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October 7, 2010

HTC Smart Review and How to's

Being a veteran in the smartphone market is huge advantage when you decide to come up with something new. After so many Windows Mobile and Android devices, HTC surprised us with a completely different product – HTC Smart. It’s a semi-smartphone that runs on the unusual Brew Mobile platform strengthened with the fancy Sense UI.

Throwing another mobile OS on the market is hardly the right move since the smartphone arena is already over-crowded. But it seems HTC Smart is HTC’s way of making a feature phone. The Linux-based Brew Mobile platform used for the HTC Smart hardly makes it a proper smartphone to boot. Truth is, there are modern touch feature phones that have more “smart” in them than this one.
But enough about software, let’s see what HTC Smart has to offer in terms of hardware.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • 3G with HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • Brew Mobile software platform with HTC Sense UI and social networking integration
  • 2.8" resistive touchscreen of QVGA resolution
  • 300 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM
  • 3.15 megapixel fixed-focus camera with LED flash
  • Standard miniUSB port for charging and Mass Storage data transfers
  • Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • microSD card slot, up to 16GB support
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Smart dialing
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Excellent loudspeaker performance

Main disadvantages

  • No Wi-Fi connectivity
  • QVGA resolution doesn’t do Sense UI graphics justice
  • Screen has poor sunlight legibility
  • No video-call camera
  • No voice dialing
  • Camera lacks auto focus, records QVGA@15fps video only
  • Only few applications preinstalled and no access to app repository for native BREW apps
  • Limited organizer functions – no notes/memo, no voice recorder or an office document-viewer
  • No multi-tasking
  • Web browser poor and rather slow

Q.What OS does the phone support?
Using HTC Sync for HTC Smart this phone supports Windows XP, Windows 32-bit or 64-bit Vista, and 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7.


1. Please go to to the support section of our website to download HTC Sync for HTC Smart, and install it to your computer.
2. Connect your phone to your computer. The Synchronization Setup Wizard automatically starts and guides you to create a sync partnership. Click Next to proceed.
3. You can choose to sync your contacts only or calendar only with Outlook Express or Outlook by checking the Synchronize contacts with or Synchronize calendar with check boxes and then choose Outlook Express or Outlook.

Q.How do I transfer files between the phone and my computer via Bluetooth?
To transfer files using Bluetooth, you must pair your device with the computer first. To pair the devices, open the All Programs screen and tap Settings > Wireless controls > turn on Bluetooth. If the device list is empty, it prompts you to scan now. Tap Yes to scan for Bluetooth-enabled PCs within range. After it has found your PC, select the name of your PC displayed in the device list, and then tap the name. Your phone then automatically tries to pair with your PC.

Once the device is paired with the computer, you can send pictures and videos. To do this, from the HOME screen, slide to the Albums screen, and then tap the screen to display albums. Select an album and open a photo or video that you want to share. Press the MENU button and then tap Share > Bluetooth. Your phone starts scanning for your Bluetooth-enabled PC. Select the name of your PC from the device list and the photo or video is sent.

To send music files, open the All Programs screen and tap File browser > Phone storage and then select the folder where you stored your music files. Press the MENU button and tap More > Send > By Bluetooth > select the music file > Done. The phone starts scanning and after it has found your PC, select the PC name and the music file is sent.


To send a contact, from the HOME screen, please slide to the People screen. Press the MENU button, and then tap All > All People > select a contact > press the MENU button > Send contact > Bluetooth. The phone starts scanning and after it has found your PC, select the PC name and the contact details or business card is sent.

To send a calendar event, open the All Programs screen and tap Calendar. Press the MENU button and then tap Agenda > select the event you want to share > press the MENU button > tap Send > Send via Bluetooth. The phone starts scanning and after it has found your PC, select the PC name and the music file is sent.

NOTE 1: To open the All Programs screen, please see the FAQ "How do I open the All Programs screen?"
NOTE 2: If Settings is not on the first page of the All Programs screen, slide through the screens to view other applications. To view other applications, please see the FAQ "How can I view other applications on the All Programs screen?"
NOTE 3: To slide to the People screen, please see the FAQ "How do I view the extended HOME screens?"

