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HTC Freestyle Review

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Truly, the best part of the Freestyle is that is uses HTC’s Sense UI for interaction. It's not really the Sense you'd find in an Android smartphone of the company, but it still has that similar look and feel. There are a total of six homescreens that you can swipe between, which has good fluid movement. Those of you familiar with Sense on HTC’s smartphones will recognize the date/time/weather widget that occupies the middle home screen. Of course, you can add or remove widgets to any of the six screens, including music, shortcuts, weather, home, people, friend stream, photos, messages, internet, and calendar.

The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

The homescreen of the HTC Freestyle


Another benefit of the Sense interface is that it comes with two scenes preloaded: life style and work. You can change between them whenever you want, and even create new scenes as well, that allows you some nice customization.

While on the center home screen, there is a large menu icon that will take you to the phone’s main menu, where you can swipe left-and-right between three screens where all your apps are listed with colorful icons. Even though it is visually a nice layout, you can’t rearrange the icons, nor drag them to the home screens – so right there you can tell this isn’t a smartphone.

The main menu - HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review

The main menu

   

As far as the included apps, there’s a nice selection, but still nothing to write home about. There’s AT&T Navigator which shows a nice map interface and will give you GPS guided turn-by-turn directions, YP Mobile for yellow-page listings of places in your area, IM for connecting to AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo, AT&T Radio, and Music Video streaming.

Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Preloaded apps on the HTC Freestyle


You can have up to 2000 contacts with all their information stored in the phone’s memory, or you can access the ones on your SIM card, but the Freestyle can’t sync and import contacts from your Google or Facebook account – something that should have been added.

The phonebook - HTC Freestyle Review
The phonebook - HTC Freestyle Review
The phonebook - HTC Freestyle Review

The phonebook


Naturally you can send and receive a variety of SMS and MMS messages, as well as set-up mobile email accounts for Yahoo, AOL, AIM, Hotmail, AT&T Mail, and Gmail. There is also the option to manually enter your standard POP3 or IMAP account. We used our Gmail account and it worked just fine showing our inbox, and we could easily compose a new message and change to other folders.

Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Messaging and E-mail functionality of the HTC Freestyle


For music lovers, there are a few options on the Freestyle. There is the standard music player, which works well as it can display your music by artists, albums, playlists, and songs. When you select a track to playback, it shows the album art on the screen, as well as music control icons. You even return back to the home screen and use a music widget from there. Music playback quality was lacking though, due to the small speaker on the back of the phone, with noticeable distortion if the volume was too loud. Another option is the AT&T Music app that is a subscription based service, which will also play your own music files, but also allows you to search and access music and ringtones for download. Your third choice is the AT&T Radio app, which is also subscription based, but will steam live or pre-recorded radio stations from around the country right to your phone. If you don’t want to pay for that, then use the standard FM Radio app, but it does require you to use 3.5mm headphones for them to act as the antenna, and the reception isn’t that great.

AT&T Radio app - HTC Freestyle Review
AT&T Music app - HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review

AT&T Radio app

AT&T Music app

  

The included 3.2MP camera does a mediocre job of capturing your images, so you won’t win any awards here. Images that we took outside were lacking in detail and were generally soft, as well as having poor color representation and saturation. Going indoors the image quality quickly went down-hill, as there was noticeable grain in low-light pictures, and the lack of a flash didn’t help. Videos are recorded with the 3GP file extension, but you can choose to encode them using MPEG4, H.263, or H.264. Out of these three, the best looking was the MPEG4 video since it allows for the highest resolution of 480x320. While this may look fine playing back on your phone’s small screen, viewing it on a PC can be pretty painful, and with only 20fps, videos can look a bit jerky while there’s movement. You can also playback your own videos on the phone off your memory card, as we could play an MP4 video with a resolution up to 640x480 without problem.

