This is an "almost-smartphone". You cannot buy and download thousands of apps, but it will do all the basic stuff you could want: Surf the web, Gmail, Google Maps, MP3s, etc. You can use GPS functionality with Google Maps which makes it just as useful as a standalone GPS, albeit without the voice directions. While not a multi-tasking phone, you can send applications to the background and come back to them later if you need to interrupt what you're doing (e.g. listening to music) to take a call or type a text. However, keeping an application in the background uses up a full battery in about 16 hours, which makes no sense to me considering it shouldn't be actively running anyway. But if you keep all the apps closed, the battery will last a good week if left idle. I am a bit irritated with the difficult access to the period and comma on the keyboard (especially the comma, since you have to hit the fnc button first). I mean, some of us like punctuation. A great phone overall, and considering the $25/mo Virgin Mobile plan, it's a value that can't be beat.
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