Pros The QWERTY keypad of course, the excellent quality of the camera, the bright, wide screen, the e-mail client, music player, and bluetooth range
Cons The design of the buttons. It's not too bad, but it does take some getting used to. & The speed of email downloads
Summary This review is coming from an Alltel Motorola Hint in the southeast. As a true overall statement, this phone acts just like a smartphone but without the smartphone price.
The QWERTY keyboard is a major feature of this phone. Many people have complained about the size of it and I tend to agree. The size of the keybad on this phone, however, relates to the size of the keyboards on that of the Moto Q and other Blackberry's. One of the nice features of the keyboard is that is has a dedicated punctuation key for a period and question mark. (the question mark is accessed by pressing the Fn key) Furthermore, there is an enter button for skipping lines in a message and numerous dedicated keys for camera, web, speakerphone, etc.
The camera on this phone has a rating of 2 megapixel. Personally I find the photo quality to be very good. In addition to taking the photos, this phone has an editing option for each of the photos on the phone's memory or memory card. The editing software is terrific. It includes cropping, red eye removal, auto enhancement, contrast, brightness, rotate and flip, color effects, text addition ( for captions anywhere in the photo), and clip art. In my opinion, no one would even need to edit their photos on a computer if they take advantage of the features on the phone. I am not, however, a big photo enthusiast so that may be taken into acount.
The messaging feature is of course, very nice. i especially find the email client to be very nice. As stated above, the speed of retrieving emails is rather slow. I still believe it to be very acceptable. The features are basic but there are enough so that it is a joy to use. For example, you can set it to retrieve emails at different intervals or automatically. You can add more than one account to your phones memory. You can even attach documents, music, and photos to the message. The best part of all is that this feature only costs airtime minutes. So lately I have not even been using my phone's text messaging feature; instead, I have been using my email. One more thing, the phone does indeed thread the text messages and e-mail messages.
The music player on this phone is above average compared to my previous phones. A HUGE bonus is that the phone is equiped with a 3.5mm headset jack (yes!!). The music player is very decent, it allows you to view album art as well as the tracks info, and there are visual effects added on the left-hand side of the screen. The equalizer is very basic only including four separate options (base, dance, etc.). Overall, if you are planning to use this phone as a music player, it would be a decent choice.
The bluetooth on this phone is excellent. The range is particularly good considering I can walk between floors without hearing any static. The audio quality is decent, but I think it really depends on the type of headset you have ( I have a motorola H500) in comparison to my LG Glimmer, the bluetooth range and quality on this phoe is much better than that of the LG Glimmer.
Moving on to some more physical features, this phone supports a USB micro type B charger and data port. Theis port is different than the most common (type A i believe) Usb cords found for your digital cameras and other accesories. This particular port found on the Motorola Hint is becoming more and more popular so the availability of the connecting cords should not be a problem. The back of the phone is composed of a rubber material. This is very nice compared to stainless steel. On my LG Glimmer, the stainless stell would be an enormous magnet for any scratch imaginable. The rubberized coating on the back of this phone, will in turn, show less scratches. The speaker quality (as well as speakerphone) is excellent. There are two audio outputs, one for the earpiece, and one for the speakerphone, music player, and ringtone. The speaker is very nice compared to previous Alltel phones. Although it doesn't support much bass, the sound still remains crips and clear to be very enjoyable. If however, one does not like the speaker quality of this phone. One could easily pair a stereo bluetooth equiped speaker system to this phone to use as a speakerphone or music player.
One last thing, the battery life. The battery life on this phone is SUPER. Compared to my previous LG phones this one surpasses them BY FAR. I was able to constantly play with my phone for one whole day without even charging it once. ( I used features such as the Bluetooth, hour long calls, camera, camcorder, music player, email, and messaging)
Overall, I believe this to be an excellent phone. It is however, without its flaws. It can sometimes freeze up on you while checking your emails. You will learn however, that it only freezes up if you overload the phone with different commands (just as it would on your computer).
I hope this review has helped. I am certainly enjoying my new motorola Phone. Enjoy!
Pros Solid construction, tactile QWERTY keyboard, beautiful and snappy user interface, great quality audio through phone and included headphones, expandable memory(microSDHC) to 8gb, music player reads ID3 tags correctly, 2MP camera produces quality pics.
Cons Bad for podcasts since music player doesn't resume from where it left off if the music player is closed and opened again. Lowest volume setting is actually too loud through the included earbuds. Email client is too basic, no advanced server settings.
Summary First off, this is a review of the Hint that I had through US Cellular, not Alltel. I only had this phone for about a week because I ended up switching to a local cell provider since I got a better rate through my work. However, I did test this phone extensively before giving it up and if I was given the opportunity to purchase this phone through my current provider, I wouldn't hesitate to do so.
I wanted a phone that was a cross between a smartphone and an iPhone without having to pay for an expensive monthly data plan. This phone was a good balance for that because it had email, a QWERTY keyboard, music player and video/still camera.
Build quality - Solid construction, solid sliding keyboard, tactile keys, rubber coated back cover so it stays in your pocket.
Phone - The phone functionality was great, I got great reception, the call quality was great, I got used to the size of it right away. You can talk with the unit closed or open. The voice commands worked really well. When listening to music and a call comes in, the player will stop to allow the call to be answered and when the call is ended, the player resumes playback. The included earbuds have mic with a button on it that is used to answer calls or initiate voice commands.
