"Few Pros, Many Cons"1.0 starson by ChrisBianchi
Pros: Sharp screen, nice button backlighting
Cons: Inconsistent signal quality, difficult to see screen unless backlit, slow browser, lock-ups, distorted audio
Summary: My wife and I have purchased the same phone with a new Sprint PCS plan. Both of us have experienced the same problems. I have talked with ohers who also have the phone and have similar problems.
My wife and I could be sitting within 5 feet of each other while she would have 4 bars of service and I am on roam (or vice versa).
It sometimes takes 3 to 4 tries to get the browser to connect.
We are both on our third "extended life" battery in two years. Our phones maintain a charge for around 2 hours with no use or 15 minutes of use.
While charging through the day (powered ON), my wife will come home and say "Why didn't you answer the phone? I tried calling you 3 times!" The phone never rang and shows no missed calls. There would be no voicemail indication. Calling into voicemail would cause the indicator to come on. After making a call and hanging up, sometimes it would then show the missed call from hours earlier. Sometimes, the phone will beep and show a missed call/voicemail from DAYS earlier.
Flipping the phone closed sometimes causes the phone to power off. If the cover does not flip completely, the backlight stays on causing the battery to drain.
The only case that we found made specifically for the phone does not protect the earpiece which now has numerous scratches. It also has a belt "pivot" which is annoying as the phone is top heavy. While clipped to the belt, it will often twist upside down as I sit and stand. Then, the earpiece will catch on a chair or something and flip open. Not only does this cause battery drain, it also looks stupid to be walking around with an upside down, open phone attached to one's belt.
Although we have compared the settings of both phones, my wife is unable to place calls while on roam. I do not have this problem. We have checked the roam call-block feature of both phones as well as the network selection.
Reception on a cloudy day is awful. I could be in my apartment (located arond 150 yards from the primary beltway of a major metropolitan area) and have no signal all day yet a full signal on a clear day.
Calls drop at random.
My wife has recently replaced her phone with a Sanyo model and has no problems with it at all (so far).