HTC S710 (HTC Vox) Unboxing, Q&A
Here it is - my favorite WM6 device of this year (so far): the HTC Vox/S710. Check out the unboxing video below. After the jump, answers to the questions submitted over the weekend (opens in new tab).
In case you're wondering, here's the rundown on the specs:
- Windows Mobile 6 Standard
- TI OMAP 201 MHz Processor
- 128 MB ROM (about 50 MB User accessible), 64MB RAM (again, about 50 MB of Program Memory)
- 101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm / 120g
- GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band
- WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
- 2 megapixel camera
- Around 7 hours talk-time
On to the Q&A. If you have more questions, post 'em below!
It does indeed have WiFi, which is a relief as the s710 only has EDGE for wireless data otherwise.
Sadly, no idea on carriers or release dates. I strongly suspect that T-Mobile will get it, though, as it looks like an excellent SDA replacement. I'll put up a bevy of comparison shots in the next day or two.
The lack of 3G is a pity (and a big one), but at least there's WiFi to lessen the blow.
101.5 mm x 50 mm x 17.5 mm. Basically, it feels like your standard feature phone these days. As you can see in the video, it's smaller than the T-Mobile SDA, so it's pretty hand-friendly.
No touchscreen, as it's Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition (aka non-touchscreen edition). Since it's WM6, you can indeed edit office documents, though creating new ones requires a little hack (opens in new tab). Let's not talk too much about how much we paid - it's an import right now so it won't feel good to mention it. ;)
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But what's the deal with the even cooler S730/Wings that's supposed to come out in July (per http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=specs&id=728)?? Will they really make the Vox outdated so quickly? Seems to make no sense...
The deal is that they're actually two different types of phones. The Wing is a WM Pro with a touchscreen that's a touch larger than this one, while this s710 is the standard, non-touchscreen version. different strokes for different folks.http://wmexperts.com
I'm referring to #1, which is clearly a 'Standard' device (and is very similar to the Vox), while you are maybe referring to #2, which is indeed Pro.
- A GPS
- Twice faster CPU
- 20 grams *less* than the Vox (with same size screen)
It really has everything, and it all seems a little too good to be true for something that's supposed to be out in July. But man, I want one! :)
From what I can see, the space bar (or lack thereof) is really a sticking point with regards to the Vox's keyboard.
Interesting device, but I think I'll be sticking with my BlackJack/Treo 750 combo for now.
the main feature from 3G is to reduce the battery life by 30%.
email and IM is fine over GPRS/EDGE and browsing is always painful long term for small devices (yeah. admit it. use it for 1 week then never again - only a laptop will do).
the difference between edge and 3G is minimal (although hdspa/3.5g is worth having).
I think the cost is reasonable. The S630 is coming out with 3G but it will be around £100/$200 more and its not worth it.