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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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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Kim

1

This is one of the worst phones I have ever used. Very unreliable and every day I wake up to find something else going wrong with it. It's a very expensive paperweight, but that's all it is good for.

al

2

I totally agree , it actually has less setting options than my old sumsung tradies phone , big deal if it slides photos and moves tiles nicely wow what a new tech! lol its actually backwards if you look at the core of its intelligence

Ross Catanzariti

3

Thanks for the comments.

What exactly has gone wrong with the phone?

nudge

4

yes agree totally, worst phone ever !!!! ,you cant personalise the ringtones or message tones, speaker is not loud at all , doesnt connect to my car or other phones by bluetooth and just tonight the screen went all glitchy and some apps would not open and the phone turns its self off, big waste of money,not happy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geoff

5

Spot on Kim, this would have to be the most unreliable phone i have owned . it has been backk to the dealer 3 times since we purchased it in early Dec 2010 . We were supplied another phone but is no better .At least once a day the touch screen freezes .
It also has a very short battery life although turning some features of does go some way in fixing this.
Even after contacting HTC direct and doing afull phone reset didn't help.
An extremmly poor windows introduction to the phone market and i would not recommend it to anyone who wants a good reliable phone .
A paper weight with a good camera is all it is.

RandyT

6

Wow, lots of negative comments here. I've had my HTC Mozart for about a month now and I think it's wonderful. Nudge, you CAN personalise the ringtones, just open up your contact in your People list and select Ringtone. You can then select from LOTS of different ringtones.
I haven't tried the Bluetooth connections yet so I'll have to see...
Well I truly hope it's not as bad as you all say cos I'm disgruntled enough as it is about these modern phones and finally I've found one that doesn't suck. To be honest, I don't care if it's got a good camera or not; the Xenon flash makes everyone look like a Na'vi anyway. If I want to take a picture I'll go and get my Camera.

Vinny

7

I'm having a love hate relationship with this phone. I like the look of the phone and the weight and feel, I do like the quality of the pics on the camera and I do like how the touch screen works and looks. I like the windows 7 features, bing and the office apps. Battery life is pathetic, even when turning off wi-fi and bluetooth functions unless needed, make a couple of short phone calls and you'll find you've used half your battery.! My previous phone was a nokia smartphone and the battery on that is legendary, it would last for days! I like how the USB cable fits into the charger so you just have the one cable..smart move. I keep cutting callers off because the end call button is easily touched against my cheek bone so I find I have to use the speaker phone and then everyone can here my conversations which I do not like. Alternatively I find I have to hold the phone at a weird angle to prevent the "cheek bone" end call thing happening. This phone freezes often hugely frustrating. Lately I've been getting a message that an update for my phone is available please connect to your computer. When I connect and try to update it nothing happens.

bel

8

update via zune... took me a couple of goes to work that out.
locked myself out via screen lock, (forgot pin) apparently have to do hard reset to get around it, which of course means losing all my info.... anyone know another way?

morgan

9

i really enjoy the htc7 phone i wish the company best

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TannerG

4.5

1

Pros
The amount of apps in the market place
Cons
the light on the back of the phone never gets used
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The amount of apps in the marketplace is brilliant but so many of them cant be used on the HTC Mozart.
Also the flashlight on the back of the phone is never used. The flashlight apps on the marketplace don't work on the phone but all in all the phone is excellent

ian

0.0

2

Pros
not mozart
Cons
htc telstra mozart 7
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i would urge dont buy htc mozart 7 phone.the battery life is hopeless.with everything switched of including 3G it will last 6 hours.there have to be better phones out there.telstra give you the runaround and dont want to know.

Jane39

0.0

3

Pros
Nothing
Cons
HTC Mozart
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My screen was shattered on to find my phone was rusted inside from being dropped in watter and I have not done that. Taking it back to my provider tomorrow.

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