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    Sony Ericsson T610 Phone (T-Mobile)
    by Ericsson
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $174.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    The Sony Ericsson T610 features a built-in digital camera, Bluetooth, multimedia messaging, polyphonic ringtones, and tons of ways for you to personalize its look and feel. Quality materials and a large color display give this phone its sophisticated personality. It's the perfect complement to T-Mobile service.

    Design
    The phone features a bright, clear 128 x 160 screen with 65,536 colors. The stylish candybar form factor of the phone will turn heads and get attention, while the quick camera buttons and easy-to-use center control toggle make it a snap to operate the T610. Charging and data connectivity are provided on the bottom of the phone, while an infrared transmitter for synchronizing contacts and data is housed on the top of the device. Meanwhile, the phone's CIF-resolution (352 x 288) camera is housed on the back panel.


    An onboard joystick and iconic menu make for easy navigation.
    Calling Features
    When you're calling, you'll enjoy essential features like redial, vibrating alert, speed dialing, and side volume keys, as well as choice extras like sleep mode, menu shortcuts, keypad lock, SIM card lock, voice control, and status view. Create your own ringtones with the built-in MusicDJ using a library of pre-loaded instruments, rhythms, and melodies. Further, the phone's 32-voice polyphonic ringtones make your incoming calls sound like music to your ears. Use the ringtones that come with your phone or download new ones from T-Mobile's t-zones mobile Internet service. And because the T610 has Bluetooth built in, you can use a wide array of Bluetooth-compatible headsets for total wireless freedom.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The T610 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, graphics and sound via messages. Multimedia messaging (MMS) lets you compose your messages using images, sounds and text. Sony-Ericsson's QuickShare feature, meanwhile, lets you share content with other devices, other phones, even your computer--just drag and drop pictures from your PC to your phone. Instant messaging is also supported and the phone ships with a built-in email client (T-Mobile messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.


    The T610 has a built-in camera with 2MB of onboard storage.
    Getting on the Internet is easy with the T610, as well. It supports the GPRS protocol for speedy downloads and wireless Web access. T-Mobile's t-zones service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get sports scores, download games and ringtones, and more.

    The T610's Bluetooth capability lets you connect, wirelessly, to a laptop, a PDA, or another Bluetooth phone, and users of Apple computers can synchronize their calendars and contact information with the T610 using iSync, Apple's free synchronization software.

    A number of handy tools come with the phone, including a memo pad, a calculator, business card exchange, a calendar, and a tasks list. There's also a full-featured clock, which includes a stopwatch, an alarm, and a handy timer.

    Imaging and Entertainment
    The camera T610's camera couldn't be easier to operate, with just one click to activate it and another to take a picture. Want to view your pictures on your computer screen? The T610 can automatically enlarge pictures to VGA size (480 x 640 pixels). Software included in the phone recalculates picture size without sacrificing quality.

    Mobile gaming has never looked better than on the T610's high quality screen. Force and sound feedback guarantees full-throttle fun. The T610 comes with a variety of embedded games, including the legendary racing game V-Rally 2, and many more are available for download.

    Vital Statistics
    The Sony-Ericsson T610 weighs 3.26 ounces and measures 4.02 x 1.69 x 0.67 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9 hours of digital talk time, and up to 300 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the GSM/GPRS 800/1800/1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    T610 handset, SIM card, battery, charging cord, user's manual, and warranty information ... Read more

    Features

    • Large 128x160 pixel 65.000 color screen
    • MMS for composing messages using images, sounds and text
    • Supports Java and Mophun platforms for the widest range of mobile games and applications
    • Supports Bluetooth, infrared and cable for PC synchronization
    • With a built-in 319 x 288 pixel camera and QuickShare software
    Reviews (488)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average
    I have been using this phone for almost a year now.

    Pros:
    1.Looks sleek
    2.Nice games (Mini-Golf etc)
    3.Bluetooth is cool
    4.Plays mp3, wav files as ringtones
    5.Camera is alrite. Photos in bright light are good.

    Cons
    1.Bad reception (as compared to Nokia phones. My fone wouldnt work whereas friend's Nokia would work at the same location)
    2.Hangs (Freezes) once a while
    3.Some menu are hard to navigate (lot of clicks required)
    4.Display difficult to see in bright light

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hey, not so bad
    I got this phone for -$200 about a year ago, so I was willing to forgive a lot of problems.It actually turned out to be a decent phone.

    Pros:

    1.Bluetooth with wireless Jabra headset, syncs up nicely with my Mac.I'll never go back to using a phone without the wireless headset.

    2.Intruitive, computer-like interface

    3.Good vibrate function

    4.Nice long battery life

    5.Works pretty much everywhere these days, including travel abroad.Reception started good and got better after a CSR fiddled with it at the mall.

    6.Addictive mini golf game.

    Cons:

    1.When it's sunny outside, it can be VERY difficult to see the phone.You need to retreat into the shade or try to decipher the glare.

    2.Certain functions are buried in menus.If you want to get rid of the envelope from a voice mail, you need to go through 8 menus to get there.I'm also forgetting the 18 menus you need to set a speed dial, for example.

    3.Reception certainly not as good as Verizon, for the most part, but they charge through the nose, too.It's a trade-off.

    4.Quiet ringer.I keep the ringer at maximum, but I still can't hear it if I'm out of the room.

    Overall, it was a good choice, especially considering they bought me four months worth of service for the year.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sony Ericsson T610: great design, bad reception.
    First of all, I've used Sony Ericsson T610 with both Cingular and T-Mobile service and found them comparable in Los Angeles (Verizon is best here).From comparing all three phones (Nokia 6230, Sony Ericsson T610, and Motorola V551) with Cingular service, I've discovered that there is a *BIG* difference in phone reception quality.

    Phone reception quality is as follows: Nokia 6230 > Motorola V551 >> Sony Ericsson T610. The Sony Ericsson T610 had no reception in my apartment, the Nokia 6230 has great reception everywhere.

    Overall phone quality: Nokia 6230 > Sony Ericsson T610 >> Motorola V551. (Though if reception is most important, you might rank Motorola V551 over SE T610.)

    Here are pros/cons of Sony Ericsson T610:

    PROS:
    -Bluetooth: easy to sync contacts, photos, etc. w/PC, no additional software required => great.
    -Great battery life
    -Great display resolution, better than Nokia 6230.
    -Nice OS design: easy to navigate, easy to read menus, ex. "silent" is handy
    -Small, sleek, cool-looking, phone
    CONS:
    -Bad reception!
    -Phone freezes sometimes.If turning on/off doesn't fix, try removing (and then re-inserting :) battery.
    -Sometimes keylock doesn't work and phone calls contacts.

