"Excellent phone"on by repmum
Pros Great design, loud speaker, good call quality, great UI, flat key pad makes it a breeze to text, gps is very good and works well, very responsive
Cons no usb included with phone. Display light on exterior and interior doesn't stay on very long.
Summary I just got this phone, and overall pretty impressed. It is a small slim phone, very light, sturdy though. The interface is very clean and snappy, not much of a lag, and the screen is beautiful, text looks very sharp, pictures look nice as well. Music played through the speaker is fairly loud. The phone also holds a strong signal, 5 bars, I have never had 5 bars, so thats a plus. The call quality is good, could use a bit more volume, but no problems hearing the caller. One thing that disappoints me is T-mobile did not include a usb. Texting is very simple on this phone, the key pad is flat, but has good feel to it, and you can text fast. To sum up, an excellent phone, very unique.
Pros Phone clarity is great and incoming calls nice and loud. Great interior display, bright colors and emailing is simple!
Cons I wish the cover had a larger view space.
Summary I like this phone alot because the sound clarity of the calls is important to me. Also, on the other end of the phone, everyone says it sounds clear. Incoming ringers are loud which I need for alot of places. Alot of opions for appearence. Speakers for music are load and clear. Great size!
Pros Simple, easy to use UI; Great camera; Awesome display; Loaded with features if you know how to use them; Decent support for web stuff (IM, YouTube, Email, Browsing, etc); Great battery life; Small and compact
Cons Slow, buggy UI; Cheap-feeling flip mechanism; Strange signal indicator behavior; Too many pop-up notification boxes that can't be turned off; Power on/off button doesn't always want to respond
Summary Overall I really like this phone. I've received numerous comments about it's design and the quality of the pictures it takes ("Wow... those are sharp"; "You took that picture with your phone?"). The built-in features are hard to match at this price point (GPS, 3G, streaming video support, full-fledged media, expandable software via third-party applications, etc). I did hear a nasty rumor that this phone has an FM receiver inside of it that's been disabled by T-Mobile and that bothers me. But as a whole package this phone is pretty great. In fact, I go as far as to say that it's my favorite T-Mobile phone so far (which realistically isn't saying much since T-Mobile doesn't offer the greatest phones).
That being said, there are a few issues with this phone that either T-Mobile or Sony Ericsson need to address. Most of them have to do with the user interface and the way the phone's software behaves.
Right out of the box I noticed that this phone was slow with just about everything it does. Your typical cell phone user - who has been using a cell phone for years now - can type much, much faster than this phone can handle. Text message input is delayed very noticeably while the phone tries to catch up with your fingers. But the slow response time doesn't end with text input. Menus seem to drag while you navigate them. Pressing the call button after entering a phone number or selecting someone from your phone book produces a long delay before the phone actually dials (which leaves you wondering if you hit the call button correctly or if the phone is just lagging).
Part of the phone's slow response time has to do with the numerous, unnecessary notification pop-ups that phone uses. If you type a word that the phone doesn't recognize a huge square notification comes up to alert you to this fact... and then stays on the screen for several seconds before fading off. It really, REALLY slows down your typing because the menu can't be dismissed and the phone will not continue accepting input until the message goes away. These pop-up windows are used for everything - from displaying incoming and outgoing phone call info, to application notifications. And as far as I've been able to figure out, there's no way to turn them off. It would have been much simpler for Sony Ericsson to have used sound as an error notice, especially given how slow the overall UI is (or at least let us turn it off).
In addition, the signal indicator is slow to update and often shows conflicting information. While in the elevator at work I have little to no signal (because I can't usually make a call). But I can reach my destination in the elevator before the phone updates to show the loss of signal. Once I get out - and get my signal back - I can make it to my office before the phone updates again to show the stronger single. In addition, it sometimes shows a completely full signal at the same time that the display shows "Emergency Calls Only" (and you cannot, in fact, make calls). So you often have no idea what kind of signal you're really getting unless you stare at the phone for several moments.
The software on the phone seems to be degrading over time, as well. When I first got the TM506 it was slow, but reliable. Now that I've had it a few months I'm starting to see glitches popping up here and there that didn't exist before. For one, the screen will sometimes hang for several moments and then seem to catch up. And just today I felt the phone vibrating in my pocket every few seconds. When I opened it up I saw nothing but a twitching screen. I had to remove the battery to restart the phone.
My two other gripes are fairly minor. The flip mechanism between the screen and the keypad seems to feel cheap. I'm always afraid I'm going to squeeze too hard or press it against my cheek too hard and snap the thing in half. And as time has gone on, the hinge is starting to lose its smooth feel - it almost feels gritty (and maybe it is... but I've never had a phone do that before). I've also noticed that the power on/off button doesn't seem to want to respond all of the time. I can turn the phone off with no problems. But once it's off I often have to press and hold the power button several times to get it to turn back on.
Unlike some people reporting here, I've never had any problems with battery life. In fact, this phone holds the best charge of any phone I've ever had. I use it all day every day and I plug it in twice a week to maintain a charge. And that's with heavy text usage, web browsing, email, and java applications running (Gmail, most notably).
Despite my focus on what I don't like about the TM506, I really do enjoy this phone. But it's because I like so much else about it that these nagging issues bother me so much. If the UI were snappier I'd be in love. I know that software updates are possible. But as of yet I've heard nothing about a fix for this.
Which is sad - because this phone could really be so much better than it already is.
Pros -has excellent call quality, everything sounds crystal clear
-the battery is EXCELLENT
-it looks and feels very sturdy
-the music quality is very sharp and clear
-the internal display is crisp and pretty
Cons -speakerphone has low sound quality
-max volume does not get very high
-the buttons are stiff
-sometimes, the phone takes a while to respond when pushing the buttons, or when you open it up.( it gets a tad on the slow side sometimes)
Summary As far as phones go, i am very impressed. this phone has great call quality, and the battery is simply wonderful, it lasts forever!! however, when trying to text the stiff buttons sometimes get annoying, and when the phone is being a tad on the slow side, it can get frustrating. however, all the con's are minor problems, and if you are looking to buy a phone based on the quality and battery life, this one is perfect! and it looks very pretty too :)
Pros Intuitive menu, with simple navigation. Fits snugly in hand. Nice, lighted keyboard.
Sleek design, high res graphics. Good battery strength.
Cons Can be difficult to flip open with one hand until you get the hang of it. Smallish window on phone cover, which does not stay lit, darkens after a few seconds. Ditto for the flipped open display.
Summary Overall, I like this phone. The graphics are particularly nice, high res, with no pixillation. My one complaint is that the screen dims and goes dark after a very short time of inactivity, which is somewhat annoying if you're online or if you just happen to take a breath. The same with the small window on the front of the phone, though it pops back into view if you touch the volume key on the side. I agree with the cnet review that the speaker quality is somewhat mediocre; the ringtones, while certainly loud enough, lack a richness which I've found in other phones. The GPS function is way cool; though I've not had occasion to use it yet, the thought of not getting lost is extremely appealing. Battery strength seems to be quite good, as does the antenna. Nice looking--not as boxy as the Razor; unobtrusive yet classy design elements. Only two colors available at the moment, though I'm willing to bet that this will be a hit in the T-Mobile lineup, creating incentive to come up with other colors. Also, very nice for the price. Overall: Nice phone, good bargain with lots of features.