A powerful touchscreen phone
Since HTC are one of our favorite smartphone manufacturers, we wanted to see how their Freestyle mode performed. For that we took it to our lab and tested it in the (almost) utmost secrecy. If you’re curious to see whether the product is fit for you or not, read our review.
3.2″ LCD display
To start with the beginning, the exterior of the HTC Freestyle is superb. The front is made of metal and it sports smooth sides and rounded corners; the metal the device is made of makes it feel solid and difficult to break. The back’s top and bottom sides are made of plastic which is covered in material that is soft when touched with fingertips. Now for some measurements and weight: 4.2″ x 2.2″ x 0.49 and 128g; gliding the smartphone in a bag or trouser pocket is a very easy operation.
In the center of the HTC Freestyle sits a 3.2″ LCD display; it boasts the following in terms of specs: 320 x 480 resolution and 18-bit – 262.144 – colors and is responsive. While not as large as other screens, this one had enough space for navigation, features and the like. Underneath it are 3 navigation controls with tactile and large keys.
User friendly interface
The interface was user-friendly and the menu had simple organization with nice icons. The phone offers users 7 customizable home screens. While we liked the touchscreen, the onscreen keyboard wasn’t something mind-blowing, because of its small size and the fact that we had to manually switch the orientation (reason for that: there was no accelerometer); also, its black background wasn’t that appealing. The top of the smartphone we tested has the power button and 3.5mm headset jack; a microUSB port was placed by manufacturers on the bottom. The left side houses the volume key and the rear comes with a camera lens, camera shutter and speaker.
Good overall performance
When talking about features, the HTC Freestyle is preinstalled with standard ones: phonebook, text and multimedia messaging, FM radio, Bluetooth, USB mass storage, GPS, alarm clock and so on; curiously, we saw no stopwatch, task manager, countdown timer or Wi-Fi.
When we wanted to take photos, we used the device’s 3-megapixel camera which also worked as a camcorder. The overall quality provided by Freestyle was good: pictures looked bright, colors were excellent, details were present and so was sharpness. We could snap pictures in five resolutions. Since the interface was user-friendly, everything was so much better than other smartphone cameras we saw before. With the camcorder was able to shoot various content in 3 resolutions.
528 MHz Qualcomm processor
The processor included with the phone is a 528 MHz Qualcomm S1 MSM7225 and there are 150MB of internal memory. The team at HTC incorporated a full HTML browser which worked just fine during our test for this review.
As for battery, the HTC Freestyle’s battery helped us talk for up to 6 hours.
Audio performance could have been better. We encountered some issues that had to do with audio clarity, but friends told us they heard us without problems. The worst was the speakerphone.
People at HTC have developed yet another nice smartphone with Freestyle model and this review was reveal this thing. Although it lacks some important features, it makes up for it by being a user-friendly device with good performance.
|* 3.2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD expansion to 32 GB; personal e-mail; organizer tools|
|* What’s in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide, CD-ROM with user manual|
|* Quick messaging phone with 3.2-inch touchscreen display and HTC FriendStream for integrated social networks on homescreen|
|* Up to 7 hours of talk time, up to 384 hours (16 days) of standby time;|
|* Weight: 3.04 ounces|
|* Size (LWH): 4.3 inches, 2.1 inches, 0.5 inches|
|* Network Compatibility: UMTS|