Top positive review
26 people found this helpful
Great entry level android phone for metro pcs...
on April 28, 2011
I've had this phone a few months now and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with it overall. I'll start with the pros: the quality and features of the phone are awesome for an entry / lower-mid level android phone. The case is aluminum and plastic - not as stylish as the other optimus phones on Verizon, T-Mo, Virgin or Sprint, but it still looks and feels great in your hand. It is identical to the optimus that Cricket carries. The display is bright - pictures, video and apps look great on it. The phone is responsive, with no lag and the touch screen is multi-touch, you can "pinch" the screen to zoom in and out of maps. Sound is ok - the call quality is good, and music lacks any real depth to it on speaker, but comes through nice and loud. If you plug in headphones for music, they sound great. Compared to the Huawei Ascend that metro offers - this thing rocks! Couple the fact that this is a cool little phone with metro's unlimited plan, and you have a sure winner. I added this phone to my wife's metro account and they knocked out $5 per line - so now we pay $35 for her line (non-smartphone) and $45 for my line. $80 unlimited text, talk and web on two lines is crazy you couldn't do any of that on the other carriers for anywhere near the price! I don't know how it works here on Amazon, but in store they also sweeten the deal by offering a $50 mail in offer, and a free phone of equal or lesser value. Now the cons: No 3g! Metro does not offer 3g service...period. They have standard 1x data or 4g - this phone unfortunately operates on the 1x data standard even though its capable of 3g and it has a sticker saying this on the backside. That being said though if you have wifi at home or access to wifi readily available you can make do because its pretty zippy on wifi. The "easy wifi" software included with the phone actually looks and connects to available wifi. When I'm at a mall or airport I don't worry about data being slow because it looks and connects for me. The only other con is the bloatware that comes installed on the phone - some of it runs constantly and eats up memory even though you don't use it. The only way to get rid of the annoying preinstalled software is to root your phone - and in this you have to be careful. If you get a phone with android 2.2 you can easily root it with Z4root or such, but if you get one with android 2.2.1 out of the box it is a task not for the new to rooting and could leave your phone without service. Overall I would recommend this phone if you are on a budget and can't afford metro's 4g android but want an andriod smartphone. Buy it you won't regret it!