HTC Snap CDMA Review
The HTC Snap runs Windows Mobile Standard 6.1, and there are no fancy tweaks like TouchFLO 3D here. There is a very functional and visually pleasing HTC homescreen though. In an almost WM 6.5 style, the user is given the time and date, call info, appointments, messages, email, weather, Internet Explorer favorites and settings. The transition from one item to another is smooth with a slick animation. There are some elements from other HTC devices found on the Snap, such as the menu enhancements originally found on the Touch Diamond2. Sadly they are only in HTC applications, like Album and Camera. HTC has proven that they can do amazing things with a pretty bland OS, we only wish they had gone deeper, because beyond this everything else is stock Windows Mobile Standard.
From the home screen you can begin typing the name (either first or last) and it will begin to match with your contact list. If you begin typing a number it will also match with your contact list, displaying the matching names as well. You can also search within the contact application as well, but only by name and not by number.
Adding a contact is easy; simply select a number from the call history, or type the number in with the dialpad and press save. You can add it as a new contact, or as an additional number for an existing one. There is room for ten numbers per contact, and you can also add three emails, three IM names and other info, such as the contact’s company, address, anniversary and birthday. If that is not enough fields you can always add a note with any other information. The size of the phonebook is limited only by available memory on the device.
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The calendar is full featured, as you would find with any Windows Mobile phone. Like the phonebook, the number of appointments it can hold is limited only by memory, and is for all intents and purposes limitless. The appointments options are plentiful; you can add Location, Attendees and Notes as well as set reminders at different intervals and set the appointment to recur every day of the week, every day of the month or every specific date. You can also set your status to be Free, Busy or Tentative. This allows you to add items such as birthdays and anniversaries as all day events, and by setting the status to Free it does not conflict with other appointments on that day. The calendar can be viewed by day, week or month. You can choose the starting day for the week as well as the duration (5, 6 or 7 day week). At the top of the daily view is a small time bar which allows you to easily see your free time at a glance.
The Tasks menu allows you to create to-do items. For a given task you can set subject, priority (normal, low, high), start/due date, reminder, category (business, holiday, personal, seasonal) and note. Like calendar appointments, a task can be set to recur, and you can also assign a sensitivity level to them (normal, personal, private, confidential.) The list view allows you to easily see which ones are finished and which are not. Tasks can be sorted by status, priority, subject, start date, due date or filtered by all, recent, no categories, active, completed.
Voice Notes and Voice Recorder are redundant items, the latter being an HTC product and the former Microsoft. Why both were included we don’t know. The Microsoft version affords more options, such as recording beyond 60s and setting recordings as ringtones.
A relatively basic calculator is included. It gives some advanced functions such as percentages and square roots, but will by no means replace a real calculator. The basic Windows Mobile clock and alarm is available as well.