HTC 7 Trophy Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA andAT&T, but without 3G.
The word trophy conjures images of acclaimed success and triumph, of being the best of the best, the winner if you will. As it happens, HTC have given this accolade to their lowest specced Windows Phone 7 handset, the HTC 7 Trophy. With a 1GHz processor, a 5MP camera and 8GB of on board memory, the spec sheet is standard, but nevertheless, far from shabby. So can the HTC 7 Trophy, win the race or will it be shown up by the flashier competition?
Design-wise, the HTC 7 Trophy is the least HTC looking out of all the Windows Phone 7 handsets. With no gun metal, silver or matted hard plastic in sight, it has a distinctly black rubberised feel. Tactile and grippy to the touch, it is comfortable to hold, well weighted and while arguably lacking in design risks, delivers an aesthetically neutral, well put together solution that feels considerably more rugged than either the HTC 7 Mozart or the HD7.
The HTC 7 Trophy has a Super LCD display measuring in at 3.8 inches with a resolution of 480x800 pixels. Without the size of the HTC HD7, but with all its pixels at the same time, pixel density is greater giving you a sharper image. Naturally, given the technology, colours aren't as saturated as on AMOLED screens and blacks aren't as deep, but they nevertheless look vibrant for the most part and are bright enough, delivering a great overall experience. Coupled with good angles of view, we're left with no major complaints.
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Below the screen are three capacitive buttons, above the screen is the in call speaker, at the top of the HTC 7 Trophy is the power button and a 3.5mm headphone jack, with the camera button to the bottom right and the volume rocker to the top left. Flip the phone over and you’ll find the 5MP autofocus camera with LED flash as well as the loud speaker. Remove the battery cover to reveal a bright yellow interior and a 1300mAh battery.
Overall, the HTC 7 Trophy feels solidly constructed, with a practical, understated design and a comfortable feel when swishing your way around Windows Phone 7. The screen is big enough to make tasks a breeze, and while the keyboard is not quite as comfortable as on the 4.3-inch HTC HD7 display, the 3.8-inch screen on the HTC 7 Trophy is still a great size for everything including text entry.