Pros I like this phone for all it does, considering it falls just shy of T-Mobile's other touch screen devices (e.g. HTC MyTouch 3G, Samsung Behold II, etc). Also, it's very affordable.
Cons It has a "cheap" feel but that's typical of basic phone. Also, it could run Android, but T-Mobile chose not to put that on.
Summary First, the product's weakness- it feels like it's made from cheap plastic, but I've seen numerous other phones that feel the same way and have 2x the price tag (such as a certain phone that's exclusive to the nation's "fastest" and spottiest 3G network). Second, as with any low-end touch screen, it feels a little slow and clunky at times.
However, it's weaknesses are made up for by the fact it's a 3G world phone with a touch screen and an affordable price tag. Also, it has a MicroSDHC slot that holds an 8 GB card with decent storage for songs, photos, etc. The browser also works great, especially when compared to other touch screen devices in it's class. Also, unlike some other touch screens, this one has an FM radio- which allows people to listen to local personalities without carrying a seperate device.
Overall, this is a great device for someone getting their first touch-screen phone but I wouldn't get it for someone who needs to multi-task, open office documents or develop applications. Instead, I would recommend the MyTouch 3G, the G1, or any Windows Mobile device.
Pros -Cheap (for a reason)
-Uh... Touch screen?
Cons -VERY laggy when texting
-Buttons slowly stop responding
-HORRIBLE reception everywhere
-EMAIL WILL NOT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!
-Small, cramped virtual keyboard
Summary I was so excited to buy the Tap that the moment I heard about it, I ran out and got it (with my upgrade) for only 80$. I'm SO glad I didn't pay the original $170.
The only good things (for me) were that it was cheap and it was a touch screen. But, as I pointed out, it's cheap for a reason.
When I text, the screen lags so much it often missed a whole word or two. It was very frustrating and tedious to try and type a message longer than three words.
As I said, I bought a brand new Tap. The day I got it, the 'e', 'r', 'c' and 'a' buttons on the QWERTY keyboard didn't respond at all. Then, in the 123 keyboard, the DEF key didn't work most of the time, and the bar to select your word didn't respond much. On websites, it was very annoying to try and tap a link, like 'search' on google.
I have never dropped calls before I got this phone, and suddenly, I dropped every other one. I switched my sim card to my trusty little samsung T329, and I had five bars, perfect service. Switched back to the Tap, and one bar, very low service.
The whole reason I got this phone was because I was promised by TMobile that it had the built in Email app. After three phones and six hours with T-Mobile representatives and IT guys, they could not get my email to work. It either had a message saying "download fail. login error" though i put in all my information right, or "download fail. check service connection". I never got my email to work.
It was very hard to text on the Tap, and the buttons were so small it made it that much harder.
If you're looking into getting a touch screen phone, DO NOT GET THE TAP! It's worth the money to get a more expensive phone than go through months trying to get this POS to work. I ended up using my mom's free upgrade to get the Samsung :) Smiley, and it's worth it. Thanks to the Tap, I'm never using a touch screen again.
Pros Small enough to carry around easily
Cons Touch Screen is too "Fragile", for six months not using too often and it is damaged and not responding anymore already. I am really sure I am gentle enough not to leave any scratch on it but still broken. and it is not better than other free ones.
Summary I would suggest not to get this one just because it is free and has a touch screen, normal phone still works better than this one. can only consider it as between 3G and 4G but still not a good phone to purchase.
Pros Hardware: Small and thin. Good Design with the d-pad and the center button.
Software: Touch screen is good, its pretty responsive. The browser loads up really quick. The music player very good and it also has fm radio.
Cons Hardware: None
Software: Not a lot of option to change phone settings. Screen freezes sometimes.
Summary I feel like t-mobile could have made this phone alot better. There are some setting that are in the phone and there is not way you can change them, like you cant remove or edit any widgets on the sidebar. You cant change the main menu shortcuts....i would like to have the messaging shortcut instead of the web browser on the main menu, but there is no way to change it. One thing that is annoying is when you call or get a call from someone, it looks the screen, so you have to unlock the screen and use the dialer when you need it, and when you end the call it looks the screen again.
Other than that, there are few minor settings that could have made the phone better like, more sound options, and other shortcut options.
I really like how i can browse the web, text, and do anything while playing the music.
So, overall this phone good, only has some problems that could have been made better.
Pros interactive QWERTY keyboard that go from number display to full in a simple rotation of the phone, light, soft in the back, really comfortable to hold, stylish, vibrates when you touch it, internet, listen to recordings while sending messages, etc
Cons absolutely nothing at all
Summary Great, ridiculously inexpensive phone. A fantastic buy. I HIGHLY recommend this phone