The S730 is driven by Windows Mobile 6 Standard, which means prodding the screen is a waste of time and tendons. Nevertheless, navigating around the OS is straightforward. The only niggle is the main menu area: to move to the next 'page' of icons you have to hit the More soft-menu key, but to move back you have to hit the Back key. Why in the name of all that is holy can you not just scroll up and down through the entire list?
HTC's own home screen is a now familiar sight with the big LCD-ish time display and six screen icons that take you to time, alarms, the weather, contacts, email and SMS messages, and the phone log. It's a borderline call if the screen is quite big enough to comfortably take all this info. The S730 has a handy auto-update option for the weather application, which raises one question: why doesn't the Touch/Dual have it?
The hands free/headphones adaptor is a must-have, but it's an extra £14.95
One issue we have with the HTC home screen is the lack of shortcuts, user-defined or otherwise. Early on in our test, we switched back to Windows Mobile's default home screen. OK, you lose the weather report but you gain ten shortcut icons, and for the sake of those we will resort to sticking our head out of the window to see if it's raining.
While using the same 400MHz processor as the Touch Dual, the S730's memory is a pretty parsimonious 64MB, which means it doesn't run quite as quickly as the Dual. Don't get us wrong, any lack of speed never gets in the way of day-to-day use, but you do notice that spinning Trivial Pursuit cake thingammijig every so often. Storage runs to 256MB, but the SDHC-compatible Micro SD card slot allows you to up that to 8GB and soon 16GB.
You might say that there's not much point buying a Wi-Fi handset if you can't make VoIP calls on it, so gloom descended when we tried, but failed to load Skype onto our test handset. We scratched our heads, came to the conclusion that the free 13MB of program memory just wasn't up to the job and downloaded Fring instead.
"More" menu icons.
Settings > Homescreen > Uncheck "Display most recent programs" (or something similar) removes this annoying feature and returns it to good ol' fashioned scrolly menu navigation.
Or at least that's how it is in Windows Mobile 6.1, for the exact same feature.
Skype works fine...
I usually close all other running apps when I'm about to launch Skype, but I'm also sure I've had it running with another programme or two open.
I also got my headset bundled with the package. And yep, I had to revert to the default winmobile screen for the shortcuts as well :)
I do love the phone, though - it ain't pretty, hangs from time to time (which I absolutely hate in a phone!!) but it gets the job done.
Re: Re. What the hell
"On our review handset, once you are in the main Start menu, the D-pad will only allow you to cycle around the 9 icons on that page. The only way to get to the next page is to hit 'More'."
On mine, pressing down on the D-pad when focused on the bottom row of icons scrolls down by bringing the next row of icons onto the screen. Different software version, maybe, some bug or something I don't know. I've never seen a Windows Mobile 6 smartphone that doesn't let you scroll down with the down key, though.
Re. What the hell
On our review handset, once you are in the main Start menu, the D-pad will only allow you to cycle around the 9 icons on that page. The only way to get to the next page is to hit 'More'.
TeeCee - thanks for that, couldn't see for looking!
What the HELL.
"The only niggle is the main menu area: to move to the next 'page' of icons you have to hit the More soft-menu key, but to move back you have to hit the Back key. Why in the name of all that is holy can you not just scroll up and down through the entire list?"
Uh, you can. Press the up and down buttons on the D-pad. No softkeys involved.