- Bonnie Cha , CNET
The Sprint HTC Snap definitely delivers on the messaging front, and the Inner Circle feature for prioritizing e-mail is quite useful.
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.
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 (6.1/10 Avg. rating)
Makes you that much more productive
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 only thing really special about the Snap is that it comes with HTC’s “Inner Circle”. This allows you to somewhat customize your e-mail on the device with a select group of people. Once you press the button (beside the camera on the keypad), this Inner Circle menu s... Full review
Decent device, but we don't think it'll lure many BlackBerry users away from their handsets
Reasonably big screen, full QWERTY keyboard, good hardware
Snappy performance and good messaging features
Is not going to wow anybody with its specifications, but is ready for heavy messaging duties
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 a phone?
Good call audio would be one thing.
If you live, work, and play in a fairly strong Sprint signal area, then there's little to worry about. The call audio is quite good in such environments. But for those of us in fringe areas, you are probably going to want to g... Full review
HTC Snap is a decent business device
Not so good.
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 is an issue with certificate. Everytime you have go and download it manually. Communicator is missing, cannot download it from market place. Cannot keep SMS filter and Call filter for blocking user.... list goes on ...... All limited functionality Might be because of Windows OS which is not good. My Samsung cheap phone has more functionality than this.Less
okay phone by far not the best
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 say about the snap, well it is a gorgeous looking phone with massive potential if the designers would have went back and made both the screen and the keyboard bigger, removed the D-pad and in it's place a track ball. The fact that the space bar is offset infuriates me, I find my self hitting the Question mark all the time, also What was the point of caps if you hit shift twice it will stay in caps. the screen is nice not top of the line but nice, if the people at HTC will read the reviews and make the changes it would be an amazing phone maybe even a nice touch screen. the buttons on the keyboard are soooo cramped it bothers me a lot. I hit O's when I am trying to hit I's. it kind of reminded me of a nice black berry knock off, but with a smart phone I think htc has to step it up just a little bit with this phone, otherwise the phone has been great. call and sound quality is great. I would recommend this phone to business people who will need a calendar and other mobile programs but I will not recommend to people with big hands from experience it is hard to type with. good but not close to being flawless.Less
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.htmlLess
An easy to use smartphone.
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 to a the original BlackBerry without the trackwheel. It's easy to navigate to make a call, send a text message, surf the web, or play a game. It's not bulky like other smartphones, and has a thin profile. Yet, it's not too small to use. The integrated keyboard is easy to use, unlike pullout keyboards like on the Mogul and HTC Touch Pro. The snap also performed better when configuring my Microsoft Exchange Over the Air Active-Sync configuration. It automatically downloaded my server settings after I provided my email address and password. The HTC Touch Pro required manual configuration. My only wish from the Snap is support for WIFI.Less
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