"crippled by Cingular. Unintuitive interface. Too many restrictions"2.5 starson by jacobdol
Pros: Fast 3G, inbuilt Opera browser
Cons: horrible UI, low end camera, java permissions problem
Summary: It could have been an OK phone, had Cingular not crippled it.
I like that it has super fast internet connection and thank to inbuilt Opera browser, you can get the best mobile internet experience out of almost any site including those not optimized for mobile phones. Yahoo Go.support. And that's about it.
And now the bad:
- Photo camera is 1.3Mp. The standard is at least 2 Mp nowadays. Picture quality is awful. The images come out super warm and not sharp.
- Video camera is about the same. I tried sending a video from this phone to my friend's Sprint phone and he never got it.
- Music player interface is a joke. It reminds me of some sort of an old Atari game. Once you start playing a song, there is no way to select another Artist without actually terminating the player. The sound quality is really bad. The volume level constantly fluctuates for no reason. And get this - all other providers cell similar phones with headphones included but mine came without them. Headphones are not so great either but you cannot use your own since they have to be USB compatible.
- Java Permissions are restricted to the applications that Cingular chooses for you. You wont be able to use Google maps or Gmail since every time the application has to connect to the internet you are going to be prompted to allow the connection. Imagine scrolling google maps and clicking Ok every time it has to download a new image of the map. And it's not just Google applications. Every other application that you would want to use (not provided by Cingular) will have the same problem. If you use the same applications on similar phone from Sprint or any unlocked phone, it will not be a problem. This is a way for Cingular to control what goes onto their phones just in case you decide to install a Skype enabled client to make calls over the data connection versus paying Cingular for your voice minutes.
- While other phones allow you to use any MP3 file as your ringtone, Cingular made sure that you cannot do it easily and rather buy a ringtone from them. Basically if you want to make your own ringtone, you have to make sure that it's no longer than 30secs and i think the bit rate is 64 Mbts. As being a Mac user, it was really easy for me to create a ringtone- I just fired up GarageBand that comes with every Mac, and had my own ringtone ready within 5 mins.
- For Mac users: The phone does not support iSync out of box but you can search the web for the solution although the Calendar is not syncing you will be able to Sync your Address Book contact over the bluetooth connection. Also this phone tethers with Mac very well over the bluetooth connection, again search for a generic 3G modem script.
Bottom line - I am waiting for an unlocked SonyEricsson phone that will support Cingular 3G frequency. I hope it's coming soon.