Sub-par battery life
I had a lot of hope for the Charge when I started my review of it. I was hoping that it would give the same experience as the ThunderBolt, but offer improved battery life. Unfortunately, the combination of issues I experienced with data connectivity, UI lag, and battery life leads me to believe that the Charge is not a great choice for most people.
Impressive Super AMOLED Plus display
Before, there was only one choice if you wanted a Verizon 4G LTE smartphone: the HTC ThunderBolt. Now with the Samsung Droid Charge, the bar is raised and there is some competition on the field. We love the large 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, and the 8MP camera does OK for most outside pictures, even though the video recording is a bit of a disappointment.
Super AMOLED+ screen
The choice should seem obvious at this point. We have two phones diverged in a wood- The HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Charge. The Thunderbolt has the better Sense interface, more out-of-box storage, and a kickstand. The Charge has its Super AMOLED+ screen, and that's about it. Our vote is for the Thunderbolt because it's a better-equipped device, but if you're used to the Galaxy S experience, then the Droid Charge is worth taking a gander at.
Yes, $299 is a lot to spend on a smartphone. But the Samsung Droid Charge offers a lot for your money: blazing LTE speeds, a large and bright display, and an excellent camera. Its main 4G LTE rival on Verizon, the $249 HTC Thunderbolt, offers comparable performance, a more elegant Sense UI, and better build quality. However, we give the edge to the Droid Charge because it lasts longer on a charge and has a superior display.
Large and best in class display
The Droid Charge by Samsung is a solid 4G LTE smartphone with a stunning and large Super AMOLED Plus display. If you want the best in display technology or have grown accustomed to Super AMOLED, the Droid Charge has your number. 4G LTE performance is excellent and on par with the HTC Thunderbolt without the battery life hit. However, we found the Charge's voice quality and reception to be less than optimal, and the HTC clearly wins that battle.
Overall call quality and audio quality was good.
The Droid Charge is a total sleeper. We'll be perfectly honest that we weren't expecting to be wowed but, well, we're certainly impressed. In terms of performance it's more or less on par with the recently-released Thunderbolt, but battery life is far superior and, while the Super AMOLED Plus display has its quirks, we think they just add character. The imaging sensor 'round the back is top-notch and, overall, this is a very good phone. The only real disappointment?
Great Battery Life/Pretty Good Phone too!!
This phone is incredible and so is 4G! I got 12.2 mb download and 4.6 mb upload speeds with the speedtest.net app from the Android Market!! With a few exceptions, Samsung has done a great job creating a phone that is smooth to operate, surfs the internet incredibly fast, seems to be relatively bug free and has really good battery life - at least for a droid. I can also say that the reception of the Samsung Droid Charge is better than that of my old Blackberry.
Nice ergonomic keyboard
If you are looking for alternatives, the HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 handset is a great Android option, but the screen doesn't tilt. You can also have a look at the Nokia E7, which offers bigger 4 inch screen that tilts, 8MP camera, and great keyboard, but is running Symbian, which might be a deterrent for you, if you were attracted to a WP7 device because of the slick interface in the first place.
Long battery life
The HTC 7 Pro is a fairly standard Windows Phone 7 smartphone albeit one with a slide out keyboard. The keyboard adds a little bulk, but with a very good tappable keyboard in widescreen mode, we wonder whether it really enhances usability enough to warrant the increased size and weight of the hardware.
Average smartphone in today's extremely competitive environment
Overall the HTC 7 Pro comes in as an 'Average' smartphone in today's extremely competitive environment. It's quite a shame that it has taken so long for the HTC 7 Pro to debut to the public. After the amazing showing from competitors at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, such as the extremely innovative Motorola Atrix 4G, the HTC 7 Pro may just end up being a niche, cult classic like the other Touch Pro series of smartphones for HTC.
Slide out keyboard
Overall, we're not sure we can recommend the HTC 7 Pro over other QWERTY devices out there simply because the keyboard is so ill-thought out. even if you're a noted touchscreen hater but are desperate for Windows Phone 7, we suggest you check out the HTC HD7 or wait for the forthcoming Dell Venue Pro.
So far, there's really very little difference between WP7 handsets they've all got broadly similar functionality and features but the HTC 7 Pro stands out for its Qwerty keyboard, which is a winner. If that's what floats your boat, this is the handset for you, but if you can do without it, you won't find much else here to recommend it over HTC's other Windows handsets.
Slick interface and impressive Office document support
HTC's 7 Pro is a tricky phone to judge. If you're already sold on the benefits of Windows Phone 7 - a fast, slick interface and impressive Office document support - the 7 Pro's QWERTY keyboard could make it the handset youâ?? ve been waiting for.
