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Comment: Allybfd, you need to press the lock key during a call to respond to automated call center options.
Good: touchscreen and easy navigation
Comment: i brought this phone last year an since then i have been trying to figure out how to use the touchscreen keyboard during a call ie to respond to automated call center options etc , if anyone knows how to do this i would be grateful as i am completely lost
otherwise the phone is a good budget buy if you want touchscreen technology with internet access
Good: Battery- I play a lot of music on it, and also surf the web a lot on it, and the battery last atleast 24+ hours
Bad: 2G?? Lack of apps.
Comment: Firstly, I didn't know this phone ran 2G, its quite fast. Had this for years, Its a good phone that served its purpose well. But time to get a new phone with 3G and Wifi!
Good: touch screen was ok, loud speaker, good camera, and easy to use
Bad: breaks easily, easily damaged and loads more:)
Comment: this phone was alright at first, i had it for 2 weeks and everything was ok i suppose, until i left it on the table, just popped in for a shower, came out, and it wouldnt work, i was like wat the hell?? so i took the battery out and evrything, and the background started going green, i didint have a clue wat was happenin, like i didnt do anything, it was fine like 10 mins ago ahnd wen i was out, like i was on it, like i was accessing bluetooth with my **** anyway, i was like well shocked man, like no one else has touched it, so i smashed it blaaad
Comment: I really can't fault this phone for the price I paid for it, upgrading from my old PAYG handset. It is a very neat and easy to use handset with a good-looking user interface. Personally, I hate anything Android, and I hate charging batteries up to twice a day because of 3G and WiFi, so I changed from an all singing and dancing Android phone to this and I'm delighted with it. I manage using the internet just fine on the 2G connection, except for YouTube (see below). For those moaning about a lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack, you can get an extremely inexpensive adapter for that.
Downsides? I moaned above about WiFi draining phone batteries, but I would have liked to have the facility to download YouTube videos on this phone all the same (and some radio broadcast files). An app is there for YouTube, but because it's a 2G phone only, it simply just can't handle it all (and the playback is compressed way too much even it it does manage to play a streaming video, such that the viewing quality is poor).
All round though, this phone is GREAT for the money, has lots to keep you occupied (including a very handy Memo pad application for taking notes, which is great for me and my busy life), and the horizontally oriented keyboard is a breeze to use even if you hate those. I've had no problems using the screen unlike some people who report a bad experience with it. Only half a star off for the YouTube issue.
Good: Good touch screen and locking system, decent camera, good speaker, light phone
Bad: No WiFi!! (ARGH!!), No flash, No 3.5mm earphone jack
Comment: I just bought this phone.. I love it but i wish it had the three things above.. Didnt realised it had no Wifi when i bought it so was a lil unimpressed.. but overall its amazing, would recommend.
Good: it is touch screen, you can quickly go to internet or social network, sound,camera
Bad: YouTube quality and the colour of the menu
Comment: it is a excellent phone i got it 2 days ago and i dropped it 1 it never broke or had a scratch the design is sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good: Easy to use, Clear and bright screen, tough
Bad: Not a great camera, poor memory unless you have a memory card
Comment: I have had this phone for about 1 and a half year now and overall it has been a great phone. For the money, it has lots of applications and it is easy to use and get around. The screen doesn't scratch easily as I have had it for 1 and a half years and I have only just managed to scratch it after dropping it many times. One annoying aspect is that the head phones socket does not take normal headphones and you have to use the ones that come with the phone. Overall I have really liked this phone. I am 14 and as a teenagers, it has been perfectly fine for me although it lacks in internet but with the right contract, you can get that too.
Good: Camera, data storage and games. Superb battery life.
Bad: confusing interface, accidental key presses.
Comment: This is the first phone I have that is not basic, and I am very pleased with it in spite of its flaws.
For at least a fortnight I struggled to find my way around the menus, and still sometimes get lost trying to do things like assign a ringtone, or even save a number to the phonebook. The icons are not that clear in meaning. Also, the icons on the "widget" are not the same as the ones on the main screen - e.g. the alarm clock icon is a different colour! A further design flaw is the phonebook navigation slider which is on the left of the screen, so if you are right-handed, your finger covers the screen while you navigate! The headphones are not a standard jack but adaptors can be bought online for around £4. You also need to buy a memory card if you want to do video or have your music on board. Again, you can buy a 4GB SD card for £7 so it's not the end of the world. Automated switchboards can be a pain, because you have to unlock the phone and then bring up the keypad, often more than once.
The camera is great. The colour is good, and the resolution is not bad at all, helped by a good compression system that gives a strange smooth painterly effect when blowing up the image, which I prefer to the usual chequered jpg artefacts. There is no flash, but a night mode gives long exposures if you have a steady enough hand, and you can photograph the moon if you want. Browsing your photos is easy but slightly annoying for me was the feature where you tip the phone and they all slide along. It is far too sensitive, and I would rather scroll by hand. Zooming in on a pic is done by pressing and holding, but it seems to take forever.
The video camera with a 4GB card installed will record for hours and hours, however seems to cut the video after 60 minutes automatically, and you have to start a new one. The quality of video is very poor, and the sound is only passable. The video camera is fine for record-keeping and blogging on youtube.
The ability to use it as data storage is very useful, and I also keep a lot of music on board, which can be in any format you want. The hands free headphones work very well indeed, and no-one ever realises I'm on hands-free. I like the size and feel of the unit. The qwerty keyboard can be fiddly writing texts, because the letters light up to a different side depending where on the keyboard you are, so instead of confirming the key you are pressing, it makes you think you pressed the wrong one, so you have to keep checking.
The lock key is simply a button held down on the edge of the phone, and unfortunately it gets pressed a lot by accident, leading to all sorts of unwanted actions. Particularly annoying is the option in music, video, camera, and even games of "more games", which is always high on the menu. If this is pressed by accident, your phone goes gaily off to the web without your permission, racking you up a fee if you don't have a data pack. You cannot delete these menu options or even move them, and it feels sneakily intentional.
The games are terrific! I really like the games, and the ability to use the web if I have to for checking emails is a Godsend when I'm away from home. Facebook has a well-designed "lite" interface, although a bug means that often it will not let me look at my own photos if another person has commented on them. Things like YouTube do not work hardly at all, but they can wait till I get home.
For a practical phone with good battery power, hands free, and email access, this is a great phone for you if you are on the road from time to time and are a bit older and not too worried about it being short on the youngsters' must-have features. Plus you don't need a camera or even mp3 player with you any more, so you can travel even lighter, or rather, lite-er!
Comment: I really dont know how this phone has been getting 5 stars.
I have had this phone since christmas 2009 and at first it was good, but after I have been walking around with it in my pocket, it unlocks itself and does stuff, I have had times where it has gone on the internet by itself and wasted all my credit, it sets up alarms with the annoying default tune and when that goes off, it is embarrassing and it can happen more often when you would thing.
I have been in my pocket many times to find out I have been texting people by accident, ringing people, it often starts playing music by itself.
If you havn't got what i'm hinting at so far - THE TOUCH SCREEN IS RUBBISH
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