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HTC Dash 3G review

7.3/10 AVG.

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The HTC Dash 3G currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The HTC Dash 3G is a fine update to the original Dash, adding 3G speeds, GPS, a 2 megapixel camera and smooth trackball navigation control.

The Dash is a straight-forward GSM, candy bar style, full QWERTY phone which, while similar to the Q and Blackjack in some ways, manages to add its own HTC splash.

For example, the trackball navigation streamlines the central navigation array, reducing it to a simple trackball, rather than a center button surrounded by other buttons and, well, you know how that goes.

The point is, HTC cut to the chase and built a device that forces every key to be fully justified. The result is an arguably smoother, minimalist fascia, meant to get you where you want to go without having to stop and think of the path required. Also, the keys are large and sure-footed enough for fast texters, and the black keys with red highlights are classy, different and visually helpful.

Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, combined with a hearty 528MHz Qualcomm processor, you won’t be disappointed by any lack of speed or productivity. In fact, matching the appropriate processor with an OS that properly compliments the device is nearly an art form which some companies miss, and which reveals itself in almost everything you do with this phone.

Finish off with a respectable and attractive 2.4 inch, 320 x 240 pixel resolution display and you have a compact, competent phone that will get the job done without making you squint.

The updated HTC Dash 3G is rated at 5 hours of talk time and up to 480 hours of standby time. Please keep in mind that personal use greatly affects these ratings.

Many people like the candy bar form factor, and if that describes you, take a good look at this thoughtful offering from HTC.

It gets the job done and more.

Operating system
Windows Mobile
528 MHz
Screen Size
2+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The HTC Dash 3G is a worthy upgrade to the Dash, even though they both use the same Windows Mobile 6.1 OS. The new model has quite a few enhancements including 3G connectivity, an easy-to-use home screen, a trackball, a 2-megapixel camera, and an e-mail set up tool that’s so easy to use anyone...

- Joni Blecher, PhoneDog

Overall, it's a really nice upgrade for current Dash owners and any T-Mobile customers looking for a fast messaging smartphone.

- Bonnie Cha, CNET

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Common Questions

HTC released the Dash 3G on June 18, 2009.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Dash 3G user manual here.

HTC backs up the Dash 3G with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Dash 3G has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The HTC Dash 3G's screen size is 2.4 inches with x pixels resolution.

528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 16 days standby time.

Dash 3G Specs

Release date June 18, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7225 528 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 192 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.47 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 6.1 x 1.2 cm (4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.4 inches
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption WEP
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Brightness control, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, QCP
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack Other / proprietary
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, HTML, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps Microsoft Office Mobile (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC S522, Maple

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