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First Look: HTC Trophy (unlocked)

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First Look: HTC Trophy (unlocked)

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The HTC Trophy is one of the many Windows Phone 7 devices available overseas. Should we be jealous here in the States? Find out in our First Look.

-Hey, everyone. I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com and I've got your first look at the HTC Trophy. This is a Windows Phone 7 device that's available in Europe and Asia, and since they got a lot of cool phones, I thought it might be nice to get one in, check it out, and see if we're missing anything. Here in the US, HTC has two Windows Phone 7 handsets out--the HTC Surround and the HTC HD7--and if you're comparing design, the Trophy looks a bit plain against the other 2. It doesn't have a slide-out speaker like the Surround and it doesn't have a huge display like the HD7, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I happen to like the slim form factor of the Trophy and even though it's relatively light, the smartphone is solid and it has a premium feel to it. The screen is also a good size at 3.8 inches. It's sharp and bright, so, even though it's smaller than the HD7, I don't think it made the browsing or multimedia experience any worse. The Trophy's feature list is pretty much on par with the selection that's out there now. It has a 5-megapixel camera which does alright for outdoor shots but not so well with indoor or low light shots. HTC includes a Photo Enhancer app though where you can apply different effects to your photos, and I thought it helped make some of the shots better. There are also a couple of other HTC extras like the Sound Enhancer and the HTC Hub, which provides weather information and featured apps. The company recently updated the Hub so that if you pin it to the start screen, it will automatically display current weather information based on user-defined location. One main feature that is missing is 3G support for the North American bands, which is understandable since it was designed for international markets. That means, if you buy this phone unlocked and popped in a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM, it's only gonna work on their EDGE network. Call quality was good though and the smartphone has been very responsive so far. But unless you're looking for an unlocked phone, I'd say you're gonna be better off getting one of the models offered by the US carriers like the Samsung Focus or the HTC HD7 since you're going to get more for less. If you're buying unlocked, the Trophy runs about $400 to $500. I'm Bonnie Cha. This has been your first look at the HTC Trophy.

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