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HTC 7 Mozart review
| ||Review: December 2010
Last updated April 2013
In a nutshell: The HTC 7 Mozart is a Windows 7 smartphone with an excellent camera and music player. With its rounded shape and brushed aluminium casing it's a good looker too, with a solid feel.
Best buy: HTC 7 Mozart from Amazon Marketplace UK (£94.99)
The HTC 7 Mozart is the third Windows® Phone OS 7 phones for us to review. We've previously reviewed the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Omnia 7. Whilst the HD7 and the Omnia 7 are monster phones with enormous displays, the Mozart is more like a "normal" phone, although all three cost about the same on a monthly contract. What then, is the unique offering of the Mozart?
The clue, presumably, lies in its name. It's going to be a music phone, right? Well, here's the thing: all of the Windows 7 phones have strong music credentials. With the same digital music player embedded in each phone, plus similar headphones bundled in the sales package and either 8GB or 16GB internal memory, all three that we've reviewed seem to offer pretty much the same thing. The differentiating factor of the Mozart is something called SRS WOW HD™, which to be honest didn't strike us as being anything as jaw-dropping as its name suggests. In essence it's virtual surround sound with better bass, and to be fair it's a match for any other mobile phone. Just don't expect it to turn your phone into some kind of home cinema!
Interestingly then, the thing that the Mozart excels at turns out to be photography. Whilst the other Windows 7 phones have a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, the Mozart has an 8 megapixel camera with a far brighter xenon flash. It also has HD video recording.
Apart from the improved camera and music features, the Mozart is very much like the other Windows phones, except that it's more compact. It's a great looking phone in fact, with a very solid brushed aluminium casing giving it an air of quality and a solid feel. Not everyone is giving the new operating system the thumbs up, but we think that's unfair. It's a new OS with some areas that will undoubtedly be polished in future updates, and it starts off with some good core apps, although it lacks the thousands of third-party apps that you'll get with an iPhone or with Android. Perhaps this is a phone better suited to grown-ups.
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HTC 7 Mozart features include:
- 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and xenon flash
- 720p HD video recording
- Display: Touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom capability, 480 x 800 pixels (3.7 inches)
- GPS receiver with digital compass and Bing™ Maps
- Music player formats: .m4a, .m4b, .mp3, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
- Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
- XBox LIVE® integration
- Internet: HSPA (7.2 Mbps download, 2Mbps upload)
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, mini-USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm audio jack
- Memory: 8GB internal storage, 576MB RAM
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
- Size: 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm
- Weight: 130g
- Battery: 1300 mAh
- Talktime: 330 - 405 minutes
- Battery standby: 360 - 435 hours
HTC 7 Mozart user reviews
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Average rating from 35 reviews:
Reviewed by Lee
on 23rd Sep 2013
The worst thing iv ever had!!don't go near this
Reviewed by Jeff from England on 31st Jan 2013
The 2 action (slide and press) to answer the phone, does not work 85%
of the time. Also the 1 touch end call, is the same.
I have a replacement phone, and the problems are the same.
At the end of the day, it's a phone, and if you can't answer a call,
when the phone rings, something is drastically wrong. I am stuck in
a 24 month contract, with 8 months to go, and can't get out of it. I
HATE IT !!!
Reviewed by william from scotland on 20th Nov
this phone is just anoying!...
the camera is good,but any pictures or video you take MUST be viewed/saved
on the pc via a piece of horrible software called zune.also the video
constantly tries to re-focus images as you record,if you so much as
raise an eyebrow the camera has to re focus...i won't go in to the horrors
that await you with the software...it's pretty irratating and time consuming
to do anything with it.
calls to people sound scratchy and hissy...and the dreaded echo abounds.
in order to do anything with the phone,you MUST have a microsoft account
of some kind.
microsoft cleary do not understand anything about the things mobile
phone users want
Reviewed by Steve from UK on 31st Aug 2012
Bought it this week as it was on offer at Phones4u. Fairly big screen,(3.7in),
and am now fairly au-fait with it. It didn't have an operating manual,
but there is plenty of information online to help you. Early days yet,
but am pleased with it on the whole, especially the quick web connection.
