Conclusion: We feel that interest in the HTC 7 Trophy will mainly hinge on whether or not you have an Xbox and play online regularly. If not then you might want to check out one of the other HTC Windows Phone 7 phones instead. That said the HTC 7 Trophy is a decent phone. It’s got a big 3.8-inch touchscreen, a solid 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal storage.
Excerpt: The HTC 7 Trophy , which was announced back in October, is running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system and is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 1 GHz. Like all other European HTC Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the HTC 7 Trophy supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, a FM radio plus the Windows Phone 7 typical motion-, proximity and ambient light sensors.
Summary: Now HTC are offering another alternative however having teamed up with Microsoft to provide handsets running the Windows 7 operating system – and this is of course what the ‘7′ in the model names represents. In total there are three different models in total, and it seems to be the HTC HD7 that seems to be the ‘flagship’ among these.
Cons: Sharp, colourful display, Lightning-fast, Decent camera, Reassuringly weighty, Very similar to other Windows Phone 7 mobiles, Not many apps in the app store yet
Conclusion: The HTC 7 Trophy is a winner after all. With solid specs, a nice rugged feel as well as solid performance across the board, the HTC 7 trophy delivers a great screen, great connectivity and great performance. Admittedly, the camera could be better and the screen bigger, however, we’d say the HTC 7 Trophy finds a good balance between price and performance.
Pros: Well-balanced performance, High-quality construction
Conclusion: With Windows Phone 7 mobiles there seems to be a status quo – great hardware and a tinge of disappointment on the software side. The HTC 7 Trophy is no exception – the finish left us with little to complain about. The materials are nice and durable and they are put together perfectly. The camera was certainly a letdown and it might be the one deal breaker.
Pros: 3.8" 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, Dual-band 3G with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) and HSUPA (2Mbps), Windows Phone 7 operating system, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, geotagging, 720p video recording @ 25fps, 8GB of built-in storage, Standard 3.5mm audio jack, Standard microUSB port (charging), Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement, Wi-Fi b/g/n, ...
Cons: Non-expandable storage, Average display, No lens protection, Disappointing audio quality
Summary: One of a handful of new Windows Phone 7 devices, the HTC 7 Trophy is probably the WP7 equivalent of the HTC Desire, in that it has a 1GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, and similarly sized WVGA display. It's touted as the gaming handset of HTC's WP7 lineup, with a slightly larger screen than the Mozart, but a lower resolution camera. In reality, the two handsets' specifications are very similar, with the main difference being the pixel count of their cameras.
Pros: Fast processor, fresh UI, nicely sized screen
Cons: No microSD card slot, fiddly/slow camera, no task manager
Conclusion: There's a sense that HTC has had trouble positioning its Windows Phone 7 range, as evidenced by the awkward - and unearned - "gaming" tag the Trophy has somehow acquired. With near carbon-copy specs, the Trophy instead falls back on its competitive pricing to differentiate itself; it's a tricky strategy, as it leaves the smartphone at the mercy of carrier deals rather than relying on some stand-out feature of its own.
Excerpt: The HTC 7 Trophy is an odd sort of phone to review – compared to its Windows Phone 7 brothers and sisters it has practically no defining features, other than the same slick OS that responds stunningly under the finger, screen scrolling around to the merest flick.