CTIA Fall 2007
The 5800 has already launched with Qwest, but it will soon be available through Verizon, and we finally got a chance to get our hands on a final build of the smartphone.
After playing with the LG Rumor the 5800 seems positively chunky. In fact, it is no larger than other sliding-keyboard smartphones from HTC, and about the same style. The front is packed with an average size QVGA screen and the large slew of keys required for Windows Mobile Standard (Smartphone). If you don't look at the screen, the numeric keys feel slightly mushy, but don't seem too bad. That is, until you glance down and realize that you have not been typing accurately at all. It's easy to hit way more numbers than you think because of the mushy keypad.
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Sliding the 5800 reveals a QWERTY keypad with 2 soft keys embedded in it. Although the keys feel stiff, and don't give off much indication that you've hit them, we were able to type fairly accurately with this keyboard. In fact we were more accurate with the 5800 than on any similar HTC model. Not even the 2 soft keys got in the way to reduce our accuracy.
The Windows Mobile experience is well documented by now, and we were not given any indications that the 5800 would be any different from the norm - not even with an upgrade like the Q9m's new home screen.
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HTC 5800 / Fusion / S720
2.4" display 240 x 320 pixels
1,050 mAh battery
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