I have lived with this phone for two weeks now, to see if it truly met expectations. Sadly, it doesn't. Using this phone's touch keyboard for texting is infuriating, and I would consider myself pretty deft so in that sense, I don't think it's me. The phone is small, thus, the screen is small as well, approximately 2.25" height x 1.75" width - so when one turns the phone on its side to compose a message, the keyboard and the composition must occupy the same space. While pretty efficient in that regard, it is still very difficult to quickly compose your message, on average, I have spent more time backspacing over inadvertently entered letters than writing the message I want to send. Again, perhaps it is a case of "user error", and yeah, I just came off of using an actual qwerty keyboard on my last phone (not a touchscreen); maybe it just takes time. The phone doesn't seem to have nearly the battery life that the specs indicate. I fully charged the phone upon arrival and as I'm not a heavy phone user I was surprised to see that the phone had discharged to the point of needing to be charged again after 3 days, the specs indicate a standby time of 16 days! And this is with a brand new phone/battery! While access to charging cords and the like aren't an issue, I do feel that this fast discharging of the battery would make me nervous if I needed to rely on the phone while travelling without having the ability to charge it up at my disposal. I found that the auto-lock on this particular phone has posed problems for users since its introduction. I guess I can learn to live with it, but it is somewhat irritating, making the use of the phone in some situations difficult. But that the auto-lock is a great preventative measure for pocket-dialing is a bonus as I did that all the time with my last phone...usually connecting to the internet when I SO wasn't trying for it. Ultimately, I can really only give this phone an average rating, I'm sure it is great for some users, and maybe one day I will be able to look at it without wincing in contemplation of using it; perhaps I am just not giving myself enough time to learn about it? The biggest drawback - as I see it - is the diminutive size, that alone makes just about everything else this phone does difficult, to access, to implement and to discover.
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