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HTC 7 Trophy Review

With HTC slicing the pie three ways, Vodafone has its hands on the HTC 7 Trophy as one of its Windows Phone 7 offerings. The other handset that Voda will offer is the LG Optimus 7. With Microsoft keeping a tight handle on things by defining the hardware specs and restricting the level of customisation that manufacturers can do, there is little to pick and choose between the phones on offer. We spent Monday at the launch event playing with the various handsets on offer and this is what we thought of the HTC 7 Trophy.

We’ve seen the HTC 7 Trophy before at a behind-closed-doors preview, but we didn’t get much time with the phone. This time however, we spent a little more time mulling over what this phone has to offer. Naturally, for the full low down on the performance and the quirks the new operating system throws up, we’ll wait until we have a review handset before passing any sort of definitive judgement.

Of the other HTC handsets, the HTC 7 Mozart goes to Orange, the HTC HD7 – the 4.3-inch bad boy – goes to O2. We’re already seeing disquiet about what looks like the flagship model, the HD7, being exclusively tied to O2, but that’s the reality of the Windows Phone 7 landscape at the moment.

The HTC Trophy is perhaps the least distinctive of the HTC handsets too. It is dwarfed by the 4.3-inch HD7 and doesn’t get to boast about camera specs against the Mozart. Unlike the Mozart is doesn’t have a unibody design either, so it comes across as rather generic. It might have a .1-inch screen increase over Mozart, but we can’t see that making a massive difference to the overall experience.

But in saying it is generic we’re not saying it is poorly constructed. We’ve become accustomed to good build quality from HTC over the past few years and the same values appear to be reflected here. In playing with the phone we didn’t detect any sign of creaks or flex from the casing, but it doesn’t have quite the same sex appeal that the other HTC phones do.

In terms of specs, if you’ve been following the Windows Phone 7 story then you already know them, as there is little difference in any of the phones that have been launched. Around the front you have the 3.8-inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution display, beneath which sit the regulation three buttons: back, Start and search. Around the sides you get a volume control and dedicated camera button, whilst a 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro-USB are also on the roster.

The 5-megapixel camera on the back is supported by a single LED “flash” and also offers 720p video capture. From what we’ve seen of the camera interface it is all very simple and easy to use. Sharing options are presented from the camera roll and you can opt to have your picture automatically uploaded to your 25GB SkyDrive (the cloud-based space you get with your Windows Live account), or sent out via email, messaging or uploaded to Facebook.

Being a Vodafone handset we found that the tiles had been turned red (just as the HTC 7 Mozart tiles were Orange and the HD7 blue) to reflect its network allegiance, although you can select your own colours from a defined selection. But operator and manufacturer customisation is kept to a minimum, with Microsoft staying firmly at the helm. As Andy Lees, president mobile communications business at Microsoft, said at the launch keynote, Microsoft wanted to be “accountable for the total experience”.

From what we’ve seen so far, the user experience is good. We found that WP7 was fast to navigate as we explored the Trophy. The jury is still out however, until we’ve had time to really get to grips with what Windows Phone 7 has to offer (and how it offers it). It certainly seems to be oozing with style, but whether the substance is there to appeal to those who might be looking at Vodafone’s other smartphone offerings like the iPhone 4 or the HTC Desire HD remains to be seen.

HTC has broadly aligned the HTC 7 Trophy with gaming (look at the graphics on its website) whilst the HD7 gets the movie treatment and the HTC 7 Mozart gets the music treatment. In essence, there is nothing “more gamey” about the Trophy than either of the other handsets as Xbox Live integration is part of WP7. We’re yet to really see how this will manifest itself in the real world and whether this will set the smartphone world alight.

With HTC not able to slap its favoured HTC Sense over the top, you’ll find a glimpse of HTC magic in the HTC hub. There are a couple of apps: a Sound Enhancer (to manage the Dolby Mobile and SRS offerings of the handset) as well as stocks, notes and a Photo Enhancer. Of course, it wouldn’t be HTC without full screen 3D animated weather, and within the HTC hub you’ll find just that, able to give you weather for your current location as well as letting you scroll through other places. Yes, you get the rolling clouds and the windscreen wiper to clear away the rain.

First Impressions

First impressions of the HTC 7 Trophy are good, but we find ourselves drawn in opposite directions to the size of the HD7 and the looks of the Mozart. All that might be irrelevant if you are a happy Vodafone customer, as this would be your only HTC option – so your choice would really be between HTC and the LG Optimus 7.

It is early days for Windows Phone 7, the very start of the story, and from what we have seen so far the new operating system looks good – a world away from the decrepit Windows Mobile 6.5. Of course, we’ll be getting our hands on the HTC 7 Trophy to give you a full review in the near future.


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How much data does video streaming use?

