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See it for what it is...
on July 20, 2011
Online I've seen people bash this little phone because they fail to see it for what it is...a budget android phone. For $79 people expect this little guy to be on par with the most advanced phones out there. Yes it lacks the bells and whistles that other phones have, yes it is small, yes it's camera isn't equal to an SLR - but if you stop and think about what this phone is you'll see that it's a pretty decent little unit for those who's needs it meets. You have to see what MetroPCS is doing - they're creating a "step ladder" of phones that meet the varying needs of smartphone customers and give all their customers the ability to try android to see how they like it. This phone would be the base level on that ladder - if your needs are greater then you could check the next rung up which would be the Huawei Ascend, if that does not meet your needs then you would check the next rung which would be the LG Optimus M, if that doesn't meet your needs you could continue until you get to their top tier phone offerings. For $79 and $50 monthly service you get a smartphone with 500mhz processor, android 2.2.2, basic camera (no flash), access to the marketplace, wifi, unlimited calls, text and web. The phone is not the fastest processor-wise, the scrolling on the menus is a bit laggy, but not anything to affect phone function. The camera is basic, but nothing too much worse than what is on the LG Optimus M (also on Metro PCS). Calls are ok, and texting takes a while to master on the small screen; if you use swype this is alleviated a bit. Wifi works without a hitch, and GPS hones in on your position within a reasonable amount of time. I tried google maps and MetroNavigator and found them to be functional and useful. The only downside to this phone is the bloatware - since the processor isn't the fastest having all these useless apps running in the background contributes to the phone lagging up. I think that if the bloatware was removed it would run better. I have yet to try any games, but surmise that Angry Birds (free version) would lag up because of the adds. What really makes this unit stand out is the "DTS" for the music playback - I was suprised that this little dude beat out my Optimus M when playing back music on Slacker Radio over the built in speaker. The music was not awe inspiring, but sounded fuller and truer than on other similar phones.
All in all this is a great phone for those who want to see what the Android hype is all about without paying through the nose. You get a fully functional smartphone with data, at the cost of performance and features. If this sounds good to you, buy it you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for more I would recommend you start at the Optimus M and work your way up. If more people would follow this advice they wouldn't be knocking this little guy constantly.