This is an interesting phone, and shows that both the main mobile phone companies and the mobile networks can work together to produce a phone capable of more than just calls! The phone (as we mentioned before) has Twitter and Facebook support, as well as the usualfeatures ( on 3, Email on 3, Windows Live Messenger etc) and the phone also has some RSS support too.
Some features were well integrated, eg if you take a picture, the menu then offers to Send the photo to Twitter or Facebook as well as the more usual options. However, others, such as the Social Networking apps themselves, weren’t so easy to find; Facebook wasn’t too bad, as it’s available from Menu / Messaging, but Twitter was only found in Menu / Entertainment / Applications, whereas, it would have made more sense in the Messaging area alongside Facebook.
However, in that app list, there were a number of other useful applications, including AccuWeather, YouTube, Yell, as well as thespecific apps. Also, was a Permier Football Scores app (although this requires you to pay a subscription to use it at all).
In other terms, the phone, and‘s integration was good (personally I don’t like taking over both softkeys on the homescreen, but this is a minor point). I did like the way that recognised I had moved my 3 SIM into a different phone, and automatically sent the latest settings to the phone (including sending an SMS in advance telling me what was happening, and how to accept the settings).
However, all was not perfect; I didn’t like the back cover, which is held on with 2 clips at the top and 2 more at the bottom, therefore needing some force to remove it; no nice buttons / slide to remove here. Okay, the rear cover only gives access to the battery, SIM and microSD card slot, so probably does not need to come off often, but it still detracted from the phone. Also, the phone uses a proprietary connection for both the handset and charging; given the general move by the other manufacturers towards microUSB, this was a shame (some, like, are already shipping phones with microUSB).
In a normal week, I would be saying that this is a really good, all round phone, but I’ve just had the newdelivered, and that seems to offer a similar package that’s easier to use, and has less negatives, but that’s for another article…
Theis available from in Pink and Silver, and thanks to for the loan of the phone.