HTC Smart review

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

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The HTC Smart has a fair bit counting against it when it comes to internet performance. The most obvious shortcoming is the lack of Wi-Fi support, which is a something of a crime these days.

Regardless of how fast mobile broadband is getting, or how much data you have thrown into your contract, when you're at home, or at work, you really want your phone to automatically switch to your Wi-Fi network.

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A lack of Wi-Fi also causes problems if you ever travel outside of the UK.

As anyone with a smartphone will tell you, the first thing you do before you get on a plane is make sure that data roaming is switched off, thus saving you a scary bill when you get home. However, as long as you have Wi-Fi, you can still connect with your phone whenever you come across a Wi-Fi hotspot, which is pretty often.

Unfortunately, the Smart doesn't give you this option, so you can forget about checking email or browsing on your phone while you're abroad.

Another stumbling block when it comes to Internet usage is the speed of the Smart's data connection. With pretty much every phone in recent memory supporting 7.2mbps HSDPA, it comes as something of a surprise that the Smart tops out at the older 3.6mbps standard.

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But the biggest problem with internet usage on the Smart is that screen again. The low resolution really makes its presence felt, as you find yourself having to constantly move around a web page in order to read it.

Obviously there's no multi-touch, so you need to use a slider to zoom in and out, but to say that controlling the zoom level is inaccurate is something of an understatement. You can double tap to zoom in and out at set levels, but even doing this can produce seemingly random results.

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Considering that many consumers want to switch to a smartphone in order to browse the web on the move, the Smart doesn't really offer an experience that justifies the purchase.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
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
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 Address
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