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Good: Price is cheap. Quite a few custom ROMs out there. Feels solid for its price.
Bad: Sluggish at times, lack of RAM, camera is worse than the VGA front in an iPod Touch, Autofocus is terribly slow, Front Camera is useless (good lighting: it gets too white. bad lighting: nothing at all. normally: you look green.), trackball is awful, buttons feel too cheap, can't make decent calls and/or get decent signal, drops GPRS signal constantly, rarely gets 3G unless in a very well covered area, ringer/call speaker is not loud enough, back speaker's sound quality is awful.
Comment: Obviously it's a great phone for hopping into the Android ecosystem, but although it's *awesome* for its price, it can't go much further. It's both cameras are crap, even worse than a who-knows-how-old camera phone with 1 megapixel. The VGA camera is just there for decoration. The back 3.2 MP one works well for Macro Shots when well lightened, it gets awfully blurry when taking normal shots, and autofocus is terribly slow. It can't get a better quality picture than a 1.0 MP Fixed-Focus one, so if you're buying a phone for its take-anywhere camera, don't get it.
Comes with Android 1.5, buggy, laggy, not to mention often crashes. Works well for frequent SMS-ing though. There are custom ROMs for Android 2.1 and some are challenging 2.3, but that's pretty much everything.
Slow as hell bootup time, and I usually shut it down by taking out the battery. shutdown is slow as hell, too.
Ringer is terrible, and proprietary microphone/headphone port means you're pretty much stuck with the one that was given to you, which is terrible.
Not a good phone, but it's pretty much a training wheel for Android.
Good: Affordable Android phone, with music, internet and other bells and whistles.
Bad: Awful at making actual phone calls, often unreliable, often unresponsive, needs factory reset every other month, buggy.
Comment: Despite having it for over a year, I still sometimes pinch myself when using this phone. Being able to view most Internet pages, check train and bus times, having access to a world of incredible applications, playing music and games and being able to do all of that anywhere and some of it at the same time still amazes me.
But most Android phones can do all that and whilst this was affordable at the time, I would recommend getting a newer phone at the price point this was when released.
This phone suffers from unreliability and it has become absolutely awful at making actual phone calls, refusing to connect, ignoring the request or crashing. The spell checker also crashes, and there are numerous other glitches. To fix these a factory reset will help and you will end up doing this every month or two.
A great introduction into the SmartPhone world for me, but its definitely time to upgrade.
Good: easy to use
Bad: very unreliable
Comment: at first its a great phone, has a poor camera but its other features make up for it. However after a month of usage it becomes slower, less responsive and the android market, its main source, stops working. It can be fixed but it repeats this pattern frequently so it because more annoying and less reliable as a basic phone.
Good: Love the android features, ease of use
Bad: The camera can be a bit blurry until you get really used to it
Comment: After finally parting with my MDA Vario I wanted a customisable phone at a decent tariff that was part of this century - found it.
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