"SO disappointing!"on by jgfbnow
Pros Android market
Cons The touchscreen doesn't work properly, apps don't load correctly, keyboard is too small. Won't accept a good Google account, nor an email password (x 2 phones!). Something inherently wrong with this phone! Very disappointing!
Summary We bought two of these. Same experience with both! Keyboard is too small in either orientation. Letters either don't type at all, or else you get an adjacent letter instead of the one who wanted. Touchscreen is not responsive, ignores taps or chooses wrong application. Google account not accepted regardless of how many times we tried, which means we can't access several apps, nor the Android market. That's why we got these phones in the first place! Widgets difficult to trash, you can move them half way down screen, but they won't go to trash. All around, the worst cell phone I have EVER owned!
Pros Plenty of apps to choose from with Android Market. Navigation is great.
Cons Difficult to use. Keyboard small and akward. Lost calls. Too many battery pulls to restart a frozen phone. Poor battery time with all unneeded apps disabled.
Summary I have had probably 10 phones. This phone ranks near the bottom. I had to download better keyboard just to get usable keyboard functionality. I thought it would just take a while to get used to the phone. I am a heavy phone, internet and text user and find this phone difficult to use. I also downloaded task kill to help with battery issue. I have numerous dropped calls, connectivity issues, battery pulls for a frozen black screen. Also my email does not work without an additional app which contains ads. Camera hard to use. Not user friendly.
Pros Great form factor, nice weight
Cons Touchscreen, operating speed, buggy
Summary I bought this the day it came out, replacing an OLD Samsung SPH-M610. This was my first smartphone, other than a first-generation iPhone that I've been playing with without actual cell service. The Zio is just an appalling phone. I returned it just before the 30 day period after making numerous efforts to improve its functioning.
Most significant among the phone's flaws are the unresponsive touchscreen and the slow operation. The touchscreen is a joke. It often takes several swipes to make it respond. When trying to type, this flaw becomes even more significant. It is difficult at best, and unusable at worst.
Also contributing to the Zio's unausability is the slow operation. It takes multiple seconds to respond to changing programs and other similar actions. Compared to the 1G iPhone, this thing is a kid's toy. It freezes (for several beats) for no reason at all. I got so fed up with the operation that I actually stopped using the phone for the last few days.
Finally, the Zio is buggy. Sometimes hitting the home button will get you to the home page. Sometimes, it does nothing at all.
Other flaws include the curved case. Because it is curved on the touchscreen portion, you can't use a screen protector effectively. The screen protector will not 'adhere' to the curved portion, so gunk builds up along the vertical edges of the touchscreen. Also, good luck finding a hard case for this phone that actually fits. The Amzer product just does not work. I went through three of these (luckily, all from Amazon) before I gave up.
I returned the phone yesterday and went back to my Samsung. Sprint was great about it, no questions asked -- full return of charges -- and put me back on my SERO 500 plan. I love their service, just don't get why they can't get any decent phones that aren't on 4G (which does not exist in most markets).
Pros Slick looking. Decent screen
Cons Mulitple freezes. Terrible battery life. Lack of phone use due to freezing. Lousy touch screen.
Summary Since the get-go, the phone has been having problems with locking up, touchscreen failures, phone not receiving calls. Went to Sprint and they explained the updates Google Androids MUST always have. No problem with that. However, even with the updates, the issues continued. Will probably return and get another type of phone. It sucks that Sprint charges $35 upgrade fee but we'll see.
The phone is slick to the point it can easily be dropped without a proper case. If it wasn't the freezing it would be tolerable even with a short battery life. At least with that we can always have a charger around. Can't do much when the phone freezes and becomes a paperweight.
Pros Great Mp3 Player, Customization, Easy To Use, Fast Internet With 3G, Loud Speakers, Great Camera, Great Display, Relatively Small, Light.
Cons No Flash, Slow Responsive Touchscreen, Stereo Headset No Loud Enough
Summary Well this is my first smartphone/android and I have just switched from Verizon to Sprint because of Verizon's high costs. Overall this phone is extremely good for its price, it does have its defects but can be worked around with apps. Apps such as the Slideit can help with the lagged touchscreen. Slideit helps a lot with texting, and the music volume can be increased with several apps. I would recommend this phone to anyone who is looking for a good easy to use smartphone.