    I recommend this phone if you have a good service provider for your area.It is cheap and easy to use. (Though, be wary of service providers locking the bluetooth.This hasn't happened to anyone I know, but I've heard that it's been a problem.)If I had reception in my apartment, I would have kept the T610 and sold the new Nokia 6230 on ebay. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AGRYX


    Motorola i90c Phone (Nextel)
    by Motorola
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $199.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    With a speakerphone, email and text messaging support, as well as support for Nextel's wireless web services, the i90c is the perfect companion. And of course, it supports Nextel's legendary Direct Connect walkie-talkie functions so you can connect with people in your work and personal network at the push of a button.

    Design
    Like other Nextel phones, the i90c is built tough for construction and utilities industry users. The inside of the phone's flip-up cover phone sports a grayscale LCD color display. Meanwhile, the outside cover features a supplementary monochrome display that can display time, call information, battery and signal strength, and more. The trademark Direct Connect and menu scrolling functions can be controlled from the side of the phone. A standard 2.5mm headset jack is provided on top of the phone. The phone's software features one-touch shortcuts to phone features and easy, icon-driven menus.

    Calling Features
    The i90c's built-in address book can store up to 250 contacts for quick and easy management of phone numbers and email addresses. The phone comes with built-in ringtones plus a vibrating alert. Voice activated dialing makes calling your friends, family and associates as easy as saying their names. The phone supports up to 20 voice dialing contacts. A built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear.

    One of the key features of any Nextel phone is support for Nextel's Direct Connect walkie-talkie technology. The i90c fully supports the service, which allows for one-touch conversations with anyone else on a Nextel phone. It's like a having a CB radio with enough range to cover all of North America.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The i90c features support for two-way mobile-to-mobile or mobile-to-email text messaging (Nextel messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

    Getting on the Internet anywhere is easy with the i90c, as well. Nextel's optional Nextel Online package allows you to read and send e-mails, exchange instant messages and view your favorite web content on your phone. Nextel Online also features games, ringtones, realtime news and sports updates, virtual address books, and more-- all delivered to your Nextel phone.

    The i90c ships with a calendar application that lets you book meetings, plan events, and set alarms that will automatically turn on the phone if needed. In addition to a Java-based calculator, there's also a voice recording application that lets you record up to three minutes of audio. A time and date clock are included, as well.

    Entertainment
    For those who want a little fun with their phone, the i90c ships with some built-in games from Sega. More games can be downloaded from the Nextel Online service.

    Vital Statistics
    The Motorola i90c weighs 5.33 ounces and measures 3.50 x 2.00 x 1.10 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.33 hours of digital talk time, and up to 75 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the IDEN 800 frequency. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    Motorola i90c handset, lithium-ion battery, AC travel charger, belt clip holster, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • Voice-activated dialing
    • Speakerphone function for hands-free calling
    • Includes Java-powered applications
    • Wireless web enabled
    • Includes 750mAh lithium-ion battery, travel charger and holster belt clip
    Reviews (140)

    4-0 out of 5 stars It has games and a calculator
    The previous reviewer said i90c doesn't have a calculator or games, that's incorrect. Under "Java Apps", you can find a calculator, a small utility to help calc the tips, and a few games. I've owned this phone for over a year, the quality has been great, but it looks kinda too bulky now so I replaced it with A630.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great quality, but very outdated
    This was a fantastic phone 3 years ago, and while it still has that high level of quality that makes Motorola so great, it is very outdated at this point.Without a color screen, a camera, a calculator or calander, this phone isn't good for much more beyond calling people.It has a strong signal with great audio quality, but it doesn't even have any games (oh no!)So while I wouldn't be too hasty to get rid of this phone if it still serves you well, I also wouldn't run out and buy this phone new.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Worst service on the planet
    If you want the highest monthly bill for the worst service, buy Nextel. I've had Sprint, At&T, and Verizon, all better and cheaper.Bought Nextel for the Direct Connect, what a mistake.Verizon MUCH better. (New York metro area). ... Read more

    Asin: B000067BEY
    Subjects:  1. Value Basic Standard Cheap Simple    2. Web Enabled Internet WAP Browser Surf    3. Flip Fold   


    Nokia 3650 Phone (T-Mobile)
    by Nokia
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $199.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    Sporting a large, 4,096-color display screen and an unconventional, rotary-style keypad, we found the sturdy, feature-rich Nokia 3650 cell phone one of the best designed phones on the market, with excellent ease-of-use, crystal-clear reception, and a camera, video camera, and Internet access.

    Take and share pictures with the 3650.
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    In our tests, we found that the comfortable rounded base of this 5-inch phone rested easily our palm, and the clever retro button display took only a moment of getting used to. The buttons and disc navigation felt quite durable, with a nice, solid action. Menu navigation involves two thin buttons on the top left and right that allowed us to move in and out of menus; then the standard 4-point clickable disc provided more detailed selection. There's a separate button for the main menu prominently below the disc, and the faux-rotary layout of the number buttons helped keep the navigation buttons out of the way during dialing. The requisite call and hang-up buttons are intuitively marked, and a futuristic-looking blue light shines through the numbers on all the buttons for easy keying in low-light areas.

    The 3560 delivered consistent, excellent reception in a variety of testing environments, including a basement-level room that typically causes trouble with similar phones. The default ring tones were a bit too gentle for their own good; they were hard to hear in busy outdoor environments. The tones that we created using the composing feature, however, were quite audible, even in the midst of lots of noise. The vibrate alert was also quite effective and hard to miss. Nokia has also preloaded a variety of other polyphonic ring tones for alternate use, as well as a voice-dialing feature, which stores 25 numbers and was easy to use.

    In Calendar, you can keep track of your appointments, meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other events. You can also set a calendar alarm to remind you of upcoming events.
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    With the video recorder you can record video clips, and play video clips stored on your phone or on a memory card. Also, the video recorder is integrated with the messaging features allowing you to easily send created clips.
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    Nokia 3650 provides various functions, in an-easy-to use interface, such as Camera, Video recorder, Messaging, e-mail, Clock, alarm clock, Calculator, and Calendar.
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    Thanks to high-speed GPRS connection, users can access a variety of Web content, such as news, travel information, and entertainment specifically designed for mobile phones via an XHTML browser, which supports pages written in both HTML and WML (Wireless Markup Language). The 3650's calendar, phone book, and to-do list can all be synchronized with a PC using Nokia 3650 PC Suite software. This phone also supports Java for downloading business applications, and built-in Bluetooth and infrared connections empower users to send photos and text in either e-mail or MMS format to a PC or to another compatible wireless device. Some of the downloadable Java and Symbian applications provided by Nokia through their website include Merriam-Webster Word Search, and games like Racing Fever, Avant Go, and Terminator.

    The phone's digital VGA camera is cleverly built in to the back of phone, and can store up to 1,000 photos at 640 x 480 megapixel resolution on its (upgradeable) 16 MB memory card. Also, the Nokia 3650's photo capability is immediately accessible from the top-level display menu, so unlike other phones it was easy to snap a photo at a moment's notice. The camera records images in standard, portrait, and a nighttime mode.

