If you're after a phone with a subtle styling and excellent build quality, the Trophy has a lot going for it
The Windows Phone 7 operating system is sharp, efficient and fun to use
Like all Windows Phone 7 handsets, GPS and Wi-Fi are among the plentiful features. HTC's added a five-megapixel camera and advanced sound features
It's speedy and responsive: the fast processor and slick OS make it an enjoyable phone
Like most smartphones you'll want to charge this handset daily, though it will carry you through a decent part of a second day too
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,4/7/2011 5:16:40 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Great size and build, clear 3.8-inch display
A little too much like the other WP7 phones to really stand out
With a wide range of Windows Phone 7 handsets debuting with the operating system, it's hard to keep track. Of course it's easy to recognise the massive 4.3-inch screen on the HTC HD7 and the striking AMOLED display on the Samsung Omnia 7. But if you want something a little more discreet or a little less, you know, big, the Trophy may suit.
First you have to get past the name - there are few connotations that make you want to shout out the title. Just call it your new Windows Phone 7 phone, or something. In design terms, this is a neat handset with a demure brushed-metal casing which gives it a reassuring weight. This is set off by a rubberised back and thin chrome frame around the screen. It looks subtle but classy.
This phone's design makes it good at the basics, too, with a 3.5mm headphone jack in the best place (the top edge) and the microUSB connector unencumbered by a flimsy cover.
The Trophy (see, we're getting used to the name already, it's not so bad), is exclusive to Vodafone. You can spot this from the company's trademark red on the tiles which make up the home screen. One of the tiles takes you to the Vodafone portal, 360 MyWeb, which is handy. Even better, there's the HTC Hub so with one touch you can be transported to a graphically excellent collection of apps, with HTC's trademark weather beautifully presented. There's also the HTC Notes app which is pretty cool. It's only a Post-It-style note application but it just looks so good - the notes even start curling up over time, which may be enough to spur you on to completing that to-do list.
As with other HTC handsets, you wake the slumbering touch-screen from the power button up top rather than any of the screen front touch-sensitive lights. This, HTC says, saves battery life spent by accidentally pressing buttons in your pocket.
The screen is a great size - 3.8-inchess. It's big enough to be impressive but keep the phone's profile small. The display makes the most of the 400x800 pixel Microsoft-enforced resolution. Photos you've taken, video recorded and the maps from the excellent mapping app all look swish on this large, colourful screen. It's not quite as bright as Samsung's AMOLED screen - this is a regular LCD model - but it's good.
Those photos, by the way, may lack the super-high resolution sensor of the HTC Mozart, where you have 8 megapixels of photographic joy, but the 5-megapixels and flash here deliver good results. And like other WP7 phones, this one lets you wake the phone from standby, frame a shot and take it, all from one long button-press on the metal camera shutter button. Neat.
HTC has taken care with the sound, too, including Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround effects on all the company's Windows Phone 7 handsets. The phone is pretty fast, though credit for this is mostly down to Microsoft for insisting on 1GHz chips at the heart of all the phones. These processors aren't cheap, so Windows Phone 7 isn't a budget range, though Vodafone is at least pricing this model quite aggressively. And the Trophy has a decent amount of built-in memory, 8GB, though it's true there are handsets with 16GB.
Overall, this is a good phone to use, even if there are no real headline standout features. The combination of HTC's solid and stylish handset and the cool, efficient Windows Phone 7 innards is highly successful.