HTC Snap

AKA: HTC S511, Willow, Cedar

Available at: Mobilicity, Telus

6/10 AVG.
RATING
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The Sprint HTC Snap definitely delivers on the messaging front, and the Inner Circle feature for prioritizing e-mail is quite useful. - Bonnie Cha, CNET  
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Reviews summary

6/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 10 reviews

With HTC’s focus on higher-end touch screen devices such as its Touch line, it’s good to see they haven’t forgotten the tried and true, perennially popular candy bar QWERTY, a design which continues to hold its own as Blackjacks, BlackBerries and others.

I’m referring to the new HTC Snap, which upon first glance looks a little like a morph between a BlackBerry and a Blackjack.

Unfortunately, while HTC is brilliant with its signature line of Touch devices, the HTC Snap falls short because too many other phones do what the Snap does, but better. The four row keypad, for example, consists of keys which, while useable and not unfriendly, lack the dynamic contouring of the more recent BlackBerries. Similarly, the 2.4 inch screen delivers a lackluster experience. It may have qualified two years ago, but today people simply expect more.

That said, it isn’t a bad phone. Call quality is good, navigating is relatively easy and the phone is appealingly slim, which never hurts.

What is most odd is when you compare the size of the HTC Snap against the BlackBerry Curve, the Snap’s dimensions are larger in all but thickness, yet there is no benefit to the extra beef. This is to say that were the Snap providing a better or larger screen, one could argue in favor of increased size. Or if it possessed a feature set that out-performed its competitors, here again I’d tip my hat to the added size.

But alas the HTC Snap does not distinguish itself in a manner that would make it catch fire in the market.

On the upside, HTC did a wonderful job assigning secondary short-cut functions to many keys, making it a breeze to access the camera or your messages. This is a clever and appreciated inclusion.

Rounding out the feature set is GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and an HTML browser. This phone will get you where you need to go, but in this writer’s opinion, there a more comfortable ways (options) to enjoy the ride.

Final Thought:

HTC rocks when it’s working on its pet projects, but the Snap project appears to have received the interns. It works, its decent, but it is in a tier that offers far better choices.

Review by: Scott Cerullo

Specs summary

Screen
2.4"

The HTC Snap's screen is 2.4 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
528MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7625 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
95 MB

Internal memory is 95 MB. An external, expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a 1500 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. HTC's performance ratings are: 13.5 days standby time, 276 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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HTC Snap S521 - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone

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Videos

HTC Snap Software Tour 10:59  

HTC Snap Software Tour

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HTC Snap Unboxing 5:41  

HTC Snap Unboxing

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HTC Snap Review 3:14  

HTC Snap Review

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Reviews summary

6/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 10 reviews

With HTC’s focus on higher-end touch screen devices such as its Touch line, it’s good to see they haven’t forgotten the tried and true, perennially popular candy bar QWERTY, a design which continues to hold its own as Blackjacks, BlackBerries and others.

I’m referring to the new HTC Snap, which upon first glance looks a little like a morph between a BlackBerry and a Blackjack.

Unfortunately, while HTC is brilliant with its signature line of Touch devices, the HTC Snap falls short because too many other phones do what the Snap does, but better. The four row keypad, for example, consists of keys which, while useable and not unfriendly, lack the dynamic contouring of the more recent BlackBerries. Similarly, the 2.4 inch screen delivers a lackluster experience. It may have qualified two years ago, but today people simply expect more.

That said, it isn’t a bad phone. Call quality is good, navigating is relatively easy and the phone is appealingly slim, which never hurts.

What is most odd is when you compare the size of the HTC Snap against the BlackBerry Curve, the Snap’s dimensions are larger in all but thickness, yet there is no benefit to the extra beef. This is to say that were the Snap providing a better or larger screen, one could argue in favor of increased size. Or if it possessed a feature set that out-performed its competitors, here again I’d tip my hat to the added size.

But alas the HTC Snap does not distinguish itself in a manner that would make it catch fire in the market.

On the upside, HTC did a wonderful job assigning secondary short-cut functions to many keys, making it a breeze to access the camera or your messages. This is a clever and appreciated inclusion.

Rounding out the feature set is GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and an HTML browser. This phone will get you where you need to go, but in this writer’s opinion, there a more comfortable ways (options) to enjoy the ride.

Final Thought:

HTC rocks when it’s working on its pet projects, but the Snap project appears to have received the interns. It works, its decent, but it is in a tier that offers far better choices.

Review by: Scott Cerullo

Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)

Makes you that much more productive

from Mobile Syrup (over 4 years ago)

The HTC Snap is what you can call an affordable smartphone. TELUS has this on a promo now for $0.00 on a 3-year. The Snap runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and weighs only 120 grams. At first glance the Snap looks like a regular smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, and that’s exactly what it is. The... More

Decent device, but we don't think it'll lure many BlackBerry users away from their handsets

from CNET (over 4 years ago)

We love the HTC Snap's brilliant keyboard and innovative Inner Circle feature, but it's let down considerably by its short battery life and dated Windows Mobile user interface. Consequently, we can't see many people rushing to swap their BlackBerry for a Snap.

  7/10

Reasonably big screen, full QWERTY keyboard, good hardware

from Phone Scoop (over 4 years ago)

Here is the video review of HTC Snap.

Snappy performance and good messaging features

from CNET (over 4 years ago)

The HTC Snap for Sprint offers snappy performance and good messaging features, but the smartphone's plastic build and lack of Wi-Fi don't justify the price.

  7/10

Is not going to wow anybody with its specifications, but is ready for heavy messaging duties

from MobileBurn (over 4 years ago)

In the end, we really like the HTC Snap for Sprint - with one major exception. The phone has a nice keyboard and a good looking, modern design. It has top-notch messaging features, including HTC's neat Inner Circle system. It even has passable photo and music abilities. What more could you ask for from... More

HTC Snap is a decent business device

from SmartphoneDaily (over 4 years ago)

It comes with a full qwerty thumbboard plus all the expected specs: wi-fi, HSDPA, GPS etc., plus one stand-out software feature which HTC calls Inner Circle. Having spent some time with a near-final Snap over the last couple of days, here are my thoughts on what you can expect from this new Windows... More

Not so good.

(over 2 years ago)

Very limited functionality, might be because of windows OS. Alarm is not good. Cannot customize your main screen, having very limited functionality. Limited application for download. I brought it so that I can use it for my official purpose. Email doesn't get downloaded automatically if there... More

  1/10

okay phone by far not the best

from Phonedog (over 4 years ago)

Pro: nice sound quality nice screen and camera beautiful form factor inner circle was a great idea. web browser Con: plastic feel, keyboard way to small for average size hands, space bar off center, no track ball,menu was is annoying screen could have been larger Using experience: 5 days What to... More

  5/10

HTC S521 Unlocked GSM Smartphone

(over 4 years ago)

This is great phone I moved from Blackberry to HTC and couldn't be happer its easy to type its good size screen and over all great phone I got the S521 which is the GSM Model from here http://www.selectgsm.com/htc-snap-s521-unlocked-phone-mobile-phone-pr-16899.html

  6/10

An easy to use smartphone.

from Amazon (over 4 years ago)

The HTC Snap fixes everything I didn't like about the HTC Touch Pro. I traded my HTC Touch Pro for the Snap because I didn't care for the user interface and found myself frustrated with simple tasks like placing a call, or sending a text message. The HTC Snap has an intuitive design similar... More

  10/10

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