    With the same basic set of controls, RealOne software lets the video recording function capture short, low-fidelity sound and video clips for immediate MP4 video playback on the generous screen or for sending to another Web-enabled user. The 15-frames-per-second video recording rate delivers stuttering, delayed images that look sort of like Neil Armstrong's transmissions from the Moon. We found this all very entertaining, and potentially useful for transmitting small bits of information, but hard to take seriously as a true video recording device.

    Among the scores of additional features on this phone are text messaging templates, where you create a basic message (like "Let's eat at --- ") then fill in the blank as you wish; a foreign currency and units converter for the jet set crowd, and a "favorites" folder to store Web shortcuts and links. For hearing-impaired customers, Nokia even provides TTY/TDD (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) compatibility. The headset included with this phone is functional, and Li-Ion battery comes rated for up to 4 hours of digital talk and 200 hours of digital standby time. The phone comes with a refreshingly well-written manual. While decorative faceplates and other accessories are available, we found that even without them, the Nokia 3650 is one of the most coolest phones we've ever laid our hands on. --Erik Hammen

    Pros:

    • Great reception
    • Excellent, intuitive user interface
    • Feature-rich
    • Solid build and large display screen
    • Fun camera and video features

    Cons:

    • Large phone size to accommodate large display screen
    • Default ring tones a bit quiet.

    How We Tested Battery Talk/Standby Time

    When reading our reviews, you should view the test results of mobile-phonebattery talk time and standby time as relative information only. Many variables,including carrier signal strength at your location, signal consistency(including incoming and outgoing calls), display and ringer settings, andbattery charging methods and history, will affect performance. When handsetmanufacturers and mobile phone carriers list talk-time and standby-time ratings,they usually include disclaimers about variable performance and often refer tothe times they publish as maximum times. Some quote expected battery liferanges, and in this case you're probably safe to assume you'll experience atleast the minimum rated range. Note that manufacturers of dual-mode digital andanalog handsets publish battery-life rates for both digital and analog modes, asanalog mode consumes much more power than digital mode.

    Our Tests: We tested digital-mode talk and standby times with each phone.Prior to each test, we fully charged the phone's battery according to themanufacturer's directions. To test digital-phone talk time, we turned the phoneon, established a digital carrier signal, dialed a number in our test lab, and,when the call rang through, took the receiving phone's handset off the hook.When all went well, we didn't do anything else except record the time when thephone died. In a couple of cases, the phones lost the signal and dropped thecalls. If we were right there and could redial, we did so immediately andcontinued running the test. Otherwise, we halted the test, recharged thebattery, and started the test over. Assuming consistent carrier-signal strength,this test should represent best-case talk time. And it's worth noting thatseveral phones' talk-time performance significantly exceeded the manufacturers'ratings.

    To test digital-phone standby time, we turned the phone on, established acarrier signal, and left the phone in standby mode. We checked the phone everyfew hours (for what was often days on end) until the phone finally cut out.Since no outgoing or incoming calls occurred during testing and because thephone was not moved, this method should represent best-case standby time, againassuming consistent carrier signal strength.

    ... Read more

    Features

    • Wireless phone with integrated video/digital camera
    • 3.4 MB on board storage, MultiMediaCard expansion slot
    • Oversized display for MP4 video playback
    • High-speed internet access, supports Java-based downloads
    • Integrated Bluetooth connectivity for data transmission to other Bluetooth devices
    Reviews (310)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ITS THE BOMB
    i got this phone feb 28 2005 so far i no problems with the phone. camera is great .a litte big but not too big .the the keypad the bomb and the is screen is large. its has mp3 if u get the software for it

    GOODs
    keypad
    large screen
    loud speker

    BADS
    litte big.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I had this phone for 2 years and loved it!
    This phone is a little clunky, but wonderful! The symbian operating system makes this phone infinitely expandable. Some of the programs you can download and install include: eBook readers (to download and read books from the New York Public Library, for instance), remote control software (to control your TV through infrared or your computer through bluetooth), game emulators (I had hours of fun playing games with a game boy emulator).

    The operating system supports multitasking, so you can switch back between a phone call and an ebook without ever quitting either program... so you can turn the speakerphone on, and play a game while you're on hold. I grew to like the circular orientation of the number pad... while confusing at first, it made sense after a while.

    Also, since the phone's PIM synced up with my Mac (via iSync), I never had to type a phone number or email address into the phone, which made for speedy usage.

    The more advanced nature of the phone's operating system makes it prones to crashing. If a program isn't coded correctly or it crashes, this phone is prone to go into a "reboot loop", where the phone can't start anymore, and the only remedy is to take it back to T-Mobile or Nokia through the warranty. Meaning, if a program crashes your phone (which happened 3 times over 2 years to me), you have to get the phone replaced. Not good. So make sure you have a carrier with EXCELLENT customer service (like T-Mobile, as opposed to Cingular or Sprint).

    Overall, I loved the phone, and the benefits far outweighed the costs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bluetooth works great
    I have had this phone for almost a year now.It is one very dependable phone.Just got the chance to use it's Bluetooth capabilites.Paired it up with an IBM laptop with Bluetooth to use as a modem when WiFi is not available.The Bluetooth works great!I use it with T-Mobile and took it with me to Europe on vacation.Worked great! ... Read more

    Asin: B00009J5VV
    Subjects:  1. Nakia Nokea   


    Motorola MPx200 Smartphone - Next Generation (AT&T)
    by AT&T Wireless
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $299.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    The Motorola MPx200 combines the power of the desktop with Windows Mobile and the "always at hand" convenience and quality of the Motorola mobile phone to make life simpler, smarter and more synchronized for the mobile professional. The The MPx200 features mobile versions of all the essential Microsoft applications you depend on, including Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and MSN messenger.What's more, the unit's software is designed to sync seamlessly with email, contacts and calendar information on your PC. When coupled with a AT&T data plan, the MPx200 is a powerful companion.

    Design
    The MPx200 follows the traditional clamshell form factor, although unlike many clamshell designs, it has an internal antenna. The large, 176 x 220 screen with 65,000 colors dominates inside of the cover. A smaller black and white LCD screen, which displays incoming calls, current time, battery life, signal strength and other information is located on the outside of the cover. A five-way selection button allows you to navigate and control the Windows Mobile interface and there is also a jog dial on the left side of the device for easy access to basic controls. In addition to a headset jack, an SD/MMC memory expansion card slot is housed on the right side of the unit. It allows for up to a gigabyte of additional memory capacity. The power key and infrared port are housed on the left side of the unit, while a universal charger/USB data port is present on the bottom.

