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3.0 out of 5 stars HTC Trophy, all hype or real?, 16 Feb 2011
This review is from: HTC 7 Trophy Sim Free Mobile Phone (Electronics)
HTC phones seem to have a good reputation for quality and reliability. The Trophy is no exception. It is a pleasure to own.
The only motivation or reason to buy the Trophy or any Windows7 mobile phone must be the expected ability to work in a seamless way with Windows 7 and Microsoft products on the PC. Unless you are a corporate user with complex servers you are going to be very unhappy.
On my PC I have Windows 7 and Use Outlook 2007 for my E mails,calendar and Task management. I was expecting to have to install a Microsoft Utility on my PC which would automatically transfer all my Outlook information onto the Trophy and then synchronise it in both directions with updates.
In the past I have had a Palm Zire and currently an HP iPAQ which synchronise to outlook via Microsoft Windows Mobile software. It works a treat. Just plug in the Phone USB cable to the PC and off it goes.
I spent hours trying to set up the links to Windows Live. Only to find in a document that it would only update from Outlook to the Trophy. Any changes or new appointments made on the road to the phone would not be loaded into Outlook and could even be deleted during synchronisation.
The documentation dealing with Windows 7 mobile is all over the Microsoft web site. It might have been a good idea to generate a user manual for the Windows 7 Mobile system showing how to set up the generic features.
If you want to load apps forget it unless you are a gamer.
I did resolve the synchronisation problems. A line on one of the web pages was the key. Use Google for synching Outlook to the Trophy. If you don't have one, open a GMail account. On the Trophy set up the Google E mail account. Tick the synch box. Your E mails and other programmes will be updated every 20 minutes, maybe longer sometimes. In Gmail Open Calendar. Import the Outlook Calendar. Alternatively download a utilty from Google. Google Calendar Sync and run this. Follow the instructions and later your calender will appear on your Trophy. You can follow the same process for Contacts but download Google Contacts Sync. It all works as expected on my Trophy.
From what I know now I would purchase the HTC Desire with the Android operaing system and have access to all those lovely apps.
Maybe the Windows7 Mobile based systems will take off if one of the major manufacturers such as Nokia adopt it. Hopefully Microsoft will come out with some good updates and not do a Vista!
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2011 00:46:23 GMT
Interesting comments for someone - like myself - contemplating a phone purchase, so many thanks. I would point out that the OS is called Windows Phone 7 because it succeeds Windows Mobile 6.5 and is nothing to do with Windows 7 as such.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2011 17:14:49 GMT
B. R. Gray says:
I was aware that Windows Phone 7 is a follow on OS from 6.0. 6.5 etc. hence my comments re the Windows Mobile Synch programme being excellent thus using Windows Live to semi synch is a step back for Outlook users with a Windows 7 Phone. I am sure Microsoft like the association of Windows Phone 7 and Windows 7 from a marketing viewpoint.
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