Samsung Galaxy S vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Trophy Camera comparison

Here’s a three-way comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Trophy cameras. It’s snowing outside so I thought that this would be a really great opportunity to test the camera’s video quality (falling snow = more details to encode = worst outdoors situation possible for a digital sensor = awesome benchmark). Anyway hit the break to first check out a video comparing the Omnia 7 vs the Trophy:

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Windows Phone 7 Office Mobile 2010 performance comparison

As we have seen in a previous video, the HTC 7 Trophy is a bit slower than the other devices when loading some applications and games so I decided to check out the Office Mobile 2010 loading performance on the Trophy vs the Samsung Omnia 7 and shot a video that I embedded after the break. The result here is that the HTC 7 Trophy isn’t really that much behind the Omnia 7 (never more that 1 secs slower) and this will definitely not impact the overall user experience. Check it out below:

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HTC 7 Trophy Software walkthrough

As a follow-up to yesterday’s Trophy hardware tour here comes the HTC 7 TrophySoftware Tour.You will get a look at the HTC hub plus all the free applications provided by HTC which are accessible through the company’s section in the Marketplace. As I’ve stated many times since we first saw hub in action I don’t really like the fact that HTC just tried to port the already existing Android apps to Windows Phone 7 without following the Metro UI guidelines. It may look fancy but all these animations are just a waste of time in my opinion. Check it out after the break:

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HTC 7 Trophy Hardware Tour

Here’s my HTC 7 Trophy hardware tour video that I’ve just shot today. It will give you a quick look at how the build quality looks like etc. Unfortunately while shooting the video I noticed that the device suffered from the same badly assembled glass (which results in weird air bubbles below it). This was apparently the case since the beginning but I only noticed it right now (I’ve had the phone for more that 6 days now). The bubbles don’t have any effect on the devices performance or usability (they are totally invisible when the screen is on but this kinda sucks hard especially after I discovered that the device had a regular TFT-LCD Panel instead of the SLCD. Anyway, check out the video after the break and a couple of photos of the device. The software tour can be watched here:

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LCD vs Super AMOLED on the Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Trophy and LG Optimus 7

I’ve just shot another video of color banding issue on the Samsung Omnia 7′s Super AMOLED versus the HTC 7 Trophy and LG Optimus 7. Unfortunately videos or pictures can’t really reproduce the real experience, but believe when I tell you that the HTC 7 Trophy LCD screen has some pretty good colors compared to the other two devices (btw, they where all set to high brightness). I’m not 100% sure but the Trophy’s screen seems to be a regular TFT LCD panel and not an SLCD like previously announced (we have already seen HTC shipping both, and that sucks big time IMO. Sending reviewers like me devices with inferior screens is kinda stupid too…). Anyway, check out the video after the break:

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Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Trophy vs LG Optimus 7 performance comparison

Here’s my second Window Phone 7 loading performance comparison video this time featuring the HTC 7 Trophy alongside the Samsung Omnia 7 and LG Optimus 7.  The Optimus 7 was the fastest, just like in the first video, followed bythe Samsung Omnia 7 and finally the HTC 7 Trophy came out last. Nothing really amazing here and the slightly slower loading performance on the Trophy isn’t really going to mess up the whole user experience. Everything else is identical on the three phones but let me know if you want to see anything else. Video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 hitting Verizon this holiday season? Maybe not

Microsoft has officially confused everybody today with a tweet (seen above) claiming that Verizon will be selling Windows Phone 7 based handsets this holiday season contrary to what we have heard earlier. The tweet has since be deleted and “replaced” by a brand new one (after the break) claiming that Verizon is a valued partner who will start selling Windows Phone 7 devices in 2011. My guess is that things are still the same as previously thought and that, like Sprint, Verizon will only start selling WP7 devices early next year.

