Tall but a little fat, which makes the profile of this smartphone a bit bulky for the pocket.
The slide-out keyboard is small but very well made. Shame the backplate is not flat as this causes a lot of unsteadiness on a table.
GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G mean this is a nicely featured non-touch-screen Windows Mobile smartphone.
We do miss a touch-screen, and the display is small for data-rich stuff like Web pages.
Battery life is good but could easily be brought down by lots of 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi activity.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,12/12/2011 3:54:17 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
The S740 has a good battery life and
a well-made keyboard.
It is chunky for the pocket, the
keyboard is small, and it has a poor backplate design.
Visually, the S740 brings the HTC Diamond style to the non-touch-screen arena. The black frontage is covered by clear plastic strips that lend a shine to the buttons and give it a certain reflectivity. We wonder if it is meant to lend a diamond-like glistening to things. It doesn’t.
The more significant HTC Diamond feature is the shaping of the backplate. It is not flat, instead having a diamond cut effect. The result of this, apart from the visual one, is that the S740 does not rest flat on a desk.
Now, this isn’t a problem most of the time, but pull out the sliding keyboard and try to tap at keys with the S740 on a desk and you’ll find the device wobbles all over the place, which becomes very irritating. You really have to hold the S740 in both hands and type with your thumbs to get any kind of speed.
The other keyboard problem is that the keys are small. If you are stubby-fingered you might have trouble. These factors are annoying, especially as the build-quality of the keyboard is superb.
There was a time we thought of Windows Mobile Standard devices as the less sophisticated cousins of fully touch-screen Windows Mobile Professional handsets. But that is not the case here. The S740 packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and HSDPA, making it pretty well featured even for a smartphone.
There is no front camera for video calling, and the screen is small at 2.4 inches so you can’t expect to get a lot out of data-rich applications. There’s another niggle too. If you want to get to the microSD card slot you need to take the SIM out, and this in turn means the device powers down. If you are a keen card-swapper this alone might turn you away from the HTC S740. Oh, and music fans won’t like the fact that the headset uses a miniUSB connector.
Still, there is plenty of software here to keep you happy including an FM radio, RSS reader and Google Maps as well as the usual Windows Mobile Standard stuff. Battery life proved quite good on test, and certainly above the average for a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone.
The headline specs make the HTC S740 seem like a top-notch smartphone. But we aren’t fans of the shaped backplate, the location of the microSD card slot or the use of a miniUSB connector for the headset. All of which push the S740 towards the average.