    Calling Features
    The MPx200 has all the latest calling features folks have come to expect. The built-in speakerphone makes it easy to talk without having the phone to your ear. Vibrate modes and custom polyphonic ringtones can also be set to your preferences so you know who is calling without having to look at the LCD. The included Pocket Outlook software features a contacts list that is cleverly integrated with the phone's dialing functions.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The MPx200 is designed as a complete solution for people who want to bring their office with them. The unit comes packed with pocket versions of Outlook, Internet Explorer and MSN Messenger. In addition to keeping track of contacts, Pocket Outlook features integrated calendar and email functions. Microsoft's ActiveSync software keeps the device synced with all of your PC's Outlook information (via USB or IR connection). Users who want Internet connectivity on the road with their laptop or PDA can select an AT&T Mobile Internet package and tap the MPx200's wireless modem capabilities.

    You can use the MPx200's built in Internet Explorer browser for AT&T mMode downloads and mobile web browsing. AT&T's mMode service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get sports scores, download games and ringtones, and more. Traditional text messaging, as well as picture and sound messaging are also supported by the phone. T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

    A number of handy software tools are bundled with the MPx200 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a to-do list, and an alarm clock.

    Imaging and Entertainment
    The inclusion of Windows Media on the MPx200 means that you can use the handset as an MP3 player. The amount of music you can store is only limited by the unit's memory (up to 1 GB using the expansion card slot), and the included stereo headset is designed for music listening. For gamers, the phone supports Java-based and Windows Mobile game downloads.

    Vital Statistics
    The Motorola MPx200 weighs 4.16 ounces and measures 3.50 x 1.88 x 1.06 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.25 hours of digital talk time, and up to 104 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    Motorola MPx200 handset, lithium-ion battery, desktop charger, mini-USB data cable, stereo headset, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • The Motorola MPx200 Smartphone does it all by combining all the functionality you need into a single, pocket-size package
    • Windows Mobile software brings the familiar Windows experience to the palm of your hand
    • You can synchronize everything with your desktop PC -- automatically -- with a USB connection, or over the air
    • Functionality allows you to download music, games, video clips, and ring tones
    • Watch videos, news clips, and film trailers anywhere you go
    Reviews (186)

    4-0 out of 5 stars ...and it's a flip phone.
    I have owned many phones throughout all of the years that I have been dealing with cellular networks. However, I can definitely say that the Motorola MPx200 is one of originality, intelligence, and productivity. The ONLY folder fold phone that actually has a working version of Windows Mobile on it is definitely nothing short of genius and engineering expertise. I can positively say that this is one of the best and most useful phones available now.

    Before anything about the inner workings of the phone can be reviewed, the first thing that is best to review is the one selling point that all buyers will look at first: it's immense beauty. Buffered hardened plastic with a neo-modern blue trimming and a perfectly-sized exterior LCD screen make the perfect combination for beauty at its zenith. There have been many beautiful clamshell/folder fold phones produced that can be considered BEAUTIFUL (RAZR, 8390, etc.), however for a one-of-a-kind phone like this one, it's exterior should not be overlooked.

    When one opens the phone (with a satisfying click sound accompanying that), one is welcomed by the casual HelloMoto flower design that is on most Motorola phones now. However, what one wouldn't expect is the Windows Mobile boot screen to show up. After the system has loaded, one is presented with a clean-cut interface that is screaming mobile productivity. The possibilities are endless with the included Windows Mobile OS (which, by the way, can be upgraded to Windows Mobile 2003 if you search hard enough). It can synchronize with Outlook seamlessly. It can send SMS, MMS (in Europe or Asia), and regular e-mail. It can even access HTML web sites with its Pocket Internet Explorer (with much ease, if I may add). It can play all types of video and music files (with the right software), and it can obtain streaming media.

    However, what makes its productivity even better is its compatibility. No special bells or whistles are needed for this phone to work. It charges and connects using a Mini-USB cable, which is included in the package (or it can be bought for about 20 dollars). The headset is a regular 2.5mm mono/stereo jack, however a converter can be used for regular headphones, which would be a good idea for MP3s. The storage interface is Secure Digital or MMC, which is relatively cheap and expansive (up to 1 GB). The downside to this is that it does not support Secure Digital with Input and Output functions (SDIO), so buying a bluetooth or GPS card is out of the question (that is what the MPx220 is for). It can, oddly enough, support an SD camera, which from what I heard takes good pictures. Gone are the days of searching long and hard for parts to a phone that may or may not be used for very long. This phones makes upgradeabilty easy and worry-free; exactly what a professional would need on the go.

    As I mentioned earlier, there are downsides to this phone, some of which are critical. Unfortunately, most of the bad qualities of the phone are found in its performance. Since it is a small phone, it uses a Texas Instruments OMAP 714 processor, which clocks in at 132 MHz, which is not exactly speed-crazy. That is blatantly evident in the Windows Mobile 2003 version for this phone. It does compensate for this by providing an abudance of RAM: 32 MB of RAM and 32 MB of ROM, which is plentiful, that is if you do not consider that the OS uses about 12 MB of that ROM. USB connectivity is great for charging, but sub-optimal for file transfers. While it definitely wins at not needing special software like most mobiles and uses ActiveSync 3, transferring files through USB are unbearingly slow because ActiveSync uses a large amount of overhead for the transfer, thus treating it as a true serial connection. Don't expect to transfer albums of MP3s in fire speed with the MPx200.

    Another big loss for the phone is its network support. Unfortunately, Motorola decided to make this phone a truly digital phone, making it only accept 1800 or 1900 MHz bands. This is terribly bad news for Cingular customers because the majority of that network uses 850 MHz. They would have better luck with the MPx220. T-Mobile customers, however, will reap the benefits of the phone's capability, as it has great signal EVERYWHERE and the call quality is above average, if not outstanding. People on the other line can hear me as clear, if not clearer, than I can hear them. The speakerphone on this mobile is comparable to some of the Nextels, which is truly outstanding (minus their terrible codec). The way it handles SIM contacts is flawless (unless you are working with T-Mobile; it can be picky on that), but the phone contacts are very detailed and elaborative. They are set just like Outlooks, so that does not require any explanation.

    However, how useful is all of that when the battery is not as powerful as the OS can handle?

    The MPx200's biggest drawback is its hit-and-miss battery life. There are many things that can be done to increase the life span, however its initial power is very very VERY low. I would expect, at most, 2 days standby and maybe 2 or 3 hours of talk time. Not much different than your i95cl (terrible phone, by the way). Just remember that that is just under Windows Smartphone 2002. Windows Mobile 2003 consumes even MORE power, so expect 1 day of standby and 1.5 to 2 hours of talking. To me, the features outweighed this, however, it depends from person to person.

    The final aspect of this phone that I will touch is what the phone is missing. For those that are looking for integrated cameras, this phone does not have one, however it does have SD options available, so that may be something willing to consider. The phone is also missing Bluetooth, so anyone that wants those cutting edge BT headsets are out of luck here; it does have Infrared, however, which works great. Finally, the phone is missing EDGE and 3G (UMTS), so if video conferencing and/or super fast speed internet are a concern for you, I would look elsewhere. Just keep in mind that this phone has HTML support; many of those EDGE phones may not (except other Smartphones, of course).

