Design and Display
The HTC 7 Trophy is a fairly well designed smartphone. It doesn't have any really attention grabbing features to make it stand out from the crowd. It has an average candy bar design. Dominating the front is a 3.8 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen. Not a real eye opener with the likes of AMOLED and S-LCD technology, but still a clear display. There's a silver lining that wraps around the front, giving it an almost iPhone 3GS feel but that's where any comparisons to an iPhone stop.
Below the display are the three now familiar, Microsoft mandated shortcut keys; Back, Start and Search. To the left is the volume rocker and the microUSB. Opposite, on the right resides the camera dedicated button. Up above, along the top are the 3.5 mm headphone jack and power button. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is at a slight angle, meaning your headphones, when plugged in, still look like they're not fully plugged in. A bit of the jack is exposed.
Behind the 3.8 inch display is a matte black finish with a 5 megapixel camera display prominently at the top center, along with the LED flash. The speaker is next to the camera, this design is very prominent in many other HTC phones as well.
Overall, in the current lineup of Windows Phone 7 handsets, the HTC 7 Trophy really blends into the background with its familiar design and average feel. There's really nothing too special in the design to make it feel like a powerful phone. The faults really stand out when it is held side by side with a Dell Venue Pro, which just feels more solid and professional.