HTC Mozart Review

Introduction

So how would you feel, waking up on a bright morning, the weather being pleasant and you are still on a state of not liking your cell phone for a known number of reasons. Also you hate it for the fact that it never proved its value being a companion when there is nobody to take care of you. Then definitely it’s time, to gift yourself a new cell phone. Well truly speaking, there’s no perfect phone which exists till date, every phone has its own pros and cons.

Mozart, the name suggests the phone to be an ultimate phone for music, but HTC 7 Mozart is a phone which dares to challenge the other smart phones on the style factor. So perplexed? Yeah, just flip your HTC 7 Mozart and you will be amazed to find the sleek aluminium frame and also the 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash. So it’s tough time for all those camera phones around the world who have ruled the top positions.

So for all those WP7 fanatics out there, HTC 7 Mozart will never let your hopes down. This is the first, probably the only one of its kind WP7 phone to feature an 8 megapixel camera. This little masterpiece also offers a surround –sound experience for video and music playback and there’s much more. So let’s just cut down the introduction, let’s rock and roll, Shall we?

Design

We have recently reviewed the HTC Trophy. Well, HTC 7 Mozart is pretty similar to HTC trophy in terms of its dimensions. It measures 119 x 60.2 x 11.9 mm. The layout of the screen, keys and ear-piece have been optimally placed so as to reduce the wastage of space. This is the main reason for the HTC 7 Mozart to look compact. As mentioned earlier, the sleek aluminium body is what makes Mozart to stand out from its competitors, and to our astonishment, Mozart was 10gms lighter than the Plastic bodied HTC Trophy.

The phone is very comfortable to handle, and the material used for the body is a blend of aluminium and high quality matte plastic. The front panel is almost the same as other HTC phones where the majority of the portion is taken by the screen. The rear panel is something HTC has tried to make it distinct from other typical HTC phones. Mozart has its front panel wrapped around on the left side to give the feeling of a unibody construction. The battery cover is placed at the rear bottom. The inclusion of matte plastic and the aluminium parts makes the frame resistant to fingerprints.


Like in all typical HTC phones, Mozart features 3 keys – back, start and search at the bottom of the screen. The top of the frame features a LED status indicator and also an ear piece.

On the left you find the volume rocker keys and a microUSB port and on the right hand side you find the camera shutter key. At the top, you tend to find the 3.5mm audio jack placed far away from the power/screen lock key. The bottom of the phone features a mouthpiece.

Ok, so let’s flip the phone back, and here comes the differentiation factor, well, ‘m not talking about the loudspeaker grill, but the 8 megapixel camera supported by a xenon flash.

Hardware

In addition to the camera and the flash support, Mozart sports a 1 GHz Snapdragon chipset along with a 3.7 inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen. So let’s start exploring the packaging box.

The Box


Mozart’s packaging and the accessories have maintained their standards upto the expectations. Your phone is provided with an USB charger, one- piece headset with music controls. It also comes with a microUSB cable and the user guide for those first time users on both paper copy and a disc.

Display:

Mozart sports a 3.7 inch screen with screen sensitivity, the response being great and silky smooth with an amazing performance. The display is brighter compared to other HTC phones and also the legibility issue are also favourable. I would really thank HTC for chipping in a better screen as compared to the other phones in the family. But the glossy front requires regular cleaning as it is not resistant to finger prints.

Camera:

The 8 MP autofocus camera snaps photos with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. The camera shutter key is capable of starting the camera with a single press. This button is also used to unlock the phone, but developers have made sure that any accident triggering of the button (like inside a purse and pocket) will not start the camera. There is also an option provided for flicker adjustment, metering mode, scene presets and also changing of resolution.

On the other side, Mozart has fared poorly in terms of image quality in comparison with the phones featuring an 8 MP camera. The images from Mozart are less in detail and are quite soft. The pre processing also fails in proper white balancing which in turn ends up with an image with a bluish tint.

Connectivity:

HTC 7 Mozart is supported by a quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE technology and a dual-band 3G with HSPA, with the downlink being 7.2Mbps and uplink being 2Mbps. This caters to international and national connectivity.

The local connectivity is covered by Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Well, as in other WP7 phones, Mozart also does not support Bluetooth file transfer.

Battery:

What if a phone is loaded with amazing applications, and excellent user interface, it is the battery that matters for it to be a success. Mozart is powered by a 1300 mAh Li-Ion unit and is said to support 435 hours of standyby and 5.5 hours of talk time.