    In conclusion, if you are looking for an entry-level smartphone, or just a cool-looking smartphone that does not look like a slab of rock, then the MPx200 is the choice of all choices. I can honestly tell you that one you deal with a Windows Mobile, or any PDA-OS based phone, you will NEVER want to go back to just regular phone firmware AGAIN. It's just a shame that they lost on the MPx220 and the MPx. Those definitely had a future.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Run, don't walk, run from this phone
    A phone with so much potential is actually a nightmare.Unbelievably poor reception (all along a major California highway), lost calls and generally poor/eratic interface performance.Outlooks synch is a huge upside, but at what cost?I would call ATT for support, but everytime I try on my drive home I either get dropped or stay on hold so long I reach my destination before getting an answer.Save yourself the frustration...

    4-0 out of 5 stars mpx 200 - sw upgrade
    Hi all, I am also happy with this smartphone. It has everything I need and DOESN'T have a camera!!
    What I do need is to upgrade system to Windows Mobile 2003. Anybody can help me how to do? ... Read more

    Asin: B0000DIXEV
    Subjects:  1. Flip Fold   


    Samsung E105 Phone (T-Mobile)
    by Samsung
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $149.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • This sporty little model is as fun as it is stylish
    • Large color screen (65,000 colors)
    • Download MegaTones from the hottest bands
    • WorldClass international phone (dual band: 900 & 1900 MHz) for travel in over 100 countries
    • Comes with picture messaging and AOL Instant Messenger
    Reviews (147)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Still going, but...
    I'm hoping I can upgrade to a better phone.

    +
    After several Nokia bricks, I was happy to own a light clamshell-design phone. No more accidental dialing! Caller groups and assignable rings are very useful as well.

    I like the silver exterior, the outside caller id screen, the color display and the outside light.I've accidentally dropped this phone several times with no noticeable problems afterwards, so it's sturdier than it looks.

    =
    Reception is not thrilling but I live in a hilly area which seems to have spotty reception for everyone.

    -
    Functional problems:First, the phone book takes forever to initialize, as others have noted. Second, the clock has to be set manually and it becomes more inaccurate as the battery slows down.I miss the way my old Nokias used to grab the correct time.
    Aesthetic problems: The obnoxious ringtones that shipped with the phone were also a step down from the Nokia. (The pop songs available for download through T-Mobile aren't much better. It's truly sad when you have to search and download a ring that just sounds like a ring. )

    4-0 out of 5 stars All right...
    This phone isn't that bad. It's very small and sleek. East to download things on T-Zones. The cons of it is that sometimes when I close it, it turns off (I hate that!). And when you first turn it on, you have to wait about five minutes to get the phonebook and text messaging option to work. That sucks! But it's very durable; I dropped it a couple of times (it only got a few scratches, including a few very ugly holes on the cheap plastic outside window). And I also dropped it in a bathtub full of water, and after drying it off (I dropped it in the water about 6 months ago) it still worked(s). But overall, I like it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an amazingly light and reliable phone
    One year completed without problems. I like its light weight. Easy to carry in pocket.....a robust phone..

    the cons are its low range of features.....but its battery life, reception.....is great ... Read more

    Asin: B0000DZG40
    Sales Rank: 727
    Subjects:  1. Sam Sung    2. Flip Fold   


    PCS Phone Samsung VGA1000 (Sprint)
    by Samsung
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $259.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Editorial Review

    With an integrated camera, voice dialing, and dual color displays, the Samsung VGA1000 makes a great mobile companion. Other features, like support for Sprint's wireless Web services, as well as built-in games and ringtones, round out a strong package that is sure to please.

    Design
    The VGA1000's handsome clamshell form factor houses an internal 128 x 160, 65,000-color display. There's also a supplementary color display on the front panel of the device that displays call information, battery life, time of day, signal strength and more. An extendable antenna is located on the top right side of the phone, and the camera and flash unit are placed on the rear of the device. Meanwhile, most of the phone's features and on-screen menus are controlled by a five-way center button above the handset's dial pad. A 2.5mm headset jack is also provided.

    Calling Features
    The phone's built-in address book allows you to assign up to 300 entries, each storing six numbers, with a total capacity for 300 numbers and 300 email and Web addresses. You can customize your caller ID by linking a photo to a specific phone number in your contact list. In addition to a vibrate mode, the phone allows you to choose from a number of polyphonic ringtones that make your received calls all the more exciting. The VGA1000's GPS location technology pinpoints your exact location when you dial 911 (where available). Perhaps most importantly for users in rural areas, the VGA1000 is a tri-mode phone, meaning it can operate on Sprint's digital PCS network, as well as analog networks that serve many outlying areas.

    Another key calling feature of the VGA1000 is its enhanced voice recognition capabilities. The system allows you to speak numbers digit by digit or speak the name of anyone in your phonebook. Voice features are speaker-independent, so there's no need to train the phone to respond to any one person's voice.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    If you need basic messaging capabilities, the VGA1000 has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS text messages (Sprint PCS text messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit-- a plus for text messaging users.

    The phone also supports PCS Vision email and instant messaging capabilities. Sprint PCS Vision transforms the wireless experience from something that's simply functional into something visual, entertaining and highly personalized. MSN Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and AOL Instant Messenger are all supported by Sprint's PCS Vision service. PCS Vision mobile Web services let you check out sports scores, get your seven-day forecast, check your flight status, and stay up to date with the latest news. Experience full-color graphic versions of popular Web sites.

    A number of handy software tools are bundled with the VGA1000 including a calendar, a calculator, an alarm clock and a to-do list. A voice recorder lets you record memos for later retrieval.

    Imaging and Entertainment
    With its robust set of camera functions, the VGA1000 shines in the imaging department. The VGA-quality (640x480) digital camera lets you take, view, store and send pictures wirelessly in full color. You can also control brightness levels, white balance and color tone to get the image and effects you want. Other features include a self-timer for group shots, built-in fun frames to decorate your images, a multi-shot function for action sequences, and a self-portrait mode for special moments. Capture pictures in high, medium or low resolution and digitally zoom in up to 4 times. As mentioned, there's also a flash for low-light situations.

    The VGA1000 lets you choose from a variety of pre-set images to customize your main and external displays and make them unique to you. With PCS Vision service, you can download games like Tetris and Pac-Man, as well as additional ringers, screensavers and backgrounds. You can even turn your phone into a gaming device with an optional, attachable game pad that makes it fun and easy to navigate when playing complex, fast-paced games on your phone.

