Feeds
60%
HTC S310 Windows Smartphone

HTC S310 Windows Mobile smart phone

Entry-level handset

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

The usability of the S310 follows through generally when it comes to the phone's functions. It runs Windows Mobile 5.0, which acts as a cut-down version of the full Windows operating system. This is configured well and every time you think something should be in the Start menu, there it is. Sll the usual suspects are there, with Messaging, Calendar, Contacts and Internet Explorer just a tap away.

HTC S310 Windows Smartphone

Unfortunately, HTC hasn't opted for the standard Microsoft mobile versions of Office software that are usually found on Windows smart phones. Instead, the S310 comes equipped with the ClearVue suite of products. This includes ClearVue Presentation, Worksheet, Documents and PDF, which allow the user to view - but not edit - documents saved in PowerPoint, Excel, Word and PDF formats, respectively. Files can be viewed easily enough even on the 2in TFT screen, thanks to zoom options. However, the software doesn't support all of the fonts, colours and other features of the PC versions of Office. It will try and match anything it doesn't understand and in our experience it didn't have too many problems with recently created documents.

Out of the box, the phone lets you sync Contacts, Calendar, Email, Tasks, Favorites and Windows Media files. On first start-up it had no trouble syncing more than 500 contacts and more than 100 diary entries. Companies using Microsoft's push email technology on their servers can also keep their staff up to date by having messages regularly relayed to them.

Additional, Java-based programs - called Midlets - written specifically for mobile phones can be added thanks to the Java 2 Micro edition (J2ME) software featured on the phone. The S310 also includes a Midlet manager to specifically keep track of these additional programs.

When it comes to connections, it's more about what the phone doesn't have than what it does. While quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE are present, there's no sign of any 3G activity.

Application security programs and practises

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.