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Good: price, not much
Bad: touchscreen, camera, space, texting, NO WIFI apps
Comment: ive had this phone for 2 years on christmas and it really is rubbish in my opinion! although it is a cheaper version of a blackberry, it is not my thing! i use the internet ..A LOT! and this phone has no wifi-.- although it comes with twitter and facebook pre installed you need to use 3g which costs a fortune on orange! the camera quality is bad! and the touch screen is terrible, it needs re calibrating all the time!!! and you have to press very hard! texting. when you delete something you can have to delete it one word at a time or all at once! youu cant get any apps on it! and I find it difficult to type on after getting used to typing on apple products.. it was great when i first got it, now its outdated and i hate it! i need a new phone!!!!
Good: Keyboard locks , low cost, easily mistaken for a blackberry
Bad: Keys fall off easily, expensive apps,bad touchscreen, poor battery life, poor touchscreen,
Comment: I have owned this phone for 2 years in October. It was great for the first month until a few keys fell off and the battery life got worse and worse. Recommended for a first phone but not after.
Good: It gives you free 500 texts and Internet
Bad: No apps and extremely slow!
Comment: The internet is slow, when you take a video and want to watch it later on the scanning takes really long around 7-8 minutes, when taking pictures it doesn't capture it properly the camera moves, no apps or anything, no Wi-fi which is the worst out of all. Even if this phone has a blackberry phone things and the price was low i still wouldn't recommend this phone.
Good: It looks good, good style and people sometimes misttsake it for a blackberry!
Bad: LOTS OF THINGS!
1) In texting, the delete button means you either delete a single letter with each time you press it, or if you hold it down it deletes the whole message.
2) You can't connect up to a WiFi.
3) The app for Facebook freezes and doesn't let you log on and then if you go on another page when you go back on facebook the page goes black.
4) The Internet is really slow and uses loads of credit because of point number 2!
Good: Everything...cant fault it and for £40, well worth it
Bad: Miss having a flash with the camera
Comment: Best mobile Ive had....
Good: QWERTY Keypad
Bad: No WIFI and very slow to use.
Comment: This phone really isn't as good as it seems. After I had it for 5 months it started to freeze and reboot continually. Orange replaced it 3 times before I found one that lasted more than a day without doing it. The replaced phone has just started doing exactly the same as all the others and I have given up and bought a new one. I have a friend that also has one and she informs me that her handset also does it. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PHONE AT ALL!
Good: keyboard and touchscreen, mp3 player, it looks good. great for the price.
Bad: its quite frustrating with most things, particularly battery life. but its growing on me.
-everything eats the battery up, i've had it a month and i have to charge it almost daily
-the limit on the sd card is about 2gb and it won't recognise anything higher (but thats true of most phones i guess)
-i managed to get on facebook once, now it freezes every time i try
-in texting, the delete button means you either delete a single letter with each time you press it, or if you hold it down it deletes the whole message. gets pretty frustrating.
-the camera insists on making a shutter sound every time you take a picture, which you cannot silence, and generally the camera settings are stupid
-there is no way to turn off vibrate on silent
-you can't put a security code on the phone
so yeah. it has its faults, but the keyboard and touchscreen are good, mp3 works fine, good internet service, it looks stylish and once you get used to the little things its pretty good, and very good for the price.
and its fun to pretend to have a blackberry.
Bad: touch pad,cmera
Comment: my sister in law brought this phone in uk.she give me. i had lot of dreams. but all are going to die.
Good: The display is clear, the buttons are well organised, some handy applications
Bad: absolutely abismal battery life, keys are sometimes awkward & frustrating to type with
Comment: Got this phone on the 24/3/12. On paper it is very appealing, amazing price (£50 on orange PAYG right now!) looks exactly like a blackberry [actually got mistaken for one] and in terms of physical appearance, very attractive. But when you have had the phone for a couple of days, the problems start... INTERNET:
The internet browser is poorly designed. You wanna reload the webpage? You can't; gotta go back on yourself to the websites page. You never know if the page is going to load - it doesn't distinguish between 'loading' and 'waiting'. The 3G DOES NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE! it is actually a little slower than my old phone which had a better browser! This also happens when you try to load facebook and twitter. On a positive note, it mostly loads websites and has got a nice display. It also has helpful 'permanently bookmarked' websites that are free for you to look at your account. It had dedicated 'facebook' and twitter' icons.On average, I would give the internet a 5/10.
