Lately, CNET UK Towers has been awash with smart phones running Microsoft's 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.
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 theor the larger .
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 runs Microsoft's all-new mobile operating system. We cordially invite you to stroll on over to our, 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'sand Google's 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.