The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review

The camera interface


Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Outdoor samples made with the HTC Freestyle


Bright - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - HTC Freestyle Review

Bright

Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor samples



The video camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review
The video camera interface - HTC Freestyle Review

The video camera interface


Watching videos with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Watching videos with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Watching videos with the HTC Freestyle


The web browser works well for a non-smartphone, as you can use the capacitive touchscreen for easily moving pages around, selecting links, and pinch-to-zoom. Since the HTC Freestyle is limited to 3G, most graphic-intensive web pages are going to take about a minute to fully load, and Wi-Fi is not present, so there’s no way to get sites to load any faster. For a feature-phone, the web browser on the Freestyle is one of the better ones we’ve seen, though Adobe Flash is not supported (which isn’t surprising). Unfortunately, the browser won’t change to landscape view automatically when the phone is flipped on its side. Instead you have to go into the browser menu and change between landscape and portrait modes manually.

Surfing the web with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
Surfing the web with the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review

Surfing the web with the HTC Freestyle


A few other software features included on the HTC Freestyle include a calendar for keeping all of your important appointments, alarm, calculator, file browser, and an image gallery. You can also download a lot of other programs using the App Center, just make sure you check the prices before you download.

The calendar of the HTC Freestyle - HTC Freestyle Review
HTC Freestyle Review
The calculator - HTC Freestyle Review

The calendar of the HTC Freestyle

 

The calculator



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posted on 03 Mar 2011, 12:32

1. dha13154641 (unregistered)


i swear they say the same thing about all gsm phones: "a constant “hiss” sound"

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:05

48. johnlookaround (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I got this phone refurbished. It kept restarting itself, freezing, lagging like hell, battery drainage. Had to take out the battery several times a day to get it to unfreeze and reboot the phone. Went to the ATT store and switched it for a NEW phone. What do you know, the new phone did the same thing. Even without using it, just having it in my pocket I kept wondering why no phone calls, phone had 'system error.' This phone is garbage it is not a smart phone it is very badly programmed. Only good thing is the metal build. After a month and a week with the NEW HTC Freestyle replacement, phone just gave in and doesn't work at all. The only thing it shows on the screen is 'HTC.' Do not purchase this phone, it is crap; read the rest of the comments. Anyway I'm just going back to a flip phone since I only use phone, no internet and at least I'll be able to make and receive phone calls.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 13:20 1

2. Eric (unregistered)


It's only $100 if you get it through AT&T - Amazon has it for free.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 18:16

3. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Get the HTC Inspire 4G and leave this one on the shelf.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 19:36 2

4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


something like this needs to be available for all carriers.

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:06

49. johnlookaround (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I got this phone refurbished. It kept restarting itself, freezing, lagging like hell, battery drainage. Had to take out the battery several times a day to get it to unfreeze and reboot the phone. Went to the ATT store and switched it for a NEW phone. What do you know, the new phone did the same thing. Even without using it, just having it in my pocket I kept wondering why no phone calls, phone had 'system error.' This phone is garbage it is not a smart phone it is very badly programmed. Only good thing is the metal build. After a month and a week with the NEW HTC Freestyle replacement, phone just gave in and doesn't work at all. The only thing it shows on the screen is 'HTC.' Do not purchase this phone, it is crap; read the rest of the comments. Anyway I'm just going back to a flip phone since I only use phone, no internet and at least I'll be able to make and receive phone calls.

posted on 05 Mar 2011, 22:58

5. RJ0001 (unregistered)


But is this phone better than the Pantech Laser?

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 21:10

6. John (unregistered)


This phone doesnt have wifi because if it did it would be a "smart phone" I wish this wasnt the case but as it is for anyone who doesnt want a 15$ -25$ data plan this is the way to go currently the undisputed best dumbphone on at&t my only complaint is that the battery life could be a little better I only get 1-3 days mainly texting.

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 21:54

7. ocsirf (unregistered)


The phone is very nice after living with it almost 2 wks, way better build quality than my old LG Vu and I don't hear any hiss on calls myself. Maybe this has been fixed on later production runs? My biggest issue was not being able to T9 text on a number pad (should be the default in "portrait" mode instead of a teeny-tiny portrait size QWERTY keyboard). Once I finally found where to change this under "Settings>Locale and Text" I was much happier. Now texting is very similar to the LG Vu . You can still have a QWERTY keyboard in landscape, as it should be. Some people complain about screen lag but I can't really text fast enough for this to be an issue for me!
Wi-fi would indeed make this phone a dream, but...
Would AT$T offer a phone with Wi-Fi AND no data plan req'd? Of course not, then they would be giving away internet access as Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere. Also, be sure and DISABLE the weather app or you'll get hit with data charges if you don't get a data plan. Many people won't realize this and just shrug off the additional charges on their bill. Although at $10/mo., a data plan is looking real tempting...

