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Earlier this year, HTC and Microsoft released a Windows Phone 7 device on Verizon Wireless. Called the Trophy, this is the one and only phone presently on Verizon sporting the Windows Phone 7 interface. With all the hype about "Windows 8" and the new user interface for that, I thought this would be an appropriate time to review not only the interface but the phone, and render a verdict on whether or not it is competition for iOS and Android.
Poduct Name: HTC Trophy
Review by: Chad
Pictures by: Chad
This review is going to cover both the Windows Phone 7 interface as well as the phone itself, and it should be noted that this version of WP7 (Windows Phone 7) does NOT contain the 7.5 "Mango" release on it. The WP7 interface is a change from what most of us are used to seeing on a mobile phone device. iOS features icons on a screen that you just click to open a program, and Android has a mixture of icons and submenus and widgets to keep the user entertained. However, most applications on Android and all applications on iOS have "static" or fixed icons on the disply. Not Windows Phone 7. WP7 has active desktop tiles that provide live feedback and information right on the home screen. See the quick look video below to illustrate this in action.
As I attempt to describe in the video, Windows Phone 7's Metro interface is almost like looking at a giant map or poster with a magnifying glass, and the magnifying glass is the only potion of the interface that you can see. What I mean by that is when you open an application and there is too much information on the display (like a really long name for a heading), you scroll to the right to see the rest of the name. Instead of accessing submenus, you slide to the right to see the various menus. The font that they use for Metro is extremely beautiful and the color scheme is customizable to fit your viewing level and taste.