HTC S710 Vox ReviewHTC S710 Vox 8.5
As a default, the home screen shows system information, shortcuts for recently used applications and active stand-by screen that shows other information, for instance, Upcoming events. It can be personalized by themes to look completely different and several Windows variants are a nice example that can be changed from the menu: Settings – Home Screen – Home Screen Layout. The possibilities for personalization are almost endless.
The main menu is shown as a grid of 3x3 icons with shortcuts to numerical keypad. Unlike I-mate SPL, it cannot be viewed as vertical list but it has scroll function which enables you to move more comfortably to the next options.
Looking through the phonebook is possible by means of list of names. You can search here too, but only by name (not by number) and the phone will not display which symbol you have input, so if you misspell one you will not be able to see what to clear (with back/clear button)and to edit it.
A long list with many fields is available when you add a new contact. You can find here many phone numbers, addresses and e-mails, etc. But here (like Pocket PC System) you cannot add two phone numbers of the same type – for instance, two mobile phone numbers. You can also attach a personal photo and a music file to each contact, but the displayed photo is so small when you receive a call or when you make a call that it is pointless, though there is plenty of space on the screen for a big photo.
By pressing the green receiver from the home screen you can see the call history of the phone. You can easily add a number from here as a new contact or as a new number for already saved contact.
Examining the calendar can be done by day/week/month and you can choose starting day for the week and the week duration (5-6-7-day week). The appointments for the day are clearly shown in their time limits, so you can see your free time at a glance. This is one of the new things of WM6 compared to WM5.
The calculator is located in the menu “Office Mobile”. It does not have scientific option.
File Explorer is the mobile version of Windows Explorer and it helps you to explore the content of the phone memory and the card memory, reaching even to the system folders and files. And you are not limited to use only the phone types of files, but you can see all files. There is no option for selecting several files together (hence you cannot work with them at the same time).
Voice recorder is activated by holding down the voice button on the left side. With this tool you can use to record voice notes with no limitation of the time duration, which depends only on the available free memory.
Usually Windows Mobile Standard-based phones (ex for Smartphones) do not support Notes, but HTC have included application called Quick Notes. It has the same functionality – you can write down short notes but it is not synchronized with Outlook.
1. Sheld1 (unregistered)
I hate to say it but this is possibly the worst phone I have ever owned. It is slow, occasionally does not recognise my SIM card, does not send text messages, hangs. But my favourite part is that intermittently when syncing with my laptop it gives a sync error telling you to do a full sync. Click ok and hey presto all your speed dials are gone. This is first HTC and my first Windows mobile phone and probably my last HTC.
I have to agree. This is by far the worst phone I've ever had! I had two SonyEricsons before the Vox. They are so much easier to use. They just do the things you want them to do REALLY WELL. I cope with the Vox, but it's such an effort getting things done. It doesn't do anything well. There is absolutely no concistency through the layout and design. It's as if 20 different Engineers and Programmers designed it without ever speaking to each other. aaah, I feel much better now! :-)