Top positive review
19 people found this helpful
on April 21, 2011
I don't normally rate a product five stars unless I consider it perfect. Because it previously received an unjustified two star rating, I bumped it up a star to balance it out. I own this phone, and I like it so far. It's very easy to use. I have no problem reading the time or date. I disabled the photo preview screen to speed up photo taking, that was easy enough. Photos come out ok if there's enough light in the room. In a dim room the quality really suffers, but so does any camera without a flash. The video camera is fair, it's fun to use to take short videos and email to people, or to use for MMS. I wouldn't use it as my primary camcorder but it's fine for videos that you want to send to people. I thought that the keypad integrated into the QWERTY was pretty cool. The silent button is the "#" button, it has a phone icon on it that looks like it's vibrating. Hold that button down and it switches to silent mode, very easy and self explanatory. Like someone else said, hit the down button to get to your contacts. Every non-smart phone that I've ever owned has been that way right out of the box.
The good: The phone is light, but not what I would consider cheap feeling. Has a somewhat universal micro-usb connector for charging. Accepts up to a 16GB micro SD card. QWERTY keyboard that's great for texting. Programmable "Go To" menu for shortcuts to your most used items. Accepts stereo Bluetooth headphones for listening to music which I thought was pretty cool. I haven't bought any yet but I plan to.
The not-so-good: There's a button right beside the camera button that I thought should be for zooming. It turns out it's a multi-task button. It's kind of cool to have a multi-task button, but the placement directly beside the camera button is very strange to me. I would have liked for there to have been a simple on-off option for the web browser and other data plan using applications. I don't have a data plan, don't want a data plan, and I'm paranoid that I'm going to fat finger something and end up getting charged for data used. The covers for the micro SD and micro USB ports are kind of cheap feeling. The one over the micro USB port is used all of the time for charging, and I'm worried that it's going to get worn out and break off eventually. The speaker sounds tinny, but it works well enough for speaker phone. I'm not planning on listening to music through it anyways.
I don't use the web browser or any other data using applications other than MMS. In my opinion, if you are looking to actually use this phone for that, you should probably pony up for a smart-phone with a data plan. I was already paying for a data plan for my wife's phone, and we share it for data when we're out and about. I didn't want to pay for two data plans anymore. This phone was perfect for my situation.