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HTC 7 Trophy review

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

Well, we were all excited about the chance to check out the 720p video recording on the Trophy, so went out and found a subject worthy of the HD goodness. Have a look below.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/techradar#p/u/7/pYD-7oDhsIg&hd=1

HTC 7 trophy

What. Garbage.

No, not the violin guy. He's awesome. The video is just totally appalling. It's jerky, the colours are inaccurate (everything's washed out except for red, which stands out horribly).

There's no detail to speak of, yet the video's bitrate is 8Mbps. Where the hell's all that bandwidth going? Especially considering the recording rate is only 24 frames per second. We have no problem with 24fps, but you'd expect a higher frame rate with all that data being used and no detail coming of it.

Honestly, there's no improvement in quality over using the VGA 640 x 480 setting. You might as well save yourself the memory and use that.

And while we're at it, Windows Phone 7's most annoying habit is the way it reverts to VGA every time you close the camera app, so even if 720p was any good, you'd still likely end up accidentally shooting in VGA. Fix this please, Microsoft.

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