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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the HTC S740 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 17.12.08 - 20:16:44 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 20880x
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Back in August, HTC announced its latest Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, the HTC S740. While it follows HTC's latest design and looks pretty similar to the HTC Touch Pro, it's a non-touchscreen smartphone which actually replaces the HTC S730. Like the S730, the S740 is also a 3.5G and the typical slide-out keyboard but other features either got an update or are completely new. While the S740 still not supports UMTS/HSDPA networks in the U.S. it supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and also features WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 as well as aGPS/GPS which works, for instance, quite well with the pre-installed Google Maps Mobile client (which nevertheless isn't the latest one featuring Street View). Other features includes a 3.2 megapixel fixfocus main camera, 256 MB RAM and ROM as well as a 2.4" QVGA screen.

Unlike the S730, the S740 isn't featuring a front facing camera, which can be used for UMTS video telephony,  anymore and HTC also replaced its "Live HTC Home" Home screen with Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.1 Home screen which HTC enhanced with some features (like weather forecast).

Sure, the HTC S740 might misses some of the latest HTC feature-highlights like an autofocus camera and since Opera hasn't released Opera Mobile 9.5 for Standard smartphones yet, users are locked into Microsoft's Internet Explorer Mobile (or alternatively Opera Mini 4.2 can be used) but the S740 is a rocking solid working tool for messaging addicts which prefer hardware keyboards over touchscreen smartphones.

Cheers ~ Arne

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