The HTC Trophy is Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7, and with the Trophy, every major carrier in the United States now has a Windows Phone device. Verizon’s Trophy is CDMA of course, and it features 16 GB of storage instead of the usual 8 GB, which is a much appreciated bump in storage space. Watch our video review embedded above, or continue reading below for the written review!
The HTC Trophy is a fantastic Windows Phone device that Verizon users should gladly welcome. It does have a few downsides like poor call quality, a below-par camera, and a standard LCD screen, but when you experience all the positives like the absolutely solid hardware, perfect screen size, and an overall fun user experience, those disadvantages can slip into the back of your mind.
The specs are the usual first generation Windows Phone 7 specs (1 GHz processor, WVGA capacitive screen, etc), but the Verizon version has 16 GB of storage which is a nice touch. The phone is very thin (0.47″) and feels incredible in your hand. It’s not too big, not too small, and feels like it was meant to be held by you. The visual design of the phone looks excellent too. The entire phone seems very solid. There aren’t any complaints about the phone’s hardware.
Unlike the hardware, there are a few complaints about the 3.8″ TFT LCD screen. Unfortunately, it’s not a Super LCD screen. Also, it is quite tough to see the screen in direct sunlight. The screen looks sharp and bright inside, but it would definitely be better with either Super LCD or Super AMOLED. However, the 3.8″ size is perfect for on-screen keyboard typing, browsing the web, and basically everything else you do.
The camera is only 5 Megapixels, and it only takes decent pictures. If you’ve ever used a HTC Windows Phone camera, expect nothing different from the Trophy. If you’re in low lighting conditions, the frame rate will be terrible and your pictures will most likely be motion blurred unless you have a very very steady hand. The colors in the picture show up well, but the quality is also lower because of the 5 Megapixel restriction. The flash is not a dual-LED flash, but it works decently for pitch-black pictures and acts as a useful flashlight. Basically, the camera is for quick pictures and nothing much more.
The speakers play at an acceptableÂ volume for a smartphone. They also sound great. Music alsoÂ sounds great through a headset, and is probably equal to the Zune HD’s sound quality.
The HTC Trophy runs Windows Phone 7, which is a new operating system and is completely unrelated to Windows Mobile 6. Check out our Windows Phone 7 OS review for more information on the interface, software, and more. WP7 features Zune integration (with a Zune Pass you can stream music straight to your phone), Xbox Live games, a fresh and innovative interface, and a growing app store. The HTC Trophy comes with NoDo pre-loaded (the latest version of WP7), so your games load fast and the Marketplace doesnâ€™t crash. This also means you have copy/paste out of the gate. Copy/paste works extremely well, and actually made my Android-using friend jealous since it is so fast and simple to use.
The battery lasts as long as any smartphone should. It isn’t anything impressive, but it can easily last through the day with normal usage. It can even last 2 days with light usage! Overall, that’s pretty good for a smartphone.
Internet was decently fast and usually reliable. Sometimes I would get bumped down to 1x instead of 3G, which was frustrating, but that may have to do with my cell service where I live, not with the phone or network. The response time for loading web pages is extremely quick. Overall, I would personally choose Sprint over Verizon, simply because I felt like Sprint had faster download speeds and more reliable 3G coverage, but that will vary from city to city.
This was the most disappointing section. The people who we called said we sounded extremely clear, but when we listened to them talk, they sounded like they were constantly breaking up. The earpiece in the Trophy must be of cheap quality, because the calls sounded fine when we used the speakerphone. You can live with this poor call quality, but if you spend a lot of time on the phone and you don’t use a bluetooth headset, you may want to find a different phone. When we called people on the speakerphone, they could notice we were using a speakerphone, which isn’t surprising. The phone also doesnâ€™t have any major signal degradation, so you can hold it just about any way and it picks up a signal.