HTC 7 Trophy review

Is the cheap price of this Windows Phone 7 handset worth the sacrifices?

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Text messaging on the HTC 7 Trophy is very similar in principle to the iPhone. Enter the Messaging tile and you're presented with a list of Conversations, arranged by the name of the contact.

Any new messages are presented in your choice of theme colour, rather than the usual light grey. No icons necessary: just a bold statement in your preferred hue.

Conversations are threaded, which is par for the course these days. The speech bubbles are presented in your theme colour again, save for the light grey 'Type a message' bubble for writing a new text.

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Pressing it brings up the keyboard, shifting the most recent text and writing area to the top. Again, iPhone users will find the whole thing eerily familiar.

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The keyboard is very usable, and is a good size on the 3.8-inch screen. Much has been made of the fact that Microsoft says the software makes it easier to hit letters likely to come after what you've just typed, so we played around a bit.

It seems to us that the effect is there, but it's pretty subtle. Certainly we found that we could hit further into an adjacent letter and still get the one we wanted sometimes, but it seems like there's a time limit to it.

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Any mis-types you do make are aided by the clever word prediction system. When you're writing, a list of possible words comes up, but if you make an error, the word it thinks you're trying to type comes up in bold, signalling that the OS will replace your word with that one if you just keep going.

If that wasn't the word you wanted, you can simply pick what you did want from the list.

The cursor system is also very good. Holding your finger in the writing space brings up a cursor just above it, so you then track your finger down to position the cursor where you want it.

All of the above applies to writing emails, too, so let's talk about those. Setting up an email account on the Trophy is as easy as it gets. You simply choose your provider from a list including Outlook, Windows Live, Yahoo, Gmail and Sky. You can also use POP and IMAP settings to manually set things up.

Similarly to the Conversations view, new emails are flagged by having their subject in your theme colour. Alternatively, you can swipe to the right, which will take you an Unread screen.

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Unfortunately, there's no way to sort by anything other than date, which is a little annoying. Of course, if you're looking for something in particular, you can just hit the Search key, but it's still a fairly standard feature on other email clients that's missing here.

Similarly, using Search will only look through the messages on the handset – on other handsets, including the iPhone, you can search the server for terms not found in your downloaded messages.

Overall, the email client is great as far as ease-of-use goes, but we were expecting a little more in the way of features for power users.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time6.75 Hour
Product Model7 Trophy
Screen Size9.7 cm (3.8")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)140 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height118.5 mm
Width61.5 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product Name7 Trophy Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HKM034-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Action packed gaming

Enter a whole new level of gaming with the HTC 7 Trophy and the power of Xbox LIVE. With the vivid 3.8" screen, HTC 7 Trophy sits comfortably in your hand and performs perfectly in any gaming situation.

Satisfy your need for speed

A performance packed 1GHz Snapdragon processor delivers split-second responsiveness. You'll need that speed when you're zipping and dodging, shooting and flying on your quest to save mankind.

Pause the game. It's time for music.

Take a break from the game and tune into some ... tunes. The HTC 7 Trophy gives you a high fidelity sound for a richer listening and viewing experience. The secret sauce is SRS WOW HD - bringing virtual surround sound to your mobile.

Package Contents
  • 7 Trophy Smartphone
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Power Adapter
  • Start Here Guide
  • Quick Guide
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year