HTC Vox unveiled: Where's the 3G?

HTC officially shows off the HTC Vox smart phone at 3GSM.

So, I kind of have a secret to tell you guys. I, um, don't actually own a smart phone. I know, I know. I make a living reviewing these devices, and I don't even own one? But I have my reasons. First, because of my job, I'm lucky enough to have hands-on time with a lot of these devices, and with the recent explosion of smart phones, I can't remember the last time I haven't had one to toodle around with for a while. Also, I'm a big stickler about design. I'm a huge texter, so I like having a full QWERTY keyboard, but I also like my phones small, and those two elements are hard to combine. So I was pretty stoked when I heard about the HTC Vox. It's a candy bar-style phone that slides out to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, but it's compact enough for me to throw into a small purse when going out--perfect! Eh, not so fast. Today, HTC officially unveiled the HTC Vox at 3GSM, and though there were rumors about its lack of 3G support, I was hoping the reports were wrong. Looks like I was wrong--honeymoon over. The Vox is a quad-band EDGE device, which is fine I guess, but I've had a taste of the 3G speed, and I like it. There's still plenty to love about the HTC Vox, though. It runs Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition and has integrated Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera, 128MB of flash memory, 64MB of RAM, a micro SD slot, and a 2.4-inch display. These phone manufacturers continue to tease us, as no information has been released about U.S. availability or pricing.

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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