The S200 is equipped with a mini-USB port rather than the micro-USB type that the EU wants to become standard on phones over the next few years. This is used for charging as well as syncing the phone with a PC. Windows Mobile handsets have never been marathon runners in terms of battery life, and with the large screen and fast 1GHz processor we weren’t overly confident in how the neoTouch would perform in this department. However, it’s not too bad at all as we managed to get around a day and a half out of its 1350mAh power pack with relatively heavy usage of its core features.
Unfortunately, things aren’t so rosy on the call quality front. The speaker phone is very poor and distorts so badly at higher volumes that it’s practically unusable. Worse still is the fact that the earpiece is rather quiet even when you’ve got it turned up full. This can cause problems when you’re using it in noisier environments such as on a busy street.
And while the Snapdragon processor produces lightning quick performance when, say, rendering web pages, there are still times when the phone suffered from random slow downs when opening apps or moving through menus. What’s more, the phone’s software still seems to have some bugs that need ironing out. For example, while using the FM radio tuner application the phone switched the output from the headset to the external speaker for no apparent reasons, and buttons sometimes randomly didn’t show up in the preferences screen.
The neoTouch S200 is a tale of two halves. On the upside it’s got a sleek design, extremely fast processor and a beautiful screen. However, it’s marred somewhat by its plastiky build quality, quiet earpiece and sometimes less than perfect software. That said, we do think you get a lot for you money and if you’re the type of person who values raw speed over build quality then we definitely think it’s worth checking out, especially as you can pick it up for less than HTC’s slower Touch HD.
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