HTC HD7 vs. HTC Mozart – Review

by Jerry D on October 18, 2010

As we’ve already seen with the HTC HD7 vs. HTC Trophy match-up, there are only small differences between HTC’s various Windows Phones. If you’ve had enough of Apple and don’t like the Wild West feel of Android, then Microsoft’s new OS hopes to banish all thoughts of its terrible Windows Mobile predecessor. It’s the HD7 versus the Mozart in this big phone fight…

htc hd7 vs mozart HTC HD7 vs. HTC Mozart   Review

Connectivity:

Let’s consider the wireless options. The hefty HD7 boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. Like looking in a mirror, the Mozart model packs the same 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. (1-1)

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Size & Weight:

The HD7 and the more pocketable Mozart measure 122.0 x 68.0 x 11.2mm and 119.0 x 60.2 x 11.9mm respectively. Despite its overall size, the HD7 is the thinner of the two. But in terms of weightiness, the HD7 is heavier than the Mozart, tipping the scales at 162g, compared to the Mozart’s nicely-balanced 130g. (1-2)

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Camera:

The HD7′s built-in camera has a resolution of 5.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, a dual-LED flash and HD video recording at 720p).

The HTC Mozart beats its opponent with a higher-spec 8.0 Megapixel camera that also includes autofocus, a higher-spec Xenon flash (delivering far better illumination) and HD video recording (720p). (1-3)

Here’s how the raw technology of the cameras compare*.

1.0MP – 1280 x 960 pixels
2.0MP – 1600 x 1200 pixels
3.1MP – 2048 x 1536 pixels
5.0MP – 2592 x 1944 pixels
8.0MP – 3264 x 2448 pixels
10.0MP – 3872 x 2592 pixels
12.0MP – 4290 x 2800 pixels
16.0MP – 4920 x 3264 pixels

*These are typical resolutions. Actual resolutions may vary

Screen/keyboard:

The HD7 boasts a touch-sensitive S-LCD display, measuring a roomy 4.3 inches across and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. In terms of pixel density, this works out as a pixels per inch (PPI) measurement of 216.977. Not the best we’ve seen; far from the worst.

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The touch-sensitive S-LCD screen on the Mozart is noticeable smaller, measuring 3.7 inches. But the 480 by 800 resolution matches the HD7. With 384,000 pixels onscreen, the pixel density is higher than the HD7, coming in at a healthy 252.162 pixels per inch. (1-3)

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Performance:

Speed is crucial and there’s nothing between the two phones. Both rely on Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processors, rated at 1GHz. (1-3)

Software:

Both the HD7 and the Mozart run Microsoft Windows Phone 7. What’s to like? Easy Facebook access, Windows Live SkyDrive backups, widget-style ‘live tiles’, plus integrated Zune services, Outlook/Office friendliness and Xbox Live functionality. (1-3)

Storage:

With 16GB of internal storage, the HD7 has more space than the Mozart, which features 8GB in comparison. There’s no expansion slot on the HD7, so the base memory can’t be extended. But you can do a lot with 16GB of space. Ditto for the the Mozart. No memory card slot here either, so you’ll be stuck with 8 gigs of storage. (2-3)

Battery life:

Calculating the staying power of any phone can be tricky (see below). But HTC claims 6.25 hours of talktime for the HD7, compared to 6.5 hours for the Mozart. Standby times are 310 hours and 360 hours respectively. The Mozart takes the round here, but it’s so close there’s hardly anything in it. (2-4)

Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

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Extras:

The HD7 also includes GPS/A-GPS (with Bing Maps), G-Sensor, digital compass, Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound. The Mozart features the same extra bits and bobs; standard HTC fare for its Windows Phones. (2-4)

The HTC Mozart wins!

htc mozart HTC HD7 vs. HTC Mozart   ReviewWe have a winner as the HTC Mozart emerges as the winner of this fight (2-4). Where the Mozart scores points is in terms of its lighter weight build and higher-spec camera – the built-in Xenon flash can deliver superior results compared to the dual LEDs on the HD7. But the result is subjective. The HD7 has a bigger screen and more memory. You might prefer the extra room to taking better photos in the dark…

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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