T-Mobile Comet Review
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
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.