The HTC S710 - previously code-named 'Vox' - is a neat, petite and easy-to-use smartphone from HTC.

HTC, formerly known as a manufacturer of gadgetry for the likes of O2 and T-Mobile, finally launched handsets under its own name late last year. These were similar to the handsets it had been making for network operators but, crucially, were 3G rather than 2.5G.

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So it's a disappointing surprise to discover that the firm's HTC S710 handset is a 2.5G model with GPRS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi but no HSDPA (high speed downlink packet access) connectivity. On the plus side, the HTC S710 is the first we've seen that sports the new Windows Mobile 6.0 OS (operating system).

As well as email, Outlook synchronisation, to-do lists, calendaring, ClearVue and Adobe Reader LE document viewers, you can use the Bluetooth function of the HTC S710 for remote access via your SIM.

You can also share your HTC S710's internet connection with your laptop via either USB or Bluetooth, which is handy whenever you're not in Wi-Fi range.

Internet access itself seems improved – common domains and email suffixes are pre-programmed into the HTC S710's memory. The HTC S710's massive, bright screen makes surfing a pleasure, with the fine resolution ensuring everything is legible.

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