"not a review"on by mindanalog
Pros not a review
Cons not a review
Summary Just a comment -
It seems like everyone's beef with this thing is its lousy data entry. People (bonnie cha, cha, cha) should know that there are 3rd party data entry apps that reconcile this issue.
For $10 you can get something like SPB Full Screen Keyboard, which as the name implies is a FULL SCREEN KEYBOARD. The keyboard is in landscape, providing much more space than the iphone's keyboard. The area of the 'keys' are like 4 or 5 times the size of the Treo's and Black Berry's keys.
I've got something similar for my palm and data entry is a breeze, no more graffiti.
Pros Compact size, sharp screen, great design
Cons Stylus doesn't telescope, more buttons would've been nice, hard screen, 200mhz
Summary Just got it today and so far I love it. The only major "gripe" CNET has with it is exactly what I love about it -- the lack of a slide-out keyboard. I hate the bulk they add, especially as they're usually too cramped for me to use. Since I use handwriting recognition for all my input anyway, the screen-only text input is actually a bonus.
I upgraded to this from the O2 XDA Atom and it was so worth it. The screen is sharp and bright, and the phone is TINY. It's an awesome compact size that fits perfectly in my hand.
My only issues with the phone are that the stylus doesn't telescope, so it's pretty small in my hand. Hopefully they'll make some telescoping stylii in the not-too-distant future. Also, since the screen was designed for being pushed, poked and prodded, it's a harder plastic and as such requires a little more pressure when using the stylus than I'm used to. The 200mhz cpu is also going to require a little getting used to, coming from a much-faster phone. But while a little sluggish at times, it's still more than zippy enough for my needs.
Finally, there's all of one configurable button -- the camera button. I'm used to phones with four or five readily-accessible buttons that I can map. Having one is a bit of a downer.
Those are all very minor gripes, though. All in all it's a fantastic phone and it combines pretty much all the key features I look for in a pda phone -- no keyboard, small, pretty, fits nicely in my pocket, etc.. Defintely worth the money.
Pros Incredibly small and thin, touch flo technology is very cool, comes with Windows Mobile 6.
Cons None... but it I would love to see an AM/FM radio
Summary If you're used to a phone that doesn't have a physical keyboard and you want to use windows mobile, then this is your best option. CNet's editor is comparing it an iphone... that's nonsence since it costs around $300 bucks less (unlocked). Obviously the technology of the iphone is much better, and obviously you will have a much better keyboard on the iphone, but giving it a 6, because of that, is extremely unfair. This is the best windows mobile phone in the market right now. If you call yourself a "huge texter" and you like to carry an enormous block (hmm... treo) then this is not the phone for you. If you want a small phone, with all the capabilities of a PDA then this is your best choice.
"Great Phone"on by rafaelque
Pros Solid piece of hardware, gorgeous, works great with Mobile 6
Cons Speaker could use a boost
Summary I think this phone was doomed for Bonnie Cha she's she's adminitedly a heavy texter. For light texting and email this phone is fine. Third party software can give you a full screen keyboard which would make this a non issue for most people. Cnet should have mentioned this but their reviews tend to be somewhat misleading and at least incomplete for most stuff anyway. Best way to get a good idea about a product on the CNET site is to read the user reviews since they are the ones that actually live in the real world.
Pros Small & light, excellent call quality, user-friendly UI, sharp display, decent battery life, high quality construction, Wi-Fi, decent camera
Cons Sometimes a bit sluggish, no 3G, tri-band
Summary I sometimes wonder about CNET's judgment in their reviews. If iPhone got an 8.0 with spotty call quality whereas the Touch scored a piddly 6.3 with excellent call quality, then something just doesn't add up - after all, these are PHONES first and foremost. Yes, WM 6 still provides a small keyboard but if you really hate using the stylus, you have a choice of several full-screen virtual keyboards from the Web. I find this a minor inconvenience at most. CNET also complains about difficulty inserting the SIM and memory cards. I am no wizard but I found it quite easy to accomplish - not any harder than in other phones. I also found the sluggishness issue not to be serious, and if one stops unused applications then the whole issue is mute. The lack of 3G (like in iPhone) is regrettable yet I found EDGE to be decent and Wi-Fi at least partially compensates for 3G's absence. My phone is the Asian one, lacking the 850 MHz band, but it works just fine with T-Mobile and will work in most of the world with its 3 bands.
This little phone, with its rubbery outer finish, is superbly constructed, has a brilliant display, WORKS GREAT AS A PHONE, WM 6 Professional has a lot to offer, the TouchFLO feature adds much strength to the UI, battery life is quite decent and, finally, the camera performs well in both still and video modes.