The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

Summary: While Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone is a big move for the company, the announcement is perhaps more significant for Microsoft, which has seen lackluster sales of phones running its mobile OS.

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This morning Verizon announced that the HTC Trophy, the first Windows Phone 7...phone will arrive on May 26. While Verizon is months late to the Windows Phone 7 party, the Trophy is still an impressive device, featuring a 1GHz processor, 3.8-inch touch screen, and, of course, Windows Phone 7.

Verizon's announcement comes on the same day as another interesting bit of news, this one from the analysis firm Gartner. According to Gartner's research, Microsoft only shipped 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 phones during the first quarter of 2011. (Google, by comparison, activates just as many devices every four days.) This means a lot of things, and very few of them good. For one, it's clear from the numbers that consumers just aren't catching onto the Windows Phone 7 scent, opting instead for devices from Apple and those running Android. No surprise there.

But Gartner's numbers also put a particular onus on Microsoft to make its recent deal with Nokia bear significant fruit, not just for Nokia, but for the future of Windows Phone 7 as well. Of course, working with Nokia is sure have major positive affects on Microsoft's smartphone ambitions  - but the companies' first device isn't expected until late this year or early 2012. That translates to lost momentum - that is, unless devices like the Trophy catch on.

Which is why the Trophy is such a significant device. Not only does it mark Window's Phone 7's first foray in to Verizon's trove of happy customers, but it may also mark a shift in Windows Phone 7's paltry sales numbers. Can it happen? That depends: How much do you care about HTC's Trophy?

Here are its specs:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 3.8-inch WVGA touch screen
  • 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 720p HD video capture
  • Virtual surround sound with SRS WOW HD
  • 16 GB on board storage
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Wi-Fi, Verizon, Software, Operating Systems, Networking, Microsoft, HTC, Windows

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  • RE: The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

    It's a start. The specs on this phone are pretty basic though. I'm surprised they didn't go with something more upscale.
    roteague
    • Message has been deleted.

      DonnieBoy
      • $150 on contract...

        @DonnieBoy ...is exactly that. perfect price IMO. Trying to find out off-contract price now.
        bc3tech
      • bc3tech: Problem is you can get a better equipped Android phone for that

        price, and there is more variety. Throw in a little more and you get an iPhone.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

        @DonnieBoy
        I can say the same for Android phones too. There are deals for free or cheaper (i.e. less than $50 with latest specs) android phones with 2 year contract and also some small carriers like US Cellular gives away 5 Samsung Android phones for free if you buy one etc. So, don't bring this nonsense about pricing into the picture. All these carriers want is a long term commitment to your wallet. As long as your wallet is fat, they are happy to give away any device for free or cheap. Check on Amazon, WireFly, LetsTalk, or just Google or Bing for it.
        Ram U
      • Message has been deleted.

        DonnieBoy
      • RE: The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

        @DonnieBoy
        When did you become expert voice for everyone on the earth? You just dorky interface. Your taste will definitely differ from others. I could call google's one UI, MotoBlur, Samsung interfaces for Android are dorky and only HTC sense UI is appealing. And LG simply copies whater iPhone did with UI. What do you say? Being a techie, I like Windows Mobile interface over anything else, but just thats me. I want the power of Windows Mobile, can you show any current smartphone can do that. I want simplicity of PalmOS, noway current WebOS can do that. Taste is different and one man's hell could be easily other man's heaven.
        Ram U
      • People are getting pretty upset that we don't want an iPhone

        @Rama.NET
        or Android phone. Donnieboy is getting downright [b]nasty[/b] to anyone who likes WP7 over Android.

        I asked him if he gets a cut from every Andoid phone sales as it doesn't make sense that he gets so bent out of shape because some people are passing Android over for a WP7 device.

        He should be happy we all have what we like.
        Will Pharaoh
    • Can agree with you more.