If multitasking and powerful mapping is more important to you, the similar keyboard-equipped Android HTC Desire Z is more up your street. Either way, the 7 Pro is another example of the Microsoft mobile operating systemâ?? s promise - weâ??
Excellent hardware design
When I first powered up the HTC 7 Surround I was pretty blown away by Windows Phone 7. It's the first time I've been able to say that a Microsoft mobile operating system feels hip and cool.
I've found myself typically using Android for the most part these days. But I really wanted to dive into Windows Phone 7 and decided to make the Surround my primary device for a while. There's a lot to love, such as the home screen and the zippiness of it all.
Dynamic aspects of the homescreen
Based on our initial experience with Windows Phone 7, it's clear to say that Microsoft placed a lot of emphasis on its presentation â?? which is evident with its heavy usage of transition effects and dynamic tiles. Although it showcases plenty if stunning visuals throughout the platform, the constant theme of responsiveness reverberates throughout every aspect of the platform; from the smooth kinetic scrolling to the lightning quick pinch gestures.
sound recording was impressive due to the phone's enhanced microphones.
Well, we've seen the Samsung Focus, which specializes in the best touch screen display with its Super AMOLED screen. Then there's the Quantum with its ample sliding QWERTY keyboard for the texter and avid Word document scribe. Then along comes the HTC Surround, which is abviously the entertainment aficionado's phone of choice, offering the ability to prop the phone up on its kickstand and take advantage of portable Dolby stereo sound with exceptional quality for a phone.
sharp, smooth video
The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The powerful myTouch 4G delivers when it comes to multimedia and performance, but make sure you live in an HSPA+-supported area before purchasing it.
Available for $199 on AT&T, we like the idea of a phone with strong media capabilities, a kickstand for watching movies and TV, and a big speaker that can fill a small room with Zune tunes.
The HTC Surround is what happens when a company has to be creative within a set of specific limitations. While we applaud HTC for creating an innovative design with its slide-out speaker, the phone as a whole doesn't fully deliver as a multimedia-centric device. If you're looking for the best possible Windows Phone 7 device on AT&T, the Samsung Focus costs the same as the Surround ($199 with a two-year contract) but is lighter, has a brighter screen, and longer battery life.
Solid build quality
The HTC Surround is a solid, professional looking smartphone. Build quality is excellent and the phone feels good in hand. We have our doubts about the speaker bar not because we hate blasting music on the train or in a small room, but because it adds thickness and weight. We're just not convinced that the average Windows Phone 7 adult buyer will sign on for more bulk, though teens will likely love it.
The HTC 7 Surround is one of the best Windows Phone 7 devices with a special focus on multimedia playback.
Overall, the HTC Surround should be considered an 'Average' rated smartphone, and not on the higher side of that 'Average' rating either. The idea for the HTC Surround sounds a bit sketchy on paper but there's that feeling that it just might work out, but in practice, it really falls flat. Microsoft's limitation of hardware and software forces the HTC Surround to only have the soundbar as the distinguishing feature.
Long battery life
As with any phone featuring a new operating system, one must judge the engine separately from the vessel it moves. In the case of the HTC Surround, the second Windows Mobile 7 phone coming from AT&T sometime in the next couple of weeks, the operating system makes a far more positive impression than the phone. The HTC Surround's conceit is its slide-up horizontal speaker with a "surround enhancement" button to activate Dolby or SRS surround sound, and a rear kickstand.
Plenty of high-end features
Overall, the HTC 7 Mozart is a good handset and packs plenty of high-end features and social networking gubbins to please the most demanding users. However, with Windows Phone 7 still in its infancy and a lack of apps in the Marketplace, many users may be better served by an Android, iOS, or BlackBerry handset, with their added support and maturity.
The HTC 7 Mozart is all the Trophy is and more. With a great screen, comfortable, ergonomic design and an attractive interface with a lot of promise, the phone wonâ?? t do everything an Android handset will, however, itâ?? s much easier to work your way around, and with the bonus of an 8MP camera with a xenon flash, it makes for a compelling choice. If you arenâ??
It's interestingly got the smallest screen at 'just' 3.7-inches - but this makes it sit well in the hand and feel jauntily nonchalant in the pocket.
The HTC 7 Mozart is a good start for Windows Phone 7. It's got its heart in the right place and with HTC behind it, you'd be churlish not to expect a high quality handset.
For straightforward music playback and a comprehensive contacts book, the HTC 7 Mozart won't go far wrong, but don't expect too much from it. Even with that 1GHz processor and 576MB of RAM to play with, it sometimes struggles with seemingly simple tasks.
speedy 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor
Overall, the Mozart is a very likeable smartphone. It feels speedy to use, has a great screen and the Windows Phone 7 OS has a surprisingly charming user interface. However, it is quite expensive, and if you do buy it you're going to have to wait not just until cut and paste and multitasking arrives, but also until the range of apps can challenge other platforms like iOS and Android.
