HTC 7 Mozart review

£470
Price when reviewed

With Microsoft setting minimum requirements for Windows Phone 7 handsets’ screen size, processor speed, storage and physical design, it was always going to be a struggle for manufacturers to build anything markedly different. Not that this has stopped HTC from trying: it has already released the HTC 7 Trophy, HTC HD 7 and HTC 7 Mozart.

So what’s so different about the Mozart? The name gives a hint: equipped with a Sound Enhancer app and a set of highly respectable speakers, it really does produce half-decent sound even without plugging in earphones. Don’t believe the hype on HTC’s website that it’s like listening to stereo, however: switching on the SRS Enhancement was an immediate turn-off for our panel of judges. The Dolby Mobile setting, though, does a surprisingly good job.

HTC 7 Mozart

There’s one huge impediment standing in the Mozart’s way, however, if it wants to threaten anyone’s MP3 player: HTC only sees fit to include 8GB of flash storage. With no opportunity to expand memory via extra cards (a limitation of Windows Phone 7 rather than HTC’s design team), you’ll need to keep careful track of what you’re synchronising via Microsoft’s Zune software.

We couldn’t help but smile when we saw another of HTC’s claims: “Looks and feels stunning”, goes the headline. While both are subjective judgements, you’ll find few people willing to argue that the Mozart rivals the Apple iPhone 4 for industrial design. The combination of a gunmetal grey finish on the front, black bezel and flash of speaker grille didn’t impress our random sample of five people in the Dennis offices (two female, three male, just for the record).

Perhaps surprisingly, where it did pull ahead was for feel in the hand. HTC has evidently put some real effort in here, with the rounded edges, the cold feel of the brushed aluminium body and slim, compact dimensions winning the popular vote: indeed, all five out of our style judges said they liked the Mozart’s feel more than either the iPhone 4 or Samsung’s Omnia 7.

Details

Cheapest price on contractFree
Contract monthly charge£35.00
Contract period24 months
Contract providerOrange

Battery Life

Talk time, quoted7hrs
Standby, quoted18 days

Physical

Dimensions60.2 x 12 x 119mm (WDH)
Weight130g
Touchscreenyes
Primary keyboardOn-screen

Core Specifications

RAM capacity8,000MB
ROM size512MB
Camera megapixel rating8.0mp
Front-facing camera?no
Video capture?yes

Display

Screen size3.7in
Resolution480 x 800
Landscape mode?yes

Other wireless standards

Bluetooth supportyes
Integrated GPSyes

Software

OS familyOther

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