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HTC Snap - HTC Snap

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

For connectivity, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HSDPA with support for download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. The latter is a bonus, especially for web browsing on the move as not all Blackberry devices currently support 3G. The handset is also quad-band for GSM, so business travellers will have no problems using it abroad. Call quality during our test period was excellent with the handset holding on well to the mobile signals even in poorer reception areas.

Despite the 3G support the Snap only has a single rear mounted camera, so you can't use it for video-calling. The rear camera is also pretty basic. It's got a low 2.0-megapixel resolution and it lacks a flash or autofocus. As you would expect, the shots it takes are poor by today's standards.

The Snap charges via its mini USB port (unfortunately this also doubles as the headphone jack so you can't listen to music while charging the handset or syncing it with your PC). The Snap's smaller screen does help it eek a bit more life from it's battery than its touchscreen siblings, but you're still only likely to get around two and a half days usage out of it.

While we can accept that on most WinMo handsets, it's harder to live with here mainly because its core competitors - the Blackberry range - tend to squeeze significantly longer life from their batteries. In fact, we think this, along with the lacklustre user interface are the two biggest areas where the Snap loses out to RIM's devices.

Verdict

The Snap certainly has its plus points including onboard GPS, fast HSDPA support, a good keyboard and a decent screen. However, the Windows Mobile user interface is very clunky and the phone's battery life is relatively poor. We can't really see Blackberry users switching to the Snap, but it may be a good option for those working for corporates that insist on employees using WinMo devices.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 8
  • Features 7
  • Design 8
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Kashif Bhatti

July 22, 2009, 2:00 pm

"like Holly Willoughby"... c'mon, Trusted Reviews!!

mother-goose

July 22, 2009, 3:51 pm

Nice review but guys, please stop using promo shots in your reviews (or at least solely using them), we want to see what it looks like in RL not just what the manufacturers want us to see. We want to see it in your hands, with finger prints on etc

rav

July 22, 2009, 9:49 pm

@mother-goose


The review is written by a freelancer and hence the use of promo shots. Or something to that end I'm sure. That about right Gordon?

Geoff Richards

July 23, 2009, 12:11 am

Yes - sad but true. In order to use the best of the best tech journalist, it means not everyone can work from here at Trusted Towers. Samples like this HTC therefore won't have passed through our photo studio, requiring the use of stock photography.





Your feedback is certainly valid, and I'm sure it is an area we can improve on in the future.

graingerc

July 24, 2009, 4:48 pm

it would be nice to see a review for the hero! - hint

Premfab

July 27, 2009, 11:55 pm

Another HTC phone is here - yawn ....





I'm sure they produce some really good phones, but since so many are rubbish, it's hard to know what is good and what isn't. HTC seem to believe quantity is better than quality (though this is not restricted to them only).





How about if manufacturers were restricted to only 2 models a year - they'd put a lot more thought into their products before releasing the rubbish that they do.





Also, it would be greener for the environment - less junked phones.





Also, the consumer gets a better product.





Everyone's a winner !!!!

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