The new HTC Smart is aimed clearly at the average consumer who would like a few smartphone features, with lightning fast processors or app stores not being particularly important at an extremely affordable price. The HTC, although aimed at the entry level market, is clearly a smartphone and looks and feels every bit as good as one with chrome accents around the edges and a 2.8 inch screen dominating the front.

The 2.8-inch 320×240 QVGA screen, is bright and vibrant and offers clear and legible text and images. Below the screen are four buttons, the Back button which is a multi-function button, Call Button, Hang-up button and Menu button. Along the bottom of the handset is a mini-USB port, rather than the newer micro USB connector and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The HTC Smart sports 256MB ROM and 256MB RAM, but there’s a microSD card slot, which is accessible without the need to remove the battery, for increasing storage space up to a maximum of 32GB. There is a modest 300MHz Qualcomm CPU at the heart of the Smart, which provides more than sufficient power for the operation and speed of the device.
Connectivity of the HTC Smart is available with Wi-Fi, HSDPA and BlueTooth with A2DP allowing for real world data speeds, fast connections and hands-free capabilities.

The Smart makes use of Qualcomm’s Brew mobile platform, which is skinned with an excellent Sense user interface making the Smart look and feel familiar for anyone who has used another HTC device. The Sense makes the Smart pretty intuitive with a central Home screen and large digital clock at the top as well as integrated local weather. There are three slots on the Home screen for shortcuts, as well as an additional six shortcut boxes available when the screen is swiped upwards. Swiping left and right will reveal three Home screens on either side of the central one which can be customised with interchangeable scenes allowing you to highlight your emails, text messages and calendar or access your Facebook and Twitter contacts quickly.

Call quality is generally excellent, with no hint of echo or feedback during conversations and maintaining strong signal is no problem. Pressing the Call button brings up the keypad for dialling, from which pressing the Menu button offers useful shortcuts like People, Favourites and a user configurable Speed Dial list.

The HTC Smart supports basic email that allows users to have their mail sent to their phone via POP or IMAP. The Email client can be tapped to open up a traditional list view for your inbox, from where you can choose to read, compose, reply, and so on. Setting up an email account is relatively simple when using Google Mail or AOL.
The HTC SMS app also shows the last received message, while tapping the message will open the complete message thread.

The resistive screen allows users to choose to use either a virtual keypad in portrait mode, or a full QWERTY keyboard in landscape although without an accelerometer, users have to manually press a button to switch between portrait and landscape, making it a pleasingly compact messaging phone.

The HTC Smart may not be as feature packed or as exciting as the higher end models, however the combination of the Brew platform with HTC Sense makes the user interface pretty simple and useable. Backed up by the strong battery life, additional memory cards slot and is the ideal choice for a budget phone with smart phone capabilities.

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 2100
Dimensions 104 x 55 x 12.8 mm
Weight 108 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors
Display Size 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8 inches
- Sense UI
Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes, check quality
Memory Phonebook 1000 entries, Photocall
Call records Yes
Internal 256 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB, buy memory
GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps
Bluetooth Yes v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, miniUSB v2.0
Camera 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, LED flash, check quality
Video Yes
OS Brew Mobile
CPU 300 MHz processor
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games Yes
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
- MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA9 player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV9 player
- Organizer
- Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100 mAh
Stand-by Up to 450 h (2G) / Up to 600 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 7 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 6 h 10 min (3G)