Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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A touchy phone
Member Name: hlb2009
Advantages: Lots to do, easy to use
Disadvantages: sometimes freezes, poor storage space
I was bought this phone a few months ago after my last one decided it was going to give up on me. This is the first touch screen phone I have had and I was a little apprehensive at first about using it. My main worry was whether it would be easy enough for me to use without having to keep consulting instructions; I have a new baby so have no time to read manuals that's for sure!
My husband chose this phone for me and decided it was the best- proably because it wasn't stupidly expensive and I have a habit of dropping phones into the bath. It cost around £100 for the handset which is quite reasonable compared to many.
When I got this phone out of the box the first hour or so with it was very stressful for me. I had to spend a lot of time 'transferring data' from my old phone onto this one and it seemed as though I had to do this before I could 'play' with it. Then I had to set up various things such as my Twitter and Facebook accounts to link to it and because I hadn't used a touch screen before I found it very fiddly to do and did wonder whether or not opting for this phone had been a good idea or not.
Once everything was set up I was able to look through the phone and see what I could do with it. My first reaction to the touch screen was that it was awful. I find that when I touch the buttons of the key pad you have to have the point of contact slightly to the right of where you want to press which I now do without thinking but at first it was very annoying and it would take me a long time to send a text!
There is a market place where you can go to download aps. Many of these are free and it's easy enough to navigate. I like being able to have various aps at my finger tips (literally) and because it's connected to Wifi I can play against friends too.
What I mainly use this phone for is sending messages, making phone calls, browsing Facebook and taking pictures so I will just focus on these aspects of this phone.
== Texts == 3/5
When sending a text message the screen automatically tilts if you have it at an angle so the keypad will suddenly switch from being along the bottom to being along the side. This is fine... but can be annoying as I find once the keypad is along the side I need to use two hands to text and this isn't always possible. If I tilt the phone back so the keypad will move back it takes a few seconds before it does that and again this can be annoying too. I have found that if you have any kind of dampness on the screen the ability to send a text message is virtually none so be careful if texting in the rain! It is easy enough to text and it will try to guess which words you are going to use so if you do hit a letter next to the one you intended it usually does still spell the word out you wanted. The only thing I think this part of the phone misses is also considering letters which are above or below the word you wanted too. Adding a contact into the text is easy and sending it is just one press of the screen.
When you receive a text message it automatically links onto the previous messages you had with that person so you can follow your entire conversation's history if you need to. This is useful as you can just scroll up and down to find information should you need it.
I have scored it 3/5 for sending a text as I think it does take me longer than when I had my old phone, the screen tilting can be annoying as well as useful and it's ability to predict words is good but not as good as it could be.
=== Camera === 5/5
I find that the camera is everything I need it to be. My husband's phone cost more than mine and is 'supposedly' better but doesn't even have a flash on the camera. This one, however, has a flash and it works perfectly fine. When you open up the camera function it immediately goes into ready to shoot mode. It has a face recognition sensor so it will help to focus on faces which is useful. You take the picture by touching the button and this is easy enough to do. There is a decent zoom function that you use by pressing a button on the side of the phone and when you take a picture it displays it on screen for about 5 seconds before going back to camera mode. You can immediately upload a picture if you want to by pressing the share button which then gives you various functions such as upload to facebook, send in email etc. If you want to convert it to video mode it is just the case of a simple press of a button and then you're ready to shoot a video. It's easy to turn flash on and off and also very straight forward to choose other functions such as black and white mode. I am very pleased with the camera, I think it takes about 3 seconds to actually take the picture so if you need a camera which takes immediately this may be annoying but in general for a phone camera it is very good and reliable.
=== Making calls === 2/5
Long gone are the days of just press a button and it rings somebody! Now it takes me three times as long, even when ringing 999 a few nights ago for my baby it took me a good minute or two to get the phone to cooperate! Because it's a touch screen yuo don't just have a key pad that you could tap in the number and then press call, instead you have to go into phone function first. This is a big button on the screen which then takes you into your 'phone' It comes up with the last numbers you have dialed but then over the top of them is the keypad which covers all of the previous numbers except for two. If you want your third one down you can just about manage to press it if you are careful but usually this doesn't work. So you tap the number you last rang and it rings... or you pull the number pad away so you can reach the previously rang people who are further down...or you type the number in or you have to open up your phone book and scroll through. It is much more a long winded process than necessary. I miss the days of just pressing a letter and people with that name would appear and you could ring them. The phone itself has a good speaker and microphone, I have never had a problem with hearing people but then hanging up on them is a mission in itself! Quite often this phone decides to freeze during phone calls and this means that you can still talk away but when you go to finish the call you can't. I have had to, on many occasions, come out of phone mode, go back to the home screen, open up phone mode again and then press end call. This is a serious flaw with this phone as you can easily leave it still connected without realising as you think you've pressed the button and assumed it's worked... very annoying. So yes, only 2/5 for this.
=== Facebook === 4/5
I have a short cut to Facebook so I just tap the icon and it takes me straight in to it. The first thing that I notice is that it takes me to my newsfeed but that it's out of date- usually it's still the same from when I last logged on on my phone. It doesn't take long to refresh though and then it's very easy to navigate. I was surprised by how clear and simple it is. Yes everything is scaled down because it's on a tiny screen compared to a lap top but it is actually very easy to work your way around and still see everything perfectly fine. It is quite slow to load but after having a phone that couldn't access Facebook at all I still think it's a good feature.
=== Battery ===
The battery on this phone is really poor. I have to charge mine on a daily basis. I do not have wifi on constantly but I do use my phone a moderate amount- I will take several pictures a day, upload a few pictures, check my Facebook and perhaps send a few texts and have the odd call but this will use all of my battery up and it takes a long time to charge it to full too- I would estimate about an hour and a half. This is disappointing and when the battery is low it has an annoying little red light that flashes continuously too.
I don't know the facts and figures wth this phone like how much memory it has and such but I have over 500 photographs, 50 videos and several downloaded aps so I assume that it has plenty of memory, it certainly has enough for me anyway and it does come with a lead so I can move photographs onto my computer when it does get full.
The actual feel of the phone is fine, it's only small so it fits in your hand nicely and it's light so it's not awkward to hold. I do definitely like how small it is compared to some modern phones.
In my opinion this phone is very clever, I do like how it can do so much but at the same time it can be very frustrating when it chooses to freeze or when the battery constantly seems to be low. I do think it's great, it's much better than my old one but I can see that it has flaws, if these were rectified then I really would be singing it's praises. If someone asked me what phone I would recommend them I don't actually think I would say this one, it's fine for me but it's definitely not the best. I have had it for three months now and I have got used to how it functions and been able to adapt to the touch screen quite well but I still don't feel as though I can text or make a call anywhere near as quickly as I would like to be able to.
And now? After having this phone for a year I would say the amount of storage space it has is really poor.
Summary: Decent, not the best.