HTC Snap smartphone
HTC's Snap smartphone possesses one of the best QWERTY keyboards we've seen on a mobile
- Fantastic keyboard, thin, matte black finish, Inner Circle feature, HTC Home Screen, fast
- Trackball is small and sunken, no 3.5mm headphone jack
HTC's Snap is small, light and functional, and it has one of the best physical keyboards we've seen on a smartphone. The Snap doesn't offer anything revolutionary but what it does, it does very well.
Price$ 779.00 (AUD)
HTC's Snap smartphone sports a thin profile, a stylish matte black finish and an excellent QWERTY keyboard. It doesn't offer anything revolutionary, but it is a good choice if you aren't interested in a touch-screen smartphone.
The HTC Snap is one of the more attractive non-touch-screen Windows Mobile smartphones on the market. It's one of the thinnest, too, at just 12mm thick. The matte black, rubber-style finish may not provide the gloss and glamour of other smartphones, but for business users the HTC Snap is definitely an attractive and functional device.
Heavy e-mailers will be happy to know the HTC Snap possesses an outstanding keyboard. The keys themselves are raised and provide great tactile feedback. They are well spaced, making typing a breeze. It is one of the best keyboards on a Windows Mobile smartphone we've reviewed. The answer and end call keys, two selection buttons and shortcuts for home and back are comfortable to use and well placed.
Along with the keyboard, the HTC Snap has trackball that's remarkably similar to those seen on BlackBerry smartphones such as the BlackBerry Bold. The Snap's trackball is a little small though and it's not raised enough. We also found it difficult to get just the right sensitivity: by default the trackball response was far too slow but there are only three settings (fast, normal and slow).
The phone features HTC's exclusive Home Screen layout, consisting of quick access boxes that can easily be scrolled through using the trackball. Eliminating the need to constantly enter the Start menu, the HTC Snap allows quick access to missed calls, Telstra BigPond services, appointments, settings, weather, e-mail and messages. Being a Telstra exclusive, the Home Screen also offers direct access to Telstra content including news, Sensis maps, Yellow Pages, WhereIs and Mobile Foxtel.
The HTC Snap runs the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, so it includes the Office Mobile suite of Excel, PowerPoint and Word applications, Windows Media Player and a range of PIM functions. It's easy to configure for use with Microsoft Exchange, and you can also use standard POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts. A suite of Windows Live applications includes Windows Live Messenger and Hotmail. A great aspect of the Snap is its speed — it is actually snappy and surprisingly intuitive for a Windows Mobile device, delivering an excellent user experience.
HTC's Inner Circle feature is a highlight of the Snap. Pressing the dedicated Inner Circle button brings e-mails from up to 10 predefined contacts to the top of the inbox for quick access. This is HTC's way of "prioritising the people who matter most to you" and it works effectively.
The HTC Snap is a 7.2Mbps HSDPA-capable smartphone. It also has built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP. For mobile Internet, the standard Internet Explorer browser isn't the most intuitive to use (especially in the absence of a touch screen) but pages load quite quickly.
The HTC Snap could have been a capable multimedia device, as it includes a 2-megapixel camera that doubles as a video recorder, Windows Media Player to handle both video and music, and a streaming media player that lets you subscribe to and watch Telstra's Mobile Foxtel service. Unfortunately, the lack of a standard 3.5mm headphone jack is its major downfall, with HTC opting for a mini-USB headphone jack instead. The HTC Snap includes expandable memory thanks to a microSD card slot located behind the battery cover (which is a little tricky to remove).
The HTC Snap is available for $0 upfront to Telstra Business and Consumer customers on a $60 or higher Telstra phone plan. The Snap is also Blue Tick–rated, meaning it has been approved for use in rural and regional areas of Australia by Telstra.
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @GoodGearGuide
Join the newsletter!
Toys for Boys
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Although they have their pros and cons, cartridge-based printers can sometimes be more troublesome and frustrating to use than you’d like.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R17 Pro review: Oppo's thriftiest flagship yet drives a hard bargain
- 2 Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Expensive, but probably the best phone you can buy right now
- 3 Apple iPhone XS review: Astonishment at a price
- 4 Huawei Nova 3i review: All Sell, No Soul
- 5 Oppo A5X review: A winning blend of long battery, solid performance and low-price
Latest News Articles
- Boost Mobile boosts data inclusions
- Cygnett introduces new Armoured Cables
- Kogan Mobile offers new data upgrades and discounts on plans
- More evidence emerges of a mid-range 'Google Pixel Lite'
- Optus acknowledge and act to remedy Mate 20 Pro 'green tint' issue
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Oppo R17 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?