T-Mobile Comet Review
Introduction:

Although it was hardly the thought amongst people when Android first arrived on the scene, we've gone through its initial adoption period to the inevitable reality of seeing Android smartphones selling for free. In recent memory, we've seen the acceptable performance manifested by the LG Optimus T which brought owning an Android smartphone to a new level at $29.99 with a contract. However, we might all kiss the usual medley of feature phones goodbye now that the T-Mobile Comet U8150 has arrived on the scene bringing in tow all the wonderful features of Android – even more when you don't have to spend a cent in owning this device.

The package contains:

  • T-Mobile Comet
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Stereo Headset
  • microUSB Cable
  • Wall charger
  • Start Guide

Design:

Manufactured by China's very own Huawei, the design of the Comet easily reminded us of their last outing with the T-Mobile Tap from a year ago. Following the typical design style found with most other touchscreen phones, there isn't anything too striking with the compact (0.50” thick) sized Comet. The mostly plastic exterior is supplemented with a gunmetal like bezel, soft touch coated strips on the sides, and rounded corners to give it a modest look. Even though it's fairly quaint, there is some weight (3.6 oz) to this little slab, but nothing to the point unwieldy. However, we do question its handling on a long term basis as we experienced a portion of the front plate sticking up upon taking it out of its packaging. When you consider its inexpensive price point, it may seem a little much to expect solid construction, but it's still nonetheless concerning from the onset.



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For $30 less than the LG Optimus T, we're presented with a smaller sized 2.8” QVGA (240 x 320) capacitive touchscreen that has support for 262k colors. The combination of its size and resolution produces some difficult to make out text which lacks any fine lines to stand out. Moreover, colors look washed out and drastically change in tone when viewing at certain angles. And with that in mind, it makes it rather challenging in viewing it outdoors in direct sunlight as you'll need to shield it with your hand. Granted that it doesn't embody any stunning visuals, it's luckily more than responsive in accurately registering any touch.


Directly beneath the display, there is a small strip reserved for the customary capacitive Android buttons – which include the back, menu, home, and search keys. To our surprise, we rarely accidentally hit any of them due to their strategic placement of not being too close to the edges of the phone. Furthermore, it's thanks to the placement of the directional pad and send/end keys at the bottom most portion of the handset that results in minimizing accidental pressing of the capacitive buttons. More than adequate in size, we didn't have any problems using the d-pad – plus its large selection key offers that distinct tactile feel when pressed.

We're not particularly too fond of the recessed dedicated button as we fumbled around in attempt to feel it out, but it's nice to see a 3.5mm headset jack placed accordingly next to it on the top edge of the phone. The right side is completely clean of anything, while the left edge only houses a chrome finished volume rocker that's large enough in size to make out and effortlessly pressed. Finally, the microUSB port is placed on the bottom side of the phone with a pinhole next to it for the microphone.


As we turn it over to its rear, we're greeted to the usual “T-Mobile” and “with Google” brandings, while the 3.2-megapixel camera has a circular cutout for itself with the notches for the speakerphone found next to it. Removing the plastic cover is accomplished by sliding it off which then offers access to the SIM card slot, 1,200 mAh battery, and microSD card slot – the latter of which requires the battery to be removed before being given access.



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13 Comments

1. Tristann

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 04, 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: Sep 05, 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: Aug 18, 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............

14. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied! s.click.aliexpress.com/e/eMNN7meaq
U8150 IDEOS
  • Display 2.8" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Battery 1200 mAh(9.00h talk time)

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