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I got the Shine as an upgrade from my previous contract phone. It was recommended by the chap on the phone, and to be honest, I wasn't too bothered as long as I could just call and text on it! However, compared to other phones I've owned, it's not great. You can't actually activate loudspeaker until the other person has answered, making it rather inconvenient to make a call while doing something else. There are no 'sensible' standard ringtones and even on the loudest setting, it's not loud enough! I often miss calls when it's in my bag, even on loud. I like the design and the buttons are nice and big, and generally, the phone's good and solid and sturdy (mine's survived many drops!) but ergonomically it's not great. The scroller function is annoying and difficult to operate and when you use the buttons, there can sometimes be a significant lag between operations. The menus can also be confusing and some features are illogically stored within the menus. There's not much memory for MP3s, although i don't use this function much so not too bothered really!
I owned this phone for just over a year and very much liked it has it was very stylish and sleek aswell as being practical and easy to use. It was full of features for its time however it is now slightly out dated. It has good memory and was very comfortable to use. It was also a nice size as was neither too big or too small. It has a good speaker on it also and every is easy to hear and understand. It has a reasonable sized screen which makes everything clear and is well suited for those with poor eyesight. However if you are outside it is quiete hard to see as the light reflects of the mirrored screen. Although many of you may think this is a girls phone i disagree as i being a male enjoyed owning this mobile phone and though it was well suited for all ages and sex's as it is a strong durable phone however is not suitable for builders or plumber etc as i found the screen scratched very easily. Putting that a side i believe it is a very good quality phone and has a nice metal back which is better then them flimsy plastic ones. This is a great formal smart phone and would reccoment it to everyone.