    Vital Statistics
    The Samsung VGA1000 weighs 4.48 ounces and measures 3.5 x 1.9 x 1 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 2.9 hours of digital talk time, and up to 168 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the AMPS 800/CDMA 800/CDMA 1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    VGA1000 handset, AC battery charger, lithium-ion battery, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • This tri-mode CDMA phone comes with a large color display that supports 65,000 colors
    • Comes with integrated camera with flash
    • Equipped with voice activated dailing
    • Supports wireless Internet (WAP 2.0) and text messaging
    • Phone book can carry up to 250 contacts
    Reviews (89)

    3-0 out of 5 stars OK phone.Probably better off with something else
    + Reception is fine - bar meter acts almost exactly the same as my Hitachi P300 when tested in various areas.I don't think that there is as much noticable difference in reception between today's phones as some people would make you think.(Quality between providers is a whole other story.)

    + Talk quality - my earpiece is too loud.There are about 6 volume levels.I always keep mine on 1 and it is still commonly too loud.I am thinking of sticking something on the earpiece to dampen the volume.To comfortably have a conversation, you want to be able to put the earpiece right up to your ear without getting blasted.Also, you don't want everyone in the room to hear your conversation.

    I have intermittent faint beeps in my earpiece while using the phone (also reported by many other users of this phone).

    + Picture quality - Usually not very good; finicky about lighting conditions and requires subject of photo to be perfectly still.Also, if you want to email photos or put them on your PC, you must pay $5/mo for Sprint's picture service -- you can not just pay per Kilobyte.Or, I read that you can get a third party software and connection cable (not so fun).But, this is true of all Sprint camera phones.

    + Battery life - fine; up to par.

    + Bugs - when you are in the menu or on the web, the phone randomly exits and goes back to the initial wallpaper/screensaver screen.This problem is also widely reported by other users.(Yes, I have the current software: WL15).Not much of a problem if you use the phone only for talking, but if you like to play with the Vision and whatnot, this would be annoying.

    + The phone has a nice quality feel.It is heavy and feels substantial - not plasticy or like a toy.The screen is beautiful (far more brilliant than my Hitachi P300 screen).The phone also looks nice and classy.However, it is bigger than many clamshells - it may be too big for some people.

    + I had to do it all over again, I would not get this phone. It is not that bad, but you can do better.I value talk quality and physical design most in a phone (not cameras, internet, bells, whistles etc).While not entirely fatal, the talk quality issues that this phone has (i.e. earpiece too loud and faint beeps) brings its score way down in my book.

    At this point, this phone is old.There are alot more Sprint phones to choose from that are probably a smarter choice.

    I might look into the Motorola v60v or LG vi125 down the road (A featureless clamshell with good talk quality).Word on the street is that the newer LGs for Sprint are way better than the older ones which had tons of problems.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not the best phone
    Had this phone for about 15 months; just long enough for the warranty to expire.Both my wife and I own this phone and we have the same problems with it.The phone has developed a habit of shutting off at just about anytime. I replaced the battery, but still have the problem on both phones.Lots of dropped calls, basically just not happy at all with it.Should have went with what my friend got, he is very happy with his sanyo phone, it gets better reception and no dropped calls.Dont buy a samsung.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great great phone
    have had the cell for about 1.5 years now and its great. though not as small as my older one, none the less the more important issue is that it works flawlessly. havent had any issue's with the phone. the cam on the phone as well is great, phone book is nice and big, keeps 20 of that last calls made saved better then my last one which only held 10 in place. all in all, the only bad thing is sprint service but thats not the phones problem.


    edit - one issue no sms, text messaging can get expensive but if you dont do text messagin then dont worry about it. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000C1HLG
    Subjects:  1. Sprint PCS Wireless Web    2. Sam Sung    3. Flip Fold   


    PCS Phone Sanyo SCP-8100 (Sprint)
    by Sanyo
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $229.99
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • Large color screen supports 65,000 colors (120x144 pixels)
    • Integrated digital camera with 352 x 288 pixel resolution
    • Phone supports voice-activated dialing and polyphonic ringtones
    • Supports wireless Internet and text messaging
    • Includes standard and extended batteries, AC charger, user documentation
    Reviews (55)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone W/Weak Battery
    This is my second 8100 (1st one died as I left it in the washer) but to this date, this is the best Sprint PCS phone that I have used.This was recommended to me by the salesman at the Sprint store over a year ago.Here is the quick list:
    Pros:
    1)Signal:Rarely do I ever experience any drop calls with this phone compared to my last 2 Samsungs.
    2)Display:Very clear and vibrant.
    3)Quality:As soon as you pick up the phone you feel the quality that it is made.It does not have the Cheap feel on some of the Nokia and Samsung phones.My first one was made in Japan and this one is from Malaysia.Sanyo just makes quality phones.

    Dislikes
    1)Battery Life:The standard battery is weak.It rarely lasted more than 2 days when it was brand new and now its about 1 day for me.And I have 2 batteries.I purchased an extended battery on Ebay for about $10 and it works great.
    2) Poor camera under low light:But what do you expect with a cell phone right?

    Overall, its a nice phone I only wish Sprint would carry more Sanyos and Motorolas and stop carrying the terrible Nokias and Samsungs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I love this Phone, Just one small issue...
    Almost all that needs to be said has already. Let me just say that I love this phone. Of all the cells I've owned, this Sanyo has the best reception, and quality of any of them. Of those were 2 Nokia, and one Keyocera.The only issue I have with it, is in low light situations, (read...night-time...) the number keypad is very low lit, and extremely hard to see. This certianly doesn't take away from the greatness of the phone, just a small irritation during 8 hours of the 24 in a day.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This phone SUCKS!!!!!!!!
    I live 20 minutes outside of San Francisco, my boyfriend and several other of my friends have not been able to get a hold of me by my cell phone. I have had so many dropped calls and sprint over charges for going over your minutes. I recommend you do not buy this phone or sign-up with Sprint. ... Read more

    Asin: B0000AYKXG
    Sales Rank: 1916
    Subjects:  1. Sprint PCS Wireless Web    2. Web Enabled Internet WAP Browser Surf    3. Flip Fold   


    T-Mobile Color Sidekick Phone (T-Mobile)
    by T-Mobile
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $299.99
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    Editorial Review

    Compatible with T-Mobile service, the color Sidekick features a large 11-line color screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, the usual PDA features, and a wide range of AOL-based online services, in a device aimed at users who want versatility over portability in their "hiptop" computer. In addition to being a full-featured cell phone, the Sidekick also provides Web browsing on T-Mobile's national GPRS network, which includes access to Sidekick forums, contests, and a personalized homepage.

    It also provides up to 6 MB of email storage, and users with AOL accounts (not included) can sign on and access, manage, and set up as many as three different POP3 e-mail accounts and use AOL Instant Messenger to chat with anyone on your AOL Buddy List. The device also sports a customizable address book that lets you give favorite contacts their own ring tones, blinking light, and their own caller ID picture, taken with an available attachable camera. The camera also works for taking pictures of just about anything else that strikes your fancy, for easy storage or emailing to other interested parties.

    The Sidekick's PDA functions include wireless synchronization to your desktop, configurable notifications to alert you to important events and information, a personal information manager (calendar, address book, notes, etc.) backlighting, a clock, and a thumb control for the included arcade-style games Rock & Rocket and Snowbored.