Q.How can I improve my phone’s performance when it is acting slow, sluggish or is not responding as fast as it used to?
To improve your phone's performance, open the All Programs screen and tap Internet. You will be brought to the home page. From within the browser, press the MENU button and then tap More > Settings > Privacy setting > Clear History. Tap Ok if you are asked to surely delete it all.

NOTE 1: To open the All Programs screen, please see the FAQ "How do I open the All Programs screen?"
NOTE 2: If Internet is not on the first page of the All Programs screen, slide through the screens to view other applications. To view other applications, please see the FAQ "How can I view other applications on the All Programs screen?"


Q. How do I open the All Programs screen?
On the HOME screen, press the BACK/HOME button to open the All Programs screen. Here, all functions or applications are displayed in grid view. To open an application, tap on an application to select and open it.

Q. How many SMS/MMS messages can I store on my phone?
You phone can store up to 5000 messages.

Q. How can I import contacts from my SIM card?
From the HOME menu, please slide to the People application. Press the MENU button and then tap All to open the People window. Press the MENU button and then select SIM manager > press the MENU button > SIM to device. You can import one or more, or all contacts by tapping a contact to select it. Press OK when you are done.

NOTE 1: To slide to the People screen, please see the FAQ "How do I view the extended HOME screens?"

Q. How do I reset and restore my phone back to the factory default settings?
Warning: Resetting your phone will erase your phone completely. Remember to back up your phone information and settings.

There are two ways to reset your phone:
1. Open the All Programs screen and tap Settings > Security > Factory reset. Enter "1234" to confirm that you really want to reset your phone.
2.To reset your phone while it is turned off, press and hold the VOLUME UP/VOLUME DOWN and END CALL/POWER buttons. Press the VOLUME DOWN button to perform the factory reset .

NOTE 1: Make sure to back up important data you have on the phone before you reset your phone. Please see the FAQ "How do I backup my phone?"
NOTE 2: To open the All Programs screen, please see the FAQ "How do I open the All Programs screen?"
NOTE 3: If Settings is not on the first page of the All Programs screen, slide through the screens to view other applications. To view other applications, please see the FAQ "How can I view other applications on the All Programs screen?"

Q. How do I log in and out of Facebook?
To login, open the All Programs screen and tap Settings > Data services > Facebook > Facebook. Enter your username and password and then tap Login.
To logout, from the HOME screen, tap Settings > Data services > Facebook > Facebook. When prompted, tap Yes.

NOTE 1: To open the All Programs screen, please see the FAQ "How do I open the All Programs screen?"
NOTE 2: If Internet is not on the first page of the All Programs screen, slide through the screens to view other applications. To view other applications, please see the FAQ "How can I view other applications on the All Programs screen?"
NOTE 3: An internet connection (GPRS/3G, etc.) is required to access this service. Your operator may charge for using GPRS/3G.

Q. How do I protect my phone from unauthorized use?
You can protect your phone from unauthorized used by assigning and enabling a phone lock code. To enable a phone lock code, open the All Programs screen and tap Settings > Security > Phone lock code. When prompted, enter and confirm the passcode and then tap done.

NOTE 1: To open the All Programs screen, please see the FAQ "How do I open the All Programs screen?"
NOTE 2: If Settings is not on the first page of the All Programs screen, slide through the screens to view other applications. To view other applications, please see the FAQ "How can I view other applications on the All Programs screen?"

Q. How many contacts can I sync from my MS Outlook using HTC Sync for HTC Smart?
Your phone can sync up to 2000 contacts using HTC Sync for HTC Smart. If you have over 1000 contacts, however, it may take a little longer to load all your contacts, and therefore smart dialing will only function properly a minute or two after booting up.

Download Full User guide here
http://member.america.htc.com/download/web_materials/QSG/HTC_Smart/20100311_Smart_HTC_English_QSG.pdf

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