T-Mobile Dash (HTC S620) First Thoughts

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HTC really blew me away with its assortment of products at this week’s CTIA show. I’m not just talking about the four new phones they announced last week, I also got to see several concept designs, some working, some not, that are going to really impress the market.

HTC has a design for everyone and will continue this momentum in 2007. It has plans to continue this rapid release pace, possibly topping a dozen new units next year.

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As exciting as the future is, there’s plenty to be thrilled about today as well. First I’ll profile the HTC S620, which will be sold as the T-Mobile Dash in the U.S. My thoughts on other upcoming models from HTC will be coming soon.

HTC S620 – T-Mobile Dash

This is the one that has me fired up.

The design on this unit is absolutely amazing. Everything about it is sleek, from the keyboard down to the power button.

The case is made from a material we’re starting to see a lot of, it’s soft and a little grippy, almost like rubber.

There’s nothing official on a U.S. release of course, but the buzz surrounding this unit at CTIA was hot. It’s going to come out on T-Mobile as the Dash sometime in mid-October.

Pricing is unknown, but the median guess seems to be near the $300 price point. If that’s the case, and I think it will probably be a bit higher, T-Mobile is going to have a definite winner on their hands.

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Form Factor

Of course it’s the form factor that jumps out. Need a size comparison? Yes, that’s a water bottle cap to the left of the device. The S620/Dash is substantially smaller than the Motorola Q I carry. In fact, it’s not even close.

I don’t have the exact measurements, but it seems to be at least 25 percent smaller, in terms of volume. They’ve managed to do this without the device seeming cramped though.

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Keyboard

The keyboard is actually very impressive. HTC has gone with square keys, largely because the space doesn’t allow for the taller oval shaped keys like the Q uses.

HTC has even built in some fantastic logic that — now that I’ve seen it — makes me surprised others haven’t done, too. One of the big hassles when working with a limited keyboard is accessing the special characters like punctuation. On this model, when you hold down a letter key, you’ll get the alternate option. So if I’m typing an email and hold down the “H” key for a second, instead of an “h”, I get a “?”.

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Conclusion

Overall this little number performed well and was a joy to use. My only gripes are that the top set of buttons are a little small, and I’m used to the two menu selection buttons being much closer to the display. Otherwise it’s very solid.

The Dash seems like a business device, while T-Mobile is  consumer-oriented carrier, so it will be interesting to see how this does. But in the absence of a new Treo and the Motorola Q, it really needs something like this to stay competitive.

It’s clear that I’m excited about this Windows Mobile Smartphone and I think others will be too when it comes to market.

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