Recently I got my hands on a brand new HTC Smart phone, and here is the review.
HTC Smart comes in a very small box. Great form factor.
The way the phone is packed seemed pretty efficient, you get the battery (in the phone) a charger, headphone and data transfer cable, and some instruction manuals.
This way of packing saves space!! You need to remove the plastic, and the battery can be used!
After inserting in the SIM card, here is the review!
The phone powers on, and the intro screen seemed pretty simple. The phone looks very basic and neat.
The back of the phone shows a neat 3.15MP Camera and flashlight...
The following are the specifications of the phone:
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 2100|
|SIZE||Dimensions||104 x 55 x 12.8 mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Size||240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches|
|- Sense UI|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|- 3.5 mm audio jack|
|MEMORY||Phonebook||1000 entries, Photocall|
|Internal||256 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 16GB, buy memory|
|DATA||GPRS||Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps|
|EDGE||Class 10, 236.8 kbps|
|3G||HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps|
|Bluetooth||Yes v2.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, miniUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, LED flash|
|CPU||300 MHz processor|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|Java||Yes, MIDP 2.1|
|- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA9 player|
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
|BATTERY||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100 mAh|
|Stand-by||Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 600 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 7 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 10 min (3G)|
Here are a few points to note:
1) This phone runs on Brew MP (A Qualcomm OS)
2) It comes in 3 colors
3) This phone is cheap, even without a contract
4) On Brew MP, apps are hard to find and install.
5) The micro-SD slot is pretty nice to have, and allows songs, movies and photos to be stored easily.
In terms of looks, size and feel of the phone, this phone looks pretty good from all angles, has a great form factor, and is relatively light.
The talk time and standby time is descent, and even when I am listening to music (the 3.5mm headphone jack comes in handy) the phone could easily last more than a day.
The phone functions are pretty basic. With 4 buttons below the screen, Call, back, cancel and menu, it is not very hard to use, and yet is enough to perform most tasks. Anyway, its a touch screen, and you use the screen to input other information.
The display is pretty sharp, even in bright daylight, you can view it. The HTC sense, is quite intuitive, however, without multitouch and finger gestures found in iPhone and WM 6.5, this phone functions as just a basic phone with a touch screen with nothing more.
The Smart supports 256MB ROM and 256MB RAM, but there's a microSD card slot for increasing storage space up to a maximum of 32GB. A nice touch is that the card slot is accessible without having to remove the battery.
It takes descent photos, though the camera does seem a little slow on the shutter, and the video mode is pretty bad.
With a dataplan, you can access friend feeds (Facebook and Twitter), Gmail and surf the web, though it is pretty slow. Still, for something basic, its not too bad.
Good battery life
Cheap for a new handset
Compact form factor
No Exchange support
Slow data performance
No GPS or map application
No app store for adding functionality
Terrible shutter lag on camera
Low quality video recording
Basically, this is a low end smart phone. If you are just getting into using a smart phone, this is very much an entry level which can help you get used to the different features, and access some emails, and browsing.
-- Robin Low