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HTC Trophy (Verizon Wireless)The HTC Trophy isn't Verizon's most powerful or advanced smartphone, but if you don't need all the bells and whistles, the Windows Phone offers great ease of use and good integration of features in a sleek package.
It took a while that windows phone has finally arrived at Verizon wireless. Hey, everyone, I'm Bonnie Cha, senior editor at CNET.com and I've got your first look at the HTC Trophy. This is carrier first windows phone smartphone and it's available now for 149.99 with a 2-year contract. Some of you might remember that we took a look at the unlocked version of the Trophy a little while ago and the Verizon model is essentially the same with a couple new editions. The phone has a compact design, which is a nice change of face from some of the larger phones we've been testing lately. On front, is a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen along with Windows phone's metro user interface. I think it's a pretty intuitive and attractive UI. You can customize the home screen with different live tiles, which act as short cuts to your favorite apps as well as your favorite contacts, websites, and maps. What I really like about windows phone though is the hub's feature, which groups together content based on category. So, for example, in the people hub, you get all your contacts, as well as your Facebook theme. The music and videos hub offers you access to all your multimedia content as well as [unk] if you're a subscriber. In the fall, Microsoft will also push out its mango update, which brings more functionality like Twitter and LinkedIn integration, 3rd party multitasking, and more business features, but the Trophy does shift with a NoDo update, so you get copy and paste right out of the box. Like other window phone devices, the smartphone also has a 5-megapixel camera and a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. There are some other features that are unique to the Verizon model of the HTC Trophy. First, it's a dual mode phone, meaning that it will work globally. It also comes preloaded with a Netflix app. So, if you're a Netflix subscriber, you can watch TV shows and movies right on your phone and add titles cue. The HTC Trophy doesn't have some of the latest technology like a dual core processor or 4G, but I think it's a more user friendly than Android and has global capabilities, which he iPhone lacks, plus it's fairly priced, So, let's say if you're new to smart phones or just don't need all the bells and whistles the HTC Trophy is definitely with a look. I'm Bonnie Cha, and this has been your first look at the HTC Trophy for Verizon wireless.