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HTC S740 review

£310.53 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HTC

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

HTC has come up with the first truly desirable Windows Mobile 6 smartphone - the HTC S740.

HTC has come up with the first truly desirable Windows Mobile 6 smartphone - the HTC S740.

HTC has managed to make a name for itself in its own right having spent years as the design force behind handsets such as the Orange SPV range and other innovative models. It still makes phones for mobile operators - hence the T-Mobile Google Android G1, which is actually an HTC phone - but it also offers devices under its own brand.

The HTC S740 is a candybar handset with a very smart, mirrored front, overlaid with transparent keys and buttons. A solid rubberised back that's all angles, it's reminiscent of the Diamond handset that went down rather well last year.

The slide out keyboard looks good in its gunmetal grey finish and, while you can't exactly touchtype on the HTC S740, the broad layout and familiar qwerty keyboard makes it easier to accurately input text than on many a smartphone.

Despite its good looks, the HTC S740 is a Windows Mobile device, running version 6.1. While Windows Mobile has its detractors, we find the OS ideal for our contact-management needs as its syncs very neatly with our office Outlook email client and gives us at-a-glance updates on received calls, emails and text messages.

The HTC S740 also has some useful preinstalled extras included Google Maps - you get a context-sensitive menu option when you select a Contact to locate them using this service - helpful if you want to arrange face-to-face time with a range of business associates in the most efficient manner.

We also liked the screen on the HTC S740. It's bright and finely detailed and, should you be sufficiently skilled to take a memorable shot using the HTC's 3.2Mp camera, it will look superb.

Another worthy inclusion is the Audio Manager, which supports album art, can be flicked through fairly fast using the left and right sides of the HTC S740's central naviwheel and has a surprisingly loud, clear output. HTC has placed broad speakers just above the top of the screen (ensuring phone calls come in loud and clear) and a second one next to the camera on the rear. The angular design at the back of the phone ensures this sits above the surface and isn't muffled.

This comes in useful too if you're using the device for GPS navigation - frankly, we're amazed HTC crammed in this and an FM radio receiver as well as everything else given the HTC S740's narrow proportions.

Web browsing on the HTC S740 using Internet Explorer doesn't compare with the experience of the real web on the iPhone, but pages load speedily given that this is a GPRS phone, not a 3G one. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth though.

HTC S740 Expert Verdict »

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HTC S740Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 6 reviews
Qualcomm MSM7225, 528MHz processor
Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
Memory: ROM: 256MB, RAM: 256MB SDRAM
2.4in TFT-LCD with backlight LEDs and QVGA resolution
HSDPA/WCDMA: 900/2100MHz, up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2Mbps down-link speeds, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900MHz, (Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent)
4-Way navigation control with Enter button
Slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard
GPS and A-GPS ready
Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g, HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)
3.2 megapixel colour camera with fixed focus
Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio
AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, 40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI
rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery, 1000mAh
Expansion Slot: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

If you want a smartphone that’s first and foremost a phone and quality contact manager to boot, the HTC S740 is the best of the non-3G Windows Mobile ones we’ve seen so far.

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