one of life's strange melodramas.

A micro-USB port offers the ability to connect to a computer and also doubles as the charging port.

There's no mass storage drag-and-drop when you connect you Trophy, so adding content will have to done via the Zune PC software. We've looked at the Windows version of the software before, including in our super Windows Phone 7 review, but this is the first WP7 handset we've had since the beta of Windows Phone Connector for Mac was released, so we'll concentrate on that here.

Despite the platform switch, it's actually very similar to the PC Zune suite, but with the buttons in the wrong corner. iTunes and iPhone/iPod users will also find it generally quite familiar.

Rather simply, the Connector program ties into your iTunes and iPhoto libraries to pull over any appropriate content. In the sidebar on the left-hand side you can see your device, and then categories for Music, Photos and Videos, Movies and TV Shows, Podcasts and an option to browse what's already on your device.

HTC 7 trophy

We had no problems pulling any content from iTunes as long as it was compatible (any DRM-protected stuff simply isn't shown, so you can't try to choose it by accident). We opted to select our favourite artists rather than import everything, and then it was just a few minutes for the 2.5GB of music to transfer. Album artwork and song/album names all made it over unscathed.

HTC 7 trophy

As we mentioned in the video section, video is a little more annoying. Like the PC Zune software, Windows Phone Connector for Mac insists on transcoding everything it puts on your phone. The obvious drawback to this is that it takes time, and the less powerful your computer is, the longer it will take.

We were using a MacBook Pro, and the conversion too a little over an hour (for what should be a few minutes of file transferring). We shudder to think how long it would take on a netbook or MacBook Air (and how hot they would get).

Does Microsoft not realise that not everyone is sitting on a quad-core media monster? Evidently not, and we hope this is something it looks at in the future.

Bluetooth is also present on the HTC 7 Trophy, but – like the iPhone – it can't be used for file transfers. It's for pairing with Bluetooth accessories, such as headsets, and supports the A2DP music streaming protocol.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time6.75 Hour
Product Model7 Trophy
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)140 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, Conference Call, Caller ID, Call Holding, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding
Height118.5 mm
Width61.5 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product Name7 Trophy Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HKM034-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Action packed gaming

Enter a whole new level of gaming with the HTC 7 Trophy and the power of Xbox LIVE. With the vivid 3.8" screen, HTC 7 Trophy sits comfortably in your hand and performs perfectly in any gaming situation.

Satisfy your need for speed

A performance packed 1GHz Snapdragon processor delivers split-second responsiveness. You'll need that speed when you're zipping and dodging, shooting and flying on your quest to save mankind.

Pause the game. It's time for music.

Take a break from the game and tune into some ... tunes. The HTC 7 Trophy gives you a high fidelity sound for a richer listening and viewing experience. The secret sauce is SRS WOW HD - bringing virtual surround sound to your mobile.

Package Contents
  • 7 Trophy Smartphone
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Power Adapter
  • Start Here Guide
  • Quick Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year