posted on 27 Apr 2011, 05:10

8. pravakar@ etech reviews (unregistered)


Thanks for spending lots of time to write such a great htc freestyle review ! htc freestyle of htc is a cool user friendly smartphone. I like this handset but one bad point of htc freestyle is no Wi-Fi and accelerometer. otherwise it is good handset.

posted on 14 May 2011, 10:09

9. JD (unregistered)


Having being an previous owner of Motorola Q9h global and Currently using an Samsung Rubgy(yellow/black), This seems to be an good phone. Only if your intentions is to text, cause if you are looking for an internet phone- this is not it. I'm sorry to have disapoint your thinking, but this phone was design for texters only, just with the taste to check status on facebook and twitter or email. As ocsirf said, "Would AT$T offer a phone with Wi-Fi AND no data plan req'd? Of course not, then they would be giving away internet access as Wi-Fi hotspots are everywhere."
This is design to be an "dumb- smartphone", being said this, here is why I meant it. No wifi- cause if everyphone was to have this we all would be paying for wifi access or internet data plans. I have been doing my reasearch for an good phone, and this phone is for me. By using the motorola 9h (windows 6.1) you was just able to do only an few things. Texting was great because it had an qwerty keyboard, but that was it. In an wayit was similar to this phone, just not as fast.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:19

40. fudgedragon (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


i!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEE TTHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT PPPPPPPPPPHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNN​NEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:22

10. ezra (unregistered)


this phone looks cool and sounds awesome the hissing sound wont be a problem for me because i dont call people i only text =D

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 18:10

11. huskers (unregistered)


I am about to get this fone do u think i should go ahead and get it? i mainly just text

posted on 25 Jun 2011, 17:27

12. paperfold (unregistered)


The phone is okay. I constantly receive the the same text message several times and it becomes annoying as one may think it is another new message. It becomes extremely slow and laggy once your inbox fills up. It occasionally becomes laggy. The calendar worked at first but now it won't add or delete any new events I want. Resetting will fix it only temporarily and the same problem will happen again. I would suggest NOT getting this phone.

posted on 20 Jul 2011, 14:16

15. lulu (unregistered)


did u get your phone on amazon?
just curious because all the people who got it on amazon seem to have the laggy problem

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 21:32

18. tits (unregistered)


i got mine at the att store and im having the same problems plus my battery runs out in 8 hours and it restarts by itself and it gets system error messages hourly, and this is the second phone in 2 days, im going to exchange it tommorrow, and im never buying another htc product in my life

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 13:29

24. Panthorin (unregistered)


I agree with you, this phone is not worth getting. It's slow, laggy, lucky not to get 2 to 4 of the same messages, texting is a pain because of the lag, I think I'm done with this phone and most likely AT&T for even offering this phone to anyone. Not happy at all.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:18

39. fudgedragon (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


but for the fact that is not a smart phone,. do u think its ok?

posted on 02 Jul 2011, 15:53

13. cutie (unregistered)


the HTC Freestyle is an OK phone

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 10:17

38. fudgedragon (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


screw u man

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 13:05

14. thunder2323 (unregistered)


I got The phone at Amazon and after 2 weeks it kept freezing and lagged it all .

posted on 21 Jul 2011, 20:12

16. ilovemydaniel17 (unregistered)


does this phone show your messages in a conversation?

posted on 14 Aug 2011, 10:43

17. gollygee (unregistered)


I bought my phone from an AT&T location and still have the multiple text issue as well as the lagging when my inbox is full. Any ideas how to fix this?