Radio is rather hissy and the dial moves very quickly up and down when
you are trying to locate a station. On the positive side, it looks good,
has a good camera and is very good value for money. This review is subject
to change at any time, but think I've bought a good phone, and recommend
Reviewed by Erick from United Kingdom on 22nd
This device is outstanding both in terms of hardware, build quality
and its smooth user interface, which is now available running Windows
Phone 7.5. Brilliant and a great alternative to android. It also has
a particularly sharp camera. Recommended.
Reviewed by jack clifford from hull on 5th Apr
this phone is shocking honestly dont get it these ither coments are
people trying to get you to buy it,dont its badd very bad
Reviewed by Steve from Wales,UK on 24th Feb 2012
I have had my Mozart for nearly 18 months now. Once the Mange update
was installed I reset the phone to factory, Zune and Windows Live sorted
out my contacts and photos etc with no bother.
The phone is great. Without a doubt the best phone I have ever had.
And Windows Mobile is excellent. The previous version was poor.
Since Mango update no freezes no problems. The battery is not great,
a couple of days light use but it is a smartphone. There are apps for
all the important things in life readily available. Unlike Apple OS
phones the phone actually works as a phone and is not stuck in the Apple/Itunes
trap. Unlike an Android phones there is no need for process killers
and loads of ram.
As the main review says this is a phone for grown ups.
Reviewed by yoni from bg on 18th Feb 2012
Reviewed by A Reviewer from UK on 29th Jan 2012
Switched to this from an iPhone 3G and the difference is amazing. Its
smooth, quick and easy to use. It's not without its issues but then
which phone isn't. The interface is straight forward and intuitive,
messaging is easy although the predictive text can be annoying sometimes
(but then when isn't it?). The camera is pretty good and it is easy
to share photos, although there is no option for bluetooth sharing.
Uploading to sites like Flickr or Facebook is quick and easy. Lack of
UMA is annoying as I live in an area which is not the best for signal.
The choice of apps is adequate but then I look for a phone that will
call and text foremost, not something that I can use for Twatter or
Facebook. I havn't used the music or video functions so cannot comment
on these. My only complaints are poor battery life, I have to charge
it every other day (although this is nowhere as bad as my Cackberry
which needed a charge every day without fail) and power button sensitivity.
Yes this is an odd one but when I lock the keypad and out the phone
in my pocket one slight touch when walking and the phone switches itself
off. Another niggle is the inability of the phone to recognise changes
to address books. I have updated with new numbers and saved them yet
the phone will sometimes revert to old numbers, still trying to work
this one out. Overall I like this phone. Compared to a Cackberry and
an iPhone it is leagues ahead of them both and I hope to keep using
this for a good while yet.
Reply by John from UK on 14th Mar
are you synching phone with pc? if so you need to update numbers on
the pc rather than the phone then when you connect to pc it will overwrite
your old contacts with the new
Reviewed by Jacapady from England on 1st Jan 2012
Very good phone no faults 8gb is big enough for everything, windows
7 is definately the best operating system over Android, just so easy
to use and sleek looking windows app storeis great. Works for anyone
from a gamer to a business personnel. I would definately recommend this
phone to anyone
Reviewed by smiler from England on 29th Dec 2011
Having just had a HTC Mozart I like it !! Just a few days ago I read
that you can not have your own ringtones on this phone and within 5
minutes of having it found this not to be TRUE just download the free
ringtone app type In your favourite song or artist click ad as ringtone
and there you go !! As for the rest of the phone i am still messing
around with it but all seems good alot better than most people are letting
on it even has a voice like the iPhone 4s
Reviewed by Louisa from UK on 28th Dec 2011
Don't bother!I am on my third handset since December 20120 and it's
just not good enough. Most of the Apps don't work and the ones you want
aren't available. Add to this the constant screen freezing due to unresponsive
touchscreen, the dodgy camera that takes blurred photos, the updates
that never work and the battery that lasts 6 hours if you're lucky!