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HTC 7 Trophy Quadband CDMA version launching on Verizon early next year

Verizon is apparently going to start selling the a new version of the HTC 7 Trophy early next year according to the brochure sent to Microsoft Employees. This new CDMA version of the Windows Phone 7 handset will pack 16GB of internal memory compared to only 8GB in the European version currently on sale and will also feature a Quadband Global Phone radio which means that it will work on GSM networks too. The device is currently only offer for pre-order to Microsoft employees at the price of $199 (aren’t these guys supposed to get them for free?).

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Slight difference in performance between Windows Phone 7 devices?

Let the nitpicking begging. There’s been a lot of hoopla about a recent video posted on YouTube showing the Samsung Omnia 7 loading a game silghty faster than an HTC 7 Trophy. Big deal folks! Did anybody stop to think for a minute and realise the following: the Omnia 7 has 1GB of on-board NAND Flash ROM compared to 512MB on the HTC 7 Trophy. The ROM and the internal flash (embedded micro-sd flash card or eMMC) are effectively mixed together and act as one single drive when the device is first booted up. So given that the Omnia 7 has twice the ROM there’s a good chance that some of the third-party applications are being installed on the ROM of the device (which is faster than the micro-sd based storage) and this is probably why the game in question is loading faster on the Samsung device compared to the HTC 7 Trophy. As stated by the guy who shot the videos, both phones have comparable performances when running the OS (which is installed in the ROM). But also keep in mind that even Two Omnia 7 side-by-side probably won’t have exactly the same performance either. This is the way things work. Videos after the break:

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HTC 7 Trophy and Samsung Omnia 7 now available at SFR in France

This one’s for my french readers. I wanted to let you know that the HTC 7 Trophy and the Samsung Omnia 7 are now available at SFR (there’s no Omnia 7 in stack right now thought. I discovered this earlier today (around 4AM) and at that time the HTC 7 Trophy was priced at €99 with a 2year contract (and a minimum of €50.5 per month) and the Samsung Omnia 7 was priced at €149 with a similar contract. This was definitely a bad move on SFR’s part compared to Orange’s offerings (all their WP7 phones have a €100 mail in rebate). But the good news is that SFR’s prices have now been updated! The HTC 7 Trophy is now at €1 after a €98 mail in rebate and the Omnia 7 is now at €49 after a €100 mail in rebate too. For my part I still don’t have a WP7 device and the promised review sample I was expecting this from MS is still nowhere to be seen…

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All Windows Phone 7 devices hardware specifications in one place

I have just finished compiling this huge excel table containing all of the hardware specifications of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 devices. So if you are looking to compare one device to an other just check out the image below (click on it) and make your choice. I will regularly update it once I have more information (especially for the Dell Venue Pro). So there you have it: Samsung Omnia 7, Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC Surround, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro, LG Optimus 7, LG Optimus 7 Q / Quantum and finally the Dell Venue Pro. Click on the image after the beak (you can also right click and save it):
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HTC 7 Trophy Hands-on Preview

Here’s the HTC 7 Trophy Windows Phone 7 phone that will apparently only be launched in Europe in Asia. As with all the other WP7 devices announced today the Trophy features the same Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz. The screen is a 3.8″ SLCD panel and looks quite good. Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t really good so the pictures at the video aren’t really representative of what it actually looks like. On the back is 5Mp camera with LED flash capable of HD video recording (again, like all the other WP7 devices. The device also features the TI sound chip to enable SRS surround sound and Dolby Mobile. Super fast and super smooth, like all the Windows Phone 7 announced today. The device has roughly the same weight and build quality as the HTC Desire / Nexus One.  Short video and pictures after the break:

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HTC announces Five Windows Phone 7 handsets

