HTC Trophy Review
By Fred Salva
- May 31, 2011
Pros: The HTC Trophy is a well designed phone that has world roaming capabilities. It is a Windows Phone device that offers an easy-to-use interface.
Cons: The HTC Trophy is not a perfect phone with a disappointing camera. Battery could have been improved as well.
After the long wait and so many delays, Verizon finally released its first ever Windows Phone device in the HTC Trophy. It is now available for only $149.99 with a two-year pact and after a $50 mail-in rebate, the HTC Trophy has been shipping in international markets for quite a while now. Design wise, it looks more of the HTC Mozart, and the only difference is whatís in the inside. While the Mozart is made for audio or music aficionados , the HTC Trophy is made for gamers. The HTC HD7 has an extra-large display, with dimensions of 4.67 inches tall by 2.42 inches wide by 0.47 inch thick. It is a bit heavy, weighing 4.94 ounces. It is plain and and simple, with a slim profile that is why it is easy to hold on to and easy to slip into anyoneís pants pocket. It also feels solid in the hand. It has an aluminum-like bezel and is finished with soft-touch finish on back. The HTC Trophy employs a 3.8-inch touch screen display & a compact design. Its screen is a WVGA variant that can render up to 480x800 pixels of resolution. Screen quality is ok as the images and text looked sharp and bright. Its touch screen is highly responsive, and during my tests, it has registered all my taps, and I was able to smoothly scrolled through lists, and zoomed in on a couple of pages using its pinch-to-zoom gesture. It also comes with a proximity sensor along with a built-in accelerometer. However, since it is a Windows Phone 7 device, it has limited landscape support. I also like the onscreen keyboard found on the device. Yes, it is small and cramped, but overall, itís OK since it's easy to use and accurate. Itís sort of like the iPhone's keyboard and certainly better than Android's default keyboard. Just below the display, you will find the touch-sensitive buttons which are the Back, Start, and Search buttons. On the left spine you will see the volume rocker and a Micro-USB port. On the right spine, you'll find the deviceís dedicated camera key. On top of the device, you will see the power button and the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back of the device you will see the camera, LED flash, and the speaker along with the phone's 5-megapixel camera. By the way, the deviceís interior is also painted red. Verizon packages the device with the unit itself, an AC adapter, USB cable, SIM card, a stereo headset, and reference material. HTC Trophy is a feature packed phone and as noted at the beginning, it is Verizon's first Windows Phone device. Whatís cool about this device is that it has Zune and Xbox Live integration, and Office support. Whatís more is that, it features an user friendly interface. You will also get the copy and paste feature out of the box. Microsoft said that there will be a Mango update that will offer more than 500 new features which include Twitter and LinkedIn integration, linked inboxes, multitasking, & Internet Explorer 9. It is a dual mode device that runs on the carrier's CDMA/EV-DO Rev. The HTC Trophy comes with a SIM card preinstalled. It also features a call forwarding, conference calling, speakerphone, call waiting, voice dialing, and text and MMS. Other features include stereo Bluetooth support, Wi-Fi, and GPS. Windows Phone OS can handle email and contact management well. You can use the device to merge your data from various e-mail accounts, including Windows Live, Exchange, & POP3 and IMAP accounts. Other essentials include a sound enhancer, a unit converter, & a photo enhancer. Thereís also this My Verizon Mobile tile on the Start screen that will take you to a page where you can see all your voice and data usage, along with options to pay your bill, view your plan, and get instant support. Thereís also the Slacker app and the Netflix application Ė meaning Netflix subscribers can watch TV shows & movies right using the phone. You can get more apps and tools over at Windows Phone Marketplace even though it does not have the selection of apps that iTunes and the Android Market have. As of this writing, the Windows Phone Marketplace has 18,000 apps in the catalog which is more than BlackBerry or WebOS. The HTC Trophy employs a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. Its camera can record HD videos as well, and the overall photo and video quality is just OK. I tested the dual-mode HTC Trophy in our area using Verizonís network and the call quality was OK. The audio was clear and thereís no background noise. Speakerphone quality is the same, and I had no problems pairing the HTC Trophy with any Bluetooth headsets, even China made. 3G connection is awesome, and I was able to load our full site in 35 seconds, while the mobile site loaded in 10 seconds. The HTC Trophy is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 568MB RAM. Overall performance was OK, as the Trophy was generally responsive. Yes, I have experienced little delays when launching applications & while navigating the phone, but itís manageable. I also noticed that the device loaded faster especially in games. The HTC Trophy has a 1,300mAh lithium ion battery that has a rated talk time of 4.9 hours and 12 days of standby time. As per FCC radiation tests, the HTC Trophy has a digital SAR rating of 1.48 watts per kilogram & has a Hearing Aid Compatibility rating of M4/T4. I must say that the HTC Trophy isn't going to be right fit for everyone but it is certainly is a good choice for those who are seeking for a gaming smart phone. I give the HTC Trophy a score of 4/5 as it works as advertised!
Tommy Unboxes the HTC Trophy for the Verizon Wireless market. The HTC Trophy is the first Windows Phone 7 device to go to Big Red here and probably not the last. The Trophy sports a 3.8 inch touch screen, 5 MP camera that can record video in 720 p HD, 16 GBs of internal storage and oh yeah it has a sim card slot so its the perfect world travel device.
Tommy gives a brief HTC Trophy review. The HTC Trophy is a great phone with its 3.8 inch crystal clear screen, the SIM card slot that makes it not only a great phone for Verizon Wireless but makes it a great international phone. The Windows Phone 7 OS is nice with all of its live tiles that update and that are really customizable. The 5 MP camera on that back takes really good photos how ever at night it wasn't the most spectacular.