"Good messaging phone and voice phone"4.0 starson by BombSniffingDog
Pros: Great design and look. The colors, material, and overall thin but quality feel are pleasantly surprising. Good call quality. Good texting, IM, functionality. Shortcut keys are built in, for IM, locking, and silent mode.
Cons: The keys ARE slightly more cramped than some phones. The camera is surprisingly outdated (for current standards) the left direction button cannot be reprogrammed. Ringtones and system sounds are limited.
Summary: Overall, I'm impressed with this phone. The keys are a bit of an issue, people tend to either like them, or they hate them. They are angled in a unique position to allow for your fingers to press them from either directly above or from an angle.
The keys are also just slightly stiffer than I prefer. But then again, many people like the actual tactile sensation of the (slightly) audible "click" of a button.
The directional pad is actually one of my favorites of any phone. For some reason the layout and design of the buttons are exactly perfect. Samsung typically does a good job with that.
As mentioned, the camera is weak. I would have liked to see a camera that could at least take respectable pictures that could at least be printed into 4"x6" photos. But at least there IS a camera.
I was surprised with the overall excellent call quality. I don't know but lately I've had phones that fair MUCH worse that are far more expensive. Not only is the reception quite good on this phone (compared to other phones in the SAME spot and SAME carrier) the voice quality is very distinctly clear.
The one thing is, like many phones today, it no longer comes with it's own handsfree headset. I guess the implication is that you'd go out and get a bluetooth headset. But I prefer the wired set many times, b/c they are easier to use and many times clearer for the other person to hear me.
I'm also slightly disturbed by the weak selection of ringtones and system alert sounds. The noises are not very appealing nor is there a good selection. You only have 4 sounds to choose from to alert you of txt messages for instance.
The functionality of the phone's operating system is uncomplicated and snappy. Many of the menus are well placed and respond quickly as they should. I like the fact that messenging is easy to use. IM support for AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo. And it also has mobile email support built in that works great.
The screen isn't awesome, but it's large enough, and bright enough, and has enough resolution to be respectable. It exceeded my expectations actually, i thought for a phone this price it might be a bit more low resolution, but it is actually quite sharp.
I got this phone at radio shack, on sale for only $60... but then i learned that radio shack essentially forces at least $15 GO minutes on you. They won't let you go in and buy a phone off the rack (although they SHOULD in my opinion). So the price really came out to be $75 which isn't a bad price for a phone with full qwerty keypad!