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Conclusions

The Trophy is not the fastest or the most powerful phone in today’s market. It doesn’t have 4G support or a dual processor, but it is a solidly built phone that offers good all-around performance. Being smaller in size will be a plus to many users. Other pluses include the soft-touch finish and dedicated photo button which is useful for taking a quick picture.

This phone uses Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system, which is intuitive and easy to use. It is lacking in certain areas like full landscape support and flash support, but for the average user, these will not be vital. While we feel that Apple’s iOS is slightly easier to use, and the Android operating system is more customizable, we think that most users will find Windows Phone 7 a good solid operating system.

As a Microsoft phone, the Trophy runs Office programs, integrates with Microsoft Live, and runs Xbox games. It uses the Microsoft Zune software for music and video. If you are already using Microsoft’s software and services, it will be a good fit for you.

At USD 100 with a two-year contract, this is a good solid phone at an excellent price.

Strong Points

  • Solid and sturdy design
  • Camera excellent in low light
  • The ability to take a picture without unlocking the phone
  • 16 GB built-in memory
  • Office integration
  • Xbox Live games
  • Dual band
  • Soft-touch finish

Weak Points

  • Limited support for landscape mode
  • Does not support Flash
  • No 4G
  • No expansion slot
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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.