I have now had a couple of hours to set the thing up and have a good play so first impressions:
It's very shinny. Unlike some of the pre release versions in the reviews the phone is shinny like the Touch Pro and as such is already covered in fingerprints. I think it would have looked better in a matt finish but this is the HTC style so that's what you get.
The SD card slot (which is under the SIM card) is a real pain to get to. If you are forever taking the SD card out of the phone then you are going to hate this.
In the hand it feels really nice. I was worried that it would feel as long as the pictures implied but it is actually not that bad and it is quite slender.
Speed wise it ticks along and everything is as it should be. No silly delays and you still get the occasional pin wheel it is better than the S710 it replaces and is much more responsive than the Touch Pro. When I load up Windows Live Search or Google Maps, it is all nice and smooth. I am trying to decide which home screen layout I like the best (HTC vs Windows Sliding panels) but I think I will have a play with that tonight.
So I now have the device setup with push mail from my corporate mail server running over 3G, the phone showing as an entry in my Microsoft Live Mesh and a wifi connection running as I am at home today as well as having the iPass client installed for when I am on the move. It synced fine and first time with my BMW bluetooth kit and BT headset and is now good to go.
Remember that to me this is a business tool so over the next few days it will have to work for a living so I shall follow up with a review on battery life in the real world etc then but up to now the battery is holding very strong.
If you are looking at getting the G300 cradle, hang on. There seems to be a shortage of the inserts and they are not yet being included in the box by HTC. Those nice guys over at Devicewire are working on it as we speak to find out when HTC will actually sort this.
So first impressions. Very very nice indeed. It does look a little sombre compared with some other devices out there but as a true workhorse, this is looking good. The S730 never really appealed as an upgrade to the S710 as it did not offer that much more. This on the other hand is a true upgrade.
Edited by Networkguy, 13 November 2008 - 02:10 PM.