Pros Full QWERTY, Good camera (I was impressed when I bluetoothed them to my computer and saw them enlarged), Good call quality (despite what the review said. I live in the NY/NJ metro area, sturdy, image editor (kinda fun), easy access SD slot.
Cons menu Interface is a little generic, kinda "kiddy" looking (was hoping for something a bit sleeker - I don't need a chunky picture of a wrench to know that's the settings tool.
Summary I got this phone for $50 with a 2-yr T-mobile contract, and so far it's impressed me with the call quality, it's very user friendly, hasn't frozen up/freaked out (despite dropping it once), texting is fun and easy, so I guess what I'm saying is for texters within a certain sub $100 budget, it's a great phone!!
Pros GREAT QWERTY keyboard, vibrant colors, fantastic function, automatic keyboard lock, convenient apps, user-friendly buttons, decent pictures
Cons Battery life, not a lot of room for customization, not so comfortable to hold while talking
Summary Overall, I do love this phone. But for text, calendar, and alarm alerts, you can only choose from a few stock sounds, and they all stink. I've had full keyboards before, and this is DEFINITELY up there if you're a texter. It is a bit difficult for the person on the other end to hear you very well, but it's not a big pain. And for the price, I totally recommend it.
Pros It has a great camera unless it's dark light. Great calling quality to anyone. Texting is super easy because it's a full keyboard.
Cons Battery is okay. Depends on how you use it. If you text more, it uses a litle battery. I charge it every other, other day.
Summary Worth your money but i got mine for free...it's SUPER WORTH YOUR BUCK!!!
Pros This is a very capable, easy phone to use. The messaging capabilities which is its drawing point is easy and straightforward. The slideout keyboard is slick and easy to type with. I have'nt experienced the poor call quality mentioned by the reviewer.
Cons The phone's software seems a bit sluggish to me and the battery seems to drain quicker than other phones that i've used. I'm also dissapointed it does not feature voice dialing. Those were the only drawbacks for me.
Summary This is a cool little phone for those of us who just need basic features. It is first and foremost a messaging phone and it excels in that function. It also meets the requirements for me in the other basic reasions why I need a phone. This is not a smartphone and it does'nt claim to be. So don't purchase this phone if you want smartphone features and capabilities. This phone does however do the things it claims capability for.
Pros Large clear and bright display.
Full QWERTY keyboard with large raised buttons.
Very loud speaker.
Supports Micro SD memory card.
Cons Unit is a bit on the thick and heavy side.
1.3 mega pixel camera with no flash is a bit of a joke by today's standards.
Web browser doesn't handle cookies properly.
Shortcut keys not programmable.
Does not support Wi-Fi at Home.
Summary First off, I'd like to set the record straight regarding this phone's poor battery life so many others have been complaining about. IT IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. The battery indicator has 5 increments but it's a bit inconsistent and misleading in displaying the battery life. The first bar would be gone after the first day of use, the next 3 would go quickly in the course of next day or so, the last bar would last a full day, and the blinking warning would go on for almost another day before the phone finally quits. Bringing the total to 4 days of use per charge, which is not bad at all. It's a nice phone to have if you don't need a smart phone or take lots of pictures. It does what a normal phone is supposed to do very well. I got this phone primarily for it's QWERTY keyboard. I got so sick and tired of the very limited vocabulary of most traditional phones using T9 text. Calls are clear, reception is better than my old T629, and the phone is "faster" also. I have not experienced any of the "freezing" issues other have mentioned. The speaker on the back is real loud. Great for really loud ringer, speaker phone or to play music. Although a good pair of headset hooked up through an adapter would sound way better. Kind of disappointed in the dinky 1.3 mega pixel camera. But not a big deal. If want to take decent photos, I'd use my big camera anyway. The round 4-way directional key has shortcuts built in but they are not programmable. Two of the shortcuts are redundant and I hate them. "Up" takes you to the recent call list. Useless! Press the "send" button does the same thing. "Right" takes you to the camera. Once again, useless as there is a dedicated shutter button on the side that does the same thing. It's a big phone especially put side-by-side next to a Nokia Express; down side of a QWERTY keypad. The alpha keyboard is clearly back lit, made of soft rubber and gives a satisfying click as the button is pressed. Every button has more than one function with the selection of "Alt" mode. All function and navigation of the phone can be controlled via the second keypad so there is no need to flip the phone back and forth. Texting via the traditional 10-key and T9 text is also available. Good for them short messages. Two annoyances that are big bust for me. One regards to the web browser and the way it handles cookies. No matter how I set the cookie permission and priority, nothing ever gets saved. It got really annoying every time I check my email and have to enter my full user name and password. What's more annoying is when I search for movie listings, it never saves my favorite theaters. It got so bad I eventually stopped using the web browser all together. I have 3 desktop computers and a laptop at home, plus access to every computer at the office. I'll use those to get online from now on. The other thing that annoys me the mp3 player. One can't just load a certain file and play the song one at a time. Each file has to be part of a playlist. The playlist loads the files BACKWARDS, and I can't make any changes to the ordering of the files! Meaning the last song in the folder would be played first and the first song played last. This really sucks when I play mp3's that I've made myself from dance compilation CD's. When the files are played in the correct order, the music is supposed to never stop, just intermix and transition into the next song. I can no longer listen to that type of music with this phone. And that is perhaps my biggest disappointment with this phone.In response to hkelly_44's question:
Updated on Mar 20, 2009
The answer is yes and no. Unfortunately the phone emits a little confirmation tone when a text message is sent successfully. You can silence the incoming alerts, turn off the key tones or set to a really low volume that's barely audible. But the confirmation tone will always be there. The only way to get rid of that confirmation tone is to set the whole phone to silent mode, which means your incoming calls wont ring or anything. If you want to covertly send text messages at work or in class, that's the way to do it. Hope this helps.