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HTC S740 Review

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The S740 of course runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. It doesn’t have any customization beyond the home screen, so we won’t get into detail. By default, the home screen is HTC Home, but you can change it to the WM standard one if you wish. HTC Home features a vertical list of icons, beginning with a large clock and the name of the carrier that you’re using. Below, you’ll find the calendar, the music player, the weathercast and others.

HTC Home - HTC S740 Review
HTC Home - HTC S740 Review
HTC Home - HTC S740 Review
HTC Home - HTC S740 Review

HTC Home


HTC S740 Review
When you decide to open the slider, the screen changes its orientation from portrait to landscape view, as in the S710 and the S730, but the difference is that here you’ll have a menu, which gives you quick access to the messages, e-mails and Windows Live Messenger. There’s a similar menu in the HTC Touch Pro, but its options are twice as many.

The HTC S740 is a 3G phone with Wi-Fi, so you’ll be able to enjoy some high-speed internet. Unfortunately, the default internet browser is Internet Explorer. It is light years away from being a decent browser and experiences difficulties when loading complex pages like phoneArena.com, so we recommend that you choose some of the alternatives, for example Opera Mobile or Skyfire. We took screenshots of both Internet Explorer and Skyfire, because we wanted to show you the great differences.

Internet Explorer - HTC S740 Review
Internet Explorer - HTC S740 Review
Internet Explorer - HTC S740 Review
Internet Explorer - HTC S740 Review

Internet Explorer


SkyFire - HTC S740 Review
SkyFire - HTC S740 Review
SkyFire - HTC S740 Review
SkyFire - HTC S740 Review

SkyFire


Even though the S740 has been designed mainly as a texting device, this doesn’t mean that its multimedia capabilities should be rushed through. For entertainment purposes you have Windows Media Player at your service. The video clips play well, as long as they are coded in H.264 or H.263. During our tests the device managed to play videos with resolution of up to 640x272 pixels, which surprised us and gave us the chance to enjoy some high-quality ones. By default, your music is played through Windows Media Player, but you can also choose HTC’s Audio Manager, which performs considerably better. The player has many presets for the equalizer which can be manually tweaked according to your likings, but you’ll have to plug in the headphones in order to use it.  The music quality through the headphones is average and when you turn the volume to the max, the sound gets too sharp. The loudspeaker also isn’t the greatest.

Video player - HTC S740 Review

Video player

HTC Audio Manager - HTC S740 Review
HTC Audio Manager - HTC S740 Review

HTC Audio Manager


Camera interface - HTC S740 Review
Camera interface - HTC S740 Review

Camera interface


The camera is 3.2-megapixels, which is a step forward compared to the previous models. It has all the necessary functions like white balance, brightness and metering gathered in a single menu. The quality of the outdoor pictures isn’t really satisfying. As if there has been a red filter in front of the lens, which makes the colors look unnatural. The phone lacks a flash, so we didn’t have great expectations of the indoor ones. Again, they looked a bit reddish, with their quality getting worse by lowering the lighting. The S740 is also capable of recording videos with CIF resolution (352x288 pixels). They are up to grade, but their low resolution makes them suitable only for viewing on the phone, or uploading to YouTube.

HTC S740 Review
HTC S740 Review
HTC S740 Review
Outdoor samples - HTC S740 Review
Outdoor samples - HTC S740 Review
Outdoor samples - HTC S740 Review

Outdoor samples


The HTC S740 features a GPS receiver that should aid the ones that have lost their way home. Unfortunately, there isn’t a preinstalled application to run it, so we’ll give you some raw data about the time that it needs to locate your position. In our case, with information about the location of the satellites downloaded in advance, thanks to Quick GPS, we managed to find ourselves within 20 seconds after a cold start.

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HTC S740

HTC S740

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 6.1
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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225, Single core, 528 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.58 x 1.71 x 0.64 inches
(116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 6.33 hours talk time

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