Review: HTC Trophy, a Windows 7 Phone

The new Windows Phone 7  operating system doesn’t resemble Apple iOs or Android at all and it does it’s own thing really well. Forget anything you thought about Windows 6.5

Navigation for the Windows Phone 7 home screen slides up and down past the bottom edge of the home screen. Tiles can be moved around in any customized order. The tiles are widgets that give notifications. The contacts tile is animated with pictures of your contacts.

(I stretched out the home screen at left to give you an idea of the navigation)

I am often dismayed at Android phone reviews that base their judgement by entirely comparing it to a non-Android operating system. It’s easy to say an operating system you don’t use on a day-to-day basis is not intuitive. We are creatures of habit.

So I tried to be really hard on this Verizon HTC Trophy Windows Phone (which when I just checked is running for $99 under contract) with the mindset of a long-time Android user and tryed to hate it.

Like any mobile platform, you need to sign into the operating systems network, for Windows Mobile this is your Windows Live ID. Insisting on using my Gmail address and the same password was no problem with creating an account.

Next, I went to sync my Gmail and again no problem.

All of the contacts in my Gmail account (Android contact list) began flowing into the phone. The tile for my contacts began to populate with the thumbnail pictures that appear on my Android phone as the contacts in Gmail

The user experience is animated with windows folding out of the way into the next screen and new screens drawing with different fonts flying in at different rates. It never gets boring watching the Trophy draw screens for email.

The phone never crashed and was smooth and quick. It is GSM and CDMA compatible in 220 countries.

As of August 27, 2011, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace had more than 30,000 apps available.

What’s next for Windows Mobile – 5 Reasons to Get Excited About Windows Phone 7 Mango

If you like to be completely different and like the idea of jumping into a competent phone ecosystem that is starting up, Windows Phone 7 is worth a try. Too bad for Microsoft that they didn’t do this three years ago.

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Paul Kuehnel has worked for the York Daily Record/Sunday News since 1984. Follow him on Twitter @paulkuehnel.
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