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HTC Smart Smartphone Lands At O2

O2 has presented another HTC smartphone, the Smart, which was presented back in January 2010 at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas and is squarely aimed at the entry level.

Not surprisingly, it doesn't come with Android but uses Qualcomm's own BREW Os platform and still uses the same Sense user interface that's standard across HTC's range of phones.

It is powered by a 300MHz ARM-based SoC, packs 256MB RAM and 256MB ROM, a 2.8-inch LCD touchscreen with 240x320 pixels and a 3-megapixel camera with flash and focus.

On the not-so-bright side, it comes with a "small" 1100mAh polymer battery, Bluetooth, a microSD card, a 3.5mm audio jack but no WiFi.

O2 sells the phone on PAYG for only £100 which is surprisingly low for a new phone with that specification. You can get it for as little as £10 per month on a 24 months with 50 minutes and unlimited texts.

However to get the inclusive Web Bolt on, you will need to spend at least £25 per month over two years to get a decent package (300 minutes and unlimited texts).

Sadly, this is as expensive as the HTC Desire from O2 which means that it's better to fork out the money for a significantly better smartphone. Poor show O2.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.