"This is the worst phone I've ever owned. DON'T use it."0.5 starson by WiteNoiz
Pros: It has a QWERTY keyboard, a Calendar, note tool, and a stopwatch tool.
Cons: Never seems to get more than 2 bars outside of a city, frequent disconnections, poor sound quality, no memory, periodic deletion of calls, text messages, etc. No volume buttons (must select from presets). Majority of tools rarely needed/hard to use.
Summary: Again, I must reiterate, this is the worst phone I've ever had the misfortune to own. I would not recommend this phone under any circumstances. Even the pros have issues. The keyboard is awkward with a oddly shaped spacebar thrust between the v and b keys. There are also a couple buttons that correspond to the screen (in addition to the typical up/left/down/right/select choices, there are a left and right). If you hit either of the buttons, located perilously close to the QWERTY keys. These buttons are already on the top "face," where the answer/end call and digits are. There is no reason for them to be on the keyboard, and they will result in whatever you are doing (be it a string of text messages, phone configuration, etc) to be completely canceled. So you would have to return to the previous screen and redo everything. The phone is also extremely quiet when not in speaker mode, so being outside or anywhere with noise will require it. The phone also has a camera/video feature, though this is plagued with difficulties as well. The camera has a "snap" sound when a button is pressed to take a picture. But this snap occurs before the picture is captured. If hear the snap and attempt to you view your phone more closely to see your shot, it will be a complete blur because it did not finish actually taking the picture. The camera is also low quality, though it is helpful to have options such as choosing from 5 preset sizes, a timer, or a color mode. The volume settings are problematic because, as I mentioned in Cons, there are no volume buttons. That means you need to go into the configurations and select from several presets every time you need change the volume. There is one alternate way to change volume to change from "General Profile" (regular volume, etc.) and "Vibrate Profile" that is to hold the # on the "face" of the phone. Holding it for a few seconds will swap (only) between the two, but then, if you needed something quiet, you wouldn't make the vibration almost as loud as the ringer itself. Oddly enough, on "Silent Profile," other noises (such as the camera snap) will still occur. The face keys themselves are very wide and very short, so it is easy to accidentally hit more than one row, making dialing (or texting with that face) a hassle. As for the service itself, I cannot get a quality connection unless I'm in a city, so when I'm at home in the suburbs, my phone doesn't work about half the time. To close, I'm surprised T-mobile actually offers this handset. I'd be surprised if I could find a worse phone. Anything would likely be better than the "Sparq."