HTC Freestyle Hands-on

HTC Freestyle Hands-on
Super phones might be all the rage, which is quite evident from the announcements during CES, but there is still that segment in the market that don't want to jump up into the realms of smartphones. In addition, there are probably consumers out there who adore the designs of HTC's line of devices, but don't want to make the jump since it'll incur a higher monthly data cost. Lucky for AT&T customers, the HTC Freestyle is on the way with its BREW-based platform that will lessen the learning curve for some. In a way, you can argue that it's going to be an HTC feature phone for AT&T's lineup – which is nice since it won't require you to add on a higher monthly data plan.

Surprisingly, we're a bit taken back by the quality design and construction of the HTC Freestyle. Specifically, devices released nowadays in this segment don't necessarily receive the most care and love from manufacturers as they mainly rely on cheap materials. With the Freestyle, it utilizes a fresh industrial design that's surely going to impress those who would generally fathom it to be something completely different – as in one cheap phone! Additionally, its overall size is very easy on the hand with its compact form that will slip inconspicuously in a pocket. However, its overall smaller form factor is attributed to its 3.2” capacitive display that's more than desirable for its target audience.

The unit we checked out wasn't active, so we couldn't check out the BREW-based platform it's sporting – but it's along the same lines of what's in use with the HTC Smart. Meaning, it will offer HTC's beloved Sense user interface that is seen on pretty much their line of smartphones. With that on board, you'll be able to sample a tiny bit of what current data hungry HTC smartphone users are experiencing. Will this handset blow you away? Possibly, but more importantly, it's a refreshing thing to see since it's not that often we see venerable smartphone maker HTC going into the feature phone category.

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  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Storage 0.15 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1300 mAh(7.10h talk time)



1. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010

from the side it looks like the first iPhone, not appealing. i do not like the design what so ever. if you are going to pay for internet, it might as well be with a good high end phone.

2. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

AT&T can have it

3. UnderachievingBoi unregistered

I hope this phone isn't the pile of crap the HTC Smart was. It had no wifi, a horrible QVGA resistive touchscreen, no office document editing software, no app support whatsoever! Improvements needed for this phone to succeed: -A more competetive price (To match its features) -Some kind of App Store provided by HTC -WiFi (Come on, even $150 nokia dumbphones have wifi - e.g Nokia X3 touch and type) -HVGA resolution screen -Document Viewer (At Least) or Document Editor -A Proper Web Browser (Opera Mini would be nice) I bet no one from HTC is going to read this, but I jhust like writing things.

6. Tenshi unregistered

Please, its a fine FEATURE PHONE by they way it is. It doesn't need apps. It doesn't need wifi (Its not a smartphone and Nokia doesn't even offer most of its phones to the US) Its fine with its resolution. What do you need a document viewer for? And the webkit browser is good for LIGHT web browsing. Remember, not everyone could afford a smartphone. And not everyone NEEDS all the bells and whistles for it as well.

10. UnderachievingBoi unregistered

well, i'm completely okay with Feature Phones, but witht he price HTC was charging with the HTC Smart, I could go buy a Samsung Jet, which has MUCH better specs, wifi, web browsing, an AMOLED screen, 5 mp Camera with Dual LED Flash. And it wasn't a smartphone. SO all I'm saying is this: If HTC wants to make a Feature phone, the can go ahead. BUT, if HTC wants to charge an obscene amount of money for a phone that has the same features as a Budget Nokia DUMBphone, then they can just watch their product flop. I mean, I'd buy this phone, even if it didn't have WiFi or apps or a QVGA screen. But if HTC wants to cut out all of these features, they better cut the price accordingly. More around the price of a High End Dumb Phone. Not a feature phone. Coz I'm not going to fork out 400 bucks for a nice looking paper weight. P.S, I don't use Smartphones, I can't afford a Data plan, nor can I afford a thousand dollar phone.

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5. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You guys forget that some people don't want a smartphone...... Get off your high horse and step onto the ground that is the real world.

7. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

This is a feature phone and not a smartphone. As for the design; I really like it especially for a feature phone. Remeber not everyone needs all the fancy technology to go with a phone and a phone such as this is a great alternative for people who desire the look but not the experience or price to go with it.

8. koiskmaker unregistered

i see people dont ;pay attention..and oh pardon i use a dumbphone,.duh huh.well it doesnt have this or that..most people dont use smartphones duh huh...lucky i have a high powered pc..and smartphones,seriously some of you walk with a board up your thats dumb.

9. Itzatlas

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

I have always liked HTC and even though this is a step down from smartphone to a HIGH END FEATURE PHONE, it still has that nice quality HTC build job. They probably wanted to get on the sides of the kids to teens area so that in the future, they choose an HTC branded phone.

11. max unregistered

why are you guise always repeatedly saying that the htc freestyle is no smartphone but a featurephone? It is a smartphone.

12. juan carlos unregistered

ya dood this fone owns! its no smart fone its SOOPER FONE

14. waffo unregistered

Uh, it really isn't a smartphone. If it was a smartphone, AT&T would charge you $25/month for data and...they charge you $10 for the Freestyle if you want a data plan.

13. Dan Morgan unregistered

I would like a document viewer on this phone! Maybe I would like to download the bible to my sd card so that I can read for a change. What's wrong with reading? It wasn't a cheap phone either. I saved for this phone and I can't even read the bible on it!!!!!!! Well, thanks for listening anyway...

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