T-Mobile Dash (left), HTC Maple (middle), & HTC Snap image (right – courtesy of Engadget)
I’ve been using touch-screen mobile devices since the Apple Newton Messagepad. And, I’ve used a series of Windows CE/Windows Mobile based mobile devices starting with the HP 320LX back in 1997. But, having admired the original RIM BlackBerry and Palm Treo devices from afar back in their day, I also became a fan of non-touch QWERTY thumb keyboard equipped Windows Mobile smartphones over the years. I still think the T-Mobile Dash (built by HTC) is one of the finest smartphones I ever used. Non-touch QWERTY equipped smartphones have the advantage of easy one-handed use while still providing quick and fast navigation and text entry. So, I was very happy to learn about the follow-up to the Dash, the HTC Maple, being discussed last month. And, I was really excited to see the HTC Snap (aka S522) in this Engadget blog item…
This Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Edition smartphone (no touch screen) has a fast 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 128MB system RAM, 2 megapixel camera, microSDHC card slot, Assisted GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, and HSDPA for wireless broadband data.
I’m glad to see that HTC hasn’t abandoned the Standard Edition (non-touch) design. It is a great functional form factor that deserves a place in the smartphone line-up.