      @roteague : in perspective, the specs are subpar compared with HTC Thunderbolt and Droid Incredible 2, Motorola Atrix and Droid Bionic and Samsungs Droid Charge and Galaxy SII.<br><br>No WP7 phone has hotspot support, nor can they hot swap SD cards.<br><br>If Microsoft wants to replace all Nokia's Symbian phones they need first to release a quad core Tegra Kal-El with all the features above or an Atom Cedar Trail processor with Windows Phone 8&mdash;under a Windows 7 kernel&mdash;to compete with iPhone 5 and 6 and all the new offerings coming in 2012.<br><br>Else the combined market share will diminish to Microsoft's level (3.6) not increase to Nokia's current level (27.4).<br><br>BTW. The Trophy's "My Verison Mobile" hub image's distinct look should be taken by Microsoft as a hint that WP7's imagery is too minimalistic and it's turning people off the platform.
      cosuna
  • Nope Not at All

    Nobody cares about Win Phone 7....<br><br>According to Gartner for Q1 11:<br>Android 36.267 Million<br>Symbian 25.598 Million<br>iOS 16.883 Million<br>RIM 13.004 Million<br>WinPhone 7 - 1.6 Million.<br><br>OUCH!
    itguy08
    • Your future as a troll is cemented!

      @itguy08
      You don't have much of a future in anything else (especially IT), but as long as you have satisfaction in trolling, then alls good for you.

      From your perspective, that is, :)
      Will Pharaoh
      • Excuse me, he only told it like it was. From the numbers, it is rather

        obvious that nobody is buying WP7 phones. Like Google sells as many phones in 4 freaking days as MS does in a freaking quarter.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

        @DonnieBoy<br>Yeah, we know you are here to bash Microsoft and its products and spread FUD it and priase about Google and try to bring Apple Fanbois support by occasional praise about its products. We all know that you get your pay checks to post rant here about Google and undermine competition.
        Ram U
      • Rama.NET: It appears you have no way of arguing against the facts here, so,

        you can only rant about people being trolls. The truth is, this is all very embarrassing for MS, and a $150 phone with a dorky interface on Verizon is probably a non starter, given the variety of Android phones available for better prices.
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

        @Will Pharaoh <br><br>The truth hurts doesn't it. I didn't create the numbers just reported them.

        I've been in IT since before Windows was the dominant server OS and I'll be around long after. But thanks for your concern.
        itguy08
      • itguy08 - No hurting on my part. You see, unlike you

        @Will Pharaoh <br>I have no animosity, no love or hate for inanimate objects. I buy what works for me, and not what others like you or Donnieboy say we should buy, what you two say has no bearing on my purchases. <br><br>In this case, I'll be buying th HTC WP7. Not and Android, not an iPhone, but a WP7 device, and I'll be happy. It looks to do everything <b>I</b> need it to do, and it looks to do it better then Android, but on par with iPhone.<br><br>Now, I know that will upset Donnieboy, and from your posts it sounds like it'll piss you off too that people are buying it, passing up iPhone and Android.<br><br>Why does that tick you off so much? Shouldn't you two be really happy that everybody's getting the things they want?
        Will Pharaoh
      • I think your claim to be impartial and detached from

        @Will Pharaoh
        your hardware purchases is well not on the money. I've read a great many of your posts and seen you in relation to a great many ZDnet articles having to do exclusively with Apple and have yet to see anything positive about that company being said by you... Quite the opposite actually tone usually VERY negative. So I get the definite feeling you are pro MS and Anti everything else. Now there is NOTHING wrong with that.. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge say no more:)

        Huge and admitted Apple fan myself. Though I have owned an XBox and currently own an XBox 360. Still not a fan of MS for I've tried their products over the years 48 myself and supported them for decades now and to be frank MOST of their products are so not to my liking. Apple on the other hand has treated me as a customer very well indeed but hey that's just me and I don't suspect that everyone should or does agree with me. Still in the end based on the posts you've sent over time I have to say I think you are attached to your products of choice and DO have some emotion or emotions tied to those choices. Welcome to the club!!!!

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
      • Mr. Quinn

        @James Quinn<br>Is not his opinion no different then yours? And is he not correct in that people like DonnieBoy (and others) appear to become quite upset at the prospects of someone purchasing a device not running iOS or Android.<br><br>The question he asks is valid, yet one that many seem to avoid answering:<br><br>Should they not be content with the knowledge that everyone is happy with their choices?<br><br>
        :|
        Tim Cook
    • Ouch is right, just about 1.7% for Microsoft after what the spent on

      this. And, they have been in the business much longer than either Apple or Google. Double ouch.
      DonnieBoy
      • RE: The HTC Trophy, Verizon's first Windows Phone 7 phone, arrives next week. But will anyone care?

        @DonnieBoy
        Tell me how many G1s were sold in the first six months when it had a big bang launch. Don't bring iPhone into account, please. Android was not even close to these numbers until Verizon decided to push it.
        Ram U