    Cell phone features include a text message indicator, voice mail button, voice mail indicator, volume select/display, and a signal strength indicator. Cell phone features include built-in paging, caller id, conference calling, call waiting and call hold, customer care, access to directory assistance, emergency calls, detailed billing, voicemail with message alert, call forwarding, international dialing, call restrictions, lock alarm, call timers, redial, missed call indicator, call log, any-key answer, auto-answer, auto-redial, speed dial, mute control, no-answer transfer, one-touch 911, vibrating ring, and differential ring. Its phone book capacity is 2000 entries.

    Measuring 4.6 x 2.6 x 1.1 inches, the color Sidekick weighs 6.02 oz, and includes a headphone jack, hands-free headset, and a Lithium ion battery (average manufacturer rated talk time: 3.5 hours; standby time: 60 hours). ... Read more

    Features

    • Important note: It's required that you add the Sidekick Unlimited Data option to your service plan before you check out.
    • To add the required option, you must add the Sidekick and a service plan, and then on the Accessories page, you need to select the Sidekick Unlimited Data option located under Service Options (this option is located on Step 3 in the checkout process)
    • The T-Mobile Sidekick is the ultimate communication device
    • A large color screen that flips open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard makes for quick and easy communication
    • Stay connected with all your friends with unlimited e-mail, AOL Instant Messenger, Internet browsing, text messaging and mobile snapshots
    Reviews (112)

    4-0 out of 5 stars HELP - Where find an unlocked item
    I would buy this item from Italy, so I need an unlocked item, it means non linked to any USA or ouside provider so I can use it in Italy by my personal SIM CARD.
    May someone help me?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great unit, but the potential is underutilized
    After a nasty and EXPENSIVE run-in w/ another cell phone company, T-Mobile and the Sidekick (v. II in my case) are a breath of fresh air.Polite service, good to excellent coverage (range), reasonable, prices and there are all sorts of other uses.It's aCell phone, PDA, email server, web brower, text messenger, etc.Also, it is pretty rugged (it would have to be to put up with my chaotic and oftimes clumsy antics).

    Why not maximize the muscle this thing has?My only complaint is that the unit is, beyond all the goodies listed above,essentially a wireless modem with a USB port.Why not take full advantage of these qualities / features?

    Some people are.A recent review (JP Holloway "JP"
    Reviewer Rank: 400401) said third party programing is available, but fails to name names.I sure would like to know.

    Also, put Bluetooth in the next update.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Help
    I was looking to purchase one of these phone and i know they can be unlocked and used with at&t but i was wondering if all of the features would work like the internet and aim and aol and such some one please respond to me ... Read more

    Asin: B0000A0AZC
    Subjects:  1. Flip Fold   


    PCS Phone palmOne Treo 600 (Sprint)
    by PalmOne
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $669.99 -- our price: $399.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France

    Features

    • Treo 600 combines a full-featured mobile phone and Palm OS organizer with wireless applications like email, text messaging, web browsing and even a digital camera
    • QWERTY keyboard makes entering text and accessing information fast and familiar-perfect for messaging and a must have for email
    • Built-in color web browser, Blazer, gives you fast access to nearly all the sites on the web-not just the ones optimized for mobile devices
    • Take a picture or share images with others via email-you can even attach a photo to a phone number so you can see exactly who's calling with Picture Caller ID
    • Because Treo 600 runs the popular Palm OS, there are thousands of applications you can download and use-like MP3 players, etc.
    Reviews (151)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
    I got my Treo 600 (on Sprint) from my work. I always preferred the flip phones to these lareg PDA phones so my first thought was, "Well I can't complain... it's free". However the more I used the phone the more and more I found it to be a really good little device.

    First off it might be large, but it's actually a good deal thinner than most phones I've used. Thinking the large size would be a problem in my pocket I first tried the phone on one of those horizontal belt clips. Kept the phone out of my pocket, but the clip itself was rather bulky so I took a chance at just pocketing the phone. The slim design fit better in my pocket than any of the cell phones I've used before, which actually surprised me. It fits in my hand rather well too.

    The keypad took a little getting used to... like maybe a day or two. Once you get a feel for the little keys everything actually makes sense in the design. Also the large screen it touch sensitive to so technically you don't even need to use the keypad unless you are writing in contacts or something. The navigational buttons along with the hot buttons make it easy to get to contacts on the phone, emails, the camera functions, and more.

    As a phone it's neither better nor worse for me than any of the better cell phones I previously used. I live in Houston and only a few occasions have I not gotten a signal. I suppose the speaker could be a bit more powerful, but I can see some tradeoffs here for the sake of the design. The speakerphone function has become really usefull in the car or when I need my hands free. Battery life seems pretty good. I only need to charge the phone maybe once a week with regular use.

    I don't have too much use for the PDA functions aside from getting work email. I have found that a game of solitaire does kill the time when having to wait around for stuff like getting an oil change and what have you. I have found some uses for basic things like the calculator and calender, but aside from that most of the extra function stay unused.

    I have made good use of the vga camera though. I never expected high quality megapixel images so the image quality actually was better than I thought it would be. I wouldn't make photo prints out of the pictures I take from this thing, but for email and such it's fine. The camera has been extra useful during those moments you wish you had a camera for since I always carry my phone around. The amount of memory on the phone is enough to store over 400 snapshots. That's pretty cool.

    You can surf the web on this thing, however I wouldn't recommend it. The connectivity is rather slow and takes me back to the old 14Kbps modem days. Still it's better than nothing if you need to get a quick map/directions or movie times. The email on the other hand is fast. The phone connects to the company Exchange server so maybe that has something to do with it.

    The phone is pretty sturdy. More than once the phone fell five feet onto the concrete and didn't so much as flinch on the inside. The chrome looking parts on the outside however are prone to scratching. Looks like even having keys in the same pocket as an unprotected Treo can leave minor scratches over a period of time.

    I don't know what else to say. When I first got the phone I didn't think I would like it. An hour later I find that I really like it. Lots of functionality in a slim package.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Signal Strength
    The Treo 650 I bought is ALWAYS two to three bars below other phones (at the same location) in signal strength. Sprint has been totally unhelpful in this regard saying they can find nothing wrong with the unit.

    I would reccommend against the Treo 650 unless one is sure, very sure, they will never be in any but the strongest signal areas.

    Sprint support has been a joke, except that I am not laughing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most perfect smart device I have ever used!!!
    The New-Age Treo's are the best smart devices ever made! I have used the T-Mobile Sidekick, the AT&T Motorola MPX, a Nextel Blackberry, a Samsung i600, and even an older style Treo in the form of the Treo 300. And out of every smart device I have ever used, the Treo 600 and 650 are 1000 times better then any of them!

