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HTC 7 Trophy review

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

Populating the People hub on the HTC 7 Trophy, as with other Windows Phone handsets, is pretty much unavoidable. Signing into your Windows Live account can bring contacts from there, while adding another service, such as Gmail, can bring down those contacts too.

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To fill out information on those contacts, you can then link them all to your Facebook account. You have the option of bringing in all your Facebook friends, or adding those that already have a contact entry.

If the Trophy doesn't connect a contact to its relevant Facebook profile for some reason, you can go into the contact and do it manually. You can also do this to link any duplicate contact entries to each other. It's an extremely painless process.

The contact list in the People can be scrolled down, you can bring up a list of letters, or you can hit the Search button and type in who you're looking for.

Enter a contact and you'll see their name at the top along with a little note to tell you where the information is being drawn from. Their main profile will feature a picture (this will be their Facebook profile picture if you've just left the phone to its own devices and not added one yourself) and their last Facebook status update will be next to the image.

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Below that, you get context-sensitive options for each bit of contact information your have for them. Calling, texting, writing on their Facebook wall and emailing them are all just a click away, although it's a shame there's no 'message through Facebook' option.

Flick to the right on the Profile page and you'll see their What's New screen, which is essentially a kind of Facebook news feed for that person's wall.

If you're adding a new contact, you're presented with a fairly typical information input screen, but with one nice addition. There's an Account button, asking which of your online contacts lists it should sync the new contact with (so it could be your Windows Live or Google account, for example).

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The dialling screen on the Trophy is just a simple set of numbers, and doesn't have the smart contacts dialler that other phones do. However, it's simple to get to your contacts list from the call screens and find who you're looking for.

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We found that the HTC 7 Trophy was really strong at picking up and holding signal – better than a lot of other smartphones in known problem spots. Similarly, data connection speeds were very strong.

Call quality was pretty good, though not amazing. The ear speaker didn't stand up too well to loud traffic, but voices were nice and clear. The external speaker can get very loud, though is quite shrill and distorted at very high volumes, which doesn't make it ideal for speech.

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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height118.5 mm
Width61.5 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
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