Reviewed by Batz from UK on 27th Dec 2011
What a rubbish phone. As mentioned by previous owners below; phone resets
and doesn't update, texting is basic with limited features, screen is
oversensitive when typing but undersensitive when navigating the menus.
Battery is useless and very few quality apps. Avoid.
Reviewed by J from uk on 23rd Oct 2011
Haptic feedback buttons you can't switch off! Keyboard which is unforgiving
compared to iPhone. Can't create music playlists on device by picking
single tracks! Camera with crazy auto focus which blurs as you take
the shot. Tiny, non replaceable micro sd card. 2 days of use and it's
back to the shop. Nice screen, good size and well made but just not
Reviewed by Me from England on 22nd Sep 2011
i had had many many phones over the years and i was very excited when
i got this phone, its was light, had windows 7, you can go straight
on you tube, its looks great and to top it all it has xbox live. ive
never been so disappointed, this poor excuse for a phone has been completely
unreliable, failing to update, the online FAQ was unhelpful, the phone
crashes and freezes all the time, when i recieve a phone call it will
turn itself off then when it turns back on the date has been reset to
1980, the microphone periodically stops working, touch screen is either
oversensitive or not sensitive enough, it fails at being the most basic
sort of mobile phone. but i suppose i was very nieve to expect anything
more from a windows anything, and now im stuck in a 2 year contract.
Reviewed by Jayboy from England on 20th Aug 2011
Top little phone. Got it free for £10.50 a month on O2 (removed data
bolt-on) as a work phone to compliment my Nexus S. Screen isn't as good
as the Nexus S but then again its a lot cheaper in price. WP7 IMO is
better than Android. Much faster, smoother and you dont have to worry
about app store malware. Camera is above average. Battery needs charging
everyday but then im used to doing that now for smartphones. Looking
forward to Mango coming soon (1st Sep latest prediction) Oh and after
also reviewing the Omnia 7 on here i can confirm Bluetooth works fine
on the Mozart ;)
Reviewed by Logix from UK on 3rd Jul 2011
I have had the mozart for about 4 months now,and have grown to love
it the more i use it. The only problem i have with this model,is the
battery life. The windows O.S. is faultless on the mozart, but thats
just my opinion. Looking forward to mango update.
Reviewed by Leo from England on 24th Jun 2011
Win phone 7 OS is a definitely eye candy but has too many restrictions
and features missing at the moment. Mango is coming out soon but its
still not enough. The OS is very fun to use though but the biggest problem
for me is the battery, you spend hundreds of pounds for a smartphone
but you cant use it. I have purchased a 1800mah Mugen battery which
gets me past the working day easily but this is not good enough for
me as I can forget to charge it at night and wont be able to use it
the following day. The thing about smartphones, people say you can turn
off 3g, data connection, bluetooth etc..but then whats the point? I
might aswell use a classic Nokia. The 8mp camera is a mix bag, you can
get good pictures at time but sometimes there is just to much noise
and pictures are worse than some 5mp cameras phones. Why do ppl like
HTC's btw? Audio/Videos/Pictures have to be uploaded via Zune PC or
itunes on a mac (via win phone 7 connector) which can be annoying conversion
on my videos didn't come out as sharp and pixelated at times.
Reviewed by chorley from uk on 23rd Jun 2011
The architecture and design is superb, but not the basic working of
the unit. There is a very basic fault apart from extremely poor power
storage,standby and talk time, that is if you turn it on and actually
use the phone! When making a call the various touch pads, bluetooth..add
call..speaker...mute...hold and end call are all displayed in the top
third of the screen . If you are not using bluetooth at the time and
do not wish to use the loud..speaker and you raise the unit to your
ear in order to hear the call, you can very simply end the call..mute
the call..or hold the call with the touch of your ear without wishing
to!! signed Exasperated.
