"Now with Muve Music!"4.5 starson by PeepingNee
Pros: 1.4 ghz processor
external speaker quality is excellent for audio playback
No contract unlimited everything!
Cons: speaker phone function seems quiet
no external quick button for camera
sd card slot placement
Summary: I have been a Cricket customer for over 10 years now...you just can't beat the plan prices! That being said I have always taken Crickets phone selection with a grain of salt, something I dealt with in exchange for not signing over controlling interest of my soul to some other wireless provider. With the Mercury I finally feel as though I have a Cricket phone that is not only on par with the times but that I can actually be proud of...dare i say brag about? My very first smart phone was Crickets Blackberry Curve. I loved my Blackberry. I mean LOVED my Blackberry, but after I dropped it in a sink it was time to move on and with no word from RIM about a newer Blackberry model hitting Cricket anytime soon I started to eye my Android options (what is this Angry Birds that everyone keeps talking about?) Muve Music was also a big selling point for me UNLIMITED music downloads? with ringbacks and ringtones included? Yes please! I saw the Mercury. I wanted the Mercury. I wanted Muve Music more and just as I was getting ready to settle for the Samsung Vitality I heard the magic words - Muve Music was coming to the Mercury! I never thought an Android could make me as happy as my Crackberry did but I can honestly say that the Mercury has me not regretting my decision. The 1.4 ghz processor blows away my Curves sissy 512 mhz and the 8 mp camera is (sadly?) the best camera I've ever owned. The front camera is admittedly not the greatest (1.2mp I think?) but a fun function to have. Its taken some time to learn the Android operating system (anyone who's never used a BB think - the difference between PC vs MAC) but ultimately I find it to be fairly user friendly. The Mercury did not come with a memory card but I feel like that wasn't such an issue as most smart phone users by now have a memory card that they've been toting around between phones (I was bringing my 16gb over) granted some headphones would have been nice (my BB came with them!) but overall nothing I'm going to complain about. Muve Music is an online update that comes through and happily only took about 10 min total to update and integrate and not only did it install Muve but it also upgrades the existing Android software. Despite not coming preloaded on the phone I feel as though Muve Music and the Mercury were made for each other. The application runs beautifully on the Mercury and the extended battery life means hours of music downloading and listening happiness! I still experience frustration with the touchscreen keyboard from time to time (I miss my BB keyboard!) but Swype has helped ease my transition into that. the Mercury has met and exceeded all of my expectations and has been a great first foray into the world of Android. I just hope that Cricket can continue on this path of phones so that when it comes time I am equally as happy with whatever I choose to replace my Mercury...which hopefully wont be for quite some time. LOL