HTC S710 Vox ReviewHTC S710 Vox 8.5
Like other Windows Mobile phones, all messages are in a common menu – Messaging. Here you can find all text, multimedia and e-mail messages. When you write something over again, T9 predictive text input system can help you. It can be used with QWERTY hardware keyboard too.
Just a few steps away is the option to add your e-mail account (POP3 or IMAP) and to use your e-mail account on your mobile phone. Windows Mobile 6 already supports HTML formatted e-mails. The client is very similar to the Outlook on a computer, you can filter your inbox to see just some results, reply to message or forward it to other person. The support for attachments allows you to download or send one, in addition to the text body. The phone can be set to synchronise with your company Exchange Server.
As standard, Windows Mobile comes preloaded with the mobile version of Live! Messenger (MSN). Windows Live account will be added in Messaging when you add your e-mail account. It is real fun to exchange fast messages with QWERTY keyboard.
HTC Vox is a quad-band GSM, which can be used in all continents.
Supporting EDGE data, it uses faster internet connection than it would use with GPRS, which is the previous level. Still, it is not 3G phone, which would enable even faster internet connection.
The HTC solution of combining the jacks for connecting to a PC and earpieces in one is strange. The earpieces and other music accessories are connected to the miniUSB connector which results in the inconvenience of you not being able to listen to music and charge/synchronize the telephone at the same time. It also leads to the inconvenience for you to choose among fewer accessories.
local connection you can use Bluetooth as well, since Vox has the latest version. Multimedia profiles are also supported so you can listen to stereo music wireless. We transferred 15MB of data for 4 minutes and 23 seconds, which means it transfers with about 60KBps.
The phone features an integrated Wi-Fi module for wireless Internet connection. You can easily connect to a home/office network, or any public place where “hotspot” service is supported. Wi-Fi transfer speeds are much higher than GPRS/EDGE ones, and using it for Internet and streaming is not a problem.
You can also connect it to a computer by a USB cable plugged in the bottom port of the phone. You will need an installed Microsoft Active Sync on your PC in order to achieve an easy synchronization of the phone with Microsoft Outlook at your will.
As standard, all Windows Mobile phones come with Internet Explorer (Mobile) for internet browsing. Naturally Vox is not an exception.
Internet Explorer has the option „One Column View” for avoiding horizontal scrolling and in this mode everything is arranged one below another and therefore the original vision of the site is not longer preserved. The trouble is that in „Desktop” view, the browser does not render correctly most of the sites and they are again different from the PC view. And you need a lot of scrolling in both directions.
If you do not like this Explorer, you can change it for some of its alternatives. One perspective choice is Deepfish, which is a Microsoft development, but it is still in “Beta” stage and it is available only for a small group of consumers, who managed to register as testers.
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! :-)