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HTC 7 Mozart Review

HTC Corporation is a smart phone manufacturer based at Taiwan. The company was previously known as Hang-Ta Corporation. Initially, the company manufactured smart phones with the Windows mobile operating system. This trend of handset manufacturing got an adverse change from the year 2009 as the company started making use of the Android operating system rather than the Windows Mobile. The company has now launched the 7 Mozart, Right now, the company has again opted to use the Windows Phone 7 platform. The Mozart has a reasonable price tag and hence it stands in between the line of the smart phones.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.69 x 2.37 x 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 130 grams
  • Platform: Windows Phone 7
  • Processor: 1GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB internal storage
  • Display: 3.7 inches, touch screen, 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • Camera: 8 mega pixel, auto focus, Xenon flash, 720 pixel video recording
  • Connectivity: 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and A2DP
  • Sensors: G- sensor, digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
  • Connectors: 3.5 mm audio jack, micro USB 2.0 port
  • Battery: 1300 mAh lithium ion battery
  • Talk time: 330 minutes (WCDMA). 405 minutes (GSM)
  • Stand by time: 435 hours (WCDMA), 360 hours (GSM)
  • Price: $590

Design

The Mozart has the most daring design among the three Windows Phone 7 based HTC handsets. It has a matte texture with an asymmetrical battery cover and a swirl type of raised pattern on the back side. The back panel’s design may not be preferred by all but the front panel is quite appealing. It has a grill type of top design that is adopted from the Desire HD and an ergonomic curvature that is quite comfortable to hold.

The Mozart has a 3.7 inch Super LCD display. This display has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is the smallest among the three WP7 handsets from HTC but it is the sharpest. It looks excellent with vibrant colors and good viewing angles. The touch screen us very responsive to touches. The handset is suitable for outdoor use and has good levels of brightness and contrast.

The display is covered with a slick glossy black colored fascia. The region under the screen has a set of three capacitive buttons. On the top of the handset, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack and the power button. The microphone is at the bottom of the handset. The micro USB port and the volume rocker are on the left spine while the dual stage camera button is on the right spine. The back panel of the Mozart houses the 8 mega pixel camera lens with the Xenon flash and the loud speaker. The removable battery cover is triangular and it slides towards the bottom.

Interface

The Windows Phone 7 platform is an aesthetically unified one. The home screen has the Live Tiles, the shortcuts in the form of animations. These are aligned in the from of a simple vertical grid of 2 columns and many rows. The list of applications can be viewed by sliding the home screen aside. These applications can be pinned with the Start menu by long pressing the icons. The visual cascade of the all the current tiles happen by tapping a single tile. The themes are mainly responsible for this type of simple styling. The overall interface is very intuitive with few layers of the menu. Some applications do lack the extensive functionality as those in the Android operating system. The interface is easy to use, visually fare and has no lag.

Camera

The Mozart has an 8 mega pixel camera with the xenon flash and the auto focus features. The photos have good levels of details. The colors are also reproduced well but they are slightly dull. The contrast levels go low in certain cases and the dynamic range is good. Without the flash, the camera produces acceptable levels of noise. The flash is a good option when capturing the indoor images. The camcorder can capture 720 pixel videos that are good with ideal lighting conditions. The noise handling is average without falling on the two extremities. The video playback is smooth and sufficient for the every day use.

Multimedia

Windows makes use of the Zune player which is great. The audio is too integrated on the WP7 than on the other platforms except the iOS. It offers simple access to the basic music functionality right from the lock screen. The audio quality is good with the Dolby Mobile and the SRS Surround Sound. The integration of Zune compensates for the lack in the codec support. The handset supports the videos with the WMV and MPEG-4 file formats alone. The Zune software helps in converting the unsupported file formats in to the supported ones. The experience of movie or video watching is great with the Mozart. The playback is great with good sound quality and adequate colors.

Performance

The call quality of the Mozart is good overall. There are issues regarding the clarity or the volume. The loud speaker can deliver good sound overall and the quality is slightly tinny with some muffles. These are not too major any how. The interface is quite smooth and visually fare most of the time. The handset lacks the multitasking performance. But this lack does not ruin the experience offered by the Mozart. The battery life of the Mozart is quite standard. It has a talk time of 405 minutes and a stand by time of 360 hours. Overall, the HTC 7 Mozart is a good handset with a great display, comfortable and ergonomic design and an intuitive and attractive user interface. Pros – well balanced performance, high quality construction and good camera with great flash. Cons – lack of DLNA support and immature operating system with only limited application support.

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