You have also got to be careful about pressing the email button (which as I found out, is unfortunately very easy to do) one touch and if you're logged in, you will be charged and you may leave it on it for a very long time, and this will 1) drain your battery [which I will come to later] and 2) cost you to the moon and back. This email service is very basic, which is funny, since its got a button expecially for it! It sometimes just, forgets to load and leaves you for 20 minutes wondering what's happened. On a plus note, it doesn't log you out when you turn off, which admittedly, is very basic, but is the only thing that's NOT remotely annoying about the email service. I would give it a 3/10.
The only thing I can say about this is ITS TERRIBLE. You charge it for two hours, use it for maybe half an hour collectively during the day, and its gone to 40% by the end of this day. And that's when you're not using the internet You use the internet for maybe 5 minutes, and the batteries' dead by the end of the day.The battery icon isn't even that clear, just an indication of where it could be - its always changing. So basically, if you want to use the internet a lot, this phone will not help you AT ALL - battery life 1/10.
EASE OF ACCESS:
getting to something isn't really a problem on this phone. Just press the buttons and your there; clear and bright colours make for an interesting display. And remember there's two ways of doing everything; by hitting keys or by touching the screen. ease of access = 8/10.
You've probably read the official review before mine, and seen the whole "touchscreen is worse than other models" stuff. Don't listen to that. The touch screen is pretty decent for a £50 phone. It always registers and 99% of the time does what you want, when you want it to. very, very smooth. - 8/10
texting on this phone is a relatively easy thing to do. Its also been clearly though-about; it offers a predictive text option, and here's the brilliance about it: It suggests words while your typing say "th" for 'the' BUT if you want to let loose say with a few 'oo's' "ooooh" it doesn't stop you from doing that. its awesome! every else i will cover in the keys section. for now - 7/10.
calling is a little more tricky with this phone - first of all; you have to make sure your phone's on 'general' mode for a call or to receive one; because you won't hear them or the dialing sound if its on SILENT. stupid, I know! secondly, its very easy to [while the phone's against your ear] to press the 'back' touch button on the calling screen and hang up. very annoying. overall, its not too bad, but easy to slip up on it. - 6/10.
a light note on appearance - sleek, 'pretty' if you'll accept that xD the chrome silver around is makes it look very nice. BLACK is nicer than WHITE if you wanted to know which. the silver and black look very nice. the back is really smooth; the casing is hard to open but obviously there's no danger if it falling off! keys are very attractive, more about that soon. - 9/10
quite good pictures for a 3MP one - although getting to the album through camera mode is difficult, the screen isn't always clear about how you get through options, but its adequate enough and the pictures are relatively clear. if you want a more in-depth study of this just send me a message - iloveCOVERDRIVE. (they're the best!)
the applications this phone boasts are: facebook, twitter, email (basic), and orange photo + orange widget.
1) facebook, is very good, nice display. doesn't load sometimes, but offers good range of facilities. 2) twitter -won't lie to you, is not working for me. It sounds the same as facebook but I can't be sure as it never loads properly. 3) email. well you've seen my review - not the best I've known. 4) orange photo is not free, but is quite good and organising and reliving memories and photo albums from the past. 5) orange widget. This is also not free and its does have some good apps for doing things :)
overall not great but worth a try! 6/10
I know you've all been thinking this "are they as easy as the blackberry's?" "are my chubby hands too much for them?" well I'm here to answer these questions. Take it from me, the keys are great. Firstly, it's a full 'qwerty' keypad, with the numbers on the left-hand side. You should also note that the commar and full stop have a button for themselves. selfish huh! The phone is slightly longer than the blackberry; and the keys are smaller and tightly packed in. But it has made little difference. The keys have an edge so it is easier to type with. It's quite comfortable, very satisfying with every click. and okay so yes occasionally you tap 2 or more buttons at the same time and its frustrating when you do, but its very smooth. 7/10.
So sorry for the long-winded report, just wanted to give you an (EXTREMELY) clear idea of how good the features are. Hope it helped just a tad. It better have, because I spent half an hour writing it. so last of all, here's my overall rating of the phone:
you get the picture.
Good: good look easy to use
Bad: no flash
Comment: i am enjoying this phone and it is true that the battery life isnt too great, however charging up phones isnt exactly rocket science so not too much of a bother. i am dissapointed that there isnt a flash on the camera as i like to take pics when i am out at night i.e clubs and pubs. but as a phone in gerneal i am happy with it. but would suggest shopping round for different phones before settling for the rio 2.
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