- Fantastic technology
- Clamshell design
- Completely customizable
The new phone I have purchased is none of these things. It is, in fact, a bargain-priced phone, costing $200 and locked to the BOOST network. Buying this phone required a conscious decision on my part to somehow NOT get the latest and greatest technology, but to instead try to get something that, from the moment I first picked it up, felt like a perfect fit for me.
It's not a super-fast phone, the camera's only 2 megapixels, and the touchscreen ONLY works when dialing numbers. It's not a clamshell so that huge, beautiful front face is just begging to be scratched every time I use it. In fact, it's the kind of phone I would normally shun as entirely unworthy.
Until I slid it open and it revealed this:
Holy shit, is that a qwerty keyboard?
It is! Wow, neat! And boy, does it feel nice. Smooth, textured, nice tactile response, and comfortable enough for my massive manthumbs.
The phone has its issues: compared to my old Sony Ericsson K800i it's not really customizable at all, and the simple act of adding photos to users slows down the contact-list scrolling quite a lot. It has some strange foibles throughout: backgrounds rotate from portrait to landscape when you slide it open, and you can't stop it from doing this. It has an inexplicable habit of opening GIFs and PNGs sideways, but displaying them fine if you apply them as a contact image or background. There are some things you can add your own sounds to, and some you cannot: I can select my own MP3 ringtones, but if I want a different sound for startup, shutdown or opening the slider, I'm limited to built-in choices.
And yet, despite this list of annoyances, I love the damned thing. It's small, it's comfortable, it's friendly, and it works. Hammering out messages is easy, throwing my contacts on from the old phone was a simple matter, and in actual use, this phone makes me smile whenever I think of it.
For $200 (Add $80 to get it unlocked) I couldn't really expect more. It's nothing I want in a phone but it's everything I need, and I love using it.