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HTC S710 Vox Review

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Interface:


Vox is the first model the company offered on the market that runs the newer Windows Mobile 6 Standard edition. This is the reason why its software resembles that of other WM 6 Standard-based phones (ex for Smartphones) and even some of the things are completely identical.

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.







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Phonebook:


Searching and dialing a number from the phonebook has never been easier. You can start inputting the number or the name you want from the homescreen (no matter if it is first or last name), but if you press the key for the corresponding character just once, it is as if the system for predictive text input is turned on. For instance, if you want to dial “Neo”, you have to dial 636 (6-MNO, 3-DEF, 6-MNO) and almost immediately the phone will show you all matching names. With “down” button select the contact you wish and dial it with the green receiver.

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.



Organizer:


In the phone menu you can find your electronic calendar where you can save your appointments. They have options for subject, starting/ending time/all day event, location, notes. You can use options like: reminder (PRIOR NOTICE 1/5/10/15/30 minutes, 1 hour/day/week), recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-date-and-month) for every year, sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). You can also add attendees (required or optional) from your contacts where e-mail addresses have been added and where meeting requests will be sent.

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.
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File Explorer

Voice recorder

Quick notes

You have Tasks menu, where you can add to-do items. For a given Task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, high), start/due date, reminder (to be notified if it’s due), category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and note. The Task can have recurrence (Once, Every (same-day-of-the-week), Day (same-date) of every month, Every (same date-date-and-month) for every year and sensitivity (normal, personal, private, confidential). Examining the tasks in a list you can easily see which of them are finished and which are not. The tasks options can be: sort by (status, priority, subject, start date, due date) or filter (all, recent, no categories, active, completed).

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.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 25 Nov 2008, 16:52

2. (unregistered)


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! :-)

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HTC S710 Vox

HTC S710 Vox

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 6.0
view full specs
Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP850, Single core, 201 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size3.97 x 1.96 x 0.69 inches
(101 x 50 x 17.7 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1050 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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