Reviewed on Monday May 18, 2009 by Mike, Okanagan
I just love this phone! It's so easy to use, the real keyboard is way easier to use than the dummy model you see in stores. I don't know why, they look the same, but when you try them side by side you can tell the difference. And, if you don't feel like using the keypad to type, you can also use the virtual numeric keypad to text like a normal phone (T9 or multitap, or whatever it's called when you press the number key 1 - 4 times to get the desired letter)
The touch screen is very responsive, I was pleasantly surprised, internet surfing is terrific if you do a lot of text heavy sites as you can zoom in and the fonts get bigger but are very clear. Pictures on the internet on the other hand, if you zoom in more than 100% then they get distorted.
3 home screens, one to arrange your favorite contacts (3 pages of those!) so you can call or message then just by touching their photos, the home screen you can put a selection of 6 widgets on and place wherever you want(Internet shortcut, picture slide veiwer, world clock (which only allows your location and one other location), analog clock, Calendar (which takes up the whole screen) and even a little post it note looking widget that you can put a reminder to yourself so you see it everytime you take out your phone) and a shortcut homescreen which by default has facebook, google, and Yahoo! shortcuts, as well as "tones & more" and "shop" shortcuts, all of which you cannot get rid of, but you CAN add up to four more shortcuts on that screen of whatever you want!
The bar at the bottom is "keypad", "Contacts", "Messages" and "Menu" no lame Vision or other Carrier icons here that you cannot change! in between the call and end buttons is the task manager button so you can minimize one program, open up another and then switch between the two as you like.
Even if you touch the very top of the screen between the bluetooth and calendar/alarm icons (which appear when you have those functions on) ANOTHER widget pops down with shortcuts to Music Player (the phones own music player! not the lame Carrier one!), Bluetooth, Ring profiles, 5 black shortcut keys to your various messaging options (text, mobilemail, IM, Windows Live and Yahoo! messengers) and your alarm and Calendar shortcuts, ALL of which turn red when you have a new item in whatever program they represent! The only problem with this, in protrait mode sometimes touching that area works, sometimes in doesn't, but in landscape mode it always works, so I dunno. It's weird, but awesome when it does work!
VIDEO CALLING!! As far as I know it's the only non smart phone in Canada that has a qwerty keypad AND video calling, and the quality is quite good! No delay (with the person I videocalled with, anyway) the video quality kept up to speed with the voice (it is a VGA camera, so probably 0.3 megapixels on the videocalling camera) but it still looked, sounded and functioned quite well! I don't know what options there are in the Video Calling area, because you can only access them while on a video call.
When you take a picture (with the 2mp camera, which also has a flash!) it auto rotates! SO, when you take a picture in landscape or portrait mode, it will always be right side up when you go to look at it! The flash on the other hand, is nice to have but not that even. It flashes, but by the time the picture gets taken part of the picture is brighter than the rest, it doesn't illuminated evenly. not a huge deal, my last phone didn't even have a flash. Also, when you take a picture, there's a split second delay from when you hit the button to when the picture is taken. The pictures are still crisp and clear, but if you're taking a picture of something in motion, you may get the shot a little later than what you wanted.
Great music player (you can search musci by playlist, artist, album, genres or even in the "all songs" option you can actually search for a specific song title! and if it's true that you can use a 16g memory card like all the sites and documentation says, that could be a VERY handy feature!)
16gb capacity! Supposedly according to websites and the documentation it should be able to accomodate a 16gb microSD memory card! Documentation has been wrong before, so I don't know for sure if it does, but if it does, WOW! That's a wonderful feature!
Messaging is so awesome on this phone! It has a threaded text message view so you can see your conversations with a particular friend, and on the qwerty keypad it has shortcuts to all the different types of messaging you have. The only minor thing here is that if you do type using the keypad instead, it randomly defaults to T9, so if you use that, no problem, but if you're like me and prefer letter by letter, you just have to remember to look at the T9 key before you start typing (it has a bright green circle when it's on, and it's located right beside the 9 key, so it's easy to turn on and off if you need it) plus in the virtual keypad mode, there's an option to copy and paste what you wrote!
Tools include a Calendar, Alarm Clock, Calculator, Voice Recorder (which you can save your voice notes on your memory card!), Voice Command, Notepad, world clock (THIS world clock, however, allows multiple locations in list format) a task list, stopwatch, tip calculator and unit converter.
Even the call quality sounds great! I was worried about this, but when on a call, it sounds terrific! (although, being in a 3G area probably helps the call quality significantly) and the battery life blows me away! MUCH better than my old Razr2! My last charge was almost two days ago and I go onto facebook several times a day just because I'm bored, texting constantly and even some calling, and I've still got one bar out of 3 left!
And for people sick of the different plugs, this uses the Micro USB plug! (the same one motorola and blackberry uses, and more and more companies are starting to use) so if you're like me, you can use your same charger for your phone AND your headset (I have the motorola H710 headset, which also uses Micro USB) and if you do have a motorola phone with the car charger, etc, etc, you don't have to throw out your old Micro USB stuff, you can just use it for this phone too! It's a wonderful phone and I would strongly recommend it!
One final note, the web browser may not be compatible with your bank's mobile website, as I am finding when I try to log into mine from my phone, so if you also have that problem, please contact your financial institution about having them upgrade their site to be more widely compatible with your phone.