Reviewed on Saturday October 27, 2007 by Paul, Ottawa, ON, Canada
I've had this phone for almost 2 weeks now and I'm overall pretty impressed. The first thing you notice is how sexy it looks; very sleek and pretty. Although it feels solidly constructed, something feels wrong to me about the way the flip-top sits (due to its reverse hinge design). It doesn't feel like it's going to break off, just seems a little more fragile than other flip phones I've had. The external screen is small but still clear and vibrant. The external controls (camera and volume rocker) are very small and not easy to press (especially the camera button). The covers on the microSD and USB connector slots feel pretty good compared to other phones, and it's nice to have access to the SD card without having to take out the battery. Of course, it sucks that the phone doesn't come with the USB cable for data transfer but transferring files with bluetooth is fast and easy.
When you open the phone, you first notice the gorgeous colourful, vibrant screen; it's very nice. The keys look great but as they are almost totally flat, it can be difficult to dial. The control pad area is the hardest since everything is flush, you can often press the OK button instead of a direction (or vice versa). So far the keypad is probably the biggest downfall of this phone. The # buttons are pretty big though, so they aren't too bad to use, although i can imagine it will be almost impossible to use with gloves on.
As for calls and features, the phone is great. The sound quality has been great for the calls I've made and reception has also been very good. I've noticed it getting signal in areas where others on the same network but different phones(Bell) can't. Texting, other than the keypad issues, is easy and the predictive text, along with T9, make it quick. Menus are nice but nothing special.
As for extra features, I always said I wouldn't buy a phone for anything other than being a phone, but this is pretty nice. I haven't used the music and video playback features much but the beautiful screen make the videos look nice. The fact that you have to use the included headphones is somewhat annoying, but just because i don't like earbuds. I wish you could use imported music as ringtones, but you can't. It doesn't have external music controls but since I don't plan on using this as an mp3 player (I have a real mp3 player for that), it isn't a big deal for me. The camera, despite not having a flash, is really nice and takes really great pictures in good light. They are actually very impressive. However in darker settings, I've tried playing with the options and still can't get it to take nice pictures, they're always a little blurry. There are lots of options, such as settings for different lighting conditions, brightness, night mode, etc. The quality of the pictures is good enough that I will probably use the camera quite a bit more than initially anticipated. Videos also come out nice, with good picture and sound.
So far, I've only needed to charge the phone twice in 10 days (it came charged for some reason); although i haven't been talking on it much, i have been playing with it quite abit to learn the features, so it looks like battery life is as good as advertised (i have bluetooth and positioning turned off; only turn bluetooth on when i use it).
All in all, I really like this phone. Other than the keypad and outer button issues, I like almost everything about this phone and would definitely recommend it.