Music player - Great sound even through the included earbuds. Like I already said, this phone is not for people wanting to use it for podcasts since it doesn't resume from where you left off if you quit the music player and then play the song again. The music player manages mp3s by their ID3 tags which is important if you want to listen to an album as it is arranged on the CD. There isn't a good program to manage music with this device. Winamp does an alright job but the sync capability isn't that great. Nothing beats an iPod with iTunes for managing music and syncing podcasts imho. I mentioned this before and to many people it might not be a big deal but the lowest volume setting is almost too loud when listening to music, it would be great if it could go down even just one level. There is a decent EQ and the bass/treble sounds really good even through the earbuds.
Email & messaging - Email seems to be compatible with most POP/IMAP servers. I used it with my Gmail account. The problem with the email client is that it's too basic. It would be nice to change more advanced IMAP settings such as how many emails to download from the inbox since I have 1000s and it didn't retrieve many of them in order even after letting it check for new mail for 5-10 minutes. It's great for sending email but not that great for receiving it. The QWERTY keyboard is great for txting. The messaging client has a conversations layout option much like instant messenger clients do so you see the conversations back and forth rather than a list of all your messages by when they were received.
Just wanted to share my brief experience with the Motorola Hint QA30. Hopefully it can aid in someone's decision in buying one.
"Really love my Hint!"on by donutb
Pros Screen size, picture quality, voice readout, sound quality, battery life, locks and unlocks easily.
Cons Key size could be bigger. But guess that's a price you pay for a small phone.
Summary I like the voice read out a lot. At first I didn't like that you can't set individual ringtones for texts. (I have Alltel) You can use different ringtones for calls but not texts. So if phone is in my purse or pocket I can hear the voice caller ID and know who is calling. Depending on where or what I'm doing I don't always answer calls. So this keeps me from digging for my phone if I can't answer. Texting takes some getting used to as the keys are small. I have a tendency to hit two keys at once with my thumbs. I'm a woman and my hands are small. I like being able to read texts without having to open my phone. Also like having an SD card for storage of pics and videos I receive of my granddaughter and kids. This is also the reason I like the screen size. I can actually watch a video full screen size and see it! I dropped my phone the first week I had it and didn't hurt the phone but dented my new wood floor! So it must be durable. I do wish I could change ALL of the shortcuts on the display screen not just the ones on the right side of screen. I usually keep my phone in my purse, pocket or cup holder in car and the screen has not scratched at all. All in all I'm really happy with this phone. My other phone was the first Motorola razr and I liked it a lot. I was worried about adjusting to the Hint but adapted to it quickly. But now I really love my Hint!
"Love My Hint"on by nafessah
Pros Stylish, tons of cool stuff, functions great, good call quality, good battery life, attracts a ton of attention, call volume can be extremely loud and is a good choice for people with hearing problems. See full review below.
Cons One kinda con, if you have big fingers the keyboard is TINY, smaller than a blackberry. One concern is that the display might be prone to getting scratched.
Summary I have owned my hint for about 2 weeks now and love love love it. I get lots of comments on it and have had several people go out and get one after seeing mine and they love theirs as well. The call volume is great, in fact my husband wears hearing aids and can hear this phone without it being on high. Also we live in a rural area about 30 miiles to the nearest city of over 10K and the reception thus far as been better than or minimally as good as our Samsung Hue and Motorola Razr V3.
The phone is sleek, stylish, with overall good enough battery life, great call clairity, even when used with our jawbone and older motorola h700 headsets and it is loaded with features like the 2mp camera which you can connect to a printer with a data cable and print directly from the phone. Also one feature we adore since we routinely use bluetooth headsets is the audiable announcement of who is calling. Nice feature and good to know who is calling without having to get the phone out and look each time. The hint also will announce your contact list for you and which menu and submenu you are in if you wish. Additionally it does seem to do a good job at voice recognition for headset users. You don't get a lot of "did you say call........." only to have to say no several times then start over. Also this phone is web and gps capable with a built in keyboard. Although men are likely to find the tiny buttons tough to articulate. All in all I would say it is a winner for motorola. Hope this review helps if you are looking at the Hint.
Pros Durable, bright and brilliant screen, call quality and texting is great, easy to use and learn interface, camera takes really good pictures, decent battery life, compact.
Cons The keyboard is a bit snug and I have to turn it off and back on every once in a while to get the camera to work.
Summary I came from a Motorola Q smartphone and was hesitant to go back to a regular cell phone. But this phone has made the transition back a pleasant one. The reception is top-knotch and call quality is perfect. I do think, however, that this phone may be better suited for a younger crowd and I'm only 24. The interface is easy to learn but it sometimes feels "kiddy" to me. Again, I came from a smartphone and my last 3 phones were smart phones so that may just be a side effect of that. Texting is a breeze once you get the hang of the keyboard. Which is a bit cramped but you can definitely adjust to it with a little bit of practice. The screen is absolutely magnificent. One of the most brilliant screens I have seen on any cell phone. The 2 mp camera takes amazing pictures, even better than my old 5mp digital camera. It comes with a decent array of tools like a calendar, alarm clock (which works great), GPS, calculator, and even Google SMS (which I use all the time and works perfectly). I saw someone asking about the vibrate function, well, it works really well for calls but for texts it only vibrates one short time so I often get text messages and don't know it because I didn't feel the short vibrate. But I have never missed a call while on vibrate. Overall this is a wonderful phone and I'd definitely reccommend it. It does take some getting used to but all-in-all it's one of the best phones I've ever owned.