Less sophisticated devices seem to be the key word for HTC as they run Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard which should not be underrated especially when outfitted with reasonable QWERTY keyboards. Like, the HTC S740 turned out to be a possible substitute to the Touch Pro, which is side-sliding, stocky cell phone, not really snug to carry with you in your pocket.
The Snap is the first full QWERTY keyboard handset that HTC has thrown into the market ever since 2007 and it is such that being 12mm can be pocketed easily. Its black color gives an even slimmer look than it is.
The accessory box comes with a lot of goodies. Besides the handset , it has USB cable to plug in the device to a PC that also comes with an adapter to quickly change it into a charger, a software CD, user guide and cute looking earphones.
The keyboard has four rows with all keys of the same shape except for the space button, a bit congested with little space. No problem at all as far as typing goes but a constant peep at what we are writing is a must lest we make mistakes. For folks who have bigger fingers or long nails it could pose a problem. Apart from this silly blah blah the keys sport shortcuts that are pre alloted that gets going fast and so do typing the messages or camera interface.
The sound control is on the left side which is pretty much comfy. While on the opposite side we have the Mini USB connector that is covered by a flap like protection. The HTC Snap is no head turner unless you are a BlackBerry fan. The good side of this phone is that the HTC Snap for Sprint offers terrific email support and also has a HTC’s Inner Circle that can dominate and segregate high priority messages. The Windows Mobile smartphone also has EV-DO Rev, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2-megapixel camera.
Sprint’s version lacks Wi-Fi and dual-mode function. The smartphone has a lousy feel, and the QWERTY keyboard restricts movement.
The Snap features a 2.4-inch QVGA non touch displays 65,000 colors at a 320×240-pixel resolution. It’s bright and clear but the screen size is a lot smaller needing a bit of scrolling when reading long e-mails or viewing Web pages becomes a bit cumbersome. The smartphone features though has the sliding panel like on the recent Windows Mobile devices, one good thing is that you can customize it with different color schemes, background images, and much more as you like.
Below the display, you have the usual set of direction-finding controls that consist of two soft keys, Talk and End/power buttons, a Home shortcut, a back button, and five-way select button in the centre. The layout of the controls is roomy but again it sure could have been better. Good luck if you are buying one.