HTC 7 Trophy review:

HTC 7 Trophy

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Typical Price: £400.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars 4 user reviews

The Good Sharp, colourful display; lightning-fast; decent camera; reassuringly weighty.

The Bad Very similar to other Windows Phone 7 mobiles; not many apps in the app store yet.

The Bottom Line The HTC 7 Trophy is a perfectly good choice if you want to take advantage of Microsoft's nifty Windows Phone 7 operating system. It doesn't really stand out among the other handsets running the operating system, though.

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7.5 Overall

Lately, CNET UK Towers has been awash with smart phones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system. The HTC 7 Trophy is the most affordable way to hop on the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon -- for now at least. It's available from Vodafone for £25 per month on a 24-month contract, or £400 SIM-free from the Carphone Warehouse.

Trophy device

HTC has made a reputation for itself as a manufacturer of solid, reassuringly weighty handsets, and the Trophy is just such a phone. It tips the scales at 140g, and measures 62 by 119 by 12mm. We find that a pleasing size -- the phone is slim and narrow enough so that it'll fit in just about any pocket or handbag.

Around the edge of the screen, there's a fine strip of chrome, while the rest of the Trophy's chassis is black, with an attractive brushed-aluminium effect in places. There's nothing wrong with its design, but it's slightly less slick than that of the HTC 7 Mozart or the larger HTC HD7.

Along the bottom of the handset are the usual three Windows Phone 7 touch-sensitive buttons: back, home and search. Around the edges of the handset, you'll find mechanical volume keys, a lock button, a micro-USB port, a dedicated camera button and a 3.5mm socket for plugging in your headphones. Around the back, there's a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash.

Display of power

The display is really quite natty. It's a 3.8-inch screen with a maximum resolution of 480x800 pixels. It's bright, sharp and crystal-clear, producing minimal blurring around the edges of text.

The Trophy's 5-megapixel camera benefits from speedy, simple software, so you won't miss the moment.

The Trophy runs Microsoft's all-new mobile operating system. We cordially invite you to stroll on over to our full review of Windows Phone 7, but here's the short version: it offers a simple, intuitive interface, with a home screen consisting of dynamic tiles. Extremely slick and very fast, we've found Windows Phone 7 to be highly enjoyable to use.

The caveat is that, because Windows Phone 7 is very new, it doesn't have the impressive catalogue of apps offered by Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms. The Windows Phone 7 app cupboard feels rather bare at the moment, although we have no doubt that we'll see some really neat additions in the near future.

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