Reviewed by benjamin from Ireland on 25th May
absolutely beautiful!! everything that you could ever want is included
in this phone!! i have fallen for it and it will stik by me for a long
Reviewed by natashadunlop<3. from Scotland on
24th May 2011
Had this phone since Christmas, thought it was amssing, untill I tried
to download apps from the market place. In the market place it has loads
of apps for htc's but none of them work on this phone! As I try to download
the apps it keeps saying 'Sorry Can't Download, Try Again Later' soo
bugging! So I phoned at the htc customer service and they informed me
that I need to have a google acount for the mobile, I told them that
I already have one, but yet it still dosen't let me download any apps!
So now I have decided to swap my htc for a blackberry torch...
Reviewed by kev from Scotland on 8th May 2011
traded in sony Ericsson satio for this phone....big mistake....avoid
at all costs...
Reviewed by Alan from Scotland on 19th Apr 2011
Had this phone for over a week and I am loving it. At first it was tricky
to operate, however, now I have mastered it, it is proving to be one
of the best phones I have ever had. The operating system is slick and
very responsive while the apps are endless. Camera and music player
also very good. Would definitely recommend this phone.
Reviewed by andy from uk on 14th Feb 2011
I think the Mozart is a good phone but suffers from some big critical
let downs. Firstly the static memory limits download capability. It
plays film superbly but lacks the necessary ability to store decrypted
MP4 files, such as dvd burns. This can be remedied by stripping the
back cover off to get at the micro sd card, unusual to find something
that's usually impossible on any other unit with static memory. 32gb
safe expansion. The battery is a huge issue, I think this is exacerbated
by the sheer amount the phone seems to do constantly, thus bleeding
power all day. However, its a micro usb charger so can be charged from
pc easily. I also find the casing and screen easily scratched and it
has worn quickly over just a month. putting these weak areas aside,
i do feel the phone has a huge amount to offer, ... it's quick with
snapdragon processer, live tiles make using it childs play, push email,
8mp camara, excellent screen quality, ms office onbard, customizable
home screen further cuts down time spent on the phone due to ease of
access. Generall I think it's a thumbs up, however it does have limitations.
reckon desire hd2 a better bet.
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 12th Jan 2011
I got this phone on contract back in December, needless to say it was
sent back a couple of days later and exchanged for an iPhone 3GS, No
doubt its beautiful both software wise and exterior looks, but its let
down badly by the useless battery, its the first phone I ever had that
didn't last the day, in fact it died around 3pm and that was with wifi
etc turned of. HTC also have made a real blunder with this handset,
as they have done with all there handsets in fact, They wire the FM
radio antenna to the mic wire in the headphones, meaning if you use
any standard headphones which 90% do not have a built in mic you won't
get an FM signal, try this out, use standard headphones and pull them
out just until the first dimple, you will get perfect reception, that's
because you are now hitting the mic wire. So this forces you to use
the standard HTC headphones which are really poor quality. On a positive
note the camera is really excellent, but sadly thats about the only
positive, apps are limited, add to that the shocking battery life and
dodgy FM radio and headphones I'd say avoid.
Reviewed by Justin from England on 19th Dec 2010
I chose this phone for 2 reasons..Sound quality and camera....(luckily
its a work phone so I didn't have to pay for it) The camera is terrible,
it has a really soft focus, and the shutter button has to be pressed
so hard that every photo suffers from camera shake. The call quality
is so bad it is beyond belief, it sounds muffled and lacks any high
frequencies, its like the person you are talking to has a sock in their
mouth. My previous phone Sony W850i had incredible call quality in comparison.
