- Very small and lightweight
- Good call quality
- Loud, easy to hear sound
- Excellent battery life
- No Wi-Fi
- Not very good camera
The HTC Snap is a Windows phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. It comes with all of the standard Windows Mobile applications, but it also has a few special HTC tweaks under the hood.
It is currently being offered by Sprint, who is asking $150 with a two-year contract.
BUILD & DESIGN
The Snap is one of the lightest and most visually appealing devices I’ve reviewed so far for Brighthand. It’s rounded in all the right places, and very comfortable to hold in the hand. It fits nicely in a purse or pocket, and doesn’t create any unsightly bulges.
The design aesthetic is very simple and clean, with an entirely black plastic exterior, and silver accents around the screen and the five-way navigator. All of the controls are located on the front of the device, next to the keyboard, aside from the volume control keys on the top left side of the device.
The call, disconnect, menu, home, and back keys are rather understated, and don’t stick out very much. They’re nice and large though, and I didn’t have any problems with them or the five-way navigator. On some devices, the five-way is either way too small or so “jumpy” that it’s hard to operate precisely, but this one feels and works just right.
The 2.4-inch QVGA display has an LED backlight and is very bright and easy to see. Everything appears sharp and clear, though there was some blurriness/jagginess of images in the Sprint TV application. I suspect that is due more to the relatively low quality of the video provided (or to hiccups in Sprint’s network) than to any actual fault of the hardware.
It does fade out quite badly in direct sunlight, but that’s no different from about 95% of the devices I’ve tested so far.
Keep in mind though, the Snap uses the version of Microsoft’s operating system that’s for non-touchscreen smartphones.
The keyboard is extremely small, and takes some getting used to, but it works well. The keys are very clearly labeled, with large print. The keys themselves are slightly textured and have a fair bit of “play” — or you could say that they’re not as stiff as you might expect on a new device. The vertical separation between rows is quite good, though on the horizontal axis the keys are right next to each other, with no spacing at all.
I found that the best way to type was with my fingernails, instead of the pads of my fingers. Considering that I have relatively small hands, typing might be more of an issue for those of you with larger fingers. I didn’t have any problem hitting the right keys, it just didn’t feel comfortable to use my fingers. I also thought it somewhat strange at first to find a small nub on the S, which also serves as the number 5 on the embedded dial pad (instead of on the F and J home keys) but it was handy and I used it often to find my place on the keyboard without really looking.
The HTC Snap comes with a USB sync cable, AC adapter, wired headset with mic, a quick start guide, and a CD with sync software and user manual.