21-06-2011 10:22 PM
Wow! Windows Phone 7 is such a massive improvement over Windows Mobile 6.5! My old HD2 was completely useless with WM6.5 even though most of the hardware was the same as in this Trophy 7. TSD has done a great job with setup videos etc for this device so I’ll chip in with a text based review.
So here are my first impressions having had the phone for a few days:
- Robust feel – certainly well made with a soft touch plastic back panel. Phone reminds me of an iPhone 3GS.
- - It’s outer appearance is almost identical to most HTC handsets available at the moment
- - Very responsive touchscreen display – difficult to discern individual pixels; text is crisp and continuous
- - Pinch-to-zoom works well, slight lag time when rendering web pages to fit on page
- - Extremely easy to transfer contacts from old sim, merge contacts with facebook contacts and set up email
- - Battery life is fine, although gaming via Xbox Live will kill this
- - Superb sound quality from audio/video playback. The equaliser has Dolby Mobile enhancement which is outstanding – best sound I’ve ever heard from a mobile with and without earphones
- - Tile format in WP7 is comfortable to navigate around
- - Quick search button at bottom of screen is quite useful
- - Lots of Xbox Live games (if you have time and money to waste on these)
- - Easy connection to Zune music player and store
- - Lack of true multi-tasking; unless a new software update includes this, without multi-tasking switching between programs and apps to find you start from scratch in an app that was open seconds ago is actually quite annoying
- - App store is still quite limited, and is nothing compared to Apple’s offering here. Even common apps like BBC News are not official nor developed by the BBC, but by an individual developer and appear inferior to those from Android/Apple. Lack of apps must be due to WP7 being relatively new with a lower market share
- - No proper Sat Nav apps – no TomTom, or co-pilot or skobbler etc. Pretty poor all round here; not much of an improvement from WM 6.5
- - It says there’s a software update available but I need to connect the phone to my PC to acquire it – not sure why that is necessary
- - Although video playback is reasonably good, the HTC YouTube app is rubbish and has problems with Flash playback
- - Depending on how you hold it, it’s far too easy to accidentally press the camera button to take you to camera mode
- - Battery power, Network connection, and wi-fi connection symbols are only displayed on awakening handset from sleep mode or by dragging your fingers along the top 5mm of the screen when at the home screen which is annoying – I expect to see battery life and 3G connectivity displayed ALL THE TIME
- - 8GB internal memory, no memory card slot
- - 5MP camera is average for picture quality
- - Connection to our home Wi-Fi was easy, however trying to connect for the first time using my work Wi-Fi has been impossible; after inputting the username and password an error message is displayed saying “Could not connect – network is out of range” despite me standing next to the router!
- - When phone is on silent mode there appears to be no vibration alert when new emails are received, only vibrates when texts or calls come through
- - On/Off button that wakes up the handset from sleep mode is tiny and in a rubbish location
So, first impressions are good with the Trophy 7. Windows Phone 7 is a huge improvement over WM 6.5. But to be honest, as 6.5 was practically unusable WP7 couldn’t have been any worse. It’s been available for at least 8 months but apart from lack of multi-tasking and apps most of the stuff seems up-to-date in terms of mobile operating system capability. Better still it’s quite cheap. Will look more at the Office applications, video capture and maps over the next few days.
03-07-2011 07:35 PM
OK so I’ve had the HTC Trophy 7 for a couple of weeks to try out and here are my final impressions:
Lovely touchscreen with good resolution (480 X 800), but not as good as the Iphone 4 (960 x 640). This would probably affect gaming but during web browsing it’s hard to notice much of a difference.
Smooth interface of Windows Phone 7 – I was really impressed when I first started to use it as to how easy it was to set up and sync contacts and emails with the phone. Vodafone have their 360 portal link on the start page but you can easily get rid of it if you want to – the phone doesn’t seem to have much more VF stuff on it (a good thing!)
The phone is quite well-made, despite being mostly comprised of plastic. The thin plastic back panel does feel a bit tacky but the rear of the phone has the nice rubber-feel soft plastic which feels nice in the hand.
The 5 megapixel camera offers decent quality photos and slightly shaky 720p HD video capture. It’s sister the HTC 7 Mozart has an 8 megapixel offering.
As I mentioned earlier the addition of the sound enhancer giving you virtual surround sound is fantastic. I also liked the touch sensitive buttons beneath the screen which vibrate when touched.
It’s real good value for money – the handset is generally free with contracts around £20 p/m which gives you a whole lot of phone for your money.
No multi-tasking. Annoying and will hopefully be addressed by Microsoft.
Bing maps is rubbish compared to Google maps. Getting a GPS location was generally easy to achieve, however as there are no decent sat-nav apps for Windows Phone 7 it was difficult to test this.
App store – no comparison to Android and Apple.
I found the battery life below par for this type of handset during the last week. As it doesn’t have true multi-tasking this was surprising. Watching a few YouTube clips really ran down the battery in no time at all.
The camera shutter button is too easy to press accidentally which takes the phone straight to the camera even in sleep mode.
I was unable to connect to my work Wi-Fi, probably as the username and password we have takes a long time to type in (full of different characters, upper & lower case) so the phone seemed to “time out” at every attempt to sign in.
Although not a problem for myself, I’m sure others will find the 8GB internal storage inadequate as the phone has no memory card slot. Doing a lot of recording @ 720p and this will be eaten up rather fast.
To get “deep” into the phone settings I had to go on the web and google how to do this as not everything appeared accessible at first – with the iphone it felt so easy to change settings.
So there we have it – a vast improvement over Windows Mobile 6.5 but there are areas where it is lacking. But as this phone and OS have been around for less than a year I’m sure we’ll see the issues being addressed soon. A lot of my friends and colleagues were genuinely interested in it when I was using it but they found it a bit “boring” due to the lack of applications available. In the mean time I’m going back to my Iphone 4.