    1# The Treo's have large color screens with full keyboards, but are still small enough to fit in your pocket.
    2# The battery life is insanely long! Both of the new Treo's claim four to five hours talk time, I have found even longer. I often lay in my bed at night surfing the web for hours and hours, and by the time I am ready to go to sleep, my Treo 600 and 650 still have enough battery life to go a few more rounds.
    3# Because the Treo's are so popular the prices for accessories, software, add-on's, ect are Much cheaper then those for the other types of smart devices on the market. There is even talk by Palmone to start using Linux as the Palmsource software core, so there will be even more software available. And because Linux is open source, the phones will eventually be cheaper then those running the Microsoft Pocket PC. With the added bonus of the dependability of Linux!
    4# Because the Treo's are of the Candy-Bar style design, they are much easier to talk on. Because there is no flip, or antenna to fumble with.
    5# There is a software lancher called "ZLauncher" which has many features for your Treo's software interface. One of which allows you to see the exact level of signal strength. By using this tool you can so how much better the Treo's antenna and related components work, compared to any other phone on the market. I get a great signal with Sprint, but with Sprint and my Treo, my service is even better! I get signals with my Treo in places where my Sanyo and LG did not. In fact, I get better signal strength with my Treo, then my friends get with their phones!
    6# Palmone has a patent on a new design of smart device that they are working to bring to the market. A design nothing like the designs currently available. A PDA phone that will be thinner and still able to have a large full color screen and keyboard. SO the next generation of Treo's will be even better!

    The only downfall to the Palmone Treo's today, is price. That is because they are still new to the PDA phone market. Once they start making more and more phones, the prices will come down. And once they restructure their PDA manufacturing and company purpose in general, the prices will come down. I don't normally write reviews on phones, because I used to be a Die-Hard Motorola phone fan, and I guess still am. But if Palmone keeps making phones this perfect, then I will only buy their phones for the rest of my life! I can not say enough good things about these phones! Try one and see what I am talking about. Use it with Sprint PCS's $10 unlimited Visions access!

    Russell ... Read more

    Asin: B0000SX2U2
    Sales Rank: 1038
    Subjects:  1. Sprint PCS Wireless Web   


    $399.99

    Siemens SL56 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
    by AT&T Wireless
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $249.99
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    Editorial Review

    With a unique sliding design and a focus on mobile internet and email connectivity, the SL56 packs a powerful punch in a small package that weighs under three ounces. In addition to a built-in email client, and support for multimedia messaging, the phone also features voice dialing, a speakerphone, and tons of phonebook memory. All these goodies make it the perfect complement to AT&T Wireless service.

    Design
    By going with a slider design, Siemens offers a compact device that offers access to the number pad only when you need it. The front of the phone sports a 101 x 80 color display. Meanwhile, the area below the display offers one touch access to wireless Internet services and your phonebook. There's also a five-way directional key that controls most of the phone's menus and functions. Using the SL56's infrared port, you can synchronize your contacts and calendar events with other devices.

    Calling Features
    The SL56's generous 13 MB of internal memory provides plenty of space for thousands of contacts, which you can access quickly and easily via the phone's interface. The phone also features a speakerphone for easy handsfree talking, and you can set pictures and graphics to display when specific contacts call you. With 16-chord polyphonic ringtones built in, you can also spice up your incoming call experience. Even more ringtones can be downloaded from AT&T Wireless' mMode service. And for those times you want to keep things discreet, there's also a vibrate ringer mode.

    Messaging, Internet and Tools
    The SL56 has all the bases covered when it comes to messaging. Support is built in for sending and receiving text, graphics and sound via messages. Instant messaging is also supported and the phone ships with a built-in email client (AT&T messaging charges apply). T9 text entry, which is a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built into the unit-- a plus for mobile email and text messaging users.

    Getting on the Internet is easy with the SL56, as well. It supports the GPRS protocol for speedy downloads and wireless Web access. AT&T's mobile mMode service lets you receive and send emails, read news headlines, get sports scores, download games and ringtones, and more.

    A number of handy software tools are bundled with the SL56 including a voice memo recorder, a calculator, a calendar, a to-do list, and an alarm clock.

    Entertainment
    The SL56 supports custom themes and wallpapers, plus it comes with two games. Of course, more games are available via the AT&T mMode service.

    Vital Statistics
    The Siemens SL56 weighs 2.79 ounces and measures 3.21 x 1.75 x 0.86 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3 hours of digital talk time, and up to 175 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the GSM/GPRS 800/1900 frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

    What's in the Box
    SL56 handset, battery charger, lithium-ion battery. ... Read more

    Features

    • SL56 features the new innovative and stylish sliding design
    • Comes with 4,096 color display
    • Multiple themes and backgrounds for custom displays
    • Supports Internet browsing and text messaging
    • Equipped with integrated speakerphone
    Reviews (21)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Cool Sleek Phone But It Breaks Too Often
    When first released, the SL56 was a great phone. It had many features packed into a very tiny shell. However, the phone now is really outdated and it breaks very easily! I have had my phone sent back countless times because of keys that don't work or buttons that have fallen off. If for some reason you want to purchase this now, I would stay away for there are far better phones on the market!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cute phone, but poorly made
    Right after our wedding, I added my wife to my cell phone account.We went to a kiosk in the mall to take care of it, and after much time deliberating, she decided on the sl56.She was happy with it, until it started malfunctioning.During calls, it would just shut off randomly, for no reason.She took it back to get a replacement, and there was another woman there, doing the exact same thing.Aside from the random-off feature, it has quite a low-resolution screen, with a limited color range.Also, the processor is slow, making the display take a big hit when displaying animated pictures, movies, and the like.When it did work, it was fine.But other than it being `chic', I'd have to say that it was a poor investment

    1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Combination-- Poorly Manufacture and Poor Performance
    I am writing this while on hold with Cingular Wireless, attempting to get a replacement for this phone.

    Let's start with the positives:It looks cool.Unfortunately, that is the totality of the positives.

    Now, let's discuss the negatives.

    First, it is poorly manufactured.Buttons began falling off within two (2) months (I hope that you are good at dialing with your thumbnail).Some of the remaining buttons worked only intermittently thereafter.Finally, the send/receive button gave up the ghost after ten (10) months of use.Cingular and Siemens have taken the position that buttons falling off the phone is not part of the warranty.

    Ahh, but when it did work, it worked poorly.First, the buttons are an ergonomic nightmare.I had friends with small, dainty fingers, who would hand me back my phone with disgust, as they were unable to manipulate the minute keys.The four bars AT&T advertises?I never saw more than three, and then I saw three only infrequently.Make a lot of calls?No battery life.You have your choice of either a charger or a handsfree connection, but not both simultaneously.

    When I was younger, a friend of mine opined that owning an MG was a true luxury.You not only needed to be able to afford the car, but you had to have the full-time mechanic to fix it.This phone, sadly, while lovely to look at and fondle, is a disappointment to own.Take a pass. ... Read more

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