Reviewed on Thursday May 27, 2004 by NM, Halifax
"A mighty mite!"
First of all,it's smaller than you think, and more handsome too. I was advised, if getting a non-flip phone, to get the smallest one possible--this was good advice and I think this phone qualifies as the smallest open-face. The caveats about the keypad are valid; if you have large stubby fingers or trouble operating modern fine-electronics, get a big old beater like a Nokia--otherwise this phone is ideal for pretty well anyone. When was the last time you heard someone say "gee, I wish my cellphone was bigger!?" I have no use for games etc. from a phone; I need function and practicality first and foremost. Some notes of interest: There are no extra buttons tucked along the sides for special functions, everything is done from the keypad and menus. The front,back and keypad are all swappable;I prefer the originals. IMPORTANT: The antenna is built in, therefore be careful to hold the phone by the BOTTOM two thirds when using it! Most people overlook this and then complain about poor reception: I actually showed a friend how his signal-strength bars would rise and fall when he did this on his Nokia! The owner's manual explains this very clearly as well. The software in the phone is unbelievable for an entry-level phone, as is the super-bright screen. Earpiece and ringer volumes are way more than adequate even if your hearing isn't! The vibe mode could be more aggressive but it too is adequate. You might miss it if you're mowing the lawn or on a motorcycle. Performance-wise, any phone is as good as its service provider. It's hard to believe it's an entry-level phone, except that you only get the phone,charger and manual; you can buy all the rest if you need it. So far this phone has performed excellently within the Rogers network. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with it.