Reviewed on Tuesday December 7, 2004 by Gerald, Toronto
I have owned this phone for about 1 month now, and so far it has been a pleasure.
The phone receives a good signal almost everywhere I go and doesn't seem to have any problems so far.
I like the way it looks. The buttons are big and easy enough to press, although I can't really press them without looking, especially not after putting the phone in the nifty leather case (that I bought for its belt clip).
I tried the voice dialing features, and it seems to work great. DigitDial and NameDial both seem to do what I want the first time. Since I can just say the phone number I want to dial it kinda makes not being able to dial by feel less of an issue.
It has two nice colour displays, and the camera takes acceptable pictures. You can take pictures of yourself with the flip closed by using the external display.
When the display's backlight goes off, it becomes very hard to read. A bit of an annoyance.
Calendar, alarm clock, calculator, features all work great. I have had other phones lock up on me when I edit appointments or use some of the features.
The menus are generally easy to understand and I didn't have to use the manual to find out how to use all the features I care about.
I tested the battery after owning it for one week. From a full charge, with very little activity, the phone lasted for about 6.5 days. I did not activate any of the "power save" features, which dims the display and turns the keypad backlight off. I think this would only make a difference if I were using the phone.
The battery meter has the usual three bars, but it is a little different. Most devices I own are on their last legs when the first bar dissapears, and all of the remaining bars dissapear within a single day. On this phone the first bar seems to dissapear after about 1 day, the second bar on the 4th day, and the last bar dissapears near the end of the 5th day. Anyway, I was just surprised, because when I saw the first bar dissapear, I thought the battery was only going to last one day!
Telus gives you a free web site to upload the pictures to. Most of my friends don't have picture phones, so this is a really nice way to share with them.
Their "eCare" web site is also very useful. Although I lost detailed billing feature when I switched to a prepaid phone, I can see an up-to-date itemized list of calls under the Transaction History. It includes date, time, length of call, outbound phone number, the charge for this item, and a running balance of my account.
I was also looking at the Samsung a680 and Sanyo 8100 from Bell. I decided on this phone as a good balance of features and price.