I have had many phones over the years with most being android phones. My current is the Motorola Razr. It is a 600ish dollar phone and even now, is a great phone. But I decided to move on and change carriers but no longer was interested in paying soo much for a phone. I came across this beauty one day at walmart. After much research, an attractive price, and potential money savings, I went for it. As of this review I have had the phone for about a day or so and have pretty much found both its flaws and its jems. Lets just get the bad out of the way. The following are not actually bad but read on to see why I listed them.
4. No hot swap of sim or micro sd cards.
5. Non removable battery
The cameras are a 5mp rear and .3mp vga/qvga camera arrangement. Picture quality is actually pretty good compared to my razr, and the color clarity is actually better. Blinding flash as well. The issue is lighting. The flash is a blue tinged led which helps with the color shots, but tends to flash slightly to fast for the camera to catch up leading to dark shots. While being used in camcorder mode, the cameras just have difficulty with low light rooms and darkness in general. My razr blasted it out of the water in its low light capability. Daylight however was quite good. The screen is a decent LCD screen. I am not sure if it is glass or hard plastic but it does not give like the cheaper tft screens. While viewable from extreme angle, it does change contrast while doing so, especially from the top of the screen looking down. I am pretty sure it is a plastic screen which will scratch much easier than glass. Regardless, I always use a protector and case so it is not so much an issue. Clarity is pretty good and I have not noticed much in the way of blur or distortion. But, it is a little bit jarring when used to the viewing angles of the razr, but again, for $160 I am not displeased. The speakers. They are ok but like most laptop computers, are not very good. sound at high volume distorts a little bit and for heavy metal buzzes here and there, but sounds about as bad as my razrs speaker. I have always noticed that my brothers cheaper regular phones always have louder speakers no matter what smart phone I buy. But, headphones and bluetooth options do negate this issue as well. There is no hot swapping ability for the sim or the micro sd card. For me this is not ever been a problem. You generally dont swaps sims very often, and I have actually even forgot I had an sd card in my phone for the last 2 years. so the capability is not really an issue for me. The boot up process is under 30 seconds at most so not a big deal even to swap them anyway. I do however dislike the little metal cage/door lock for the cards. I dont like that method for insertion or removal. The battery is non removable. I am used to most phones having a permanent battery and enjoy the slimmer phone because of it. For the price you can just buy a new phone in 2 years when the battery starts losing life. The battery is exposed when you take off the back to get to the sim and sd cards, but states not to attempt to remove it. I would assume it is possible, but again, by the time you need to get a new battery, you would be ready for a new phone anyway. New batteries are usually around $80 anyway. Overall I think the phones quad core cpu and mostly bloatware free UI is great. Unlike my razr, it came with many useful apps preloaded, but are removable and for the most part actually good. some of the custom Icons have been called childish, but I find them just artsy and colorful. Otherwise, the phone is a great buy. Now for the plans, I actually am going to be using the phone on the tmobile post paid plan, but for the most part is comparable to other plans and usually is cheaper. Could be used with any gsm carrier. I am not sure which sim it uses. It is small i think the nano sim...but could be the mini...is about the size of a micro sd card.
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