Excerpt: It’s a crazy world out there. Our Smartphones are suddently called "Standard", and keyboards are sliding open from all parts of our devices (front, side, bottom). Now, we have a new device to throw into the mix: the new HTC Vox S710, which seems almost magical to those in the Windows Mobile community with two firsts (the first Windows Mobile 6 production device and the first Smartphone that has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard).
Summary: In fact, after playing with the HTC 710 for several weeks, it became more and more apparent that the devices form factor actually plays second fiddle to a bevy of hosted software programs that will offer students, business professionals, and many other users a refreshing new approach to cell phone usage.
Conclusion: There is currently a debate going on regarding the answer to the following question: which are better: Pocket PCs or Smartphones? The main advantage of Pocket PCs is by far the touchscreen which has taken input and control capabilities to a whole new level. On the other hand, smartphones tend to be smaller and can be easily stored in a pocket, and are better suited for one-hand use, which makes it a lot easier to operate when using phone-related functions, such as...
Pros: The most important feature brought by the S710 is the sliding keyboard which can greatly decrease the time needed for composing emails, writing text messages, or talking via instant messaging networks. With time being such a limited resource, anything that can shorten the duration of such activities is a welcomed addition. Other advantages brought by the smartphone are Windows Mobile 6 and the wide range of productivity applications available for it (though the latest...
Cons: On the negative side, I have to mention the lack of 3G, so those who are looking for high speed Internet connectivity are at a loss here (though Wi-Fi can somewhat compensate for it). Other drawback of the smartphone is the slow 200 Mhz processor, which can cause a moderate amount of frustration after continuous usage. But, like I said before, bear in mind that the inclusion of 3G and a faster processor (and of course the RAM to go with it) would have made the device ...
Excerpt: The HTC S710 is one of the first shipping Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices, and the first non-touchscreen Windows Mobile handset with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. We did some extensive testing on the enticing device, and present to you our in-depth review.
Conclusion: The HTC S710 is an impressive phone. This Windows Mobile 6 based smartphone packs a lot of features in a relatively small candybar-shaped design. The S710 has a very large and good LCD display, WiFi support, a spring-loaded QWERTY keyboard, a 2 megapixel digital camera, lots of multimedia capabilities, microSD memory support and lots of other features. This is my first experience with a Windows Mobile phone and overall I'm very pleased.
Excerpt: As a market leader in Windows Mobile Operating System-based smartphones, HTC controls this part of the market and it is the main innovator, establishing its ideas thanks to its superb smartphones. In 2005 the company introduced the side-sliding mechanism which allows you to use a large and handy QWERTY hardware keyboard and which does not affect the size too much.
Pros: QWERTY keyboard packed in a compact body, Version 6 of Windows Mobile OS, Built-in WiFi
Summary: The volume provided by the earpiece is average – while in underground or on a noisy street it is really difficult to hear the person on the other end, but we will reserve our final judgment until we get a hands-on with the commercial version of the S710. The loudspeaker is no match for HTC Trinity power-wise, and proves to be average for a Windows Mobile-based device. The silent alert is pretty much standard and is in line with that of ordinary handsets.
Excerpt: HTC, formerly known as a manufacturer of gadgetry for the likes of O2 and T-Mobile, finally launched handsets under its own name late last year. These were similar to the handsets it had been making for network operators but, crucially, were 3G rather than 2.5G.