HTC Trophy


A phone powered by Windows 7

HTC Trophy is the first Windows 7 OS phone from Verizon wireless network. We tested this smartphone for this review in our labs and here is what we found.
First of all, here are the product’s specifications: 3.8-inch screen, 4.67 x 2.42 x 0.47 inches, WGA resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 140 g, an LCD touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, CDMA network, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 568 MB RAM, a 1.300mAh lithium ion battery, a microUSB port and a speaker.

Nice looking design

htc-trophy-windows7The design is rather plain, but gains point by being sleek, smooth, easy to slide from a pocket to another and solid. The back has a soft-touch finish and the red interior behind the battery door looks nice.
The quality of images and text on the HTC Trophy’s display is good, but it started to wear out when we looked at it in direct sunlight. Also, the display gets dirty easily from fingerprints. The touch screen works well when scrolling through various lists, as does the pinch-to-zoom option. This product features a built-in accelerator and a proximity sensor. Landscape support is, sadly, limited.

Accurate touchscreen display

The onscreen keyboard is flawless: we found it really easy to use and very accurate. The display screen comes with touch sensitive buttons. The Trophy smartphone ships with a micro-USB and a volume button on the left side, a dedicated camera key on the right side, a 3.5mm headphone jacket and a power button on top and a camera, speaker and LED flash on the back. The tiles of the phone are fully customizable.

A lot of features included

Among the features of the product we discovered the following: an AC adapter, a preinstalled SIM card, an USB cable, a wired stereo headset, dual-mode technology running on Verizon’s CDMA/EV-DO Rev, conference calling, call waiting, speaker phone, voice dialing, text messages, multimedia messages, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G.
Being Verizon’s first Windows 7 Phone, the HTC Trophy has its perks: it includes Zune and Xbox live integration (it works well with Facebook), a user-friendly interface and Office support. And it comes with the latest software available, preloaded Slacker and Netflix. YouTube is available for download. Windows Phone 7 enables you to sync accounts with Windows Live, POP3, IMAP and Exchange accounts.

Its own apps included

Have no fear when travelling abroad: the phone automatically detects a GSM network and switches to it. This means that you can continue to use voice and data while abroad.
The HTC Trophy smartphone has its own apps. You will find a unit converter, a photo and sound enhancer and an animated clock, just to name a few. The company announced that their product will soon show weather information right on the tile.
If you want to pay your bills, view your data usage or get support, the My Verizon Mobile option will take you to an Internet page where you will be able to do all of the above and much more.

Low quality of the images

When it comes to apps, Windows Phone Marketplace features some 18.000 of them in the catalog. There are 16 GB to store all these apps in.
We have mixed feelings about the camera of this smartphone. While it features good options for editing a photo, the quality of the pictures themselves is bad: grainy, with faded colors when taken indoors, and hazy when taken outdoors. We encountered the same problem in our test performed for this review when we tried to record 720p HD video clips. On the good side, we were able to snap a photo in 0.3 seconds.

Games features

The Games feature is among the finer points of this smartphone: Windows Phones incorporated a very good selection of them. Call and speakerphone quality are both decent in noisy environments.
HTC Trophy connects to the Internet at speeds of around 1Mbps. That is slow, compared to 4G smartphones. Launching applications took little delay and games loaded fast.
The 1.300 mAh lithium battery of this phone claims to last up to 4.9 hours talk time and 12 days standby time.

Review conclusions

To sum it up this article, the new HTC Trophy is not for everyone. But it represents a good choice for first time users of simple and non assuming smartphones.

Technical specifications

Weight in Grams140
Resolution Width in Pixel2560
Resolution Height in Pixel1920
Optical Zoom0
Digital Zoom0
Vertical Resolution800
Horizontal resolution480
Integrated CameraYes
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
TypeExcluding Pack (Phone Only)
Integrated TV TunerNo
Integrated RadioNo
Height in mm118.5
Width in mm61.5
Depth in mm11.96
E-Mail FunctionYes
Instant MessagingYes
Memory Card ReaderNo
Number of Display Colours16 Million Colors
Any stall ButtonNo
TechnologyUMTS (3G)
Keyboard / TouchscreenVirtual Keyboard On Touchscreen
MP3 PlayerYes
Customer VideoN / C
Number of Screens1
Push (Email and Multimedia Content)Yes
Screen TechnologySUPER-LCD
MP3 or WMAYes
Talk Time (H)6.75
Standby time (in days)18.12
Video resolution in pixelsHD 720p
Dual SimNo
Specific Absorption Rate in W / kg (DAS / NAS)0.65