The HTC 7 Mozart is a smartphone that runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. Updated 31 March 2011

HTC smartphones are uniformly well-built, slick and have excellent interfaces. However, they often look similar to each other. The unibody Mozart tries to stand out, but really ought to shout louder. 

Clad in a steel-looking gunmetal surround, the Mozart shows a sober face to the world. On its reverse is an asymmetric two-tone metal backplate. We’re reserving judgment on its styling. 

Navigation is via the 3.7in touchscreen, although a black glass effect at the bottom of the display helps distinguish the Windows (home), back and forward buttons. Primed with a 1GHz processor, the Mozart is extremely nippy.

HTC provides an 8Mp camera with a Xenon flash, autofocus and a range of scene presets. Video can be recorded at the standard 720p and stored on the 8GB internal memory. 

An upwards swipe unlocks the home screen and takes you to the main Windows Phone 7 interface. Since the Mozart is offered on Orange, several of the tiles take you to operator-specific apps. The HTC Hub provides a superior, highly localised weather app with a five-day forecast. It also suggests Featured Apps to download - as yet there aren’t that many to choose from. 

Call quality is clear and plenty loud enough. The 1,500mAh battery is charged directly via the microUSB port and lasts a good day and a half of browsing, texting and talking.

Next page: Our original review of the HTC 7 Mozart, from November 2010 >>

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