In Engadget Mobile We have had the opportunity to test the HTC S730, a smartphone that has as main characteristic the sliding QWERTY keyboard, an element that apart from HTC few brands are using.
The S730 supplied in an elegant and sober case like that we can see in the video of the HTC Touch Dual, terminal accompanied you by the charger, headphones and miniUSB cable, that as usual allows you to charge the battery when we connect it with the computer.
The mobile features are good, highlighting the connectivity HSDPA and the WiFi, HTC is manufacturers that has faster integrated this last function in almost its entire line of products. Another strong point is the 2.4-inch screen, really huge but as we will then discuss with the usual limitations of computers Windows. A normal camera, 2 megapixel camera with video capture, and all the usual functions in this type of equipment, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD, video call, 256MB memory flash and 64MB RAM.
The behavior of mobile operation is also very good, it shows the power of your processor Qualcomm. In the section on software brings all the tools of Microsoft usual, being the operating system Windows Mobile 6 in its version Standard, at least HTC includes a skin as the of the following images to vary somewhat boring and already very light aesthetics of Windows.
The only big advantage of the new version of Windows Mobile is that finally you can create a WiFi connection as in the computer, defining IPs, DNS, gateway… something that is missed in the smartphone of this operating system version. In the next image we see the “Comm Manager” where you can activate, deactivate and configure all the options of connectivity in a simple way.
Once treated more or less the General characteristics of the mobile we are going to enter into appearance more to take into account if we opt for a phone of this type, behavior and performance in every day.
HTC defines the layout of the S730 as compact and stylized, well, it may be compact, but must keep in mind that with the sliding keyboard tray, it is almost as if we were two mobile phones in one, which translates to about 150 grams of weight, which really at first you notice much in the management with respect to a normal mobile.
As soon as finished, the quality is good, material is pleasant to the touch and the mechanism of opening and closure of the keyboard is comfortable and fast, without any problem, changing the screen orientation automatically when you open or close the keyboard.
The screen have already said having the high quality that we have always seen in products of HTC, very good color, brightness and contrast, but as in most phones with Windows Mobile limitation of 65,000 colors and 240 x 320 pixel resolution are a constraint that fails to take advantage of its 2.4 inch and makes the keypad is very compacted in the bottom leaving the keys close together, they are also very smooth and sometimes it is difficult to strike without error. Central to navigate through the menu pad could also be improved, often pressing the directional part has just been activated also central control.
There was no problem in the applications section in install the most common like Yahoo! Go, Gmail, Google Maps (it works very fast), Fring It allows to use the WiFi for VoIP calls, but unfortunately there is still version of Opera Mini 4 by what we are left with the desire to try the best Internet browser for mobile, because the Explorer It remains as ineffective as in previous versions of Windows Mobile. Also should be noted that the player Windows Media opened videos of YouTube Mobile without problems.
The battery life made us good impression, as it is normal to pull the WiFi to browse makes duration is reduced to a few hours, but in the normal activity and resting autonomy is good.
For the end we let the keyboard QWERTY, the feature that distinguishes the S730. Is it a beneficial element? It is evident that a full keypad allows to write faster than one classic, but should take into account that the tray is an element that increases the weight, and that to be sliding keys cannot have much relief (more important than the size aspect) in comparison with a keyboard on the top as the HTC S620.
After you have tried these two types of keyboard, see greater difficulty of writing in the of the S730, I’d say it’s less ergonomic than a keyboard square in which the movements of the thumbs are easier. And it is not that the horizontal layout of the screen represents a major or substantial advantage of visibility.
In short, a mobile of good technical properties, connectivity, quality, and good finish, but that for my taste its sliding keyboard rather than provide remains against a configuration style front. That would be important if chose us a phone of this type could try it before to be sure.
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