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HTC 7 Mozart Review

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Camera and Multimedia:

The HTC Mozart comes equipped with an 8MP autofocus camera with a xenon flash. This is exciting given the lack of great Windows Phone 7 camera-phones. It is also the primary thing that distinguishes the Mozart from the Trophy.

Camera interface - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Camera interface - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Camera interface - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Camera interface - HTC 7 Mozart Review

Camera interface


Photos taken on the HTC Mozart offer a good level of detail for the most part, though as with the HTC Trophy and the HTC HD7 autofocus isn't always on the money, which is a shame because when it gets it right, the results are really nice. Colour reproduction is also good for the most part, if slightly dull. Contrast levels are again hit and miss, though for the most part hit, while dynamic range seems fine for the most part. With no flash, the camera produces okay levels of noise. Better than the Trophy, but nowhere near as good as the Nokia N8 for example. Fire up the flash and the phone gets a huge helping hand in the night time and indoor snapping department. As you can see from the party pics, subjects don't look washed out and there is little in the way of noise in the foreground. Macro shots challenge the HTC 7 Mozart, largely thanks to the focusing issue, but once focused correctly, it can take some great close up shots. While not as accomplished as the Nokia N8 and hampered by occasional focusing trouble, the HTC 7 Mozart nevertheless provides a good overall camera-phone experience.

Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review

Samples taken with the HTC 7 Mozart


Strong - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - HTC 7 Mozart Review

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720p HD video is pretty good when the lighting is ideal, and noise handling isn’t terrible when the light goes down, but it isn’t great either. Videos captured on the HTC 7 Mozart play back pretty smoothly and should suffice for most day to day needs.

HTC 7 Mozart sample video:




With Zune on board, the music experience is a giant step in the right direction for Windows. In fact, the music feels more integrated on Windows Phone 7 than on any platform other than iOS, and if you own a Zune, even more so than that.  It's slick, simple to get to grips with and well integrated, with access to basic music functionality on the lock screen for example. Audio quality is good and the Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround offer a great range of output options.

Zune is on board - HTC 7 Mozart Review
Zune is on board - HTC 7 Mozart Review

Zune is on board


When it comes to videos, the Zune software integration lends to compensate for the lack of codec support on the HTC 7 Mozart. The phone will play MPEG-4 and WMV files, and the Zune software will convert other video formats to supported ones, which is handy, but will leave you waiting a while for your movies to sync, also depending on the performance of your computer. Watching movies and videos on the HTC 7 Mozart is great. While not as visually immersive as on the HTC HD7 thanks to the screen size, it nevertheless delivers the goods. With Dolby Mobile and SRS on board, great sound really helped boost the experience, and while colours could have done with a bit more punch, brightness is adequate, playback is smooth and detail is good.


Internet and Connectivity:

The HTC 7 Mozart is a quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G phone loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS on board. Connections include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSB port and there’s 8GB of memory on board. The only things we might have liked to see are DLNA functionality and a mini HDMI port.

Completely in line with the latest and greatest achievements in the area, the new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and silky smooth scrolling. The same goes for zooming, which you can do by either double-tapping or using pinch-to-zoom. Both options work flawlessly. In addition, the HTC 7 Mozart’s 3.7-inch screen offers a great trade-off between pocketability and web browsability.

The new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and silky smooth scrolling - HTC 7 Mozart Review
The new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and silky smooth scrolling - HTC 7 Mozart Review
The new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and silky smooth scrolling - HTC 7 Mozart Review

The new Internet Explorer delivers fast loading times and silky smooth scrolling


Internet Explorer lacks Flash and Silverlight support, which is on one hand unpleasant, but on the other, it guarantees flawless operation, so we can live with this omission. Android has the advantage here, but we shouldn't forget the fact that scrolling when a Flash element is present is far from smooth in Google's OS.

The email client works great. As soon as you've entered your account details, your emails start to populate. Everything works super smooth. Unfortunately, you do not get a universal inbox like in bada or iOS, so your different inboxes are displayed as separate tiles. However, this isn't much of an inconvenience as flitting between mailboxes is so quick on the HTC 7 Mozart. Another point is that emails are displayed in full HTML glory and look fantastic.

The email client of the HTC 7 Mozart works great - HTC 7 Mozart Review
The email client of the HTC 7 Mozart works great - HTC 7 Mozart Review
The email client of the HTC 7 Mozart works great - HTC 7 Mozart Review

The email client of the HTC 7 Mozart works great



Software:

Bing Maps gets you from A to B on a Windows Phone 7 device. Panning the map around is very smooth, as is pinch zooming. The available options are pretty standard – you can search for a specific location, go to your position, and get directions. Unfortunately, there is no support for voice-guided navigation yet.

Searching for POIs on the HTC 7 Mozart is very intuitive, and once you open a POI in order to see more details, you are presented with the exact address, an option to get directions and a phone number. You can also pin a certain POI to the home screen, as well as share it via text or email.

The GPS managed to get our location fixed very quickly after a cold start and kept locked on through an entire 20 minute journey with no issues.

We were a bit underwhelmed by the Office Hub of the HTC 7 Mozart. While the panoramic user interface is great, we found Word Mobile's options to be quite limited. You can also create, view and edit Excel files (with a range of available functions to choose from), as well as view and edit PowerPoint presentations. However, editing here comes down to just editing text. You can also take notes using the included OneNote software, or collaborate through SharePoint.

Bing Maps - The Office Hub of the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
The Office Hub of the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
The Office Hub of the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review
The Office Hub of the HTC 7 Mozart - HTC 7 Mozart Review

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The Office Hub of the HTC 7 Mozart



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posted on 02 May 2011, 13:24

1. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Wasn't this phone supposed to come to T-Mobile USA?

posted on 08 May 2011, 21:52

2. JaimeCarlos (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)


Love that xenon flash... Nice W7 alternative.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 04:41

3. Vineeth (unregistered)


which is best...... iphone 3gs(new edition) or HTC mozart... plz help me...

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:34

4. mozart7.5 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


can u pz tell me will htc mozart be updated to windws7.8??

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HTC 7 Mozart

HTC 7 Mozart

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) S-LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
576 MB RAM
Size4.69 x 2.37 x 0.47 inches
(119 x 60.2 x 11.9 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.75 hours talk time

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