HTC 7 Mozart smartphone

HTC 7 Mozart review: This Windows Phone 7 smartphone features an attractive aluminium unibody design, but is let down by limited internal memory

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    3.75 / 5
  • User Rating

    0.00 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)

Pros

  • 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, attractive unibody aluminium design, relatively compact for a phone with a 3.7in screen

Cons

  • Only 8GB of internal memory (and no card slot), touch-sensitive keys aren't backlit, volume keys poorly positioned

Bottom Line

The HTC 7 Mozart smartphone may have limited internal memory, but its unibody design and the slick user interface of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 make it an attractive proposition -- even if its display lacks the wow factor of the competing Samsung Omnia 7.

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HTC's 7 Mozart is one of five new smartphones launched in Australia that run Microsoft's new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. The 7 Mozart is the only Windows Phone 7 device on the market to feature a Xenon flash, and it also boasts an 8-megapixel camera and a unibody aluminium design. It only includes 8GB of internal memory, however, which is disappointing.

For a full verdict on the Windows Phone 7 platform, read our in-depth Windows Phone 7 review.

Check out our guide to the Best Windows Phone 7 mobiles.

Unlike previous Windows Mobile devices, all new Windows Phone 7 smartphones are forced to meet strict hardware requirements. These include a capacitive, multitouch display with a minimum 800x480 resolution, a 1GHz or better processor, at least 256MB of RAM, a minimum of 8GB of internal storage, and a GPS receiver. All Windows Phone 7 devices must also have an accelerometer and digital compass, an ambient light sensor, a 5-megapixel camera or better, an FM radio and seven physical buttons (back, Start, search, camera, power/lock, volume up/down).

These requirements make all Windows Phone 7 devices eerily similar to use and means that physical design is the main differentiator between models. The HTC 7 Mozart attempts to sets itself apart from competitors with a design that is carved from a single block of brushed aluminium; this is similar to the unibody designs of the HTC Legend and the HTC Desire HD Android smartphones. The result is a well-constructed phone that is relatively light; overall it's an excellent piece of industrial design.

HTC impressed us with some other nice design touches, including the super-responsive, touch-sensitive back, home and search keys, the removable, triangle battery cover on the bottom left corner and the triangular pattern etched into the rear of the device. However, we were less impressed with the fact that the touch-sensitive buttons don't have a backlight, the camera lens protrudes slightly (and doesn't have a cover), and the volume keys are poorly positioned towards the back of the handset, making them slightly awkward to press.

The HTC 7 Mozart has a 3.7in SLCD capacitive touchscreen, so it's slightly larger than the iPhone 4 but smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S. The screen has excellent viewing angles, good colour and displays crisp text with minimal aberrations, but it lacks the true vibrancy of the Samsung Omnia 7's 4in Super AMOLED display.

Apart from physical design and display size, the other main difference between Windows Phone 7 handsets is the quality of the camera and any extra software that is included. The HTC 7 Mozart comes with "HTC Hub", providing basic weather information along with a range of HTC apps. The weather hub is complete with overly elaborate screen transitions and is location-based, so it will automatically update as you move. The HTC-developed apps are relatively basic — stocks, converter, sound and photo enhancers, connection setup, "attentive phone" and the utterly useless love app round out the list. Attentive phone is the most useful; this handy app allows you to activate settings that are standard on many of HTC's Android smartphones including reducing the ring volume when you pick up the phone, increasing the ring volume while the phone is in your pocket or bag, flipping over the phone to activate the loudspeaker during a call or flipping over the phone to mute the ringer during an incoming call.

The HTC 7 Mozart has an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, and like all Windows Phone 7 devices it can record 720p HD video. The camera produces photos with good colour reproduction and detail for a mobile phone camera, but the settings menu is limited; it only offers scenes, effects, resolution, metering mode, and flicker adjustment. The HTC 7 Mozart includes a disappointing 8GB of internal memory, and there is no microSD card slot for extra storage. We expected at least 16GB of storage on a device without a memory card slot. Battery life is about what we have come to expect from a smartphone — the HTC 7 Mozart will quickly run out of juice if you use it frequently but should last a full day. For better battery life, we recommend turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use, keeping the screen brightness down and setting push e-mail and account updates (Facebook, Google, Windows Live, Outlook) to manual.

The HTC 7 Mozart is available exclusively through Telstra in Australia.

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Chippy

1

I have purchased a HTC Mozard and have used the video camera on the phone. Now I am having trouble transfering the video clip from my phone, to an email address, or sending it anywhere... it will only allow me to delete the clip.... I want to save it and transfer the clip to a computor!!!

Chippy

Shaey Turley

2

I bought my HTC 7 Mozart and after 2 months, it lost its sound, it doesn't ring, or let me preview ring tones, and the battery dies after a couple of hours. This is the first smart touchscreen phone I have had, and I am not that impressed. Can anyone think of a way of fixing it? I don't want to have to spend a fortune repairing it when I spent a fortune buying it in the first place.

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Brett

0.0

1

Pros
nothing
Cons
unable to personalise ring tones, will not send pictures, terrible battery life, worst phone I've ever owned.
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Battery lucky to last 24 hours on standby, basic ring tones, slide to answer phones often freezes and many calls are missed, unable to share photos through text messaging, when updates etc turned on battery life is reduced to less than 6 hours. Overall for all the hype I found this phone to be a huge disappointment and would not reccommend anyone by one.

sonja perry

0.0

2

Pros
iphone
Cons
7mozart!
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I agree with previous posts, I have been trying in vain to find a way to send cute videos of the kids via the email option and then found it said in the quick guide it does say "can only email pics". I wouldn't have got it if I knew that. There are so many other things that annoy me tho! I have missed countless calls because somehow the ringer keeps turning itself off - this phone is too sensitive for a normal human to use!! the type keys are unreliable and you can't easily skip bak to correct mistakes...and any sudden movement and you lose it! Then at other times you have to tap tap tap to open the apps..I could go on and on with the dramas it has, ( oh yes and the apparently fab 8 megapixel camera has been useless as any movement at all blurs it)Not to mention that i'm struggling to find a way to get the pics onto my computer..I think I will take it back to the shop and see if maybe a replacement may have fewer glitches..

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