HTC Trophy Verizon’s first Windows 7 phone is solid: it has HTC’s usual elegant styling and good build quality, world GSM roaming capabilities and Redmond’s new phone OS that we really like. The Trophy has a 3.8″, 800 x 480 capacitive touch screen, a 1GHz CPU, 16 gigs of storage and a 5 megapixel camera. It has 3G on Verizon along with WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth with A2DP stereo and a GPS. Like all Windows Phone 7 smartphone, it has XBOX gaming and Zune music and video services.
HTC Arrive Sprint’s first Windows Phone 7 smartphone is one of our favorites. The hardware design and quality are typical top-notch HTC and the unique hinge is robust. The Arrive runs the updated version of Windows Phone 7 that adds copy and paste along with a few other improvements, and it has 3G EV-DO. Rev. A. Specs are typical for the platform with a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 16 gigs of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, a GPS and a 5 megapixel camera that can shoot 720p video. The Arrive has a 3.6″ display and a very good QWERTY keyboard.
While it may not seem like it at first, Nokia’s Lumia 800 is one of the most significant smartphones on the horizon. It may lack the absurdly high-end specs of current Android superphones, and it doesn’t have the hype of Apple’s iPhone, but for Nokia and Microsoft, the Lumia 800 represents the viability of their joint mobile future.
I had a chance to test out a Lumia 800 for a few weeks, which made it all the more clear to me just how important this little phone will be.
There’s a new rumor in town that claims Microsoft may be resurrecting an old Zune 30 feature that allowed users to send songs from one Zune device to another via a Wi-Fi connection. Debuting back in 2006, it was called “squirting” (for some reason), and quickly disappeared due to the Zune’s inability to saturate the market. But now the file sharing feature is supposedly resurfacing in future Microsoft products as “Beaming,” and will do a lot more than just sling songs across 30 feet of air.
Are you running the new Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone 7.5? Microsoft has finally announced a new app for Windows Mobile Phones that integrates your Xbox controls to your mobile phone. You can now use your Windows Mobile device to stream content from Xbox and Zune Pass to your mobile phone and have your music collection follow youi from the house to anywhere you travel with your mobile phone.
The convergence of Xbox, Zune Pass and the Windows Phone 7.5 has been a long time coming and I know I for one have been waiting to have my proverbial cake and eat it too. Sadly the Windows Phone Series has been an also ran in the mobile platform but maybe this new level of added enhancement and interaction with the Xbox makes the platform more viable.
Do you have your Mobile device and Xbox synced with the Xbox companion app?
Microsoft this week released its Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone 7.5, which can be used as a remote control for your Xbox 360-based entertainment, and as a mobile hub for discovering more about all of the content that can flow through this console, including games, TV shows and movies, and music.
The good: The HTC 7 Trophy features a compact design and runs the Windows Phone OS, which offers an easy to use interface, as well as Zune, Xbox Live, and Office integration.
The bad: Disappointing camera quality and battery life could be better.
Bottom Line: While not the most advanced or most powerful smart phone on the market, simplicity works in the favor of the HTC Trophy providing simple ease of use, and sweet application integration.
The HTC Trophy is Verizon’s first foray into the Windows Phone market, and pricing starts at $149.99 with a two year contract and after a $50 mail in rebate. At 4.67 inches tall by 2.42 inches wide by 0.47 inches thick, and weighing only 4.94 ounces the HTC Trophy is sleek and simple, which is attractive in it’s own right.
To start with, like all WP7 handsets the Trophy starts with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution and 1GHz Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor under a capacitive touchscreen. From there we’ve got a bright 3.8-inch S-LCD, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS, FM Radio, a 1300mAh battery, and 8GB of fixed flash storage with 512MB of ROM and 576MB of RAM. The auto focus camera is also pretty standard with a 5 megapixel sensor, LED flash, and 720p video recording capability. It also packs sensors for gravity, compass, proximity, and ambient light.
However, WP7 currently has limited landscape support. The HTC features an aluminum-like bezel, and a soft-touch finish on the back. The display is sharp and bright, but washes out a bit in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the display is prone to fingerprinting and smudging. The touchscreen is extremely quick and responsive, and registers most actions on the first try, allowing for quick and easy browsing and zooming.
The virtual keyboard provided by the OS works great, it’s sharp and accurate, and can stand toe-to-toe with that of the iPhone, and is reaches above that of the standard Android option, which is slightly slower, and more prone to mispresses.
Under the display are touch sensitive back, start, and search buttons. To the left is a volume rocker and a Micro-USB port, and to the right is the camera key. The top of the device features the power button and a 3.55mm headphone jack, while the back houses the camera, LED flash, and a crisp loudspeaker.
The feature set is pretty standard for a smart phone in this day and age, including email, organizer, music, video, additional application, gaming, social network integration and various instant messaging options.
Beyond the standard WP7 applications, HTC has provided a few of their own applications including a unit converter, sound enhancer, photo enhancer, and the HTC hub which includes an animated clock and weather widgets, where the weather widgets display real-time, location specific weather information. The Trophy also ships with Slacker and Netflix, allowing [Netflix] subscribers to watch movies and TV shows directly from their phones.
The Trophy also has access to the Windows marketplace, similar to that of the iTunes and Android marketplaces, with about 20,000 free and paid apps available now, and a steady influx of new apps.
Call quality on the Trophy is decent, with audio quality being relatively clear overall. However, during lulls in conversation there is an occasional hissing, which is odd. Speakerphone quality was also decent and clear inasmuch as that goes.
In conclusion, if you are in the market for your first smart phone, or if you don’t necessarily need or desire all the bells and whistles of some of the other devices then the HTC Trophy will indeed suffice. Also, with the powerful WP7 OS and the integration of things like Office, Zune and Xbox live, the Trophy is more attractive than some of the other alternatives. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Find a Verizon store near you and demo the product, and if it seems right, pick it up.
Compare Windows phones by Nokia
Here is a quick comparison chart for the new Nokia Lumia mobile phones with a run down of features and hardware specifications. The Nokia Lumia 800 release date is set and the phones are on the market this holiday season so expect brisk sales of Windows phones as the number one software maker teams up with the number one handset maker and they try to topple the ginats of the mobile industry with the Apple iPhone and the Android platform which have a firm grip on the lead.
The Nokia “Sea Ray” phones are thought to be among the first Windows Mobile Phones from Nokia. The new Windows Phones will use a chassis similar to Nokia’s N9, which was just unveiled in June 2011.
Both Microsoft and Nokia have high hopes for the new smartphones and Windows Mobile 7.5 is a make or break OS for the largest software company and the largest handset maker. If Nokia want’s to remain one of the largest phone manufacturers they need to dazzle the industry with the hardware side of these new Windows Phone. Release date for these phones has not been announced but you can count on reviews of Windows Phones from the team here at Zune MAX.
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