Setting up your contacts and other accounts is super easy on this handset, particularly if you rely on a Google email address and Facebook. The phone does a great job of working out which information from which service matches with which people.
Once setup the excellent HTC contacts interface makes it incredibly easy to find the person you want. You can either type out a number, grab the list of contacts and start scrolling or type until the list of contacts has been whittled down to those that match. Go through to a contact and a plethora of extra info from social networks is shown, including their pictures from Facebook. We don’t honestly use all these extras that much but they’re useful to have on occasion.
Call quality isn’t all that clever with there being no noise cancelling microphone but it’s perfectly adequate in most situations, as is the single speaker located on the back which thanks to being positioned on an angle doesn’t get muffled when the phone is placed on a table.
As for messaging, the text messaging and email interfaces are simple but effective. However, HTC/Android continues to do a strange thing whereby you can only zoom out so far in emails, leaving you having to scroll around a lot.
The onscreen keyboard is excellent, with absolutely brilliant word prediction. We were able to type away at fullspeed without issue. The slow processor can sometimes make the keyboard a little slow to pop up but in operation it’s fine. We’d recommend you turn the haptic feedback off, though, as this fails to keep up if you type fast. The facilities for highlighting and editing your text are great as well. We’re sad to see the cursor keys included on the HTC One S and One X aren’t included here, but it’s understandable given the smaller amount of screen space.
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Moving onto web browsing, the smaller screen is very obvious compared to the likes of the HTC One X but not only is the screen slightly larger than an iPhone, you also get far more usable screen space. The browser itself is also excellent. It’s a little sluggish at times but is surprisingly useable given the relatively slow processor. As with most Android phones you also get Flash support. You’ll probably want to leave it off most of the time as it really taxes the CPU, but when called for it is at least usable. For instance our video reviews playback without issue.