When it comes to internet usage, video watching is one of the main interests of users. Most users are mainly inclined towards streaming videos so it matters a lot to know how much data is required for it. Of course, we do require a smooth internet connection to be able to stream our favorite content online.If video streaming is your preference then you must consider high-speed internet like Spectrum internet for instance, that do not offer data caps. This means you do not have to worry about any extra fee surprises in your bill that are bound to happen if you run out of your data limit. Most of the providers in the United States do impose data caps so it is very important to find out an internet plan that assures a no data cap policy. For that, let us first have a look at the data that is needed for various video streaming platforms.YouTubeJust like using any other app on your smartphone, YouTube being one of the popular platforms needs data too. It nearly takes 562.5 MB of data per hour. This holds valid when you stream at around 480p resolution. In case you want better resolution, then you might require 1.86 GB per hour for 720p. For 1080p you might require 3.04 GB. For watching videos in 4K, you will require a massive 15.98 GB of data per hour.NetflixWe all agree with the fact that how much we love Netflix as it has successfully evolved as one of the most popular video streaming services. For subscribers exceeding 130 million, the internet speed is not much of a problem. An hour of video streaming in standard definition would need around 1 GB of data. If you want to enjoy high-quality video streaming, you might need up to 3GB. For ultra-high-definition, you can require up to 7 GB of data per hour.The selection of accounts can help you decide a suitable resolution for your connection. If you want to save your data, you can check the settings option and click the save button when you want.Amazon Prime VideoAmazon Prime Video was launched by Amazon as a streaming service in 2011 and has ever gained popularity among the users. Nowadays it is seen as one of the biggest competitors for Netflix. This service provides up to three resolutions for the users. Among them include good, better, and best. The Good enables streaming videos at around 480p in standard definition and utilizes a data of 800 MB per hour. The Better option allows an HD stream with a data requirement of around 2 GB per hour. The Best option consumes nearly 6 GB of data per hour. You should also know that accessing Amazon Prime Video on your mobile app results in low data consumption as compared to the desktop app.HuluHulu is another important video streaming option that uses somewhat less data as compared to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video This makes Hulu as one of the most economical options available. You require around 680 MB per hour of data for the standard definition. If you switch to a 720p high definition setting, the data requirement may jump to 1.3 GB per hour. 1080p resolution can need data up to 2.7 GB per hour. You can also stream live TV if you are using Hulu’s $39.99 monthly plan.SpotifySpotify is one of the best-known music streaming platforms but not everyone knows that it also provides a video service in certain areas. The company does not disclose much about the data requirements of the video streaming service. However it only notifies that video streaming requires more data as compared to music streaming and is much like the ones needed for other video channels. Mostly the videos are in high definition and can consume up to 3 GB of data for an hour streaming.VimeoVimeo does not have any details regarding data usage. The standard definition content can need up to 353 MB of data per hour. As far as the HD videos are concerned, they need up to 2.75 GB per hour.StanMany of us might not have heard of Stan as it is accessible in Australia only. The app usually provides four-tier quality. The lowest standard definition setting can require up to 1.13 GB per hour while HD and 4K can require around 3 GB per hour and 7 GB per hour respectively.DirecTVThe DirecTV website also does not display clear information about the required bandwidth. In case if your provider puts a data limit, you can always reduce your video quality. The data consumption parallels to the aforementioned video streaming platforms.Sling TVSling TV is another one of the highest quality video streaming service that uses around 2 GB per hour of data for its highest quality option. The data required for medium quality is 540 MB per hour that further lowers to 360 MB per hour for low-quality streaming options.Summing UpYou need to be aware of the data consumption involved in the video streaming service you are using. This can save you from exceeding your data limit and paying any additional cost.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

This portable UV-C wand sterilizes your items and work space

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How to set up a Messenger Room in Facebook Messenger

With the launch of Messenger Rooms, you can now participate in video calls from the comfort of your smartphone and without any extra apps.If you’re using WhatsApp, Instagram, or Messenger, you can now make a virtual room and invite your friends in a matter of seconds. This saves you the trouble of installing extra apps like Zoom.Today we’re going to look at how to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger.How to set up a Messenger Room in Messenger – The easy wayThe only real pre-requisite here is having the latest version of Facebook Messenger installed on your phone from the Google Play Store. Download it here.Step 1Tap on the People tab at the bottom on the Messenger app and choose to Create a RoomAt the bottom center of the screen, you will have the option of Share Link. Tap on it.With the Who Can Join, you can also control who joins the Messenger Room if you wish to keep the room exclusive to friends, family, etc.Step 2Copy the link in the box and paste it to the group or people you wish to share it with. They will also need to have the Messenger app installed and on the latest version of the app for it to work best.You can share the link via any app or medium you wish, but whoever has access to the link can join your room, unless you modify the Who Can Join settings in Step 1.From here, you just wait for your friends to join and carry out your business. When you feel the room has met its purpose, you can close the room by tapping on the X button at the top right of the room.Leave will mean that the room will still be there to return to for anyone who has the link. End Room will close the room and make the link invalid. This means you’ll have to make a new room if you do End Room here.We also wrote a guide on how to start a Messenger Room from WhatsApp. The feature will soon go live on Instagram globally, so be sure to look out for that as well!If you’ve used Messenger rooms, let us know what you think of it in the comments section below!