HTC Mozart Review
The HTC Mozart’s aluminium uni-body construction and 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and 720p HD video recording clearly sets it apart from its competitors in the Windows Phone 7 arena. The Mozart also offers virtual surround-sound in the form of SRS WOW HD, an audio enhancement that provides a clearer definition of sound for audio and media playback than on other handsets.
The HTC 7 Mozart has a slim, lightweight feel with a brushed aluminium body. On the front of the handset are all the familiar Windows-specific buttons such as Back, Menu and Search. The back of the handset is home to the 8 megapixel autofocus camera lens and Xenon flash, as well as a small external speaker. There are also a camera shutter button and volume control on the rounded sides, and a screen-lock/power button on the top of the handset alongside the 3.5mm headphone jack. The 3.7 inch WVGA display provides bright and crisp graphics well suited to support the images, tiles and one-step processes of Windows 7 start screen.
The start screen, although offering no universal search function, can be customised with applications, contacts, web shortcuts and music tracks to the users’ preference which can be arranged by long-tapping and dragging to the new destination. All applications not pinned to the start screen are stored in an alphabetical list with small icons for easy recognition on a separate screen on the right. Core phone functions like calling and text messaging are accessed from the Home screen through the relevant icons pinned on the screen. On the whole, the Windows 7 interface is fast and easy to use.
Managing contacts on the HTC Mozart is simple and a pleasure. Contacts from webmail accounts such as Facebook, Windows Live, Gmail can be integrated with the user’s SIM contacts. The People application on the HTC 7 Mozart allows users to see updates and birthdays. The address book also offers a recent section to view contacts that were stored recently.
Calling quality and signal quality are both above average with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity for speedy web browsing. Messaging options such as email and media messaging, as well as Facebook integration can be set up simply. The email inbox is very clear and easy to get to grips with, while mail with images render very quickly because the software uses the same rendering engine as that behind the web browser. The email inbox does not offer threaded conversations, however the messaging centre offers it with conversations laid out in speech bubbles.
Sporting a rather snazzy 8-megapixel camera, the HTC 7 Mozart boasts the best camera of the HTC line up with instant access to the camera through the shutter button making it quick and easy to take photos. The handset also shoots 720p HD video with light levels continuously monitored and the full cinematic effect of virtual surround sound. .
When it comes to video playback, the HTC 7 Mozart’s virtual surround sound really comes into its own. You need to be using headphones to get the full cinematic effect but the crashes, bangs and ambient audio coming at you from every angle makes for an immersive video experience. A much more satisfying viewing than we had even using the Dolby Mobile setting.
The HTC Mozart offers a very fluid experience thanks to the 1GHz processor with a 1300 mAh Lithium-ion battery reportedly providing 330 mins talk time and 435 hours of standby time making the Mozart a good start for Windows Phone 7.
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 2100
Dimensions 119 x 60.2 x 11.9 mm
Weight 130 g
Display Type S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
- SRS and Dolby Mobile sound enhancement
Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 8 GB storage, 512 MB ROM, 576 MB RAM
GPRS Class 32
EDGE Class 32
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, Xenon flash,check quality
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 720p, check quality
OS Microsoft Windows Phone 7
CPU 1 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon chipset
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Bing Maps
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA9 player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh
Stand-by Up to 360 h (2G) / Up to 435 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 6 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 30 min (3G)