The Basic Hardware

The Trophy is immediately recognizable as a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) by the three capacitive buttons on the bottom of the face of the phone. These buttons are the standard Window Phone 7 buttons, which are: Back, Windows Home, and Search, as shown in Figure 4.

HTC Trophy Cell Phone ReviewFigure 4: The Windows Phone 7 buttons

On the left side of the phone, shown in Figure 5, are a volume control switch and a micro USB port, for charging and connecting to a computer.

A power/standby button and a 3.5 mm headphone jack can be found on the top of the phone, as shown in Figure 5. Just above the power button is a small notch that is used to remove the back of the phone.

HTC Trophy Cell Phone ReviewFigure 5: The top of the phone

The Trophy sports a 3.8-inch WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive touchscreen. In a side-by-side comparison, this screen is not as detailed as the screens on the iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy phones. Yet, colors are bright, text is readable, and the screen is responsive to the touch. So we found the screen quite acceptable.

All phones that run the Windows Phone 7 operating system are required to meet certain minimum criteria. The Trophy meets those criteria with its 1 GHz Qualcomm processor and 576 MB of RAM. Many of today’s new phones have dual-core processors, which make the Trophy less powerful than many of its competitors.

The Trophy also has 16 GB of storage space. That is enough memory for an average amount of data, but heavy users will bemoan the fact that, as in other Windows phones, there is no memory expansion slot.

The usual array of sensors like a compass, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor are included along with 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1.

Sandy Berger, respected computer authority, journalist, media guest, speaker, and author, has more than three decades of experience as a computer and technology expert. Her eight books include: How to Have a Meaningful Relationship with Your Computer, Your Official Grown-up's Guide to AOL and the Internet, Cyber Savers –Tips & Tricks for Today’s Drowning Computer Users, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Better Living through Technology, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to the Internet, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Gadgets & Gizmos, Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Health & Wellness, and Sandy Berger’s Great Age Guide to Online Travel. Sandy’s newspaper column, magazine articles, feature stories, product reviews, and computer tips can be found at her website, Compu-KISS.