HTC 7 Trophy smartphone
Minimum spec mobile, the WinPho 7 way
Review HTC took the lion’s share of the recent Windows Phone 7 launch with three out of seven handsets. Without the big screen of the HD7 or the 8Mp camera of the Mozart, the Trophy looks on paper like the runt of the litter. But its lower price and still impressive spec mean it could end up in more pockets than either of its brothers
Standard issue? HTC's 7 Trophy
Measuring 119 x 62 x 12mm and 140g it’s very close to iPhone proportions and has controls on the sides for volume rocker, camera shutter and USB power/sync slot with a 3.5mm headphone jack and power/sleep button on top.
On the back is the lens for the camera with single LED flash and a large speaker. The casing is made of sturdy plastic, with a rubberised feel to the back cover – the Mozart may have an aluminium cover but this feels warmer, in a good way.
The 3.8in multi-touch display offers 480 x 800 resolution and the standard three WinPho 7 buttons are lined up below it on a touch-sensitive strip: home, back and search. The latter relies on Microsoft’s Bing search engine from the home page, but also searches in whatever app you happen to be in, such as e-mail, Marketplace and the like.
The WinPho 7 minimum specs are still pretty high-end and they’re all here, with a fast 1GHz processor, 5Mp camera, multi-touch capacitive screen, GPS, accelerometer and more. The Trophy also has a the basic 8GB of on-board memory – others, such as LG’s Optimus 7 or HTC’s own HD7, have double that.
Just 8GB and no card expansion option on WinPho 7 handsets
There’s also the usual tile-based system that customises according to your content – pictures of your friends in the People tile, your favourite acts on the Zune media player tile. All in all, regardless of price, whichever WinPho 7 model you choose, will feel like an up-to-date smartphone.
I am growing to love that postbox
I wonder what your neighbours think
"Ooh look Doris, there's that man again coming out to take a photo of that postbox with his phone"
"That's nice dear"
Perhaps we should define a budget level for a budget phone in these inflation and recession hit times:
I suggest anything under £40.00 is budget, £40-£100 is mid range, £100-£200 is upper range. Anything over £200 should be the "You've got to be joking" range. Maybe force the manufacturers to cut back on their "research costs" and develop long lasting smart phones in the spirit of the new age of austerity (Bankers excepted, of course).
not bad a phone
I had one of these for a while, and am impressed. I know as a rule you’re not supposed to like MS phones, and it had tough competition as I was trying it after using the HTC Desire. So what’s so good about it, the battery life is pretty good, the default interface is good. You can connect and pick up your mail easily, on multi accounts (even exchange). Market place is ok, with not as many apps as Apple, but to be honest 95% or greater on there you would probably never use or want. So what is there is ok. Good links if you use Xbox live.
Which then moves to the bad points, for a business tool it’s a backward step (I was reviewing it for work). The phone is aimed at the consumer market, but is also trying to appeal to the business market, with a strange mix of tools provided. It has office, has good links in to SharePoint 2010, which is what every business needs running MS platform. But then fail on the mails side, with the removal or no support for most of the Active Sync abilities that were available in 6.5, with exchange mobile polices. Or to put it another way if you enforce the ‘do no permit provisional devices’ on your policy (you may for example enforce device encryption) then the phone will not connect to exchange, because it cannot apply the policy, or most policy options.
With one move MS are moving to the consumer market, and cutting off their current market at the same time, strange.