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HTC S710 ‘Vox’

Posted in HTC, Windows Mobile by Tony C on May 14, 2007

My job is Windows Mobile.  I talk about it all day, I tell customers about it, I tell Partners about it and even tell all the people I work with about it.  One of the great things is that it touches every part of Microsoft; email, applications, development, Live! even in the near future Xbox.  The other great thing is that I get to use the wide and varied handsets using Windows Mobile.  Recently it has been an HTC S620, Palm Treo 750 and Orange M3100 as I do like having qwerty keypad, all of which are top notch devices but I’ve added a new HTC S710 to the fold and I’m quite taken with it.  Small enough to be a normal mobile phone but with the added sliding qwerty keyboard it’s a cracker, it’s also the first handset to come with Windows Mobile 6 along with it’s rebadged sibling the Orange E650.

HTC S620

Posted in HTC, Mobile Phones, Tech, Windows Mobile by Tony C on February 20, 2007

Is it a Smartphone or a PDA?The number of handsets running Windows Mobile is now over the ton and with the announcement at 3GSM that companies like LG will offer WM handsets running Mobile 6, it’s really tough for a someone with a gadget habit to not be tempted by the latest device.  So with the Palm Treo 750v lend to someone else the HTC S620 has stepped into the breach and fills it quite nicely. 

Thinner than a size zero model but infinitely more useful the S620 looks like a PDA but runs Smartphone OS so doesn’t have a touchscreen, navigation is via the multifunction switch on the front or via the neat ‘Joggr’ bar on the right hand side.  As with all WM5 devices it supports Direct Push email, viewing of Office documents, Instant Messaging and browsing the web.  I was worried the small QWERTY keypad would be too small for my stubby digits and whilst not at spaced as those on the Treo they work really well and because they have a positive ‘click’ to them even dialing telephone numbers isn’t as fiddly as it appears at first glance.

Like the Samsung i600 the HTC S620 is a cross over device that sits between what would have been considered a PDA and a ‘smart’ phone, this segment for Windows Mobile has become more blurred of late so with Mobile 6 the distinction will be simplified between those devices with a touch screen and those without.