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HTC 7 Trophy Review

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With a 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash, the HTC 7 Trophy won't blow any minds, but nevertheless does a good job of making snaps look half decent. With little delay between shots and a speedy interface, everything ticks along nicely. Camera options include scenes (portrait, landscape, sports, beach, backlight, candlelight and macro), Effects (greyscale, negative, sepia, solarize), resolution (VGA, 1MP, 2MP, 3MP, 5MP), metering mode (center, average, spot) as well as flash (auto, on, off).

Camera settings - The Pictures hub - HTC 7 Trophy Review
The Pictures hub - HTC 7 Trophy Review
The Pictures hub - HTC 7 Trophy Review
The Pictures hub - HTC 7 Trophy Review

Camera settings

   

The Pictures hub


Sample photos shot using the camera effects - HTC 7 Trophy Review
Sample photos shot using the camera effects - HTC 7 Trophy Review
Sample photos shot using the camera effects - HTC 7 Trophy Review
Sample photos shot using the camera effects - HTC 7 Trophy Review
Sample photos shot using the camera effects - HTC 7 Trophy Review

Sample photos shot using the camera effects



Colour reproduction is okay, with most shots looking a tad dull and a bit washed out. Detail is okay too and the flash is strong enough for most light requirements, however, won’t light up a room in the way the HD7’s twin LED flash will. It does suffer from a couple exposure issues, though this can be corrected for with the metering function. Dynamic range isn't fantastic, with high contrast scenes lacking detail in the extremities and noise being a big issue as with most camera phones. For low light dusky landscape shots for example, the Trophy isn’t ideal. An area the HTC 7 Trophy struggles is in macro shots, with in focus images looking a touch too soft. Indoor shots come out fine, largely thanks to the on-board flash. On the whole, you're certainly getting an upper middle level camera phone experiences with the HTC 7 Trophy, but certainly not something that could give your compact a run for its money like the Nokia N8.

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

Samples taken with the HTC 7 Trophy


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

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Medium

Low light

Darkness with flash

Indoor samples



HTC 7 Trophy Video Sample:




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 the iPhone OS, 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 offers a great range of output options.

The music experience on the HTC 7 Trophy - HTC 7 Trophy Review
The music experience on the HTC 7 Trophy - HTC 7 Trophy Review

The music experience on the HTC 7 Trophy




When it comes to videos the Zune software integration lends to compensate for the lack of codec support on the HTC 7 Trophy. The phone will play MP4 and WMV files, and the onboard software will convert other video formats to your phone's optimal resolution which is handy, but will leave you waiting a while for your movies, depending on the performance of your computer. Watching movies and videos on the HTC 7 Trophy is great. While not as visually immersive as on the HTC HD 7 thanks to the screen size, it nevertheless delivers the goods. With the 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.

Video playback - HTC 7 Trophy Review
Video playback - HTC 7 Trophy Review

Video playback



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posted on 31 Jan 2011, 15:26

1. nattriplett (unregistered)


You failed to mention that this phone has no microSD support. This is a complete non-starter for me.

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HTC 7 Trophy

HTC 7 Trophy

OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
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Display3.8 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (246 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 QSD8250, Single core, 1000 MHz, Scorpion processor
576 MB RAM
Size4.67 x 2.42 x 0.47 inches
(118.5 x 61.5 x 12 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 6.75 hours talk time

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