HTC Trophy for Verizon, What’s Enough Storage?
A lot of focus has been pulled by the HTC ThunderBolt, but as Nick posted on Friday, another little titbit about the HTC Trophy, coming to Verizon on the 24th of March. Now the Trophy is the low end of the Windows Phone device spectrum, very similar to the HTC Desire, with a full aluminium front, but a plastic back, and a 5 Megapixel camera. Due to Windows Phone requirements though most of the specs are quite high, 1GHz processor, 576 Mb ram, 3.8” SLCD screen, and 8, or in the US model, 16 Gb of internal storage. I’ve never heard any rationalisation, for the low storage capabilities of Windows Phone, some may venture the point that it’s to keep pricing down, but can that really be the case.
With all WP7 devices except one having internal storage consisting of Micro SDHC memory cards from SanDisk, which the OS formats and recognises as part of the installed system. If you remove one of the cards it s unusable in any other device, but can be formatted in a later Nokia device. So that it is usable for any other device. I digress though, what made Microsoft determine that a multimedia device, meant to service your gaming, music and photographic needs, only needed 8 to 16 Gb of storage, when WP7 can support 32 Gb micro SDHC. I don’t believe it’s financial, I bought an 8 Gb micro SDHC card yesterday, class 6 for $25.
I could theorise all day about why Microsoft have missed the obvious on storage size *cough Apple *cough, if Apple is about Design, Microsoft is about functionality, they’ve become the tradesman of the tech world. What they don’t realise is that they in a way have fostered a community that is prepared to take their hardware and software, and modify it to make it better. HTC though, have complied with Microsoft’s conditions and made it really hard to swap out the SD cards, there’s a guide for the Mozart here, and it seems like the Trophy is a bit easier to upgrade. Six screws and some silver foil and you are in.
It’s not that technical, and easier than a lot of the SD mods I’ve seen so far, if your considering the Trophy, might you want to future proof it a bit, with a 32 Gb upgrade?