Will the first Windows Phone 7 on Verizon be a winner or loser?

By Preston Gralla

It's official: the first Windows Phone 7 device for Verizon will be on sale, starting on May 26. Will the HTC Trophy 7 be a winner or loser?

The HTC Trophy 7's specs aren't particularly noteworthy. It's got a single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 5-megapixel camera, a 3.8-inch screen, and will cost $149.99 after a $50 rebate and a two-year contract.

That's about as generic a piece of smartphone hardware as you'll find. By way of contrast, the Motorola Droid X2 sports a dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and an 8-megapixel camera. True, it also costs $50 more, but the hardware specs are far better.

So with no hardware to distinguish it, what else does the HTC Trophy 7 have going for it? It's got Windows Phone 7 on it, of course, but it won't include the not-yet-released big "Mango" update, which is a drawback.

A recent report from Gartner found that only 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 units were sold in the first quarter of 2011. Part of the reason for those bad sales, according to Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, is the "dad-uses-it-at-work" syndrome --- the perception that anything to do with Windows is old, stale, and merely functional.

I haven't gotten my hands on the phone yet, but based on its specs, and based on my previous use of Windows Phone 7, it's not likely that the HTC Trophy 7 will change that perception. I don't expect it to be much of a hit.

For more details about the HTC Trophy 7, click here.

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