Staff Member: Jill Love – Partner Clove Technology
The purpose of these reviews is to give you a real user guide and feedback on using the device. It is not a technical review as there are plenty of these already available from review sites, rather a general user review of the smartphone.
Having used a clamshell handheld previously (Nokia 9300) I was reluctant to consider a smartphone with a small keyboard. I had tried using a bigger smartphone with a slide-out keyboard, but to be honest I found sliding out the keyboard a pain.
Having now used the Snap for a while, I have come to find I like the convenience of the screen and keyboard instantly accessible and staring me in the face!
Also I hadn’t used a touch screen before, so the absence of this isn’t a problem for me. There’s no stylus to worry about or problems with getting your fingertip in the right place. Also I didn’t like the constant smudges on screen. The toggle is easy to use once you’re used to it and the ‘instruction’ above the command keys obviously simple to use.
(It’s useful to have the text/calls etc notifications on the front screen and be able to toggle down to them).
I like the rubbery feel of the Snap and its slim design. The keys are easy to use with my nails. It is a pain having to press Function to type numbers and punctuation keys etc. but you get used to it and it’s not necessary when the Snap knows numbers will be typed ie. for telephone numbers, times etc. The one thing I don’t like is there not being a CAPS LOCK key on the right hand side of the keyboard.
I would prefer to have a stand for the phone and the ‘door’ to open to the USB port looks fragile. Also having to have an adaptor for headphones.
The screen size isn’t a problem for me as I don’t use many graphics or the internet etc.
I would recommend the Snap for people who want a slim phone with easy access to the keyboard.