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 21:46

19. tits (unregistered)


this phone is a piece of garbage. if you are thinking of buying it, think again. and if you've already bought it, i feel so sorry for you. i got this phone on tuesday and it worked fine, until i went to school the next day. i started off with a full battery, and the phone stayed in my pocket the whole day, i didnt even touch it the whole day. after school i had football practice, and i checked on the phone when i got to my locker after practice and it was dead. so i went home and and put it on the charger and... sure enough, it had died... in about 10 hours. i put it on the charger and it took an unusually long time for it to charge, probably 2 to 3 hours. i took it off the charger before i went to bed and it had a full battery, i left it on my bedside table all night, didnt touch it, it was locked. i woke up the next morning and it was dead. i tried putting it on the charger and turning it on and it still wouldnt turn on. so i took it back and exchanged it for another one, that was yesterday. and it worked fine until today when it started giving me system error messages on the hour and turning off by itself, and lagging, and freezing. plus the battery shows the same amount of power all the time now, so lord knows how much power it actually has left. pretty much every problem you could imagine with a phone. DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE, DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!!!

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 07:03

47. johnlookaround (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I got this phone refurbished. It kept restarting itself, freezing, lagging like hell, battery drainage. Had to take out the battery several times a day to get it to unfreeze and reboot the phone. Went to the ATT store and switched it for a NEW phone. What do you know, the new phone did the same thing. Even without using it, just having it in my pocket I kept wondering why no phone calls, phone had 'system error.' This phone is garbage it is not a smart phone it is very badly programmed. Only good thing is the metal build. After a month and a week with the NEW HTC Freestyle replacement, phone just gave in and doesn't work at all. The only thing it shows on the screen is 'HTC.' Do not purchase this phone, it is crap; read the rest of the comments. Anyway I'm just going back to a flip phone since I only use phone, no internet and at least I'll be able to make and receive phone calls.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 23:39

20. Whatevs (unregistered)


This phone is super slow and freezes all the time I spent way too much for something that gets me so frustrated. If ur not into texting this phone is fine otherwise it lags and revives the same message like four times. It's annoying.

posted on 24 Aug 2011, 18:33

21. RTY (unregistered)


DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!! MINE IS GOING BACK TO ATT. HAVE TO REBOOT BY TAKING BATTERY OUT ATLEAST TWICE A DAY. PHONE TURNS ITSELF ON AND OFF. HAD AN INCOMING CALL TODAY THAT LOCKED THE VIBRATION FUNCTION ON UNTIL I TOOK THE BATTERY OUT. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS PHONE UNLESS YOU NEED AN EXPENSIVE PAPERWEIGHT.

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 21:17

23. Monkey! (unregistered)


SAME EXCACT PROBLEM WITH MINE!!!

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 21:16

22. Monkey! (unregistered)


I have this phone... I HATE IT!! I WANT TO THROUGH A WALL!!!

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 22:31

25. Isiaah (unregistered)


It's a great phone I would suggest it to Angie who is a texted or caller data is not a good point on this phone.although it doesn't actually have the full htc software and the battery life is mildly short I love it

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 20:19

26. Kaylyntaylor (unregistered)


DO NOT GET THIS PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got it last Sunday. It shut off by itself because of "system errors" 47 and the matter of 3 days. I got the "rainbow screen of death" 5 times. I took it back on Friday cause the guy said it was just a bad phone so he gave me a new HTC Freestyle hoping it wouldn't do it. Oh it has. I took it back today and the guy working this time said he would have never let me buy it because since it's new they haven't fixed all the bugs and doesn't recommend it to anyone.

Do not get his phone. KEEP LOOKING!!!!

posted on 10 Sep 2011, 17:03

27. Ihatethisphone (unregistered)


okayy i absutely hate this phne (htc freestyle) it has been a horable phne i've had four htc freestyles and i just got my 4th one today(haven tried it ut yet) but the first one i had frooze up so we hadda take it back the 2nd one i had fell in the toliet and the 3rd one just restarts and turns of by itself? so im hoping that the 4th one will workk! I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THE HTC FREESTYLE TO ANYONE!!!!!!

