Are you chomping at the bit to get your hands on one of the newer candybar / QWERTY sliders from HTC or Toshiba? If so, get a load of the below review summaries and see which one is wanting to take a bite out of your wallet, mkay? For starters, the review of the HTC S710 (aka, "Vox") could be relegated to these snippets: just 140 grams (not bad) and about the same size as the Orange C600. The numeric keypad and QWERTY keyboard are both apparently quite usable and the screen is drop-dead nice (for a QVGA piece, anyway). Add in a decent 1,500 mAh battery -- and the undeniable cool factor of a candybar phone concealing QWERTY goodness -- and all around this unit gets a thumbs-up from its reviewer. Turning our attention to the Toshiba G500, the slider is rock solid, the tactile keys give excellent feedback, and the fingerprint reader is just plain awesome. Add in speedy 3G data and a better than average 2 megapixel digicam unit and you've got a winner with the G500 as well. An interesting difference between the two (besides the obvious exclusion of a dedicated numeric pad) would be the omission of Windows Mobile 6 on the G500 -- it ships with Windows Mobile 5, but might just make up for that glaring shortcoming with UMTS. Ah, decisions, decisions!

[Via Smartphone Thoughts]

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HTC Vox and Toshiba G500 reviewed