T-Mobile Comet ReviewHuawei U8150 IDEOS 6.5
There's nothing much to expect out of the 3.2-megapixel camera on the Comet as it dishes up some less than appealing shots. In fact, you'll require a super steady hand which still somehow produces some blurry looking images that lack any fine detail. Additionally, it seems to cast a bluish tinge to most of our shots – which is evident with photos taken in artificial lighting. Low lighting conditions drastically heads to a downward spiral seeing that there is visible evidence of noise in the shots. And to make matters worse, the overall look is diminished with its soft color tones and uninspiring details.
Video recording didn't fare too well since the handset is only capable of shooting low quality videos that have huge amounts of pixelation that doesn't do any justice. Moreover, the capture rate is pretty dismal with its unbelievable jerky visuals that make it look as though a bunch of photos were taken to shoot the entire video. Needless to say that the experience is horrifying to the imagination, but you can't always expect the best out of a free phone.
T-Mobile Comet Sample Video:
When you're listening to some tunes, you're presented with the same old Android music player to satisfy your needs. Presentation is lacking, as it offers the bare essentials, but thankfully it's more than functional at its core. Interestingly enough, we're thoroughly blown away by its stringent audio levels – which is safe to say is glaring and almost deafening. Though, it does sound a bit screechy when it's placed on the highest volume setting.
Only capable of playing smooth low quality videos, the T-Mobile Comet collapses under the stress of having to play anything that's high resolution. We managed to play a video encoded in MPEG-4 320 x 240 resolution and it didn't have any problems at all during playback. However, jumping it up to 640 x 480, it clearly begins to show distinguishable signs of choppiness. Even though it does play well with low quality videos, the quality of its display doesn't exactly make it the most ideal choice.
Amazingly, the free price tag of the T-Mobile Comet also includes a 2GB microSD card preloaded with the handset. We really can't complain since it should get by most people, but if it doesn't, you can always replace it with cards up to 32GB in capacity.
Internet and Connectivity:
Going on a trip overseas? Well, the T-Mobile Comet should get you by during your travel since it boasts quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and tri-band UMTS (900/1700/2100 MHz) connectivity. If you require a more reliable data connection, it packs along 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi to get ready for web surfing. And if you prefer using a wireless headset, the Comet's inclusion of Bluetooth 2.1 should get you connected.
Even though it's got Android 2.2 Froyo, the web browsing experience is limited primarily due to the lack of support for Flash 10.1 and multi-touch gestures. Instead, you're going to have to rely on either double tapping or the zoom icons to get a closer look – which isn't the best seeing that the QVGA resolution of the display makes even the smallest of text very challenging to make out. Luckily, scrolling appears to be fairly responsive as it doesn't show off much evidence of lag. Sure it's missing some items, but for those new getting into smartphones, it should be more than gratifying over traditional feature phones.
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............