At first glance, this Sidekick-esque phone might not seem worth a second look, what with its Froyo and skimpy 512MB of internal memory. Indeed, a flagship handset this is not, but we still came away rather impressed by the build quality. What sold us is the spring-loaded sliding action -- the 3.2-inch display pushes open with a good deal of bounce, but it still feels firm, controlled. Even the keys aren't bad, though they are flat enough that we can see ourselves tiring of them for long texting sessions. Those front-facing physical buttons -- menu, home, backward and search keys -- all have a pleasant, tactile feel to them -- not too mushy, but not stiff and chintzy either.
All told, it's not bad, considering it's free with a two-year agreement (it's $350 without). We'll be honest: we're skeptical that it beats the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile, which costs $300 off contract, has a slimmer design, a larger 4.1-inch display, 2GB of internal storage and -- wonder of all wonders -- vanilla Android. Still, it seems like a surprisingly well built phone considering it comes gratis. Peek our hands-on photos and if you're Walmart-averse, fear no more.
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