August 7, 2009 12:37 pm
The HTC Snap is what you can call an affordable smartphone. TELUS has this on a promo now for $0.00 on a 3-year. The Snap runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and weighs only 120 grams.
At first glance the Snap looks like a regular smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, and that’s exactly what it is. The only thing really special about the Snap is that it comes with HTC’s “Inner Circle”. This allows you to somewhat customize your e-mail on the device with a select group of people. Once you press the button (beside the camera on the keypad), this Inner Circle menu shows all the e-mails of your group so you don’t need to search your device for them. Makes you that much more productive.
The Snap can do all your e-mail, text messaging (maximum number of character is 130). The full QWERTY keyboard is nicely designed and the keys are well spaced out. There are dedicated buttons for messaging, camera and the “Inner Circle” button. Also on the front of the Snap you have a dedicated home, back, call and end keys. The directional pad is basic but gets the job done. Honestly the Snap is a joke to use and e-mail is a breeze to set up.
This comes decent 2 megapixel camera with video. The picture quality is good and gives you the ability to zoom in and zoom out. However, the video quality needs some work as it came out very pixelated. The actual sound was really clear. Another nice feature about the Snap is that it can hold up to 16GB with a microSD card.
I was a bit frustrated with the web. The screen size is 2.4 inches and has a resolution of 320×240 so I was hoping that it would treat me well. Surfing the web was fast, but did not render the webpages well or occupy the entire screen. In our review we surfed a couple pages, images did not load and came up as a bunch of text links, even YouTube we could not see clearly.
The Snap is a great entry smartphone and it’s priced accordingly on the following plans:
3-year contract: $0.00 (promotion)
2-year contract: $299.99
1-year contract: $349.99