A Guide To The HTC Mozart 7 | The Communication Blog

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Guide To The HTC Mozart 7

By Mark Walters

Microsoft has made several forays into the world of smartphones with their range of Windows 7 phones. One of these is the HTC Mozart 7, largely thought to be the most successful of the bunch. Well, is it? One of the obvious draws is the camera, which comes with 8 megapixels and Xenon flash, compared with 5 megapixels and an LED flash on the other Windows phone offerings. This sounds impressive, but while the pictures are good, they're a little soft and maybe not as good as you'd hope.

The HTC Mozart 7 has some good apps, including the Hub, which is an offering from Microsoft's launch partners HTC. It's an interesting app but is a bit limited, although there are some other good offerings on the phone. These include the Photo Enhancer, which is good for applying different filters to pictures. The basic apps such as Notes, Converter and Stocks all work well, too. You can also get apps specific to your network, but early reviews suggest these have been released too early.

The hardware of the phone itself is one of the main points in its favor. The main qualm is that the side edges are really sharp, which is uncomfortable and distracting if you're using the phone for any length of time. Generally, though, the phone is really attractive and boasts 8GB of storage capacity. There's a shiny grill that forms the earpiece, along with an LED indicator, which are both good feature. The volume, power and camera buttons built into the casing are also good.

Another couple of little hardware issues include the positioning of the volume rocker, which isn't good for left-handed people. Also, the camera lens is prone to trapping lint. While it has been designed to sit below the rubber rim to avoid damaging the glass, this is still a problem. However, the back of the phone is attractive and stylish and the battery life of around 7 to 8 hours with heavy usage is standard for smartphones, so this works in favor of the Mozart 7.

In conclusion, while the HTC Mozart 7 is the most stylish of the phones in its range, there are a few issues with it. These include the disappointing earphones and camera that should be good but fails to deliver. However, it benefits from excellent build quality, which is great for durability. Also, both HTC's apps and Microsoft's operating system run well on the device, which is another positive for the phone. Whereas the HD7 has a 4.3 inch screen, the Mozart's is 3.7 inches, which is much more user friendly.

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