By pressing the dedicated Inner Circle button (the last key on the keyboard's bottom row), the HTC Snap will bring e-mails from a preselected group of people to the top of your in-box so you can read and reply to them immediately. Setting up your Inner Circle of contacts is fairly easy. By pressing the dedicated Inner Circle button, and you'll be presented with a list of all your e-mail contacts where you can go through and check those you want to include in your Inner Circle. It can be a little overwhelming if you have a long list of contacts, but there is a search feature that can save you time. Once you've set your list, you can still go back later and add or remove contacts; there is no limit to how many people you can have in your Inner Circle, though you lose some of the benefit of the feature if you select too many contacts for your Inner Circle.
As we noted in our review of the Sprint HTC Snap, we found the feature to be really useful, particularly for work e-mail. We get numerous PR pitches and miscellaneous e-mail throughout the day, so the ability to filter those out and get the most important and relevant messages with just a press of a button was quite nice.
The rest of the Snap's features doesn't stray too far from the Verizon HTC Ozone--Windows Mobile 6.1, a 2-megapixel camera, GPS/A-GPS, and 256MB onboard storage with a microSD expansion slot. There are a number of Alltel services available on the HTC Snap as well, including Alltel Pocket Express, RealTone JukeBox for ringtones, Alltel Navigation for voice-guided directions, and more apps are available through the Alltel Shop.
We tested the dual-mode HTC Snap in San Francisco using Alltel's roaming service and call quality was excellent. We were amazed at how rich voices sounded and the lack of any background noise. Our friends were also impressed and praised the sound quality. Unfortunately, the speakerphone wasn't quite as pristine. Callers sounded a bit far away when we switch over to the speakerphone, while they said our voice sounded harsh. It wasn't anything that caused us to terminate the call, however, and there was plenty of volume. We also successfully paired the HTC Snap with the Logitech Mobile Traveller Bluetooth headset and the Motorola S9 Bluetooth Active Headphones.
With a 528MHz processor, the HTC Snap was, well, snappy. We didn't encounter any major delays in performance during our testing period. Web browsing was relatively painless, though the Snap's screen is on the smaller side so not the best for viewing sites. Using Alltel's network, CNET's full site loaded in 53 seconds, while CNN's and ESPN's mobile sites loaded in 5 seconds and 6 seconds, respectively.
Music and video playback was smooth. The picture quality of the Snap's 2-megapixel camera was also surprisingly good. Images were quite sharp and colors were bright and vibrant, even for shots that were taken under harsh fluorescent lights.
The HTC Snap for Alltel has a rated battery talk time of 5.3 hours. We were able to meet the rated talk time in our battery drain tests. According to FCC radiation tests, the Snap has a digital SAR rating of 1.03 watts per kilogram.