HTC Trophy: Windows Phone 7 Comes To Verizon

The Trophy ($150 with new 2-year contract) is the first Windows Phone 7 device on Verizon, and it does a pretty good job at showing off what the platform is all about. The Trophy is great for handling multimedia, but the phone feels dated next to other current generation smartphones.

The Trophy is a very well-built phone. Its ergonomic shape allows it to rest comfortably in your hand, and its slim profile makes it easy to slide into your pocket or bag. At 4.67-inches by 2.42-inches by 0.47-inches, the Trophy is relatively smaller than many of the "" we have been seeing lately. Regardless, the phone never felt cramped to navigate and the 3.8-inch capacitive WVGA display was a joy to behold.

Much like HTC's other phones, the Trophy has a very minimalist design. The front of the Trophy has the standard Back, Menu, and Search buttons found on all WP7 phones while the back sports a 5-megapixel camera with flash (more on that later). The volume rocker and charging port can be found on the left spine of the device, while the camera key sits on the right. Up on top of the Trophy is where you have the power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Microsoft doesn't allow for OEMs or carriers to mess with their mobile OS too much. As such, the Trophy is free from the bloatware that plagues Verizon's Android offerings.