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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

HTC 7 trophy

The HTC 7 Trophy's front is unsurprisingly dominated by the 3.8-inch screen. The silver detail running around the capacitive touchscreens glass gives the Trophy a very iPhone 3GS look, albeit mixed with the touch-button stylings of HTC's Desire HD.

At 118.5 x 61.5 x 12mm, the handset isn't exactly petite. This leads through to the weight, which clocks in at a hefty 140g – only 22g lighter than the 4.3-inch HTC HD7.

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There are a few different materials used in the Trophy's construction. The rear half and battery cover are made of a matte black plastic that's easy to grip (and is smudge-tastic). Around the edge of the front of the phone is a slightly glossy plastic, surrounding some silver detailing. And inside the latter sits the black glass touchscreen.

The build quality is excellent. Although it's several different parts fitted together, there's no wobble or give in the joins. Expect the HTC 7 Trophy to stand up well to a contract length's worth of punishment.

The 480 x 800 WVGA screen is bright and beautiful. It seems to have quite a limited optimum viewing angle, with colours becoming washed out very quickly when you look at it off-centre, but is just lovely when viewed straight on.

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Below the 3.8-inch screen are the three Windows Phone 7 buttons that all handsets sport: Back, Start and Search. In this case, they're all touch-buttons – no physical depressing necessary. They're inactive when the screen is off, so you can't use them to wake the phone.

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Above the screen is the ear speaker, as well as a tiny light that can indicate charge level. It flashes red when the battery is low, is steady red when the battery is charging and turns green when the battery's full. This light also flashes green when you've got a missed call.

On the phone's right side is the camera shutter. Like other WP7 devices, holding this down will wake the phone from standby straight into the camera app, without you having to go via the Home screen. It's a handy feature, although the button is very far down the phone here – it's so easy to accidentally press when reaching up for the sleep/wake button on top of the handset.

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The camera button itself is silver, with a concentric circles texture that differentiates it from the case around it. It presses halfway and then goes down fully, for quick autofocusing.

On top of the handset is the aforementioned sleep/wake button, which also turns the phone on and off. The 3.5mm jack can also be found here.

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On the left of the phone is the volume control and the micro-USB port, which is used both for charging and connecting to a computer.

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On the back of the phone is the 5-megapixel camera's lens, a small LED flash and the (fairly large) external speaker. A shiny HTC logo adorns the battery cover, with a less ostentatious Windows Phone logo at the bottom.

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Just behind the sleep/wake button is a little notch in the battery cover that you can use to open it. It just snaps on and off with no trouble, offering access to the battery beneath, which must be removed to access the SIM card slot.

HTC 7 trophy

While the Trophy is comfortable to hold and use generally, it's a bit of a hassle to wake it. The sleep/wake button is positioned slightly forward of the central seam of the Trophy. This makes it a little hard to hit single handed when holding the phone in your right hand.

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It's something you just get used to, but would be avoided if the three buttons below the screen could be used to wake the phone.

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HTC 7 trophy

In its box, the HTC 7 Trophy comes with a set of earphones that can be used as a handsfree kit, an optional clip for the earphones, a USB cable, and a slightly strange wall plug charger that comes in two parts.

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