April 24, 2009

HTC S740 Review

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by Franz Bicar

The HTC S740 is what you would call a chic alternative to the bland-looking Blackberry Curve. For those who are still uncomfortable with those new touchscreen interface, the S740 has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. This slim, eye-catching smartphone has a clean interface and a spacious keyboard making it one of the best Windows Mobile device out in the market.

But not everything is perfect of course. The HTC S740 does come with a few flaws. For one, its call quality is not that good. Camera quality is also a disappointment.

THe S740 has a design similar to the overly popular HTC Touch Pro and Touch Diamond. It has a jagged, rubberized back cover. This ultraslim, remote control-like smartphone measures around 4.6 by 1.7 by 0.6 inches and weighs 4.9 ounces. It features a 12-key number pad and a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard.

The phone has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen with a four-way navigation control below it. The keys are flat and a bit slippery, but easy enough to press; they’re also quite large and brightly backlit.

The S740 runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard edition. The home screen delivers one-click access to your calendar, call history, text messages, e-mails, the local weather, Internet Explorer, your music library, and your settings.

htc-s740Navigating the interface is pretty straightforward. Standard Windows Mobile apps are preloaded on the S740, including Microsoft Office Mobile and Windows Media Player. Equipped with 256MB of RAM and a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, the phone is very responsive without any slugishness, even while multitasking.

As for a music player, you can choose between Windows Media Player or HTC’s Audio Manager. With Audio Manager, you can create playlists and view songs by artist, album, genre, or composer. The player has many presets for the equalizer; it can be manually customized, but you have to plug in the headphones to use it. When you plug a headset into the S740, you can use the Audio Booster function, which bolsters the bass of the song. Unfortunately, like most HTC phones, the S740 has a proprietary headphone jack, which limits its capabilities as a media player.

The 3.2-megapixel camera has standard features such as brightness and white-balance controls as well as metering. Image quality isn’t bad, but it isn’t stunning either. Colors appeared washed out and a bit fuzzy in both low and bright light environments.

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