LG Optimus 7 vs HTC 7 Trophy

Ever since the grand Windows Phone 7 launch in October, we've been working our way through all of the highly anticipated Windows Phone 7 handsets that were launched, to give you the lowdown on what each one is offering and whether they've got the goods to take on the mighty iOS and Android. However, not everyone can afford the most expensive handsets, such as the HTC HD7. That's why, in this head to head, we'll be pitching the affordable LG Optimus 7 and the HTC 7 Trophy against each other to see which one emerges as the victor.

 

Form Factor

Winner: HTC 7 Trophy
118.5 x 61.5 x 11.96mm; 150g
Loser: LG Optimus 7
125 x 59.8 x 11.5mm; 157g


When it comes to smartphones, size certainly does matter. Although a larger phone generally offers a bigger screen, it can make the handset a little too cumbersome, so it's all about getting the balance right. There's not a lot in it between these two mobiles as they are very similar in both thickness and weight. However, at 125mm, the Optimus is a fair bit longer than the HTC, giving it a slightly elongated look and feel to it. The HTC just steals this round thanks its slightly more compact and manageable dimensions.

 

Display

Draw: LG Optimus 7
3.8-inch, 800x480, LCD
Draw: HTC 7 Trophy
3.8-inch, 800x480, LCD



There's a fair bit of variation between the displays on top-tier handsets, although thankfully most of them tend to use capacitive touchscreens rather than the less sensitive and more cumbersome resistive displays. These two handsets are almost identical in terms of their screens. Both offer identically sized 3.8-inch touchscreens and both also use LCD technology. What's more, the displays on both handsets are equipped with 800 x 480-pixel resolutions. We have no choice but to declare this round a draw.

 

Engine room

Winner: HTC 7 Trophy
1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250, 576MB RAM, Adreno 200
Loser: LG Optimus 7
1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8650, 512MB RAM, Adreno 200



The two phones continue to stay neck and neck as we move into the hardware section. Both the Optimus and the Trophy are powered by 1Ghz Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm. While the HTC plumps for the QSD8250, the LG sports the very slightly higher-specced QSD8650, with both chips incorporating the identical Adreno 200 graphics processor. What does set the two phones apart is the RAM count, with the LG offering a fairly standard 512MB, while the HTC is equipped with a more respectable 576MB. In theory, both handsets should be able to handle all the apps, multitasking and gaming that you can throw at them, but the HTC's higher RAM count gives it a slight advantage, and that's why it takes the win in this category. Just.

 

Imaging

Draw: LG Optimus 7
5MP, flash, 720p video capture
Draw: HTC 7 Trophy
5MP, flash, 720p video capture



The camera capabilities of smartphones is now under scrutiny more than ever before thanks to the increasing number of us uploading pictures directly to social networking sites, and the growing popularity of photography apps like Hipstamatic. Once again, the two handsets are pretty much identical when it comes to imaging. Both sport 5-megapixel cameras with flashes and, like most of the other Windows phone 7 handsets, the Optimus and the Trophy both offer high-def video capture at 720p.

 

Storage

Winner: LG Optimus 7
16GB
Loser: HTC 7 Trophy
8GB



As Windows Phone 7 doesn't currently support removable memory, there's not a microSD card slot in sight either on the Optimus, or on the Trophy. Instead, the LG handset is equipped with 16GB of internal memory, while the HTC can only muster half that amount, at just 8GB. The lack of expandable memory is only really likely to prove problematic for those who want to carry a particularly large music collection around with them, or those that want to keep a lot of video on their device. However, 16GB seems to be just fine with the vast majority of iPhone users, so we can't see this putting too many people off. Naturally, this round goes to the phone with the biggest built-in memory, and that's the Optimus 7.

 

Connectivity

Winner: LG Optimus 7
3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, DLNA
Loser: HTC 7 Trophy
3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth



When it comes to connections, both of these handsets have everything that you would expect from a smartphone. Naturally, they've both got 3G support, and they both have Wi-Fi capability with exactly the same specifications (802.11 b/g/n). Both the LG and the HTC also boast Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. The Optimus also has the benefit of DLNA sharing, which is called Play To. This will enable you to play content from your phone on other compatible devices. It might not be an especially useful feature for some, but it's sure to appeal to many and it does give the LG a much-need advantage in this round - meaning that, once again, it steals the win.

 

Battery life

Winner: LG Optimus 7
1,500mAh capacity
Loser: HTC 7 Trophy
1,300mAh capacity


Decent battery life is pretty high up the wish list when it comes to shopping for a new smart phone, but how do these two Windows Phone 7 handsets measure up? Both devices offer batteries with respectably sized capacities, with the LG offering 1500mAh and the the HTC offering a slightly lower 1300mAh. With only 200mAh difference between them, there's really not much in it. However, as the two phones sport identically sized 3.8-inch displays along with 1Ghz of processing power, it seems a fair assumption that the one with larger battery capacity will be able to last longer. And that's why the Optimus 7 emerges victorious.

 

Multimedia

Winner: HTC 7 Trophy
SRS Sound & Dolby Mobile
Loser: LG Optimus 7
None of the above



Along with all the exclusive Windows Phone 7 features that are available to all of the handsets on the new platform, such as the Zune music player and Xbox Live support, the HTC is also kitted out with SRS Sound and Dolby Mobile. Both of which should enhance the experience when it comes to consuming content, with the Dolby working wonders on your video soundtracks and the SRS doing its bit for pseudo-surround sonics. Thanks to its impressive audio credentials, the HTC is the winner in this round.

 

Conclusions

Both of these handsets benefit from aggressively priced deals - the HTC 7 Trophy is available from Vodafone on a 2-year contract with 300 minutes, unlimited text messages and 500MB of data for free, all for £25 a month. Meanwhile, the LG Optimus 7 will set you back £30, for the same deal with 600 minutes, instead of 300.

Although these are both excellent phones, we have to pick a winner. The two handsets are neck and neck on several counts, including their 3.8-inch displays, 1Ghz processors and 5-megapixel cameras. The HTC is slightly cheaper and also offers a strong multimedia performance and a compact design. However, the LG pips it to the post, thanks to its DLNA connectivity, superior battery life and double the amount of storage.

Which one is your money on? Or will you be opting for a different Windows Phone 7 handset?