Generally you’d expect a carrier to offer something
relatively fresh and unseen before if they’re launching a device with a new
mobile platform, but instead, Verizon decides to take a 6-month-old model and
makes it their very first Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Alas, the platform’s
permeation in the US market is now complete now that Verizon is finally in the game with the HTC Trophy, though, it’s a bit later than what some would’ve anticipated.
Packaging wise, we’re presented with a fairly clear-cut retail packaging – with an image of the handset position directly on the box with only the contents mentioned in the rear. Opening it up, we feast our eyes on the handset with its clad in red 1,300 mAh battery next to it, while underneath that are the usual set of accessories that we normally find – these include the microUSB cable, wall charger, and standard set of documentation. At this point, we really can’t expect anything more seeing that the handset is priced somewhat decently at $149.99 with a 2-year contract.
Everything pretty much looks intact from what we reviewed with the HTC 7 Trophy overseas back in the fall, which is a good thing for the most part, but its design isn’t something that’ll instantly grab the attention of onlookers. Nevertheless, we’re rather pleased with its overall build and construction, but we especially adore its soft touch coating that does wonders in keeping it clean looking. Additionally, it’s not all that large and comfortably fit in our hands with no issues – plus, the rubbery feel of the handset provides a solid grip.
In terms of specs, it doesn’t particularly sway from the
norm since it features a 3.8” WVGA (480 x 800) LCD display, 1GHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon MSM8650 processor, 512MB ROM, 576MB RAM, 5-megapixel auto-focus
camera with LED flash, 720p video recording, 16GB of internal storage,
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, aGPS, microUSB port, and a 3.5mm
headset jack. So far, the Windows Phone 7 experience on the handset is pretty
snappy, responsive, and delightful, but then again, that’s exactly the kind of
performance we tend to see with the platform as a whole. Regardless of that,
Verizon customers will undoubtedly be curious about what the platform has to
offer. Keep your eyes peeled because we’ll have our in-depth review shortly!