Software

HTC 7 Mozart retains the same user interface feel as in other HTC phones. I would rather say we tend to see the same live tiles and same homescreen. So let us just look at each of this in detail.

User interface

HTC 7 Mozart is mainly composed of two main parts – a homescreen and main menu. As in all other HTC window phones, the homescreen corresponds to a grid of live tiles. These live tiles are equivalent to the shortcuts in the homescreen.

On the other hand, the main menu is a traditional list – a platform where all the installed apps and hubs are listed in alphabetical order. This would mean, the number of applications installed is directly proportional to the length of the list. The items on this list can be pinned to the homescreen by just pressing and holding the item for about, say 1 second.

The user interface also lacks multitasking, and applications running on the background tend to suspend when the phone screen is locked. However there is an option to allow for it to run. But most of the times the app or the game is restarted.

And here goes the video

Default apps

HTC 7 Mozart is bombarded with a variety of apps which includes connection setup, Sound enhancer and photo enhancer.

Calendar

The windows phone 7 calendar app is loaded with extra features than compared to a normal calendar app found in other phones. It also lets you add an appointment with ease. The app also supports multiple alarms, each with its own name, ringing sound and repeat pattern.

Calculator


The calculator app is also loaded with unique capabilities. This app features big buttons and favours for those having fat and chubby fingers. Tilting the phone to its right would activate hexadecimal input and tilting to its left corresponds to trigonometry and logarithmic inputs.

Zune Player

The Zune media player acts as iTunes for your iPhone. The Zune software installed in a PC is required to synchronise and other files with the phone. And I can say, this is the only way to get your media content into your phone library.

Browsers

The default browser in HTC 7 Mozart used is the Internet explorer. Having said that, it does not refer to the fact that, it is prone to many problems. Well, it definitely makes you think twice before purchasing a tab.

The browser is capable of rendering page quickly and also provides the option of panning and scrolling. Zooming of a particular section of the screen requires you to double tap on the screen and pinching in or out depending on whether the task is to zoom in or zoom out.

The browser is very elegant and can handle upto 6 tabs at a moment. There is also an option for bookmarks, adding to favourites and managing history. But the browser fails to score when it comes to flash enabled websites. It also has issues on saving a particular webpage. The YouTube app support is minimal and the icon is just treated as a bookmark rather than an application itself.

Conclusion

Main Disadvantages:

  • 3.7″ 16M-color capacitive LCD touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels)
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Dual-band 3G with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) and HSUPA (2Mbps)
  • Windows Phone 7 operating system
  • 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 576MB RAM, 512MB ROM
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon flash, geotagging
  • 720p video recording @ 25fps
  • 8GB of built-in storage
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Standard microUSB port (charging)
  • Dolby Mobile and SRS sound enhancement
  • Pretty good audio quality
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
  • Accelerometer for screen auto rotation
  • Office document editor
  • Facebook integration and cloud services
  • Built-in A-GPS receiver
  • Stereo FM Radio with RDS
  • Comes with HTC Hub and exclusive HTC apps
  • Voice-to-text functionality

Main disadvantages:

  • Disastrous camera performance
  • Weak xenon flash
  • Non-expandable storage
  • No lens protection

Well, HTC 7 Mozart has undoubtedly proved to be a stylish gadget and one of its kind with a unibody chassis. The hardware configuration and placement of key seemed to be perfect without any flaws. The screen quality is also a plus point which gives a better legibility and a crisper look. But it has failed to impress in terms of performance in the camera unit and the poor xenon flash has been a total let down. But in a way, inspite of the under performance of the camera, Mozart has pushed its way up and also has more than one reason for it to be picked and being brought into limelight. And as I speak about this everytime, no gadget in this universe is 100 percent perfect and I strongly feel Mozart has every reason to be the best. Well, the choice is yours, my friend.

  • Ethan

    Nice review… Thanks for the information and the effort.  I’ve been hearing some contradictory statements about the camera performance. Some are saying that it’s pretty bad while others feel that it’s good. Quite confused over this. 

    Just wondering the Mozart’s poor camera performance is in comparison to what? Standalone cameras? Nokia N8? Other camera phones?

  • Kitrinofatsa

    BLUETOOTH FILE TRANSFER IS NOT SUPPORTED??? OH MY GOD! WHAT THE SHIT IS WINDOWS PHONES 7?? ANYWAY THE CAMERA IS VERY GOOD.