Verizon and Microsoft may have taken their sweet time getting the Windows Phone 7 platform to Big Red customers, but people should be glad that the wait is over. Though the platform has its quirks — some of which will be addressed in the upcoming Mango update — using the HTC Trophy is a solid experience that, while it isn’t for everybody, is incredible for those who are deeply invested in the Microsoft ecosystem.
Having Outlook access, Office, Xbox Live, and Zune all in one place is immensely convenient, and the “live tile” format of the home screen is a clever setup. Comfortable design, crisp call quality, and a dedicated camera button round out a commendable supporting cast of features in addition to the underrated OS.
It may not be the most powerful phone in the world, but Trophy brings good performance to the table and is a great way for WP7 to make its debut on the Verizon network. Despite its small shortcomings — most of which are due to Microsoft’s WP7 requirements, like the absence of expandable storage or an option/menu capacitive button — it’s still a great phone that I would recommend for any Verizon customer who is a full-time or even part-time user of software from the Microsoft ecosystem.
- Good call quality
- Xbox Live games
- Excells at graphically-intensive games
- No Adobe Flash support
Verizon and Microsoft may have taken their sweet time getting the Windows Phone 7 platform to Big Red customers, but people should be glad that the wait is over.