HTC Snap S521 in the Test

Touch screens are in vogue – the euphoria for the fingers to use large displays has never been greater. But there are still devices without as his successor, most models of BlackBerry, the popular Nokia E71 E72 is already in the starting blocks.

  1. HTC snap S521 in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The HTC snap S521 for 349 euro joined now in this team. Which is reminiscent of the RIM and Nokia business devices in its design: A landscape display sits above a fixed QWERTY keyboard.

Who now speculates the Asians would send a pure generic in the race, should take a look back at the history of HTC: with the S620, the company had a device of this type at the start of 2006. The had even rather similar dimensions; here and there, the absence of frills allowed a compact and very flat with a 12 mm height design, without that we would have to do without the comfort of a typewriter keyboard.

Operating comfort without touch

The latter is really high at the snap – a die-hard E71 user was surprised how close the two devices in this respect are together. And also those who fear could leave to wish handling the here used Windows Mobile, where it is comparatively critical already on models with touch screen, can be reassured. Because many details of the Windows Mobile standard for pure keyboard devices differs from the touch screen version. So there’s a profile control which deserves the name, and the 5-way navigation is much consistent.

The command hierarchy makes an elaborate impression – frequently used functions are much faster to reach when less regularly used. This makes the operation of the snap in daily use very pleasant; It is rarely necessary to search deeper in the system. Especially since HTC has optimized even itself to the operating system about the so-called inner-circle function with some messages of a specific, important group of people from the tangled mass of the daily mails are filtered out.

When all praise for the compact size and ease of use should of course be mentioned, that very small during the display for comfortable Web browsing and image-heavy applications. The focus is clearly on the business use; Multimedia can others better. The optimization on the rigors of business not least the values expressed in: the UMTS band important for mobile data connections and more still, the acoustics are at a high level, only the transmitter and reception quality in the GSM band could be better. Endurance in turn shows that a potent battery can plug in a flat package: almost seven hours practice and GSM talk time between nine and ten hours are nothing to sneeze at. The lack of a large display, a high-resolution camera, or a lush dismounted store business users, however, hardly is conspicuous.

Well thanks to high specialization

So who is looking for a Windows Mobile device for pure commitment, is the HTC snap S521 right – and saves you the ballast of typical touch screen devices.

Data sheet

Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Wi-Fi standard
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
Call list / language selection
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
Image / notes field / date of birth
Appointment management
Day / week / month view
weekly / annual events
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac
Notes: Outlook-sync
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)


Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 11/09
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