All in all, the HTC Mozart is a great phone to have if you like to listen to lots of songs and surf the Web on the go.
The HTC 7 Mozart is an attractive phone with a good build quality. In terms of performance, it is on par with other WP7 phones and runs smoothly.
Also, surfing on Internet Explorer was good although it lacks Flash support.
We like the unique look and feel of WP7 in general and the OS ran smoothly on the Mozart.
However, WP7 still has a long way to go before it can be a viable contender to the iOS and Android operating systems.
The HTC 7 Trophy is a winner after all. With solid specs, a nice rugged feel as well as solid performance across the board, the HTC 7 trophy delivers a great screen, great connectivity and great performance. Admittedly, the camera could be better and the screen bigger, however, weâ?? d say the HTC 7 Trophy finds a good balance between price and performance.
There are also other assorted applications pre-loaded on the HTC 7 Trophy, such as Photo Enhancer and Stocks â€“ HTC also gives a link to download cool things like the Flashlight application for free as well.
There's nothing lost feature-wise in the OS coming down from its more expensive cousins, and not much on the hardware side, but this one is free from just Â£25 per month. The ease of use factor alone makes it worth considering at that price.
Call quality is fine (it's neither the worst nor the best we've seen) on the Trophy, with or without the included earbuds, or when going commando and using the Trophy as a speakerphone.
HTC's Trophy is not the best smartphone on the market. It's not even the best Windows Phone 7 phone. To make matters worse, you'll often find the Trophy sitting side-by-side with the equivalently priced LG Optimus 7 when shopping for a new WP7 handset in Europe -- both are â? ¬49.90 on contract with Vodafone in Germany or free in the UK with monthly plans starting at Â£25 (our review unit is sold by Coolblue in The Netherlands for $499).
very stylish phone
The HTC 7 Trophy is truly a run of the mill Windows Phone 7 handset. It really is the bare minimum of what Windows Phone 7 handsets will be. One of the worries with Windows Phone 7 is that with each new handset that's released, it's harder and harder for it to be sellable to the market. Microsoft has tried to use Apple's idea of ensuring the hardware works with software, but unlike Apple, Microsoft has left the manufacturing of hardware to third parties.
Excellent Sound Enhancer
It's tricky to recommend the HTC 7 Trophy over other handsets because there's so little that marks it out. Sure, it has the HTC Hub to download apps like the Flashlight and Notes, and excellent Sound Enhancer (although this is only available through an external app, so you have to drop in and out of the music and video player to change the quality).
What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone?. What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone? What's in a name?
New HTC Sense with cloud services and offline navigation
The HTC Desire Z is one of the only two handsets so far with the new version of Sense UI, and deserved our attention, even just for that. HTC didn't stop here to make it stand out in the Android crowd, however, and added a physical keyboard with clever, if somewhat pointless, Z-hinge mechanism.
Whether you like the HTC Desire Z or not is will depend on your love for a physical keyboard. If you want one desperately and love Android with a fiery passion, then the Desire Z is for you. However, if you can take it or leave it, we'd suggest you look elsewhere. While the Android 2.2 OS works well and plays nicely within the phone, you're carrying round a rather substantial amount of extra heft with the Desire Z.
Its 3.7-inch screen is more than adequate and the QWERTY keyboard looks like the sort of hardware to give old BlackBerry a run for its money.
The Desire Z is supposed to play second fiddle in this duo, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the Z could steal the limelight, especially with the business crowd. The Desire Z is supposed to play second fiddle in this duo, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the Z could steal the limelight, especially with the business crowd.The Desire Z is supposed to play second fiddle in this duo, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the Z could steal the limelight, especially with the business crowd.
the speakerphone was loud, though certainly not the loudest we’d heard.
The market for Android smartphones continues to get more crowded, and the bar for what makes a great handset keeps getting higher. That's great for the consumer, but it does make the Desire Z's job harder. Hardware keyboards are still rarer among Android devices than their all-touch counterparts, which gives the Desire Z something of a pass along the way, but weÃ¢Â? Â? re not 100-percent convinced by the usability of this particular HTC board.
call quality was satisfactory, both through the earpiece and the speakerphone.
There's plenty to moan about with the HTC Desire Z. The latest iteration of HTC Sense still needs bug fixing, the keyboard isn't best in class, and we wouldn't give that hinge the time of day if we met it in the street.
But right now, if you want cutting edge performance, the latest version of Android and a physical keyboard, you have very little choice, bar the Motorola Milestone 2, and you won't see many networks stocking that directly.
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