Pros Good sound, incredible main display, good mini display, good battery life, good call quality, good keypad, auto key lock, good camera
Cons not enough customization variety (backlight timer not able to be turned off, power save doesn't always stay off, external camera button is 'too accessible', tricky custom ringtone process
Summary I really love this phone. My only complaints are listed as the 'cons'.
The major complaint for me is the backlight timer and 'power save'. I like having the option to use these features but I'd prefer there to be an option to turn them off completely. The screen dims in 15 seconds (hardly enough time to read a long text message) and powersave (screen goes black after about a minute) does not seem to want to actually be 'off'.
The other major complaint is the placement of the camera button. I'm not alone in the dislike of its placement. My thumb tends to bump it when I least want it to. It's liveable though.
Now, I would not recommend this phone to people who want to use their own MP3s as ringtones UNLESS they know how to edit their own MP3 files or at least convert them to WMA and are willing to spring for a microSD card for extra space (well worth it, by the way). I tried uploading my own WMA files at 64kbps and they were ok. Some were muddled. After getting a microSD card I made 128kbps WMAs and the sound quality is much, much better. Tones that came with the phone were anything but satisfactory.
Camera is good. I even took great photos from a moving vehicle and was very pleased at the outcome. However, trying to take a photo of print on a page does not work well. Ok if in a bind...
Main display is brilliant. I was literally stunned by the quality. Perfect brightness and contrast in my opinion, but unadjustable.
I love the mini display and the customizations for it.
Keypad is very easy to use. I don't find it too slippery. Buttons are perfect size and sensitivity.
Auto key lock is very customizable time-wise and is very VERY useful especially since the camera button is way too accesible. Having the keys locked while the phone is in your pocket/purse is great, and the keys automatically unlock when the lid is opened.
Pros Great Displays, SD Card, Bluetooth
Cons No Custom Voice Tags, Headset door terrible, Short battery life,fewer ringtones
Summary I bought this phone after reading the CNet review. PROS: 1.Volume is much better than 6101!! 2.Displays are awesome, and 3. photos are pretty good. 4. FM Radio is handy and sounds nice. (Haven't tried MP3's yet. CONS: 1.Battery life is much shorter than my 6101 while the screen is lit. Lots of messaging, game playing, etc mean very short life. (I lost 1/2 half of a charge on one tech support call with T-Mobile (makes sense...larger screens and same battery as 6101) 2. Keys suffer from Razor envy..flat and slippery. 3. "Enhanced Voice Dialing" from Nokia reads each entry and makes a computer tag from the contact name. Impossible to say it right. If the phone doesn't understand you, (more often than not) it pulls up a list of the it's closest interpretations and DIALS THE FIRST ONE after a few seconds. So much for using bluetooth or any headsets to dial with the phone closed in your pocket.I've used Voice Dialing with custom voicetags on all my other Nokia phones for years. (This may be a dealbreaker for me)
4. External camera button is VERRRY sensitive. I've had the phone less than a week and already have picked it up over a dozen times to find my camera on or in standby from accidentally being turned on.
5. Headset (Why does a phone need a headset plug 2/3 the width of the phone??)The headset access flap is hard to open and is in the way when a wired headset is plugged in leaving sharp corners to hang on pockets. It will be gone quickly I predict. 6. Fewer ringtones come on phone particularly the ones I used on my 6101. Conclusion: The jury is still out for me. This one may go back to T-Mobile....improvements may be outweighed by the things they broke.
Pros Completely customizable menus and intuitive user functions, beautiful displays, all the functions you could want - throw away your other devices!
Cons Poor battery life (only thing preventing this phone from a perfect score)
Summary Finally, a phone that makes sense in almost every way. The keypad is perfect, soft to the touch and well-spaced buttons. The external charger, buttons, and hands-free inputs are perfectly layed out.
First order of businesss, don't let the push-button flip turn you off, it's actually quite useful for one-handed opening.
The 6133 does everything it should as a solid cellular phone. Inlcludes voice-activated dialing and clear speakerphone. Almost every button is customizable along with the user interface and menus for unlimited personalization.
Also eliminates your other devices with it's MP3 player (also plays .AAC and .WMA), FM radio with 20 presets, 1.3mp camera, camcorder, stunningly useful calendar with recurring birthday and reminder alarms, also has a To-Do list feature.
I was able to get rid of my MP3 player and Palm organizer. The microSD memory card slot has been put to the test and it is so easy to access files from the card. You can even use MP3 ringtones if the file is small enough.
The included STEREO headset is ingenious. No more earpieces slipping out due to a bulky microphone boom, this baby loops around your neck in sleek style and comfort. Plus they sound great. Thanks to separate ports, you can charge and talk on the handfree at the same time...something Samsung has decided is nolonger important!?!
Aesthetically the phone is nearly flawless. It has a flat black "soft" paint finish, shiny chrome accents, with a slight under-bite that is very stylish. The only change I might suggest is raising the exterior volume slider slightly more. It can be hard to find while on a call.
Though the battery life is suspect, I have turned on the power saving functions, eliminated screen savers, and made a few other tweaks to extend it's life a bit.
Thank you Nokia for answering my quest for a T-mobile phone that has it all, at a low low price. No other T-mobile phone comes close to this baby. I highly recommend you give it a try.Updated
The bad news: you can play MP3 files on the media player, but NOT as ringtones.
The good news: you can however, use .AAP or .WMA files of any size as ringtones, even if they are stored on your MicroSD card.
Pros Great reception, solid build, attractive, great size. Like just about everything about it.
Cons The only thing I dont like is the inner screen has no protection. You can get LCD protectors but it is recessed and difficult to get right. Short battery life.
Summary I have been waiting for a decent T-Mobile phone that suits me for a long time. I wanted a Nokia flip phone but what they have offered in the past did not appeal to me. They seemed cheap so I went with Samsung.
This phone has everything I was looking for so I jumped on it. It is sleek, has great call clarity, plenty of things to play with. I like the side button too.
I have had a complaint that I was talking too loud but I think that was more an issue of the other persons phone.
The battery life is a little short. I can live with it though since it is not hard for me to just charge it up at night. That and the lack of protection on the inner screen are the only reasons I give this phone a 9 instead of a perfect 10.
Pros SD Card slot, Great screen, 1.3MP camera
Cons Small internal memory that fills up fast, no MP3 ringtone options is lame
Summary if you use your phone heavily as a cell and as a organizer, the Nokia menu beats just about every phone out there except full on smart phones. This phone has fixed just about everything that was wrong with the Nokia 6101. It now has Bluetooth, it now has a DS card slot, and it now has a mega-pixel camera. While is has a MP3 player built into the phone for some lame reason Nokia has decided to not allow the 6133 to have the ability of MP3 ring tones. So you are stuck with old Polytones. Also if you use the photo caller ID and have a large phonebook the internal memory fills up very quickly. It is supposed to have 11MB, but after adding 5 photo ID's and 318 in my phone book it was down to 3.7MB available. In today's world of tiny flash memory it is unreasonable to have these phones come out with less than 512MB of internal memory. But as compared to the rest of the current T-Mobile lineup, it will be hard to find a better all around phone.