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T-Mobile Comet Review

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T-Mobile Comet Review
More than capable of emitting some stern tones from its earpiece, there is some static noise in the background that's fairly noticeable – plus it doesn't help that voices sound distorted. Conversely, our callers state that our voice on their end sounds more hollow than anything else. But when switching to the speakerphone for our conversations, it's able to put out some boisterous tones that make it extremely audible, but unfortunately, voices have a crackly sound to them.

Obtaining an average of -75 dBm in high coverage areas, we didn't experience any vast changes in signal strength during our testing in the greater Philadelphia region.

Battery life seems to be average with the handset as we managed to get by a solid 8 hour work shift without the need of recharging the handset. Light users will most likely be able to pull out a solid day of usage, but it would be wise to plug it to get some needed juice before bed time. With heavy users, you'll want to have a spare charger at work to keep it from completely depleting. The manufacturer has it rated for 9 hours of talk and 288 hours of standby time.


Before making any final remarks about the T-Mobile Comet, you really have to factor in its obscene price of free with a contract. After allowing that to settle in, there are some aspects of the device that can be forgiven due primarily to its super entry-level nature. But when looking closely to what the LG Optimus T is able to offer, the Comet's blemishes begin to stick out like a sore thumb. Things like its questionable construction, lack of multi-touch support, and poor photo taking capabilities does make  its free pricing a bit less desirable. Nonetheless, it still offers all the wonderful features that Android has to offer. And for those with a budget and torn between choosing a feature phone, the T-Mobile Comet makes for a decent transition device. In fact, the T-Mobile Comet is a great solution for whiny kids who really bug their parents for a smartphone because it doesn't involve a costly investment – plus you won't be too hard on yourself if something unfortunate happens to it. But if you're willing to pay more, we'd suggest taking a look at the LG Optimus T.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2; Build: U8150V100R001C85B823SP01

T-Mobile Comet Video Review:


  • It's free
  • Stock Android 2.2 experience


  • Lack of multi-touch support
  • Takes poor looking photos
  • Questionable construction
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posted on 11 Nov 2010, 10:14

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.

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 12:58

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.

posted on 11 Nov 2010, 17:21

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.

posted on 03 Dec 2010, 21:25

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.

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 01:49

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.

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 23:10

7. latinone316 (unregistered)

trying to use the keypad.but its kinda small is there a way to make it bigger?

posted on 23 Aug 2011, 23:13

8. latinone316 (unregistered)

rephrase meant to say im trying to text but the keypad is kinda small is there a way tomake it bigger?

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 14:22

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.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 20:47

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

posted on 10 Oct 2011, 22:53

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.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 19:06

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!

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 09:38

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............

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:56

14. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied! s.click.aliexpress.com/e/eMNN7meaq

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Display2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 528 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.10 x 2.20 x 0.50 inches
(104 x 56 x 13 mm)
3.60 oz  (102 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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