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Difficult user interface
on February 26, 2014
The phone is generally OK as a phone, but if you use bluetooth, want to block robo calls, or want to use a user interface that is easy to use, you should consider another model before purchasing this.
Bluetooth operation has some weird settings that are not adjustable. My car deck bluetooth does not have an adjustment for incoming call notification, but worked great with other phones (both Motorola FWIW). This phone has an EXTREMELY LOUD, non-adjustable input level for the incoming call notification, it seems like it will blow my car speakers when listening to the radio at normal volume (say, 20%), so when I feel the phone vibrate in my pocket while driving I need to quickly jump on the radio volume knob and adjust down to 1% or mute. Other phones did not have this problem. Then when the call is connected, the volume of the caller's voice does the exact opposite - I need to crank the radio volume up to 50% or more to barely hear the caller's normal voice. Again, other phones had proper levels for incoming tones and call volume, in line with the level for normal radio listening. No volume adjustments were needed.
I got a call from a robo telemarketer on this pre-paid phone. Naturally, I prefer not to pay $0.10 for an incoming, unwanted phone solicitation. I was dismayed to find that this phone does not have the ability to blacklist telemarketers. Add this frustration to the situation when an unwanted call comes through the nightmare bluetooth situation described above, a call that could have been prevented if the blacklist feature existed, like it does on most Samsung phone and all other pre-paid phones I've used over the past 10 years.
On every other flip phone I've had in the past 5 years at least, I could easily re-program the quick-access functions or apps tied to the directional "D" pad surrounding the center "OK" key. I figured doing this was just another puzzle to solve, but after reading the manual cover-to-cover, the ability to change the canned links isn't there. UP is to create a text message (don't get started on the impossibility of creating a coherent text message on the number pad in actual English words, the auto-fill software couldn't be more idiotic), RIGHT is to quickly select ring profiles, DOWN opens the Contact list, and LEFT is to access more texting options, again to remind you what a texting powerhouse you are holding. The diagonal directions aren't used. It's nice to be able to link whatever apps you want to the D pad. I like quick access to the camera, or the option to easily turn on/off bluetooth as needed. On this phone you need to hunt through the menu tree every time.
I regret buying this phone. I hope this helps somebody.