"regret.... regret"on by 10092
Pros sidekick brand. keyboard lights up !
Cons horrible hardware, bad android implementation
Summary SUPER SLOW ANDROID PHONE ! if u dont want any of the features Motorola and htc offer "Get it ". if you want a really fat phone horrid camera and terrible t-mobile service "Get it" if u can't find a better phone for the same price GET IT !
Pros QWERTY keyboard and thats about it
Cons Everything else. Freezes all of the time. I am on my 2nd and about to be 3rd SD card due to the phone crashing and lost all of my pictures. Slow to load anything.
Summary Randomly restarts on it's own. Sometimes the screen goes to sleep mode and I can't hang up from a phone call. Today my husband was calling and he could hear me but it was slient on my end 4 times.
Even if you get the option to get this phone for free DO NOT GET THIS PHONE! It is more frustration than you need in your life. I have wanted to throw this phone against the wall so many times due to the numorous amount of bugs and glitches it has. I cannot wait for my contract to be over so I can leave t-mobile and get a phone that is actually reliable.
Again DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!
Pros Does not actively catch on fire.
Cons Crashes repeatedly if you ask it to do anything other than tell you the time. Occasionally gets stuck in a reboot spiral until it tires itself out and finally runs out of battery life.
Summary This phone is excellent for testing extent of personal anger management.
Cannot multitask - if you ask it to do more than one thing at once (such as peek at email five minutes after sending a text), it becomes frightened, shudders, and shuts down completely to prevent coping with the electronic thought process.
Cannot always understand the sleeper button on the alarm and seems to occasionally feel it is being charitable allowing you to sleep for three more hours instead of three more minutes.
Frustrated that I had to pay for unlimited data, etc., for a phone that barely worked as a clock, let alone what I needed it for. Most apps cause increased crashing issues. The QWERTY keyboard was fantastic; however, it, too, seems easily confused, causing the cursor to pop into the middle of random words or constantly open the "search" or "speak" features.
One early morning, I hit the alarm button and it called a random person in my phone book that I've met twice, then immediately minimized everything, refusing to allow me to end the call.
I am a full-time nursing student who also works and runs various volunteer situations. I just needed a phone that would allow me to contact instructors and cohorts in a professional, organized manner. Instead, I received a phone that is supposed to be Facebook/Twitter enhanced that can't even run the apps for which it was created.
Pros The slide out QWERTY keyboard is awesome. Don't like Touch screen typing and texting.
Has excellent video playback. Also has 98% the apps that you get/want with IPhone.
Has cursor ball that helps with Apps and accessing phone numbers & links
Cons Mostly quirks in Android/Samsung Programming
Phone will dim display to minimum by itself randomly even though Auto Brightness setting is checked.
Phone can reboot itself at inconvenient times including phone calls.
Gallery & GPS freeze up the phone
Summary I had a G2 phone as a first smart phone and the Sidekick was my choice because of the slideout QWERTY keyboard. Basically I wanted a texting & internet computer that happen to make phone calls. This does great things. I can use the 4G as a hotspot tethering for a laptop, I can use a superior Wireless signal for the internet if its better than my phone provider with the antenae of the phone. The Apps are amazing for dieting and eating and music and games. Growing up as a child in the 70's with Atari Combat and Pong and watches that had Pacman, it is truly amazing what these Smartphones can do. The Sidekick allows you to listen to music, view movies and tv, text and even write longer emails if you don't mind typing with little tiny keys. The characters on the keyboard have their own button & do not share with other characters.
I would call the difficulties with this phone mostly irking annoyances. The phone will reboot itself and freeze up at inconvenient times but no consistency. Sometimes once every two days and sometimes once a month.
I have seen the phone think for itself. It will randomly turn off the Auto Brightness settings on the phones and dim itself to almost unviewable brightness. This occurs as often when the phone is fully charged as it does when it is low on energy. It does this sometimes 1-2 times a week, sometimes 1 time a month or less.
The really awesome mapping capability will freeze up the phone at times but I blame the app makers for this. Google Maps is incredibly useful with a smartphone. It allows Routing of multiple stops, and choice of restaurants. IT allows access to reader reviews of restaurants posted on Google and this part of the function of the GPS on the phone. It seems to me that the google maps Application designers are too busy trying to outsmart themselves. The Google Maps of 4 years ago worked better and more consistent on my lower capability/memory G2 than did my Sidekick. Leave well enough alone please.
The gallery function on the phone operates very up and down on reliability. The bad part about the Gallery is that the phone will reboot. I believe it might be mostly a memory storage issue, as this is more common when more photos are held, but this rebooting/freezing issue happened when it had very few photos when it was new.
The touchscreen will sometimes freeze up after 2 minutes and you are forced to dim the screen and then relite the screen to get the touch screen to re-engage.
The Battery has about 5-6 hours of high use and about 12-24 hours with smaller use. I have noticed the battery life starting to diminish at 1 year. This is typical for most Cellphones I have found.
Overall it is a poorman's IPhone, and an excellent value. If you like type on a keyboard, play games, surf the net, and use it as a phone, this is a great phone. I find it functional with the touch screen but I am mouse, keyboard guy. The phone has a ball-cursor that operates like a mouse on a desktop/laptop. There are times that its ability to act like a stupidphone drives me crazy, but for the most part, I love the phone and the features and all the apps.
Some of the functions of Android phones that I love..... with the Calorie Counter App, you can scan the bar code of a food or drink product with your camera phone and it will access a data base and upload all of the nutritional info or lack there of. You then have the option of adding this to log a of your food and calorie intake.
The Shazaam app allows you to listen to music in a store, restaurant, car, house and it will tell you the name of the song, and link you to Amazon, Youtube and many other places on the net and also the artist info.
It also has an app that allows you to scan the barcode of a product in the store with your camera phone and it will tell you the other stores in the area that are selling the product and how much they are selling it.
It also has a front camera that allows skype and the keyboard is skype friendly.
Pros speed .. internet and the camera phone as well as the contact info to dial feature.
Cons the battery life