One of the main selling points for me was the supposed audio capabilities
"SRS" and "Dolby Mobile"...utter trash. Dolby mobile just creates a
softened wider Soundstage losing tons of quality in the process, and
SRS Wow is just a loudness button. I will definitely be carrying my
Sansa clip with me at all times, (i have always been a separate device
user PSP, Sansa Clip, Lumix LX3,and decent phone...I was foolish to
think that any one device could replace them all. And please don't suggest
the iphone because it sounds worse than the Mozart. (i once put the
Sansa clip against an iphone using a pair of Beyer dynamic DT990's and
the iphone user wasn't happy when he heard the sansa to say the least)
Reviewed by Richard from England on 18th Dec 2010
Decent phone. I really like Windows Phone 7. The problem I have is the
reception. For some reason when reception is poor, the people I call
can't hear me even though I can hear them perfectly. I sent my first
one back thinking it was a fault with the phone. I'm disappointed with
the camera and flash, disappointing considering the spec. I also find
the screen over sensitive and I sometimes press the wrong buttons when
texting. I love Windows Phone 7. I think it looks better the the Iphone
and Android operating systems. It's downfall is that it lack the apps,
and the games are massively overpriced. Games such as Sims 3 and Assassins
Creed are £5.49 each. Battery life is good, the phone hasn't died on
me yet (not used for work). An overnight charge has been enough for
me, using the factory settings. The cost of this phone is also alot
cheaper then the other 2 mentioned in the review.
Reviewed by Matt from uk on 13th Dec 2010
battery tip: as well as turning off wifi, gps, bluetooth when not needed
and limiting email updates to once an hour, i turned off the automatic
screen brightness and set it to medium, and this has made quite a difference.
getting 24 hours easily now.
Reviewed by Dave from UK on 11th Dec 2010
This is a decent phone, camera is excellent, best I've seen on a phone
and the screen in crystal clear, however its let down badly in 2 areas,
Battery is awful, even worse than the HTC android phones, you will be
lucky to get 6-7 hours with it on minimal use with wifi etc turned off,
It won't last a typical working day meaning taking a charger out with
you, and secondly Windows phone 7, The app store is dire, its got a
fair few apps but like Android most are rubbish. I ended up returning
Reviewed by john styring from england on 10th
What a fantastic refreshing touch of genius this phone provides, Cannot
fault microsoft with its new os ,super fast web and apps very classy
feel to them, xbox live ,fantastic zune,camera, battery life superb,
Got 3gs i phone, n8, But trust me in that this phone is the king,
Reviewed by Simon from UK on 4th Dec 2010
Had the Mozart for a month now and i have to say i'm so impressed .
Have tried the HTC Desire and the Iphone 4 , but both had issues i wasn't
happy with. I take alot of convincing and this phone did it very quickly.
It's very fast , clear , and clever. The calls are crisp and the interface
very easy to use . The build design is robust and has a very high quality
feel.I really would recommend this phone highly.
Reviewed by Steven from UK on 3rd Dec 2010
WOW WHAT A POOR PHONE AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE GET THE NOKIA N900 INSTEAD
Reviewed by Ed Frampton from N.z. on 2nd Dec 2010
Bluetooth does not work,,,,,sad,,,,well made phone.
Reviewed by Priesh from London, Mayfair on 1st
my first touchscreen phone and love it. the touch sensitive is good,
music is good and the camera is beta thn the iphone. only prob is, nt
as many apps as android or iphone, but hopefully windows will make sum
more good apps. definatly worth buyin, n nxt upgrade will b another
Reviewed by Matt from UK on 1st Dec 2010
Had this phone for a week now. very happy with it. solidly built, nice
bright screen. Everything works very well, and without getting into
a debate about what it doesn't have yet, the UI is very fast, very fluid
and responsive, and once you get used to the slightly different way
a few things work, like yr message inbox, its a pleasure to use. Compared
with my mates Desire, it just flows so much more smoothly. the music
player is excellent, specially with the HTC app set on SRS, Zune, Marketplace,
syncing, all work easily and the GPS is fast and accurate. The voice
commands work pretty much every time. Call quality is a noticable improvement
on my last phone (samsung) Battery life is easily a day with moderate
use. camera is maybe the only slight dissapointment, its not bad by
all means, but not quite what you'd expect for 8mp. Think its a great
phone and a great start by Windows 7. I know that people seem to be
desperate for microsoft to fail, but i think they have a great product
here that will only get better.