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:43

28. cace (unregistered)


Got this phone yesterday. Piece of crap. It froze twice and I had to take the battery out to restart it. I don't receive some messages and the ones I do receive I get sometimes up to 6 copies of the same message. I put it on the charger all night and it was only half charged by morning. Going back to my old phone today. DO NOT GET THIS PHONE.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 09:01

29. Ernie G (unregistered)


The HTC Freestyle is a terrible phone and AT&T's data plan for it is at best misleading and at worst misleading. My wife and I were in the AT&T store looking for new phones. I noticed the ad that said "Unlimited text, data and e-mail for $10 a month". I thought that was a pretty good deal. So we got the phones and the $10 data plan. As I tried out the phone's features that night, I found that just about every neat feature would add $6 a month to our bill. So to take advantage of the data plan, it would cost about $600 a year to pay for the basic apps that used the data. That's like the landlord advertising free heat, but you have to pay $600 a year to use the radiators. The only app that seemed like it might be worth paying for was the app that let the phone react to voice commands. I signed up for the free trial. My wife wanted to run an errand, so I got dressed and we went to the car. I went back to the voice app and the phone told me my free trial had expired. A five minute free trial???? I tried to register my email on the phone, but the app to do so was always "Unavailable at this time." And the phone's operating system crashed every 15 minutes or so wiwth the message "Sorry, system error, restarting." During one of the those system errors the phone fried my SD card. We took the phones back the next day and I explained our concerns. The salesman told me that because I pay for my e-mail through an e-mail provider, AT&T would also charge me to access my e-mail. So the phone is a piece of junk, the data plan borders on being a scam and, oh, by the way, there's a $35 restocking fee to return the defective phone. A little humor at the end of the tale, the AT&T clerk logged our return as "Buyer Remorse". Ya think? Probably time to switch to Verizon.

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 14:36

30. csharpe2907 (unregistered)


This phone is horrible i have two of these for both my daughters. Since day one the phones always say no sim. we have had the sim replaced every four days. UUGG. The other times it will just shut off and you have to take the battery out of the phone and turn it back on at lease twice a day it states systme error...we have had these phones for two months and they will not warrenty them stateing the sim port is damaged. How do we damage sim ports that are under the battery cover.... well i will be cancelling the contact one these phones and running them over....

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 22:43

31. lee (unregistered)


This phone is not that great.

As others have said, when someone sends me a text, the text comes to my phone two to four times, sometimes up to ten minutes later. Sometimes pictures don't come through until the next day. It gets very slow sometimes when typing texts, and it freezes often. It also has a lot of crap-ware that you can not get rid of. When trying to enter numbers when on a call, (like press 1 for English), it starts dialing another number and puts your current call on hold. Very annoying.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 19:39

32. Linus (unregistered)


It's weird looking at all of these reviews, because my phone is the exact opposite. When my phone is on full battery, (and yes, I'm talking about the HTC Freestyle), it lasts me two full days. 48 hours. Even if I do text and make phone calls. When getting this phone, I highly reccomend getting an Micro SD card, as this phone has little memory. I did have one from my previous phone, but when I bought this phone and put the SD card in, it totally screwed up the phone and they had to give me a new one. BTW FYI 411, I got mine at Wal*Mart. I havn't had any problems with this phone, and I think it is fantastic.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 19:41

33. Linus (unregistered)


The only problem I really had which I forgot to mention is that it says the is no Sim card very often, but even if it does say that it works fine.

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 11:05

34. lam93 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)


Terrible phone!!!!!! Hugh lag time, text messages send in duplicates and take hours to receive, keyboard gets stuck, screen freezes on a regular basis. Bought this through ATT as an upgrade. Now I am stuck with a HORRIBLE phone until 2013. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PHONE! YOU WILL BE SOOOO DISAPPOINTED.
THEY SHOULD OFFER A RECALL ON THIS PIECE OF JUNK.

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 13:12

35. Claire (unregistered)


This is the worst phone I've ever had... I've had to send mine back 3 times already and am about to do mail it back once again. This phone lags, constantly freezes, has system errors, and you will receive your text messages at least 3-5 times. Do NOT buy this phone.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 18:35

36. BrendaC (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I wish these comments would have been here last April when I bought my phone! Everyone has the same complaints as I do... multiple texts, frozen screen, really sluggish touch screen makes texting a pain in the butt. I so regret buying this phone. I resent that I have to be stuck with an inferior product because of ATT's policies.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 13:19

