CNET First Look
HTC Mozart (unlocked)The HTC Mozart is a beautifully designed Windows Phone 7 device that offers good performance, but fails to deliver on one of its hallmark features.
Hey everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, senior editor at cnet.com and I'm here to give first look at the HTC. This is another international windows phone 7 device that we got in. Thanks to HTC and as you can see, it looks a lot a like the other touchscreen smart phone we've seen lately. But if you look closer, you'll find that it has some really nice touches and details. First of all, it's made from a single piece of brushed aluminum, so in hand it feels solid, not husky or cheap. It's also super slim and light. So, it's a breeze to carry around. If you turn the phone around, you'll see a bit of a topographic design on the back. Some of you may not like it, but it looks pretty cool. Another unique cosmetic feature of the Mozart is the battery compartment. If you use the back of the battery door, you'll see lock here that you flip open to release the battery and access the SIM card slot. The design doesn't enhance the phone in anyway, but I definitely appreciate we got that one into it. If there's one downside to the design is the smaller display. It measures 3.7 inches diameter diagonally, which seems puny compared to some of the other 4-plus inch touch screens on the smart phones today, but it's still sharp and clear and the pinch-to-zoom gesture works well. The HTC Mozart has many of the standard features including a 1 Gigahertz Snapdragon Processor. It is a little more multimedia focus with surround sound technology and an 8-megapixel camera, which is currently the largest camera on a windows phone 7 device today. The sound enhancements were definitely a nice addition since it boosted the overall audio quality especially when one is listening with tunes with my headphones, but the camera was a big disappointment. Pictures came out blurry and the video quality was also really hazy and had kind of a pinkish hue to it, so that kind of eliminating the whole appeal of this device. If you don't care about the camera, the Mozart also offers good performance and a great design, but you're paying a lot for it since the unlock versions starts 500 dollars. If you're after good camera phone, there are number of other great options, which you can check out in our top camera phones lists at cnet.com. I'm Bonnie Cha and this has been your first look at the HTC Mozart.