Htc S730

by : narutokun

Messaging junkies are spoilt for choice with HTC's new smartphone functions, the two types of keyboard and good battery life to boot.
SIZE MATTERS: The HTC S730 is about as big as a regular mobile phone, except that it is a little thicker.

SMARTPHONE manufacturer HTC probably has a Windows Mobile-based device for almost every type of user and the S730, the Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard Edition, is one who tries, a jack-of-all-trades.

What is particularly interesting about the S730 is that at first glance, it looks like a regular cell phone, complete with the alphanumeric keyboard - but slide the front and sideways you will receive a Qwerty-style keyboard thumb!

So here'sa phone, which tries to prepare for two T9 SMS junkies as well as more serious mobile warrior, the need to communicate via e-mail.

So does it succeed in its lofty goals? Read on.

Handy, but chubby

As I mentioned before, the S730 is about as big as a regular mobile phone, unless it is a little thicker. Fortunately, however, due to the relatively narrow width, they do not feel really great.

On the front, you will receive a regular alphanumeric keyboard with all current Windows Mobile buttons.

Both sides of the phone are very clean - with only a volume rocker and a button for wireless access on the left side, while the right side, only the camera button and the microSD slot.

Right off, I noticed that I did not really feel comfortable with the alphanumeric keys on the phone.

Due to the small size of this smartphone and the relatively large 2.4in screen, the keyboard is relegated to a small area at the lower end of the phone, in a very small keys, which are really close to each other.

The layout is not conducive to the development with the ball of the thumb, and I found I had held onto my fingernail reliably tap the keys, without accidentally another.

That is said with a few days of practice, one can be used.

Removing the phone front side will show the Qwerty keyboard and switch the display automatically Landscape mode.

I believe that the keys on the keyboard Qwerty span a wide range and because of the way the phone must take place when using it, I found it a little difficult to reach the keys near the edges.
HANDY: Slide the bottom ro show the large QWERTY keyboard.

On the upside risks, the buttons are large enough to tap with the thumb but try as I may, I just could not give them as fast as I could with xT9 and the alphanumeric keypad.


This is one of the first Windows Mobile 6.0 Smartphone, I have tried, without a touch screen interface, and I was very interested to try, as Mobile Office works.

If you ask the previous version of Windows Mobile on smartphones without touchscreens not with Mobile Office, but has been standard Windows Mobile 6.0, Mobile Office is now in a package with all devices with the operating system.

Word, Excel and PowerPoint Mobile work as you would expect, with a few gotchas: For reasons known only to Microsoft, you can open, view and edit documents you have on your device, but you can not force a Create your own document.

However, there is a workaround - You can send e-mail transmission via ActiveSync or empty Excel and Word documents to the device, edit and save it under another name.

PowerPoint files can be only on the device, but of course can not be edited.


Performance of the S730 was okay for a smartphone - he ran with some problems, even though I have some experience slow-downs occasionally, if I had a number of applications, especially in the camera, in the background.

As options for wireless, the S730 has everything you want, it could - it is quad-band, supports HSDPA speeds, with Bluetooth A2DP (stereo audio) profile support and comes with WiFi, you will, where They always are.

What I found was the excellent battery life - thanks to its large battery, 1050th The S730 easily took me a good two days, probably with half a day to spare.

This means that even at moderate (but not continuous) WiFi, you can probably squeeze about 24 hours for the use of the S730. This is great with a modern mobile phone standards.