T-Mobile Comet ReviewHuawei U8150 IDEOS 6.5
Without much fluff getting in the way with this inexpensive smartphone, the T-Mobile Comet presents us a faithful stock Android 2.2 Froyo experience that still offers a great deal of personalization. Excitement is surely expected, but it doesn't quite embody the whole Android 2.2 experience you'd expect to find – which we'll share more later with its web browser. Underneath its plastic shell is a 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7225 processor beating profusely in handling all the rigors of the platform. As long as you don't use live wallpapers, scrolling between the homescreen is smooth for the most part. However, activating a live wallpaper will quickly show off its jerkiness in beautifying your phone.
Native syncing of Facebook and Twitter contacts with your address book is on board with the Comet so you can quickly take a peek at status updates within the Contacts app. Although it might be regarded as limitless, you can add as many contacts that the handset's memory can absorb. And for each person, you can associate a myriad of information that range from the essentials to more detailed items like their work address.
The cramped confines of the display will easily test your thumbs in writing out a message with the stock on-screen portrait Android keyboard. Not only will you have to deal with that, but the unresponsive nature of it frustrated us from quickly replying to messages. Although the landscape option aids in the reduction of sore thumbs, it's still a timely process due to the evidence of lag it exhibits. For a more satisfying experience, we prefer using the Swype keyboard seeing that we didn't have to deal with any unresponsive tendencies.
The Gmail experience is untainted as it offers the same level of performance seen with other phones. Meanwhile, the Email app will allow you to set up other email accounts by simply providing an address and password. Ideally, it'll automatically set up most clients, but it might require additional details, like server addresses and ports, to properly set up.
Google Talk is the only instant messaging client on board from the beginning with the T-Mobile Comet, but you can always check out the Android Market to download additional ones.
Lastly, there are only two third party applications installed with the handset – which are Documents To Go for your office productivity suite and Telenav GPS Navigation for your voice guided turn-by-turn directions. Aside from those two, you're presented with the usual mix of Google apps like Latitude, Search, Maps, News and Weather, Navigation, Voice Dialer, Voice Search, and YouTube.
1. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
I played with this phone at the t-mobile store. The screen is to small and its really lags /: The Optimus T is a WAY better option than this.
2. Richard (unregistered)
I wouldn't take this on a contract...how much would that be? for a sub-par phone you're stuck with?
Not worth it.
3. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)
I wouldnt even grab this pre-paid! It looks ugly. And the smaller size, I reccomend to buy the Motorola Charm since they are giving it away for free at Radioshack.
4. Meggeler (unregistered)
Yea but (Yabit) - I need a GSM prepaid. Got a Samsung Slider - would like to have a new phone that is prepaid that has the newer options. But don't need a contract. I usually just buy another phone & insert my SIM.
Would like an android OS just to be able to brag. Can be ugly, hell, even ducklings need love :)
There is no FREE at Radio Shack, requires a contract.
6. Skeeve (unregistered)
There's no such thing as "free" when you have a required contract. I love this device because I can use my prepaid minutes that have gold star status so I only feed 25- 50 bucks a year(!) and retain all my saved minutes. I hardly ever have a need to talk on the phone; I just wanted something with PDA like functions and the ability to go online with Wifi. I have no need for a data plan, though prepaid gives you the $1.49 daily pass so be it that I need to use it on the road.
7. latinone316 (unregistered)
trying to use the keypad.but its kinda small is there a way to make it bigger?
8. latinone316 (unregistered)
rephrase meant to say im trying to text but the keypad is kinda small is there a way tomake it bigger?
9. Commuted (unregistered)
T-mobile gave this to me as a replacement for Motorola Cliq XT. A replacement it is not. The camera has no auto focus. The display size is not a normal Android size and all my paid apps could (all) could not be transferred over. Even setting it up was messed up. The capcha, you know those words you copy to prove your a human being and not a computer, well they do not show the capcha so you have to memorize the words and all the lower and upper case letters. Sure it may be free (it was not for me) but I'd rather this company not even exist for making a crappy phone.
10. misskeke (unregistered)
I am very unhappy with tmobile, their customer service is crap. The reps are very rude the only time its just ok service is when you're paying a bill. Every month my bill got higher and higher for nothing, they change fees and due dates withouy any pe notification. But most of all they are RUDE and unreasonable. I'm switching to another company ASAP
11. worstphoneever (unregistered)
DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. It is a piece of junk that T-Mobile is trying to get rid of because their other s**tty phone the Samsung Gravity is having too much trouble. I paid 180 bucks for that TERRIBLE phone that broke after 2 months and they tried to give me this piece of s**t.. The customer service was terrible, and told me they will not even give me a new Gravity. T-MOBILE IS TERRIBLE. I'm telling you get the hell away from them . I spent 4 hours on the phone manager to manager without any effect. They referred me to their Corporate establishment in NEW MEXICO, which i must send a correspondence to because they don't accept phone calls. A PHONE COMPANY THAT DOES NOT TAKE PHONE CALLS. Are they crazed? It is absolutely ridiculous. I still don't have a phone, because mine is broken. So what am i supposed to do? GO TO VERIZON.
12. AtomicAsia (unregistered)
I just got this phone a week ago and I think it is great. A small, light-weight smart phone. The small-size keyboard is a bit difficult to get used to, but once you do it's not a big deal. I love this phone!
13. ananyadutta (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)
hi frndss, i m from india. i got this phone 2 years ago.. really this is a great phone .. but two days ago it started automatically switch off... i dont know why??? but i faced a big prob.. pls help............