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HTC Smart review



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  • Good operating system
  • Good battery life


  • Resistive touchscreen
  • Disappointing display

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Key Features: Qualcomm Brew OS; Touchscreen; LED flash

Manufacturer: HTC

It's no secret that we've been rather keen on many of HTC's recent touchscreen smartphones, namely the HTC Desire and HTC Legend. However, there's no getting round the fact that they're still quite expensive handsets. So to address a more budget-conscious market HTC has released the Smart, a small touchscreen phone based on Qualcomm's Brew operating system.

The Smart is a small phone. With dimensions of 104 x 55 x 12.8mm it's a good 10mm shorter than most of its larger brethren and a good few millimetres narrower as well, though about the same thickness. All told, this makes it a very easy device to handle.

Build quality also seems good, with tight seams between sections, no discernible flex or creak from the body panels and firmly mounted buttons that have a nice defined action. The screen surround is even made from aluminium and has the same shiny bevelled inner edge as the Legend. Sadly the screen is soft plastic, giving away the fact that it uses resistive touch-sensing, so doesn't look or feel as classy as glass-fronted phones and is going to scratch more easily.

As to the interesting choice of bright pink, it certainly gives the Smart a unique appearance that we rather like but if it's a bit too brash for your liking, white and black versions are also available. We're also not so sure about the front button layout, which despite being practical is irritatingly asymmetric; and the speaker grille, which catches many a spec of dust and grime in its tiny holes. More universally appealing are the generally uncluttered layout of features and logos and the avoidance of ever scratch prone glossy plastic.

Contrary to what you might expect considering its price, the Smart has a decent complement of physical features with a proper headphone jack on the top edge, a 3.15-megapixel camera with an LED flash (though sadly no autofocus) on the back and a microSD slot underneath the battery cover. A year or so ago we'd also have applauded the use of a mini-USB connector on the bottom edge for charging and data syncing, however micro-USB is supposed to be the standard going forward and is well established so this seems like an odd decision.

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May 21, 2010, 4:11 pm

Seems nice for a cheap phone, Im still not 100% sure why they used Brew instead of Android? I thought that Android was a free OS? (i.e. no rolalties for using it) so why not stick android on this? Or is it that Brew has lower requirements so is a better option in an underpowered phone


May 21, 2010, 6:44 pm

Brew is designed solely for Qualcomm SOCs, and interfaces with those chips at a lower level than the likes of Android. One upside is that the hardware requirements are lower - the chip in the smart is an unspecified 300MHz unit. Also, Brew is more of a blank-slate development platform than a fully-featured OS. It's supposed to allow companies like HTC to easily develop their own interfaces and apps for the platform.


October 20, 2010, 7:04 pm

I purchased this phone seven days ago. But I am not satisfied with the bad performance of this phone. It hangs frequently and I have to take out the battery and insert it again.

Moreover, the phone restarts now and then. It is an irritating experience for me. Oftenly I see on the screen : "oops, an error has ocurred, it is restarting...". The sound quality during attending calls is very low. It is being hard to response the incoming calls on the street. Above all, the battery back up is the worst. If I talk for 5 miniutes, the battery is exhausted 50%. At 10 pm I charged the battery fully. Then I went to sleep. In the morning I found the battery 90% exhausted. Battery problem is so much acute that I feel cheated. It is said that the talk time is 450 minutes. But when I complained to the HTC through email, they answered that the talk time is 240 minutes only !! But in my experience, the talk time is 20 minutes. According to their advice, I have disabled the location and weather updates and also decreaed the brightness of the screen, but to no avail. I think, HTC has supplied the battery picking it from the roadside dustbin.

Every one is requested to avoid such a terrible phone. I now repent to buy this phone. HTC has robbed my hard earned money.

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