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HTC S710 review

£300 inc VAT

Manufacturer: HTC

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

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

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.

HTC S710 Expert Verdict »

HTC S710 Scores 5.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
2.5G GSM/GPRS/Edge quad-band phone
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard
802.11b/g Wi-Fi
2Mp camera
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Regarded as a PDA, the HTC S710 is neat and petite – but slightly heavier than it looks. Six months ago we took a look at another HTC handset that was a smartphone proper and we found its standard phone keypad easier to use than this. Still, the HTC S710's is a neat design. And we've seen sufficient numbers of its predecessor adopted by business users to believe it will be well received.

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