Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... in my pocket. These days mobile phones are far too bulky, but this phone fits great. The next thing I like about this mobile phone is ... more
Great starting point, but ended up disappointed.
Member Name: Mavarok
Advantages: Easy to use, very good basic smart phone
Disadvantages: Poor camera, bogs down, cant play games
The hardware on the phone feels pretty solid in general, and the way the screen is layed flush with the frame which makes it feel very nice. However Im not too keen on the buttons which have been positioned at the bottom of the screen, I often find that I accidentally press one of these buttons while trying to tap a menu or typing on the keyboard, which can lead to some frustration. The volume buttons on the side are a nice addition which feel very natural to use. Something Im not too sure in the point of is the optical trackball on the front of the phone, which I notice is now gone from the S version.
From the software side this is a typical HTC phone; it looks very nice and HTC Sense adds alot of nice bits of polish to the device. It does everything that you expect from an entry level smart phone really well; send/receive texts, make calls, read emails. Its also not to bad for opening small apps such as the internet, foursquare and imdb. I also really like the pinch to zoom out and see all 7 screens at once and the ease with which widgets can be added to the home screens.
Unfortunately the phone seems to suffer from regular attacks of slowness. When the this phone slows down everything seems to become a laborious task, even typing out texts becomes a slog as the device seems to struggle to keep up with my pace and letters appear on the screen many seconds after I've typed them. I have however found that by regularly deleting old text messages and using an app killer I can keep the phone at a reasonable pace.
Much to my disappointment I've found that this phone really struggles with games. Its fine for simple games like sudoku, and it manages game dev story quite well. But more intensive games like angry birds run too slowly and are more of a frustration. Before now it has managed to run the GameBoy colour emulator though with very few complaints.
When put to normal use (sending/receiving a few texts and emails, and a few calls) this phones battery easily lasts a full day, sometimes even 2! However heavy app usage very quickly kills this phone. I had toyed with the though of getting a 32GB microSD card and using this phone as an MP3 player for work, but the battery struggles to last a full 8 hour day. If using as a GPS then the battery is further reduced down to about 5-6hours in total.
The GPS in this phone isn't great, but its certainly usable. When using the GPS it rarely seems to struggle to find satellites, however using Google Location as the primary GPS it often chugs a bit as it seems to struggle to keep up. However its an awful lot better than not having a GPS at all, and Google Location makes finding places really easy! Finding the nearest zoo is as simple as typing "Zoo" then selecting the closest one (they are brought back in order of proximity).
The camera on this phone has been a bit disappointing since the first day. Its has 5Mega Pixel camera, but pictures almost always come out blurry. On the plus side there is a very powerful flash LED fitted to the back which helps take photos in the dark, but most importantly be used as an awesome torch!
Summary: An good entry level smart phone, but not much more.