Neowin Member Reviews: HTC Smart

Today we're proud to share a new review submitted to reviews by members for members, this weekend badblood shares his experience with the new HTC Smart Phone.

I’ve recently been having difficulty with my Nokia 6500 Slide’s reception and decided I need to take the plunge and buy myself a new handset.  After a lot of thought, I came to the conclusion I couldn’t justify spending £400 on a handset, nor could I justify spending £35 on a contract each month.  Therefore, I kept my O2 Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG from now on) SIM card and intended to buy a reasonably priced PAYG handset.  I set myself a budget and decided to stick to it.

The phones that I have been most taken with recently are the Palm Pre, HTC HD2 (and Mini), Desire and the Sony Ericsson X10.  But their cost far outweighed my desire to own one of these gems.  Instead I considered the Nokia 5800, Samsung Jet and Sony Ericsson Elm.  All are good phones in their own way, but nothing really stood out for me.  That was until I saw the poster in the O2 Store for the HTC Smart.

I liked HTC phones. I loved the HD2 when I played with my brother-in-law’s recently.  So seeing an HTC handset for a penny less than £100 was a plus in my eyes.  I asked the sales rep could I see the handset.  Once he opened the box and handed me the phone, it felt perfect for me.  I wasn’t expecting to use the handset either, but the nice chap turned it on for me and I was able to see just how the Smart performed in comparison to the HD2 that I’d used a few weeks earlier.  10 minutes later, I was walking out of the store with a brand new phone.

It’s been two and a half weeks since getting to grips with the Smart, so how have I coped?

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rootedroid said,
HTC phones are great, just not a fan of the HTC sense that it comes with

Serious? Sense is possibly the greatest phone UI I have ever used. When I got my legend, people told me to try other home screen launchers, but I keep going back to Sense. It's awesome IMO.

Thanks for the comments guys. I really appreciate them.
I could have gone with a more high spec phone, but in the end I didn't want to, nor could I really afford to spend the money on something like the Desire.
But I am going to start putting the pennies away and in a year or so I'll treat myself to a top of the range phone!
Thanks again!

Great review. Android is really gaining a fair part of the market and I hear a lot of people talking nothing but positive about the OS.

Wannes said,
Great review. Android is really gaining a fair part of the market and I hear a lot of people talking nothing but positive about the OS.

This isn't an Android device...

Never had a chance to see how a HTC performs in person to be honest.
I think I may have to just take a visit to a phone shop to have a see.
Great review

JTaylor69 said,
Never had a chance to see how a HTC performs in person to be honest.
I think I may have to just take a visit to a phone shop to have a see.
Great review

Try one of their snapdragon phones, specifically Android. I use to be a WM fan but Microsoft abandoned it years ago and Android is even more open and much more stable, so I switched to that.

Nashy said,

Bloody oath. Telstra here have it exclusive, and I don't want to move to Telstra.

Buy the phone online, problem solved. Much cheaper that way too.

Nashy said,

Bloody oath. Telstra here have it exclusive, and I don't want to move to Telstra.

I think the exclusivity deal was for three or six months... after that, I would think that Vodafone would pick it up seeing as most of their Android handsets have been HTC's.

Zoom7000 said,
Yeah, it is indeed great to see Member Reviews on the Front Page!

I fully agree !

And great stuff 'badblood' - Great read.