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Full Review

Now so many Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices have appeared on the market, it's getting harder to distinguish between them all. Of course the Samsung Omnia 7 is recognisable by its super AMOLED screen, while the HTC HD7 is easy to recognise thanks to its huge display. The HTC Trophy, meanwhile is a little more understated, which, along with its smaller stature, may appeal to many of you.

First impressions

Try to forget the name, first of all. We can't see many people shouting about their new Trophy - just say you've got a new Windows Phone 7 handset and leave it at that. Looking at it from a design point of view, the HTC Trophy is pretty neat, with its understated brushed-metal chassis, which makes it feel reasonably solid. Around the display is a slim chrome frame; turn it over and it has a rubberised back. Stylish but classy.

All the basics are in the right place too - the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top edges - the best position for it, and the micro USB connector has not been squirrelled away under a flimsy cover.

The Trophy (actually, the name's not as bad as we first thought) is a Vodafone exclusive. You'll see this when the trademark red tiles pop up on the home screen; click on one of these tiles and it will transport you to Vodafone's own portal, which is dubbed 360 MyWeb. One tile takes you to HTC's own hub, where you'll find a collection of excellent apps, including that HTC favourite, the weather - rather apt considering the conditions we're enduring at the moment. We are also fond of HTC Notes, an app that creates Post-It style notes, that even start curling at the edges after a while. We think that's supposed to encourage you to get on with whatever task that note is reminding you to do!

Touch me

Like HTC's other devices, the touchscreen can be wakened from its slumber by pressing the power button on the top of the handset, not by using the touch-sensitive lights on the front. This is, apparently, aimed at conserving battery life, as there's less chance of the screen being turned on by accident while the phone is in your bag or pocket.

We love the screen size - at 3.8in it's sizeable enough to look good while still keeping down the overall size of the handset. At this size, Microsoft's decreed resolution of 400-x800 pixels looks excellent. We were impressed by our view of video, photos and maps from its wonderful mapping app. Okay, it's not as bright as the AMOLED display that Samsung's Omnia 7 boasts, but it's really good for a regular LCD screen.

Snap-happy

And while those photos may not reach the heights of those produced by the HTC Mozart's 8-megapixel snapper, the Trophy's 5-megapixel camera complete with flash still offers very decent images. Like the other WP7 devices, we love the fact that one long press on the metal camera shutter button will wake up your handset, let you frame your image and snap it. A great feature.

So pictures are good, what about sound? The good news is that HTC has seen fit to include SRS Surround effects and Dolby Mobile on all its WP7 handsets.

We were also impressed by the Trophy's speed - which is all thanks to the 1GHz processor that Microsoft has insisted upon for all WP7 devices. It's partly because these chips are pretty pricey that no WP7 device edges into the budget price range. However, the Trophy has been set at a pretty competitive price - partly due to the fact that it only has 8GB of onboard memory, where many of the WP7 devices have 16GB.

The verdict

In the main, we were impressed with the Trophy. It's a decent handset to use although it has no wow features, but with understated style, solid build quality and the excellent WP7 operating system, we think HTC is onto a winner.

Specifications

Specifications

Type of phone:

N/A

Style:

N/A

Size:

118.5 x 61.5 x 12 mm

Weight:

140 g

Display:

N/A colours

Resolution:

480x800

Camera:

Five-megapixels

Special Camera features:

LED flash, auto focus

Video recording:

Yes

Video playback:

Yes

Video calling:

No

Video streaming:

Yes

Music formats played:

MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC+

3.5mm jack port:

Yes

Handsfree speakerphone:

N/A

Voice Control:

N/A

Voice Dialling:

N/A

Call records:

N/A

Phonebook:

N/A

Ringtones customization:

N/A

Display description:

N/A

Website:

N/A

SAR:

N/A

Portfolio:

N/A

Standard color:

N/A

Launch Status:

N/A

Radio:

N/A

Operating system:

N/A

Connectivity:

Wi-Fi, A2DP, MicroUSB

Announced date:

N/A

What's in the Box:

N/A

RAM:

N/A

International launch date:

N/A

Battery life when playing multimedia:

N/A

CPU:

N/A

FM Radio Description:

N/A

Internal memory:

8GB

Messaging:

Email

Internet Browser:

HTML

GPS:

A-GPS

Java:

N/A

Games:

N/A

Data speed:

HSDPA

Frequency:

N/A

Talktime:

210 mins (3G)

Standby:

435 hours (3G)

Display size:

3.8-inches

Keypad:

N/A

Audio recording:

N/A

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