The HTC Trophy had the distinction of being one of the five phones to feature the Windows Phone 7 operating system at launch, meaning it needed to meet Microsoft’s stringent build quality requirements but was at a disadvantage when it came to features and add-ons, due to the fact that the operating system was still finding its feet and developers were still getting to grips with Windows Phone 7.
When compared to some of the other phones HTC were releasing at the time, the Trophy’s design is a little bit more reserved and can come off as a little boring. Still, it has everything that you could need and the touchscreen itself is exceptionally responsive, again demonstrating how functionality has been favored over some of the wilder design aspects that many phone makers have become accustomed to using.
The HTC Trophy offers very good call quality, so you shouldn’t run into problems on either end. Voices sound nice and clear, though there is a slight tininess to the sound which prevents it from being marked out as perfect. Unfortunately, the phone is let down a little bit by the battery, which only offers a below-average 4.9 hours of talk time. It’s certainly not the worst thing in the world, but there are a number of phones that easily exceed that number while offering many of the same or superior functionalities.
The phone is integrated with Zune and Xbox Live, so music-lovers and gamers will love it. Unfortunately, it can be a little bit of a bother getting set up with an account, as it often seems like you can only use one or the other. Still, it is a nice little feature and one that helps the phone stand out from those that run other operating systems.
The Bottom Line
The HTC Trophy was never going to be all things to all people, but for those who are looking for a cost-effective way of checking out Windows Phone 7 there are really few superior options.
Of course, if you are looking for a more high-end offering then it is probably a good idea to take your search elsewhere, as the Trophy probably doesn’t have quite enough to satisfy you. However, as an early adopter of the operating system you could do a whole lot worse.