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HTC Smart review

The HTC Smart certainly looks the business, but is that beauty only skin deep?

Using the Smart as a yardstick, it's hard to say just how good or bad Qualcomm's Brew platform is, because HTC has skinned the OS with its excellent Sense user interface. As such, the Smart will look and feel very familiar to anyone who's used another HTC device.

However, great as HTC Sense is, it can only do so much, and when using the Smart, its budget origins become all too clear.

HTC smart

To be fair, most of the issues with the user interface come as a result of the screen. Unfortunately, the 2.8-inch screen employs resistive, rather than capacitive, touch technology.

This means that it's simply not as finger-friendly as, say, the HTC Legend, Apple iPhone or the similarly-sized HTC HD Mini. Swiping feels a bit sticky, which is mainly down to the plastic screen and is pretty common with resistive technology.

Likewise, tapping isn't as responsive as we would have liked, but then compromises had to be made somewhere.

Screen technology aside, the Smart is pretty intuitive thanks, for the most part, to HTC Sense. The central Home screen looks like most HTC Sense enabled phones, with a large digital clock at the top, and your local weather integrated.

Below this you'll find three slots for shortcuts, and as with the HTC HD Mini, you can swipe the screen upwards to reveal a further six shortcut boxes.

HTC smart

You can also swipe left and right to reveal three Home screens on either side of the central one. As with all HTC Sense empowered phones, you can customise all the Home screens, but the Smart takes this approach a step further with the use of Scenes.

Swipe down from the top of any Home screen and you'll be presented with a selection of Scenes to choose from.

The concept behind Scenes is that they allow you to quickly change the layout of the phone in one fell swoop.

So, during work hours, you can highlight your emails, text messages and calendar, but at the weekend, you might want quick access to your Facebook and Twitter contacts, and have a shortcut to the camera handy.

HTC smart

When you first switch on the Smart, there are four Scenes to choose from – O2 (it's an O2 handset), Work, Lifestyle and Clean Slate.

Strangely, the O2 Scene is identical to the Lifestyle scene, which is something of a waste. If none of the preset scenes grabs you, you can create your own personalised scene using the Clean Slate option, then save it as a custom Scene.

On the whole the Scene functionality is a good addition for anyone who wishes they had different applications to hand at different times, or different days. That said, anyone who really needs to have a smartphone configured for work, would probably find the Smart a bit under-powered and under-featured.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time7.50 Hour
Product ModelSmart
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)108 g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height104 mm
Width55 mm
Depth12.8 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time450 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameSmart Smartphone
Processor Speed300 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Manufacturer Part Number99HJR015-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

The HTC Smart is a compact phone that's ready to help you be a smarter YOU and a funner YOU.

The HTC Smart is at your service, be it for your productive side or your playful side. HTC Smart comes with Scenes different phone configurations that reflect different moods in your daily self. There's a mode for your busy weekdays, filling your home screen with panels that help you ease on through your workdays with apps like email, calendar and the web browser. There's a mode for relaxing (or not!) weekends, which brings fun to the forefront with music, camera, and photo album panels. There's even a scene that you can personalize to fit your unique style and daily needs.

Package Contents
  • Smart Smartphone
  • Battery (preinstalled)
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headset
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory256 MB