HTC Snap Review: Performance

August 1, 2009 by Jen Edwards Reads (29,759)

PERFORMANCE

This model runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, and come bundled with productivity and entertainment software.

I hate to say it, but the HTC Snap really is… snappy. It’s based on the Qualcomm MSM 7225 processor, running at 528 MHz. I never saw the hourglass (not that I miss it!) no matter what task I was performing. The only times I had to wait was when I performed data intensive tasks like downloading applications, waiting for Sprint TV to start up, etc. — which is all dependent on the network, not the device.

HTC Snap for Sprint

With 256 MB of flash and 192 MB of RAM, there’s plenty of memory for all of your applications. There’s also a microSD slot under the back cover of the device if you need some more storage.

Wireless/Call Quality
The Snap is dual-band (800/1900 MHz) with Sprint’s mobile broadband service EV-DO, but it doesn’t have Wi-Fi, which is a slight disappointment. The Sprint network seems to be relatively fast and has good coverage in my area, so that was an acceptable trade-off.

Cell reception with this device is exceptionally good, and call quality, especially in quiet environments like an office is very good as well. Outside there were some very minor issues with background noise when I was walking down a busy street. Overall call quality is better than average.

Productivity
As with all Windows phones, Office Mobile is included, with Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, and OneNote Mobile.

But HTC has also added a few tweaks to the Start menu to make using the Snap as fast as possible. I love having weather built in, with automatic updates and on-demand five-day view, instead of having to load a separate weather application.

And HTC’s Inner Circle idea is brilliant — it give you one-button access to email from your favorite/most important contacts, no matter which of your e-mail accounts initially receives the message. That’s a real time-saver, and a really cool feature that should be available on more devices.

Sprint Navigation is included with the HTC Snap, and it’s a joy to use. I especially appreciated the optimization options for pedestrians in addition to the usual fastest/shortest/highway options. With urban planners creating foot- and bike-friendly neighborhoods, it makes sense for your GPS application to mold itself to new ways of thinking as well.

You can search for local points of interest, and even submit your own star ratings to share your experiences with other Sprint Navigation users. You can optionally share your location as well. I found the local business and restaurant information to be extremely fast, up-to-date and accurate, which was a pleasant surprise. Overall Sprint Navigation is very well done and useful; at this time it is superior to the options offered by other carriers (though Verizon’s application comes in second).

Entertainment
There’s a lot of on-the-go fun to be had with the Snap. The external speaker deserves special mention, because the sound quality with this device is exceptional. Even at the highest volume, everything comes through clearly, with no distortion. Sound comes through as full-bodied, not tinny, and is certainly good enough to share the latest hit song with your friends, no headphones required.

Sprint TV is also included, and though it is relatively slow to load it works well. As mentioned previously, the video quality isn’t so good for some choices, most notably the Disney Channel and the NFL Network, though full episodes of Ghost Hunters International from the Sci-Fi network looked and sounded absolutely great.

HTC Snap for SprintOther extras include Sprint network features such as NASCAR, NFL Mobile Live, and the Sprint software store.

Camera
As with the Inner Circle feature, the camera features one-touch access so that you won’t miss a single moment. Even better, the controls have been optimized to work the way they should work — which means that up and down on the five-way navigator controls the 2x zoom feature, and the left and right buttons allow you to switch instantly from photo to video mode, without forcing you to dig through multiple menus.

Picture quality is good, but not exceptionally great, since this is only a 2 megapixel camera.

All of the usual options are available, including brightness, white balance, shutter sound, metering mode, resolution, review duration, etc. You’ll also find dedicated modes for MMS video, contact pictures, and panoramas.

Battery Life
The HTC Snap is equipped with a 1500 mAh battery, and this is one area where it really shines. Battery life is outstanding; I was able to leave the device on standby and with very light use it lasted just over a week before the battery died.

When I subjected it to much more stringent use, with voice calls, Sprint TV, Sprint Navigation, and online web browsing, I found that I had lost just one bar on the battery by the end of the day.


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