In this cell phone review, we will check out the features available in the T-Mobile Comet and the Samsung Messager III SCH-R750 mobile devices.
The T-Mobile Comet packs a nice set of features and standard smartphone design into an affordable Android package. The Comet is available for free with a two-year contract from T-Mobile.
The Comet ships with the Android 2.2 operating system. This is a rather nice surprise, considering other smartphones coming out on the market are shipping with older versions of Google's operating system. Running on the Android platform has its perks, and it gives the Comet some Google-related services. Among those services are the Google Calendar, Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, and YouTube. The Comet also allows you to save your apps from the Android Market to a SD card. You can also enjoy voice dialing over Bluetooth as a part of the Android 2.2 platform.
Some basic features besides the Android-based ones include a speakerphone, a calculator, an alarm clock, and a calendar. The phone's address book is holds plenty of contacts, and you can enter in multiple bits of data for each, such as phone numbers, email addresses, and more. You can assign contacts a photo or ringtone and place them into different groups according to their relation to you.
Moving past the basic phone features we find stereo Bluetooth support and voice dialing. To connect to the internet, you have your choice of integrated Wi-Fi or T-Mobile's 3G network. The Comet is also a quad-band world roaming phone, making it useful to anyone who wants to use it on overseas networks. Another travel-related feature is the phone's integrated GPS that can give local information and turn-by-turn directions when needed.
Besides the typical phone call, the Comet offers other methods for communicating with others. There's the good old-fashioned text and multimedia messaging, as well as instant messaging through various widely-used services. The smartphone also offers email access to POP3 accounts like the aforementioned Gmail, and it can synch with Microsoft Outlook too. Social networking fans can use the Comet to log in and access their accounts from sites like Facebook and Twitter.
For entertainment, the T-Mobile Comet does have some options. It has an integrated music player that allows you to create and edit playlists, listen in shuffle and repeat modes, and more. FM radio is another music option. The phone can also play videos and supports most popular formats, in addition to having a special YouTube player. If you want to create some entertainment of your own to enjoy later, the Comet has a 3.2-megapixel camera that takes photos and can also record video clips. Once you are finished, you can send the photos or short clips to others via multimedia messaging.
You won't find much aesthetic flair when it comes to the Comet's design. It's built like most smartphones, with a metallic/black color scheme and rounded corners. It is very portable and easy to carry. The phone's official measurements are 4.1 inches tall by 2.2 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick. It weighs just 3.6 ounces. One negative to the build of the Comet is that it does not seem too durable, so any bumps and bruises along the way could hamper its use.
The Comet's 2.8-inch touch-screen display does produce vibrant, bright graphics. It's downside is that it is rather small, which limits your web browsing experience and multimedia viewing. Another feature hampered by the small screen size is the virtual QWERTY keyboard. It seems a bit cramped, but you can use the Swype feature to type quickly and comfortably. Beneath the display are four touch-sensitive controls, as well as Send/End keys and a navigational toggle.
The T-Mobile Comet may not be the greatest smartphone on the market, but it does have its selling points. It comes with Android 2.2, has a decent feature set, and is quite affordable, making it a worthy buy for someone seeking an entry-level Android smartphone.
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