"PEOPLE RATE IT BASED ON PRICE, NOT QUALITY"4.0 starson by soulweaponry
Pros: Bluetooth, best keyboard on the market, desktop-like IM, fun to play with, cheap data plan
Cons: horrible camera, losing signal alot, low-res screen, froze a couple times, horrible speakerphone
Summary: Nobody ever rates this based on what it does well. People insist on rating it when comparing it to other phones and complaining about the features it doesn't have. This without a doubt is a horrible price for a phone; especially seeing the fact that the mda, which does a hell of alot more, can be found for $250 with a new contract while this is $100 more with less features. Let's talk about what it does right and then depress you with what it does wrong right after.
What it does right: I was just on a forum where someone complained about the sk3 saying "a keyboard shouldn't be the main feature". Bullsh**! Since when are the ergonomics not a feature? Just look at the razor phone. It didn't get popular based on it's untuitive OS. The keyboard is amazing. The learning curve for adapting to this is in the minutes. The second i picked it up, i knew what to do. I can type about as fast on this as i can on my desktop. The design, for typing, is damn near perfect. Some people say a great keyboard isn't a nice feature: those are the feature-nuts that will complain about anything to feel smart. When you have a comfortable keyboard, you tend to type more. When using the mda, it had a decent keyboard, but since i didn't feel comfortable with it, i didn't type as much and was less descriptive in my words.
IM: coming from my razr and mda, i had no idea how great im'ing could be on a cell phone. On my razr my buddy list was basically a page that needed to be refreshed constantly. No smilies, no notifications, no cool sounds, nothing. Whereas on the sk3, it's virtually the same as the desktop version. Same sounds, different smilies for each messenger and nothing needs to be refreshed. It's all real time.
mp3 player: I had no faith in an mp3 player based cell phone, but it's actually decent. After loading songs on my puney 64mb minisd card and listening for a couple days, it sounded just as great as my former 30 gig ipod. I still use itunes since my music needs to be converted to mp3 to play on the sk3, but i don't have any plans to get the new ipod anytime soon. Now a 2 gig memory card, that is definitely in the plan.
Web browsing: I love this. This is literally the best quality in this one. The way pages are formatted takes some getting used to since every webpage you go to is formatted to fit a column-like view for the screen and flash isn't supported, but once you get on you won't be able to stop. The browser reminds me of way back when i had webtv back in 1999. Almost identical. Loads everything perfectly though. I'm constantly going back and forth to my myspace, to forums, to my hotmail, everything. When in edge areas i'm getting fast internet too, so that's a plus. Unlimited text and fast internet all for $20 a month: not too shabby. I was almost going for the moto Q before i got this. I made a good choice.
Now for the bad:
Voice dialing: gone. I never used it that much on my previous phones, but in the rare situation that i wasn't near my phone, this was useful. Not having voice dialing isn't a deal breaker though.
No video: This is a con to everybody else, but i couldn't really care less. Video? on a teeny little cell phone screen? I'd rather use something else dedicated to video that won't suck up my cell phone battery leaving me stranded without a phone at the end of the day then have video inside my cell phone. Really, this is no con
Speakerphone: My issues with speakerphone are common with all sidekickers. The speakerphone when heard, sounds great. When the person on the other end hears you, you're a distorted robot-like voice in a tunnel with a phone. Horrible speakerphone. My girlfriend and i have done tests with it's quality on different phones. Signal was no question, location was no question, system memory was no question; the speakerphone is just horrible. But i don't use it anyway. That's what bluetooth is for.
Still cam: This cam is so horrible i don't even know why they put it on. They could have easily omitted the camera and knocked off $50, but they decided on forcing consumers to buy a camera that takes unusable pictures. Nice. Nomatter what setting you are on, nomatter where you are...this will almost make you regret buying the sk3 in the first place. This is nowhere near 1.3 MP quality. It has to be upscaled from vga, because even my razr phone took better pictures. When you read reviews on here about how bad the cam is, you won't know how true it is until you try it out for yourself. This isn't something alot of nitpicky people are complaining about because they have nothing better to do. The cam really is that bad. I don't use cell phones to take pics, but man. Even by low standards, this just plain sucks.
Reception: You'll be lucky to get it. I live in a highly populated downtown area. I'll get full signal one minute and without even moving, it will go down to 0 bars. This gets irritating, but i put up with it anyway because it's a fun phone overall.
Conclusion: This phone is just plain fun. A perfect way to kill time at work or even a creative way to ignore your girlfriend. The overall presentation is just amazing. There is nothing better then flipping open your screen, hearing the sound it makes and feeling like you just took a phone right out of an episode of star trek. This phone won't fit everyone. It has to fit your needs and price concerns. Considering price, you're getting ripped off. Less features for more money. What you pay for is the experience. Just like with sony products, you pay a premium for quality. Don't listen to anyone to make your decision for you. Hell, don't even listen to me. Make your own choices. Go to the store and try it out. Take the opinions on this site with a grain of salt because 90% of them are biased. Either people that want to bash it for what it doesn't to or 14 yr old teenyboppin kids that would love anything their parents buy. I'm in my 20's and i'm a parent myself. I know people on forums that are in their 40's and have a sk3. Fun has no age limit.Updated
I read over my review and wanted to add a couple things:
call quality: better then my razor phone when not using speakerphone. My razr's audio would be heard as faint or hard to hear. Sometimes i'd have to ask people to repeat themselves because even at highest volume, i couldn't hear. On the sk3, call quality is great. When all you want is a phone to make calls without all the extra crap, this will definitely satisfy even the nitpicky-est of people.
Bluetooth: Works a little better then my v330, razr phone and mda. I never get disconnected and call quality is almost as good as on my handset. I'm using the hs850 i bought for only $20.
Price: Sk3 is one expensive sucker, but when you consider the data plan and how long you'd have it, it all pretty much evens out.
sk data plan which includes unlimited email and texting: $20 monthly
MDA with data plan and unlimited text: $35
I'll have this phone for the next couple yrs, so an extra $15 a month adds up to $360. My savings just payed off my entire phone just from the dataplan/unlimited texting alone.