37. Zeenn (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Please read this before buying a htc phone.
I get a htc freestyle cell phone at $99 with a 2 years contract with ATT. This is the worst phone i have ever had. Ii will never buy another htc phone just because i had so many problems with it! Never ever get this phone. I keep the phone in good condition so I know it's not my fault most of the problems I've been experiencing have occurred.
It shut down all the time and could not restart it so pulled out battery and stuck back in. It tends to freeze all the time. If I start texting too fast it will freeze up and say "oops, an error has occurred" then restart itself. Once it got so hot after re-charging it, I couldn't hold it in my hand. This phone sends about 4 duplicate texts per texts, this is not good for anyone who is on a limited texting plan.
I called ATT a thousand of times explaining the situation but they just told they give me a new model if I make a new contract. This is actually the second phone I have. I had to return the first one within the second month.
What shocks me is that this phone has all these problems and still is rated highly in reviews across the web. Anything that randomly shuts down, freezes, and has the other problems mentioned sounds like junk to me.
I hate this phone and really wish I would've done more research before purchasing it.
Save yourself the time and trouble everyone, DO NOT GET A HTC PHONE.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:18

41. hghyo (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


i have the htc freestyle it is literally the crappiest phone i have owned it constantly has system errors shuts off for no reasons i receive text messages hours after they are sent and my internet does not work on mine even though we're paying for the thing what ever you do do not buy this phone.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 20:48

43. flapchunkflap (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I have the same problems

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 20:48

42. flapchunkflap (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


THIS PHONE IS A PIECE OF s**t!
Almost every time I unlock it and try to do something the screen will glitch
Just from sliding my finger up or down the screen will glitch.
By glitch I mean that the screen will move and the touch will be all messed up
Half the time when I try to slide the unlock it wont even do anything
The phone shuts itself off A LOT. If I dont do anything to it for more than 5 min. It shuts off and I have to reset the battery.
When taking pictures if you even move the slightest it will come out all blurry.
My phone will say its on low battery so I'll go plug it in and right as its plugged in it says full battery. (it lies)
The call quality is terrible
Its very slow at times
I've only had this phone for 3 months and I'm so sick of it!
When I receive a text I'll look at it but the phone will say I still have a message when I dont.
Im going to get a replacement.
Nobody should have a phone this terrible
Don't even get this, its definitely not worth your money.

posted on 10 Dec 2011, 18:15

44. ascott (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


This phone is horrible. Receives multiple texts of the same messages- 2 to 3 times. Groups and Favorites feature in contacts does not work correctly. Phone does not receive a signal in large buildings such as schools and malls. Worthless, and AT&T's response to these issues was just as worthless. Have had it reset, and have had 2 new SIM cards.

posted on 08 Jan 2012, 08:25

45. crf0001 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


This phone is a piece of crap. I am currently on my forth phone in 5 months and it has already stopped working correctly after 6 days. This phone freezes up, shuts off, and reboots constantly. This phone calls people at random and most of the time you have to pull the battery out to get it turn on again. I would not recommend this phone to anyone.

posted on 15 Jan 2012, 21:06

46. edlee (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


The HTC Freestyle is the worst phone. I got mine from AT&T and so far, this is my fifth phone. I am shocked that AT&T would recommend me this phone. I was given a re-conditioned phone when my first phone got lost. It keep having "OOPS. System error has occurred. Restarting....." When this occurs, I cannot get calls, make calls or text. That happened to the second phone, and the third and the fourth re-conditioned phone. I called AT&T and they kept on saying "I am sorry" but nothing is done. I took to the AT&T Service Center and they tell me that it is a software issue with HTC. Now I just got my new HTC Freestyle phone from AT&T Executive Response Office (it was very hard to find the Executive Office) and by the end of the night, same system error. I have not even done anything yet when the system error occurred again.
Very frustrated customer of AT&T.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 12:57

50. bunnyholmes (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)


this phone is the biggest piece of junk ever manufactured. my son has had two of them they both crash repeatedly and ATT won't do anything to assist us. I'm trapped in a two year contract with the phone. DOn't ever get one...it's the WORST!!!!!!!

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 18:12

51. buckwheat_0120 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


sorry to say but the freestyle could be the worst phone i have ever had. i had my first one for 2 weeks before it started freezing up, sometime i would not get my text messages and somtime if i get the text i wouold get 3 to 10 copies of the same text through out the day. it drops calls like a man with now hands tryin to play catch. the battery has to be charged once a day and i only use the ohone for texting and calls, and i dnt evan do that much. i have returned the phone and had it reset 4 times. and still the same problem every day. try a different phone for your own sake...

