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The HTC S740 is a stylish, highly responsive smartphone with a slide-out keyboard – slide the rear of the body to the right and out it comes. The back has prism-style shapes in relief on the back: interesting, but means it does not lie flat on a desk.
It uses the “sliding panels” home screen feature of Windows Mobile via a 2.4-inch LCD screen with 324 x 240 pixel resolution. It is a conventionally-sized monoblock when closed, but it weighs a hefty 140g.
It is a 3.5G/HSDPA-enabled device so internet is quick , backed up by Wi-fi for hotspot and WLAN on-the-move working, plus Bluetooth for short-range wireless data transfer (and A2DP for a wireless headset). It is a GPS receiver and has full media player resources, supporting all popular file formats such as MP3 and an FM radio with RDS, though there is no camera for video calling. There is a 3 megapixel camera with video, but no autofocus or flash.
The quad-band S740 therefore has the potential for global roaming. Internal memory of 256 Mbytes’ ROM and RAM can augmented through a microSD card slot. Battery life is rated at around five hours’ talk time or 260 hours on standby from a full charge.
- FM Radio
- Full keyboard
- GPS navigation
- Memory expandable via MicroSD card
- MP3 Ringtone
- Stereo speakers
- Video player
- Video recorder