Pros Good feature set, comfortable in the hand
Cons Unresponsive touch screen, cumbersome keyboard, accelerometer does not work with all apps, some text apps only work in portrait mode but the full keyboard only works in landscape mode
Summary I went to the T-Mobile store very excited about this phone. I am looking for a smart phone but will not buy an iPhone as long as it's locked into AT&T and I really don't want to buy the Google MyTouch phone. Their recent ham-fisted and ill-advised "upgrades" to Gmail make me wonder what the heck they'll do to my phone when I'm not looking. I was seriously hoping to fall in love with the Highlight and everything I read on the web suggested that I would.
Unfortunately I was very disappointed.
The Highlight is a nice looking phone that fits well in my hand (I don't like tiny little phones), but the touch screen interface is horrible. It seems like I had to hold my fingers on the screen an inordinate amount of time for it to register my taps, and I sometimes had to tap several times. Furthermore, some of the links are so small (e.g., the "Configure" tab in the browser) that it took a minor miracle to actually touch them accurately. I also found that swiping up and down to scroll through the widget bar (or whatever its called) on the left more often than not caused the widget to pop off onto the "desktop".
My other complaint is that the full keyboard is only available in landscape mode, but not all the applications that use it go to landscape mode, which means constantly flipping the phone from portrait mode for reading to landscape mode for typing. This is very annoying and something that should have been a pretty obvious deficiency for any tester who actually used the application. One more bit of evidence to support my belief that software and electronics companies create products that they don't actually use themselves. If they did use this phone, they would surely not have designed the keyboard the way they did.
I really don't want to buy a Google phone, but this Samsung does not make that an easy decision. I cannot see spending $180 and extending my contract by two years on a phone that irritated me within the first ten minutes of use.
Back to the drawing board Samsung.
Pros customizable home screen, solid feel, perfect size, responsive touchscreen, pretty much everything this phone offers!
Cons Internet, but i don't really use the phone for that. it has other features to keep me preoccupied.
Summary I absolutely love this phone. Texting is amazing on it, it is quick and responsive and does not lag. The phone has a great feel when you hold it, and feels like it was built to be very sturdy. The camera is pretty good, you can change tones from Sepia to Black and White, etc. Phonebook was organized very well. It has a great battery life, and memory expansion up to 8 gigs.
The touchscreen is amazing, and i've used several touchscreen phones, and i have to say the only touchscreens that beat this are the iphone and the HTC Ion. this touchscreen is very responsive, gives vibration feedback, and never lags.
Internet was OK, id prefer a Win.Mo phone for heavy internet use, but i didn't get the phone to browse internet pages 24/7.
The UI is very easy to use, it is simple, but has many features to offer. And call quality is great, i tested it out with my friends and they all were glad i got a phone they can actually hear me with.
Now, this phone is no "iPhone-killer" (gosh i hate that phrase), but it gets the job done very efficiently and in a good manner. i have not gotten frustrated with the phone, and that is very important to me to have a phone that can keep up with you. So if you are in the search for a good, new touchscreen phone, turn your attention to the clever little Samsung Highlight.
Pros Sturdy, reliable, easy to text on.
Cons the web isn't that great
Summary I've had this phone for like two years and i love it. It's the most durable phone I've ever had in my life. You can do whatever you want to it and it will not break. I was in a rush one day and threw it up to my friend who was on her balcony and the battery went flying as well as the back because it hit her fan. I put it back together and it worked perfectly. You'd think it was a nextel phone. The web is not fantastic but if you ABSOLUTELY need it, it'll do. It's very easy to use. I LOVE IT!
Pros Bright screen, comfortable in hand, easy to navigate, pretty long battery life, very durable.
Cons Screen scratches or becomes worn easily, buttons sometimes freeze up, SD card is located behind the battery.
Summary I absolutely love this phone. I shall tell you why:
I'm very clumsy person and drop a lot of things, including my cell phone. However, this phone is the most durable phone I have ever had. It has fallen out of my cardigan pocket while i was bending over to put food into my dog's bowl. It hit the side of my dog's bowl, the back came off, the battery came out and into the water along with my phone. It was fully engulfed in water. I took it out, dried it off, tried to turn it back on, and of course, it didn't work very well. The screen was dimmed on one side. So I took everything off and out again, and dried it with a blow dryer. Low and behold, IT WORKED! It has been working as properly as it has been since day one. I've had this phone for about 1 and a half years and still love it. The one thing it, the screen is very worn because I text like, 5000 messages a day. I suppose this could have been helped with the use of a screen protector, but I could only find one for around $20 as the time. Anyway, I love this phone! I don't understand how people have had so many problems with it..unless they were doing something SERIOUSLY wrong... >_>
Pros I like the layout of the phone and the 3 main keys("talk,back,and end")! It has good call quality and excellent web browsing!
Cons I don't like the virtual keyboard the buttons are hard to push!
Summary I really like the highlight, but the keyboard makes the phone not the best on the market! The price isn't bad and it has some nice features. The bad part is the SD card is located behind the battery and the back of the phone is hard to take off! The bottom line is that if your getting your first touch-screen cell-phone, the samsung highlight ice is a good phone to get!