The Good The Verizon Wireless SMT5800 features a compact design that squeezes in a full QWERTY keyboard. The Windows Mobile 6 smartphone also offers EV-DO; Bluetooth; a 2-megapixel camera; and push e-mail capabilities.
The Bad The SMT5800's navigation controls and dialpad are a bit cramped. Performance can get sluggish at times, and there's no support for Verizon's V Cast services or Windows Live integration.
The Bottom Line The Verizon Wireless SMT5800 is a sleek and powerful Windows Mobile smartphone for mobile professionals who want to mange their e-mail on the go.
HTC SMT5800 (Verizon Wireless)
We've been waiting for this petite but powerful smartphone to land at a U.S. carrier for a while, and the time is finally here. The Verizon Wireless SMT5800 is a CDMA variant of the GSM HTC Vox. On the inside, it's your standard Windows Mobile 6 smartphone but its true appeal lies in the design. The SMT5800 sports a compact chassis of a cell phone while packing in a full QWERTY keyboard. It's a nice alternative to the bulkier Verizon Wireless XV6800 and even the Motorola Q9m. We will say that the smaller size makes the navigation controls a bit cramped. However, for the mobile professional looking for a smartphone to handle e-mail and some light editing, the SMT5800 is a good fit. Plus, it also offers EV-DO capabilities and good call quality. The Verizon Wireless SMT5800 is available now for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after discounts.
The main attraction of the Verizon Wireless SMT5800 is its design. The smartphone sports a compact design, like a regular cell phone, but manages to pack in a full QWERTY keyboard, thanks to a slider design. The SMT5800 measures 4.1 inches high by 2 inches wide by 0.7 inch deep and weighs 4.2 ounces, sharing a similar footprint to the HTC Vox and LG Rumor and will easily fit into a pants pocket.
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