HTC Smart review

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

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The camera is a 3-megapixel affair, which seems low by today's standards. That said, cameras in phones have fallen foul of the numbers game, and it's worth remembering that more megapixels doesn't necessarily mean better photos, especially when the sensor is so small. So, in theory, the camera in the Smart could be a hidden gem – but unfortunately, it's not.

The camera is disappointing on a number of levels, but none more apparent than the dreadful shutter lag. Put simply, unless you're shooting something that's completely stationary, you may as well not bother.

You're looking at a lag of approximately two seconds from the moment you press the button, to the moment when the virtual shutter is released. The usual result is that the picture you spent time framing turns out to be a blurry mess.

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MISSED HIM: The appalling shutter lag and slow lens make it nigh on impossible to shoot anything that can move

If you like to take pictures of pets or children with your mobile phone, the Smart is not for you. Even the terrible shutter lag could be lived with if the lens was fast enough to allow a correspondingly fast shutter speed, but it's not. And to be honest, that's not a surprise considering the budget nature of the phone.

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NOT MOVING: Even if you can convince your cat to sit still, you're still likely to get blur in anything other than bright light. Flash coverage is so uneven that it's not worth using

Assuming you can find a subject that will stay still long enough for you to photograph it, the camera will still struggle to resolve detail in high intensity areas of a scene. In fact bright areas of a scene tend to be completely blown out, with little or no detail on offer.

Colours also lack vibrancy, and are often completely misrepresented – dark blues look black, while the maroon Ferrari F430 below was actually a deep metallic red.

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BACK IN BLACK: The Porsche 968 in the foreground is actually blue and not black as it appears in this photo

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RUBY RED FERRARI: This car sat in the pits all day and didn't even see the track! But the point is that it's not dark maroon, it's actually a deep metallic red

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OPPOSITES ATTRACT: The highlights on the white car are completely blown out, losing all detail in those areas

Video recording is arguably worse, mainly because the resolution is limited to 320 x 240. It's clearly no coincidence that video is shot in the same resolution as the screen, thus allowing 1:1 pixel mapping when playing back on the phone, but if you want to take the video off the phone and watch it on a larger screen, you'll be very disappointed.

Sound quality when shooting video is poor too. And if you're shooting outdoors, you'll soon realise that even a slight breeze is more than the built-in microphone can handle. In the video above you'll notice that you can barely hear the car engine over the wind noise – until it heads off down the pit lane.

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