Just in case you didn’t follow today’s big news here’s HTC press release announcing their five (yes FIVE) Windows Phone 7 devices: The HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC  7 Surround and HTC 7 Pro. Four of these devices will launch on October 21 with only the HTC 7 Pro launching next year on Sprint. Not all of them will be available world wide thought. The HTC 7 Surround, and HTC 7 Pro are currently only scheduled to launch in the US and the HTC 7 Trophy will only launch in Europe and Asia. One thing is clear though; every Windows Phone 7 device announced today features the same basic specification (the Qualcomm SnapDragon QSD 8250) so you won’t see any major difference at all between them. Full press release after the break:
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HTC Spark aka HTC Mondrian aka HTC 7 Trophy shot in the wild

Leaks? What leaks? Yeah things aren’t going to stop now that we are nearing the launch of Windows Phone 7. Here are several pictures of the HTC Spark which is also apparently called the HTC Mondrian or HTC 7 Trophy. THere’s othing we haven’t seen before (the press shots leaked last night).The device does look quite nice IMO (not the HTC Hub tho…) More pictures after the break:

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HTC Mondrian press shots leaked

Is it the HTC Mondrian or HTC 7 Trophy ? One thing for sure thought: both phones look identical. There’s still no word on the specs besides what was rumored a few days ago and nothing seems to have been extracted from the Spark / Trophy Rom that leaked 2 days ago or the Mondrian Rom that leaked this summer (this one mentioned the presence of a Qualcomm QSD8250A aka MSM8255 chipset) . More Pictures after the break:

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HTC Spark / HTC 7 Trophy Windows Phone 7 Rom leaks

Let the leaks begin! The second HTC windows Phone 7 device rom has just leaked a few minutes ago and is apparently Vodafone’s HTC Spark aka HTC 7 Trophy (aka HTC Mondrian?) Rom (RUU_Spark_Vodafone_UK_1.07.161.04_Spark_5.50.09_RELEASE). As you can see in the screenshot above the device pictured looks exactly like the HTC 7 Trophy. Not much else is known about the ROM but I’m sure that XDA folks will take it apart soon enough. The first WP7 device rom that leaked was the HTC Mondrian’s back in May.

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HTC Mondrian shows up in AT&T’s Windows Phone 7 TV ads

Looks like AT&T is readying its Windows Phone 7 TV ads. The surprise here is that the HTC 7 Trophy (or is it the HTC Mozart / Schubert) is apparently going to be officially called the HTC Mondrian. You all remember that the HTC Mondrian’s ROM leaked more than 3 months ago (and yes it was an AT&T rom) and mentioned that the device was packing a Qualcomm QSD8250A chipset (now renamed MSM8255). There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the actual internals of HTC’s WP7 devices and Microsoft’ France head of Windows Phone’s Tweet about the rumored HTC HD7 / HD3 isn’t helping either (the tweet has since been deleted..):

Oh and for guys who think they know everything on HTC HD3, I Can Tell you you are wrong

Also note that the ads aren’t final as you can notice at the end of the first one (you see the place holder in the actors hand with the tracking dots used to composite the WP7 UI later in post-production).

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Rumored HTC 7 Trophy hardware specifications

Similar to yesterday’s HTC HD7 /HD3 specs sheet here come the HTC 7 Trophyrumored hardware spécifications. As you can se they are identical to the HTC HD7 besides the smaller 3.8″ screen and larger 1300mh battery (makes sense no….not). As it is usually the case in this type of situation, things can change between now that the official announcement in the coming days.

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HTC HD7 schematic: fake or real ?

Here’s what is supposedly a schematic of the rumored HTC HD7. Take it with caution given that this can be easily faked (or just be another WP7 device from HTC other than the rumored HD7).  The front looks nearly identical to the HTC 7 Trophy with the hardware buttons below the screen. Just take a look at the HTC HD2, EVO4G or Desire HD and you will see that the their buttons are located in the same region but seem take less space compared to what we are seeing above. The screen is maybe a smaller than 4.3 this time around (or the schematic isn’t ver yaccurate) But I wouldn’t be surprised if HTC re-used the original HD2/ EVO4G or Desire HD chassis and just slapped WP7 on it. Other than that there isn’t much to say so let’s just wait a few days…

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