The HTC S740 is the latest offering from Orange. It succeeds the S730. The form factor is candy bar and sports a sliding Qwerty keyboard. It runs on a variant of windows mobile OS 6.1 for non touch screens. The S740 measures 116mm by 43.4mm by 16.6mm and weighs almost 140g. The phone is considerably slim even though there is a slide out Qwerty keyboard and this slide out keyboard explains why the phone is out of proportion and wedge shaped. The phone sports a glossy black front and diamond cut shaped backplate which means one has to pick up the phone to use it. One cannot operate the phone keeping it on a table due to the uneven backplate.
The number pads are spaced evenly and the soft home and back keys are comfortable even for the stout fingers. With a large navigation button which is raised along with the select button the ergonomics is to be much appreciated.The slide out Qwerty board is also easy to use .All the keys are well shaped and are placed independently. The keys are quite responsive and has solid feel to it. A dedicated key for SMS/MMS application stands out. There are also keys for caps and a function key for special characters.THe unique touchFLO system of HTC has not been implemented in this model. The phone sports a 240 by 320 pixel 2,.4 inch display.
Navigation to the desired areas is with the hep of the navigation key.To access Windows Mobile’s programs and settings areas we amke use of the Start soft key.256MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM are
the storage specifications out of which 82 MB is available. The processor which powers this phone is the 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7255 processor.It supports HSDPA and is a quad band handset.Blutooth and WiFi is integrated and the phone sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with no flash unit. The battery life is excellent.The only nagging feature is probalble the diamond cut backplate.