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 10:25

52. raybes27 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


How do you check the voicemail??? I have had this phone since Christmas and it doesnt say that you have a voicemail all it says is you have text messages, I just read the instructions again and all it show you is a tape icon at top of phone that means you have voice mail but how do you check it, coul. Id someone let me know please!!! It also pocket dials alot, It an OK phone

posted on 12 Mar 2012, 21:33

53. zyoma (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)


if you REALLY want a phone that keeps dying you should definitely get HTC Freestyle! i don't know if it's me having bad luck with HTC or they are so far an immature phone company trying to make it on the market...I had "Tilt" previously & had problems with it & now "Freestyle", when i came in to AT&T store the first time i had a problem a rep just straight up asked me: "why don't you get a smart phone?" well, i don't need a smart phone! i almost never use internet or other features of it. Few basic features is all i need. Anyways, i exchanged 4 "Freestyle" phones at ATT customer service with the last two dying completely(the first two would only shut down on me & reboot a few MINUTES later). Last one died when ATT rep ordered an LG for me(since people don't bring it to them as often!) the worst thing i was expecting important calls & here i am waiting for my new phone to come in the mail with a dead one in my hands!!! frustrating! please stay away from this phone & preferably from HTC...

posted on 04 May 2012, 12:43

54. lyrac (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 May 2012)


the worst phone I've ever had. It restarts every so often like when I text and now it progressed to restarting when I am on the phone. It's ridiculoius. I even traveled all the way to the warranty place from the AT&T store to get it fixed. They only restarted and I even lost some contact information thru their system. It would be fine if it only restarts for a few seconds but NO it restarts for at least 5 minutes. I have had it now for ALMOST one year and now it won't even turn on. The screen is frozen at its stuck at its opening screen. I was so enraged by how frustrating this phone is while it shines at me that I decided to write this review so here it is. I am too busy to call my phone service every time it has a problem and I am now phone-less because in order to get it fixed you have to call from a different phone line, which I dont have! so if you want a phone that lasts MORE than a year, its not this one.

posted on 10 May 2012, 21:13

55. carlajean65 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 May 2012)


After being guided to this phone by an AT&T customer service rep on the phone my husband and I each ordered this phone. Yes. TWO of them. I have never been so furious about a purchase in my life. Total waste of money, effort, and time. Won't hold a charge, horribly difficult for an intelligent person to operate. We've had our phones a little over 24 hours and I hope I cool down before I have to walk into our local store in the morning because I am sickened that AT&T would sell such a piece of garbage! We are long..LONG time AT&T customers and my husband has bought many phones through them. THIS is utterly sickening! Yes, I'm that angry over the misrepresentation of a phone. Thank you, I will step back down to my two year old phone that may not be as snazzy as what my counterparts carry and do so happily. At least my old phone doesn't turn of every 45 seconds. Seriously AT&T? SERIOUSLY?

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 13:51

56. jacobman1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I have this phone right now if your like fast Internet and fast texting this phone is not for you it's texting is so fricken lagy I hate it it's not worth it.
I could you's a phone with no keypad and text faster now that's sad

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 23:41

57. username12489745 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


Its an OK phone. I have had it for about 6 9 months and its keeping up pretty well. Considering Im just a high school student that doesn't feel like paying for a smart phone this one's not too bad. Like others had said, it repeats almost all incoming texts. The camera quality is awful and it doesn't hold a lot of phone memory (Can't hold a lot of pictures, music, texts, ect.) The calender is kind of tricky to use, and mine stopped working after the first month (wont save added events and wont delete older events).
However as non-smart phones that look like smart phones go, it is an ok buy. I got it for 50$ with a regular plan and it's definitely worth it. HTC's are sturdily built with good features.

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HTC Freestyle

HTC Freestyle

OS: Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP)
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225, Single core, 528 MHz
256 MB RAM
Size4.20 x 2.20 x 0.50 inches
(107 x 56 x 13 mm)
4.52 oz  (128 g)
Battery1300 mAh, 7.1 hours talk time

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