26-04-2011 04:15 PM - edited 26-04-2011 04:23 PM
I received the HTC Trophy 7 on loan and here are some of my comments about the Windows 7 device.
The phone feels very sturdy in the hand and is slim and narrow enough to fit into a back pocket, or in my case, my bag. The back of the phone is smooth but not slippery.
Setting up the phone is quick and easy and there are prompts for the date, time, email and 360 which were set by scrolling and tapping on the required setting. Contacts were copied over from the SIM when the prompt was given.
Along the bottom of the handset there are three touch sensitive buttons, back, home and search.
Around the edges of the handset, there are the volume keys, a lock button, a micro USB port, a camera button, and a socket for plugging in the headphones.
When on charge the HTC logo glows amber and turns to green when fully charged and for any missed events flashes green.
Battery life is reasonable but I found the battery would start to run down as soon as the phone was turned on, and with my WiFi browsing, it needed a daily charge.
The internet loaded quickly with Google as the home page and overall the phone performed very well on the Vodafone network.
The applications are excellent and there is the HTC marketplace where further applications can be purchased.
I have not had much of a chance to test the camera, but I hope to be able to do this before returning the phone.
There are two things I do not like about the phone :
1. The on/off button at the top, to bring the phone out of sleep mode, the button needs to be quickly pressed, you are then able to scroll to the phone functions. If the button is pressed for too long, the phone turns itself off.
2. The 360 My web icon on the main menu which I certainly would want on a handset.
My conclusion so far, I have enjoyed the experience of the HTC Tophy 7 Windows 7 smartphone.
26-04-2011 07:07 PM
I enjoyed reading your first impressions of the HTC Trophy 7.
Your comment about bringing the phone out of sleep by pressing the on/off button. With Android devices you can press the "Home" button to wake a phone. Can you try this on the Trophy 7 please, and report back. Interested to see if the windows OS does the same.
27-04-2011 08:03 AM
Great report, thanks!
So you've been a Nokia user for a long time right? What is there that you miss from your Nokia phones (if anything) and is there anything you really like that you can't get with Symbian Nokias?
27-04-2011 01:21 PM - edited 27-04-2011 01:23 PM
I have tried to bring the Trophy out of sleep mode using the home button, but I have found the on/off button has to be used. If the camera needs to be used, the phone can be brought out of sleep mode.
Comparing the Nokia to the HTC, I prefer the Nokia Symbian. I would have thought the Windows 7 OS may have been quicker but speed wise they seem about equal.
The Windows 7 is favourable whereas you are able to minimise windows and move each one to the top of the screen. Although I moved the 360 from the home screen, still get the phone loading to 360. Would like to keep the home page as Google.
I was trying the Trophy security this morning and put in a four digit pass code and then tried to delete it, went through just about all the settings and couldnt find how to turn it off. Ended up resetting the phone back to factory settings ! With the Nokia you only have to go into settings, security.
I turned the phone off last night with two thirds of battery left, when I turned it on this morning, the battery was almost empty.
The back of the phone is rather too plasticy and delicate and I dont like the way it slides of. My Nokia C7 is metal and much more sturdy.
I do however feel the phone is missing a quirky side to it. Everything is so basic. On one hand its great because it is user friendly but on the other hand it would need something exclusive to HTC and that would make me me feel enthusiatic about purchasing one.
04-05-2011 08:19 AM
I kind of see what you mean about it lacking quirks Ann- I was intrigued by WP7 as I'm a massive Xbox fan, and was interested to see how it'd integrate. I think the OS looks fantastic and moves really smoothly, but beyond that, it's a little plain.
Still, I think it's early days for them so let's see what future versions bring.
Thanks for the time you've spent on this!
04-05-2011 08:45 AM - edited 04-05-2011 08:47 AM
I really enjoyed trying the HTC Trophy, but it wouldnt be my choice of phone. With the HTC applications, it would make a good business phone.
With two bank holidays, I didnt get time to try out the camera, perhaps the next member on the devise loan programme who has the Trophy will be able to give you further feedback.
I have sent the phone back Special Delivery and it should be back with you later today.