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PostSubject: HTC 7 Mozart Review   Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:40 pm

HTC seems to be the only handset manufacturer thatís got a WP7 in the local market and the HTC 7 Mozart is the second Windows Phone 7 weíve reviewed here (see HD7). Check out our verdict after the jump.

Our first encounter with a Windows Phone 7 is with the HTC 7 Trophy (and eventually the HTC HD7) so having to try its sibling, the Mozart, much later on also adjusted our expectations.

If the HD7 is the handset equivalent of the Desire HD, then weíre tempted to say that the HTC 7 Mozart is the WP7 equivalent of the HTC Desire
on Android. HTCís dark-brown signature in most of its handset is very
evident with the Mozart; so is the solid combination of metal and
polymer body which is a bout rounded in the corners.

The power button is placed at the top end, volume rocker is on the
left side of the unit while the dedicated camera button is on the right.
Like the other HTC Windows 7 Phones, the Mozart doesnít have an
expansion slot for a microSD and solely relies on the 8GB internal

Up front is the thick sheet of glass covering the display, surrounded
by a thick bezel and the customary WP7 buttons ó Back, Home &
Search. The back panel of the handset has some artsy touch to it with
the battery compartment and the SIM card slot tucked beneath the bottom
triangular cover. The 8MP camera and Xenon Flash is positioned at the
top left corner while the speakers are on the right side.

Weíll no longer discuss Windows Phone 7 as a mobile operating system
here as Iíve already shared my thoughts about the UI and the OS in an earlier review here.
What Iíd like to add is that setting up the new handset is a breeze
since all of the contacts are automatically synced after Iíve logged in
my Windows Live account (and that doesnít even include the Facebook

Hook up the device to my PC with MS Zune installed and all of my
multimedia files (videos, music, podcasts, photos) are also transferred
(these are the ones I also synced to my HD7).

Unlike the HD7 though, the Mozart is just right for one hand grip ó
navigating and texting with one hand is much more comfortable. The
virtual keyboard is responsive and works like a charm. There might be
some problem if you have large fingers though since the individual keys
are a bit skinny.

Hereís some thoughts in WP7 Iíd like to stress though:
Apps are very essential to the usefulness of any
smartphone and thankfully, the Zune Marketplace on the HD7 has plenty of
them. Itís not as extensive as the ones found on the iTunes App Store
or the Android Market but itís got some decent numbers. The more common
social apps were actually developed by Microsoft itself (Twitter,
Facebook, Foursquare) so you will notice the tight design integration of
these apps into WP7.
The Windows Live account also has some features to ring, lock or
erase the phone remotely. The phone updates itself by sending GPS
location on a regular basis. You can login to Live and locate your phone
on the Bing map with matching date and time it last recorded its
So if youíre used to the hundreds of thousands of apps on iOS and
Android, the Zune Marketplace might disappoint at the moment. In due
time, the number of apps will grow (especially the really useful ones).

HTC 7 Mozart and HTC HD7
Then again, Windows Phone 7 is still very new and the tons of OS
limitations might also turn off a lot of smartphone users ó no cut &
paste (yet), no Bluetooth file transfer, multi-tasking and Adobe Flash

Among the HTC WP7 phones, only the Mozart boasts of an 8-megapixel
camera coupled with a Xenon flash. While Iíd say the Xenon flash does
its job (albeit a little on the weak side), I could not say the same
with the camera. The additional pixel count did not really help and
photo quality did not really improved compared to the other HTC handsets
weíve tried before (i.e Desire, Desire HD, HD7).

[See more samples here, here, here, here and here.]

And to think that the camera+ flash combo is what separates the
Mozart from its other WP7 siblings, the performance of the handset in
this department is nothing short of a disappointment. Video recording at
720p (25fps) looks pretty good though.

Display is great with the 480◊800 pixel resolution; screen is bright
and crisp while movie playback is smooth. Audio quality is good and
volume is pretty loud despite the fact that itís positioned at the back

HTC Desire and HTC 7 Mozart
The rest of the specs of the Mozart is almost identical to that of
the Trophy and HD7 siblings, thanks to Microsoftís recommended
specifications for WP7 handsets. Thus my experience using the Mozart is
almost as identical as with the HD7, both in usability and performance.

HTC 7 Mozart specs:
Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1GHz processor
3.7″ Super LCD @ 480◊800 pixels
8GB internal storage
512MB ROM, 576MB RAM
HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
8MP autofocus camera with Xenon Flash
720p video recording
FM Radio with RDS
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion battery 1300mAh

Battery life maxes out at around 2 days on light use but might not
last the whole day if youíre heavy on media playback and 3G connection ó
typical of most smartphones in HTCís line-up so weíre not surprised.

Thereís one other possible deal-breaker ó the HTC 7 Mozart is currently locked to Smart
(not sure until when) so that means youíll need to get a postpaid plan
to get this unit (not sure if prepaid kit is available). Itís free at
Plan 4000 for new subs (see complete subscription plans here)
but it looks like itís even more expensive than the iPhone 4 (free on
Plan 3799 + SuperSurf). Considering that the HTC HD7 is going for
Php29,900 in some stores, the HTC 7 Mozart might not appeal to prepaid
subscribers. However, if youíre on a retention plan, this unit might be
of interest in Smartís line-up.
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