HTC Trophy is a powerhouse despite the Windows platform

Is the Verizon HTC Trophy a worthy replacement for your current device? Jack Wallen's review may help you answer that question.

Even before I started using the HTC Trophy, the smartphone had one strike against it because I'm not a fan of the Windows Phone 7 platform; I find the interface clunky, inflexible, and lacking configuration options that many mobile devices offer. Read my review of the HTC Trophy to learn whether I was ultimately able to get past the flaws of the Windows Phone 7 operating system interface.


  • Carrier: Verizon Wireless
  • Weight: 140 grams (4.9 ounces) with battery
  • Display: Type: Touch screen with pinch-to-zoom capability / Size: 3.8 inches / Resolution: 480 x 800 WVGA
  • CPU: 1 GHz
  • Storage: Internal phone storage: 8 GB / ROM: 512 MB / RAM: 576 MB
  • Camera: 5 megapixel color camera, auto focus and flash, 720p HD video recording, built-in scenes include candlelight, landscape, and portrait match the environment of your subject
  • Connectors: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • Sensors: G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Internet: 3G: up to 7.2 Mbps download speed, up to 2 Mbps upload speed / GPRS: up to 114 kbps downloading EDGE: up to 560 kbps downloading Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 2.1
  • Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery polymer or Lithium-ion battery. Talk Time: WCDMA: up to 330 mins. / GSM: up to 405 mins.
  • Email support: Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo!, Windows Live, POP3, and IMAP
  • Contacts sync to Exchange, Gmail, Facebook and Windows Live (no Back Up Assistant)
  • Price: $429.99 USD (full retail price) / $199.99 USD (for a two-year contract) [There is currently a $50.00 online discount offer.]

The great

  • Feel of the handset: Not only did HTC get the size of this phone perfect (at least for my smallish hands), the phone in general has a great feel to it. Although I don't care for the grippy, rubber-like coating on the glass, it does help to prevent the mobile from slipping out of your hand. Overall, the HTC Trophy feels better than almost any other handset I've used.
  • Speed: I have a number of mobiles at my disposal that have beefier specs than the HTC Trophy, but due to some magic combination of processor, memory, and maybe OS (yes, I might have to concede on this one), this phone is smooth as silk. Transitioning between screens, startup, installing apps, and animations is incredibly smooth.

The good

  • Camera: The shape of the camera and the position of the camera shutter button makes it easier to snap photos on the HTC Trophy than on most phones. Also, Flash is a great addition for when you're taking shots in low-light areas. In general, the HTC Trophy takes fairly decent pictures.
  • Call quality: The quality of phone calls is on par with the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4, but sub-par of the Droid X and the HTC Incredible. I found the call quality to be similar to the quality of a call when I use a Bluetooth headset on a Droid X or an HTC Incredible.
  • Display: You won't wow your friends and colleagues with the look of the display, but you certainly will not feel like you're working on a sub-par device. I place the quality of the display somewhere around the Samsung Captivate range, which I consider to be well above the HTC Hero and well below the Droid X. The display is serviceable but not stunning.

The bad

  • Windows Phone 7 operating system: The OS makes me feel like I'm working with a child's device. The design is poor (at best) and not the easiest to navigate. For example, if you pin enough icons to the Start menu (the main screen), you can wind up scrolling all over the place to simply launch an application. There is also a very limited amount of customization that you can do on the screens.
  • Browser speed: I was surprised that the speed of the browsing is sup-par because Verizon's network is one of the faster networks I have used. Once I was on a Wi-Fi network, speed was not an issue.
  • No YouTube application installed by default: Even the default browser, Internet Explorer, would not play YouTube content alone. Once I installed a YouTube app, the quality of the video was good. This strike against the HTC Trophy may be a non-issue for business users.

Bottom line

Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of Windows Phone 7 OS, Verizon's HTC Trophy is a real winner because of its speed and the feel of the device. If you are looking for a fast, easy to handle mobile, the HTC Trophy is the phone for you. If, however, you are looking for a versatile device with a serious display and the ability to be highly configured, you might want to pass on the HTC Trophy.

Photos courtesy of Verizon Wireless