For an unboxing video, please visit here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OVI7h_uqMY
There were some main selling points to this phone over others on the market:
With a 16GB miniSD card in the phone I can not only store the prepackaged â€œInceptionâ€ movie but anything else I might want to carry with me on a phone (like music).
I have a tendency to either need to print out a map when Iâ€™m driving somewhere or have driven to that place dozens of times. Getting a built-in â€œTomTomâ€ in my phone means thats one less device I have to buy. Yes, the default GPS system is dependent on the service provider, but a quick app download of â€œCoPilotâ€ and its related (huge) map database for North America and I could go into airplane mode and still get to my destination. (And thanks to the 16GB miniSD card I have no fear of filling it up simply with maps.
I bet that one has some of you scratching your heads. One reason I initially got the Sidekick three years ago was because it had advertised I could have e-mail functionality. What the fine print didnâ€™t indicate was that it would only do POP3 email.
For the uninitiated Iâ€™ll be brief:
POP3 Email: You download it all to your device at every location you access your email. So if you download it to your phone and delete everything (and read everything) itâ€™ll be on your home computer as though itâ€™s all brand new... unless you tell it to delete server side.
IMAP Email: You read it one place, it shows up read everywhere else. You delete it one place, it deletes everywhere else. This is the type of email Iâ€™ve been using for years. The type of e-mail I expected from my Sidekick an didnâ€™t get.
For this feature alone Iâ€™ve fallen in love with my new phone.
Say what? When I say this Iâ€™m thinking of what my first cell phone was like in the Sidekick. I had a keyboard (I get an onscreen one now), camera (check), Internet (check). Thatâ€™s it. Thatâ€™s all I ever used on my Sidekick.
The â€œkeyboardâ€ is the Android Swype system. I like it. Fast but stupid. So if youâ€™re typing something that isnâ€™t commonly in the dictionary (like an Internet password) youâ€™ll probably have to manually key it in.
The camera has video functionality. No flash, but I didnâ€™t have one on my old phone, and it takes good pictures.
Internet access? Yep. The speed was never an issue (edge network only in my area) but this browser seems to be superior to the one that had been in the Sidekick, and since weâ€™re on a widely used Android OS now, hopefully updates, when needed, will fix any browsing issues... otherwise Iâ€™m sure there will be â€œan app for that.â€
After using it for a few months Iâ€™ve found that the kids also appreciate it as a quick time-user. Grabbed some free games for it like â€œSuicidal Birdsâ€ (Angry Birds) and a Princess Memory game. The WoW auction house application and armory application are both impressive as well. Almost enough to inspire me to subscribe to that extra fee service.
Now what about features that I didnâ€™t mention, or the fact that I didnâ€™t go with an iPhone.
Well, iPhone wise, I plan on getting an iPad, and I wanted â€œtetheringâ€ (Internet sharing through the phone) which isnâ€™t easily accessed on an iPhone through either Verizon or AT&T (when I say easily, I mean cheaply).
Tethering (at the time of this writing) is free for T-mobile.
I am a Mobile Me subscriber with Apple. So how does it work with my phone?
All my contacts are synced.
Now there is a caveat: I got a really good deal thanks to being kicked off my previous data network. Would I have still gone with the Galaxy S if I hadnâ€™t gotten such a sweet deal?
But thatâ€™s because Iâ€™m cheap and if I was approaching T-mobile today I would look at their current offerings of plans and deem none of them for me. As it stands, I kept my old Sidekick plan (including MyFavs) and only pay $3 more for the new â€œAndroidâ€ data service.
Would I have gone with a similar phone? Absolutely.
This review is meant, if youâ€™re on the fence to upgrade, to push you over. It is not to convince you to go with a particular server provider.