"Would never have bought it..."1.5 starson by drwho
Pros: small size, sturdy construction
Cons: BATTERY LIFE, RINGER, SubDisplay cycles between "Verizon Wireless" and time/date or CallerID info, useless Camera
Summary: ...glad I got it for FREE!!
The ringers (if you can call them that) are WAY TOO SOFT even @ the highest (5) setting! You are more likely to HEAR the vibrator than feel it too.
I don't know if the it is the phone or the network, but often when I answer the phone I don't hear anyone yet it remains connected until I hang it up.
An annoying holdover from the old days before Verizon went Nationwide is that the SubDisplay cycles between "Verizon Wireless" and the Time & Date or CallerID info and there is NO WAY to shut that off. It was intended to show when you were ROAMing off their network, but now it's just an annoyance!
The camera on this thing is only good for sending IM's to other phones; other than that, the quality of shots are so poor that you have to be about within 1 - 2 feet of what you want to take a shot of and it has to be daylight out or you will get nothing but a dark block.
That pathetic thing they call a flash is nothing more than a very weak light; it's not even a FLASH!! But then I imagine a true xenon strobe would just kill the weakling battery all that much faster!
The battery life is a lot shorter than with other phones I have used in the past. You practically have to plug it in every night or risk running out of power while out running around. While that really doesn't cause a problem with the LiIon battery, like the old NiCads, they do have the potential to cause serious injury if "Thermal Runaway" should take place inside it; just think of a very small NUKE explosion. Personally, I would prefer a more stable NiMH battery than a LiIon myself. Hey, ya don't see the automakers using LiIon in their Hybrid Vehicles do ya?? Could you imagine the BANG! if they did??