Review: HTC Snap

August 7, 2009 • Mobile and Telecoms

HTC_015.jpgI have been playing with a Snap for a week now and was blown away by the design and general usability of the device.

In The Box
HTC Snap, Battery, USB Cable, Stereo Headset, AC Adaptor, Documentation Kit, Application Disc, Getting Started CD, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Information.

I have been playing with a Snap for a week now and was blown away by the design and general usability of the device, but a longer play has led me to feel slightly less enthusiastic. The screen looks small in comparison to the keyboard and there is a lack of personality to the entire look. Don’t get me wrong, this smartphone is a smart looking device, and is definitely made for business.

The materials used and the colours for the keys, metal middle section and back are perfectly in tune with each other and this makes for a pleasing to the eye device which will not grab undue attention.
In fact, HTC thinks e-mail is so important it has created a new feature called Inner Circle that prioritizes your e-mails based on your preferences. By pressing the dedicated Inner Circle button, the HTC Snap will bring e-mails from a preselected group of people to the top of your in-box so you can read and reply to them immediately.

Corresponding to this is fast, accurate and comfortable on the specially designed full 4 row QWERTY keyboard. This allows your fingers to slide smoothly over the large doomed keys which are also raised to help you speed up typing and minimize errors. This enjoyable typing experience is further complimented by intuitive track ball which provides for quick and easy navigation.

The HTC Snap offers Microsoft Direct Push Technology for real-time e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization with your Outlook calendar, tasks, and contacts via Exchange Server as well as support for POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts. The smartphone’s full QWERTY keyboard also features “extra-large domed keys” to provide for a better typing experience.
Moving beyond messaging, the Snap runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and comes with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 256MB ROM/192MB RAM, a microSD/SDHC expansion slot, and 2-megapixel camera/camcorder. The smartphone measures 4.5 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.4 inch deep and has a 2.4-inch QVGA nontouch display.

  • Reg

    I literally spent 5 minutes with the HTC SNAP before putting it back in the box and listing it on Bid Or Buy for sale. There are two reasons for that…

    1) When I wanted to select a ring tone, pausing on the name of the ring tone doesn’t make it play. So you have to select the tone, call yourself to hear it, and then go on to the next one if you don’t like it. Same for email alerts and sms alerts. Pathetic.

    2) You cannot select which day you want the alarm to go off on. You can select week days, or weekends, or once off, but with my Nokia Navigator I had alarms set for Wednesday and Sunday. You can’t choose a day on the HTC.

    I had an HTC before this and I threw it against the wall it frustrated me so much. This is the VERY last time I will ever buy an HTC.

    Buy a Blackberry, I’ve heard from one too many people that it’s the best phone there is and I shouldn’t have gone against my better judgement to buy the HTC.

  • Mari

    LOL, I just bought a new snap and listened to various ring tones in a “snap”. To find one i liked was a breeze. Clearly you tried doing it the LLLOOOOONG way. its so simple.

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