HTC S710 (Vox) smartphone review

After 3.5 years of usage, my old Sony Ericsson T610 phone suddenly started malfunctioning and I needed a new phone. I browsed online through some of Sony Ericsson's, Nokia's and Samsung's offerings but I couldn't really find a phone that fit my needs. But then I checked out some of HTC's phones and found the HTC S710. This Windows Mobile 6 based phone had lots of interesting features, including a 2 megapixel digital camera, a slideout QWERTY keyboard and WiFi support. The size of the S710 also pleased me, its candybar shaped design is barely bigger than my old phone. Not bad for a feature-packed Windows Mobile phone.

I read a couple of reviews and most of them were pretty positive so I decided to order this phone from a webshop. The only thing I didn't really like is the limited storage capacity of the phone so I decided to order a 2GB SanDisk microSD memory card together with this phone. Two days later UPS delivered it at my doorstep.

The S710 is made by a Taiwanese company called High Tech Computer (HTC). They were found in 1997 as an Original Design Manufacturer (ODM). This means they manufactured products to sell them to other companies who rebadged the product and launched it on the market as their own. Today HTC has a broad range of its own-branded products but they still sell their phones to phone operators and OEM partners. You can buy the HTC S710 (codenamed HTC Vox) in a store or you can also buy the Orange SPV E650, Vodafone VDA V, Vodafone V1415 or DOPOD C500 which are the rebranded versions of the S710 phone.

The HTC S710 ships in this nicely designed box:

In the box you can find the following items:
  • HTC S710 smartphone
  • A wired headset
  • AC adapter
  • USB sync cable
  • User manual and Read Me First
  • CD-ROM with Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5, Windows Mobile Device Center (for Windows Vista) and a 60-day trial of Outlook 2007.
  • Accessories

    The user manual, read me first, warranty card, Windows Mobile 6 license and CD-ROM with some software.

    The AC adapter. I forgot to take a picture of the USB sync cable but it looks pretty similar to this cable, just imagine that it has a black USB connector instead of a power adapter :)

    This is the wired headset that ships with the HTC S710 phone. You can use it to call or to listen to MP3s stored on your phone. The plastic grey thingie features a volume control slider and a button which has three functions: you can use it to pick up a call, to put a call on hold or to end a call when you press and hold it.

    The sound quality of the wired headset is OK. I tested it by listening to a few MP3s and while the quality isn't top-notch it's definitely better than I expected.

    Lets take a look at the specifications of this phone:


    TI's OMAP 850, 201 MHz


    Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Standard


    ROM: 128 MB

    RAM: 64 MB SDRAM


    101.5 mm(L) x 50 mm(W) x 18.6 mm(T)


    140g (with battery)

    LCD Type

    2.4” Transmissive LCD with white LED back light


    GSM/GPRS/EDGE Quad-band module


    Device Control

    5-way Navigation Control


    Sliding QWERTY keyboard for text input


    Bluetooth 2.0

    Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g

    HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB and audio jack in one)


    2 mega-pixel CMOS imaging sensor


    Built-in microphone and 3-in-1 speaker

    Headphone: AMR/AAC/WAV/WMA/ MP3 codec


    Rechargeable Lithium-ion Polymer battery
    Capacity: 1050 mAh
    Standby time: 175 hours

    Talk time: Up to 7 hours
    Expansion Slot


    AC Adapter

    Voltage range/frequency: 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz

    DC output: 5V and 1A

    HTC S710 highlights:
  • Reach a new level of phone functionality with the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 software.
  • Compact with full auto slide keyboard for simpler communications.
  • Large 2.4” QVGA TFT LCD backlit screen.
  • Make more of multimedia with Windows Media Player and Windows Live.
  • Capture quality images and video with the 2.0 megapixel camera.

  • Added: June 19th 2007
    Product reviewed: HTC S710 (Vox) smartphone
    Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck
    Score: 8.5/10
    Page: 1/4

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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