Pros Responsive touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, decent speakers
Cons No 3.5 mm jack, occasional lag
The phone is equipped with a full QWERY keyboard and the slider has a very good feel and click to it. The design is clean, and while it is a bit uninspired, it looks fine and I would not be reluctant to use it in public. It is not particularly heavy or thick, but a happy medium of both. The touchscreen was very colorful at 262,000 colors and is fairly usable in sunlight. It?s only resistive and lacks the accuracy of say, an iPod Touch. But it is very good and among the better resistive screens I?ve used. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack which is a little annoying seeing how most new phones today have them, but this isn?t meant to a multimedia device so it?s not too major. The phone is equipped with an accelerometer, but it is used in very few applications, such as the video and image viewer. Finally, the phone is equipped with a 184 mhz processor which doesn?t sound too great on paper compared with all the new 1GHZ Snapdragons out there, but the phone chugged along fine. At some times, the phone did stop to think and I did experience horrendous lag while using the music player but shutting down the phone and restarting it fixed the problem and I experienced next to no problems after that. If it?s a big deal for you, try it out at the store, but it?s not an extremely big problem.
The virtual keyboard is nothing special, but I did like the haptic vibration and the very big keys. It has a fairly accurate T9 and I did not mind typing out short messages on it. There is no virtual QWERTY keyboard, but seeing as there is a full physical keyboard, I can see why Samsung did not include one. The physical keyboard is nicely spaced and I made few mistakes on it. I wish the buttons were raised a big higher, but it was fine. The keyboard is backlighted and has directional buttons.
The phone is using the newest TouchWiz software which allows you to customize three homescreens with various widgets. Unlike other phones, such as the Samsung Behold, the screen was not too cramped as widgets can be placed on more screens, creating a far less cluttered look. It ran nicely and the menus are very finger friendly with big icons. The processor did hamper things from time to time, but only if I crammed the screen with 5+ widgets just for fun. There's a nifty Smart Unlock feature which lets you draw shapes to access certain features, such as the music player.There is one application named Social Buzz for social networking and while I have not used it yet, I have seen demos and it seems to be an adequate replacement for mobile social sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The music player is good enough for basic playback. Like I mentioned before, without a 3.5mm jack, this is not meant to me a multimedia powerhouse. However, the speakers were decently loud and had acceptable sound quality. The video player handled videos at a 320 by 240 resolution at 15 fps and they looked surprisingly good on the screen with no lag present. To round up the entertainment, the phone has a few games but they are all demos. You have to buy the full games from T-Mo.
My old phone suffered from reception problems and I could barely find a decent signal in the house. However, this phone is almost always able to have 3+ bars and with 3G and I seem to have very good reception wherever I go. While T-Mo?s 3G isn?t as broad as Verizon or even AT&T, it?s available in most major cities. The call quality was very good and I did not hear any distortion from my callers. The speakerphone put out decent volume and is easily heard.
The messaging app is sufficient for light to medium texters. There is support for IM, E-Mail, Social buzz messages, and of course, text messages. Texts are not threaded, a big inconvenience to people who text a lot and prefer to follow conversations, but it is still fine.
I was disappointed when I saw the phone only had a 2 mp camera, but it was actually better than expected. While the pictures weren?t stunning, they were clear and had good amounts of detail. There?s also a night mode for low light situations and video, which was able to record smooth but slightly grainy videos. All in all, it?s decent for a phone and ok for Facebook.
The battery life on this phone was excellent. I pushed it through 4 days of average to heavy use while on 3G for 95% of the time. People who use their phones more might burn out in 2-3 days but it met all my expectations.
Web- Unfortunately, I was unable to test out data on this phone, so you?re going to have to try it at a T-Mobile store. But you only have to pay $10 a month for data so that?s a real bargain, considering normal smartphones now require $30 a month. From what I?ve seen in demos, the web browser wasn?t as good as the Safari or Android mobile browser, but it?s not meant to be either. It has a neat one finger zoom that seems better than poking a magnifying glass and the browser itself is fairly speedy.
Pros - looks and feels expensive
-cheap price for a touch screen with keyboard
-has a good battery life
Cons -inbox takes 2 minutes to empty when full
-touch response slow
-often have to touch items multiple times to respond
-keeps vibrating when it's on low battery which gets really annoying
Summary It's a good looking phone, but not for the heavy texters or those who are expecting a really nice camera.
Pros Touch screen
Good battery life
Take's acceptable pics for inexpensive phone- better than say, my old BB Pearl for example
Cons Doesn't have full touch screen keypad
Takes a little practice to get used to scrolling on this phone (which I don't find on other touch screen devices)
Summary You get what you pay for.
You have to apply slightly more pressure than say- on the iPhone- for the touchscreen to respond, but by no means is it going to wear your fingers out.
It touchscreen works great and is easier to scroll if you happen to have a stylus playing around.
Good battery life, good call quality, and decent features for this mid-range phone.
I don't have the need for a full a full smartphone at the moment- I'm near a computer for the most part- and don't need my phone for business. So really, all a smartphone does for me is add to the monthly bills. Don't get me wrong- I've had one and I loved it, but I've realized that since it's unnecessary for me at the moment, a phone like the Gravity Touch does just enough for me. I can stay connected without the huge bill attached. It's also a lot lighter on the wallet if you don't want to have a 2 year contract.
Overall, I am happy with this phone after researching my other options with T-Mobile, both price wise and functionality.
Pros good touch phone 3 home screens good menu nice txt fast and display is really good
Cons camera would have been better if it had flash and everytime i get missed called it keeps poping back up until i close it and still pops up again so i have to delete all my missed calls to make it stop doing that
Summary GOOD PHONE FOR TEXTING
GOOD TOUCH SCREEN
"Great phone"on by Danovanni
Pros Very low SAR radiation rating, durable, touch screen plus keyboard, reception, sound, battery life(if you are going to tether your life to the phone don't expect good battery life!)
Cons Not really a Con, just a heads up: it takes a bit of patience to get to know the features...but what new tech-thingy doesn't?
Summary I previously had a basic flip phone and was looking for a new phone that was more 'modern'. I did not want a so-called smart phone (high end) because I did not want the data charge. This is the best phone you can get, just short of the pricey smart phones, and it won't cost you the extra data fee every month. I'll call it an "almost smart phone", because it has a lot of the technology of a smart phone with its nice touch screen GUI and full use keyboard. There is also a new color (ebony with red) in the Tmobile stores and elsewhere that I got and it is hot. If you are looking for the latest wiz bang high end smartphone to spend all your life tethered to for texting and facebooking, stop now, this isn't the phone for you, go get an iphone and whine about its poor reception and dropped calls. Now then...if you get this phone, take the time to get to know it, and it will take time, but it will be worth it! A lot of the negative reviews I have seen are because they did not take the time to really know the phone and then don't bother to talk to the experts, like at Samsung online chat, to figure it out. Use the available resources from Tmobile online and also from Samsung. Helpful hint for using the touch screen: to scroll pages you have to press the screen AND HOLD your finger on it when you scroll up/down. It is not too unlike the browser on your pc where to scroll a page you have to hold the mouse down. If you swipe it or flick the gravity t screen quickly with your finger, the page will wiz by real fast or open the app you happened to touch! As with the previous Samsung's I have had, this is rock solid, great reception, sound etc. Shop around and you can get a good deal. Stop and smell the roses, don't spend your precious moments all day on a high end smart phone, get this one instead. By the way, this phone has one of THE best SAR (cell phone radiation ratings)! Go to cnet.com to see SAR ratings for all phones. Some of those DROID phones are the worse, with many times more radiation than this phone...buyer beware!