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T-Mobile Shadow Review

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T-Mobile Shadow Review

With a 200MHz processor and 128MB of RAM, the Shadow’s performance left much to be desired. There was no in-between ground as it was either very sluggish or, on the rare occasion, quite responsive. At one point, we activated the silent mode and it look about 3-4 seconds before the handset responded.

Reception is pretty good and we managed to get signal in most places, even those unexpected spots. It did tend to fluctuate wildly at times, where one minute we had full signal and the next we found only two bars.

Sound quality was more than disappointing, it was painful too. With the volume turned all the way up, the other person’s voice sounded artificial and had a very high tone. Once the volume was reduced, the high pitch wasn’t an issue but the voice still seemed digital making it sound very artificial. The loud speaker didn’t suffer from the high pitched tone but sound quality didn’t improve either. It seemed as this was only a one way problem and the other party had no complaints with our voices. They came through clear without being too loud or unnatural.

At least the battery life won’t let you down. After 5 days of use, it was still had a 50% charge. From full charge, the battery lasted an astonishing 9 hours and 37 minutes during our talk-time tests.


The T-Mobile Shadow manages to make itself stand out in a crowded market all while not diminishing its features. Sadly, its sluggish performance and average incoming sound quality cripple it slightly and disappointed us. Still, it manages to be a good alternative to the more known handsets in its class by providing elegant looks, a great battery life, and the functionality you would expect from it.


  • Great looking handset
  • Plenty of features
  • Battery life
  • Home screen is nicely organized


  • Sluggish performance at times
  • Poor incoming sound quality
  • Color isn’t appealing
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Dihce (unregistered)

I have to disagree about the incoming sound quality. While it might be a little high pitched, compared to most other phones in the price rage the clarity is awesome! No more jumbled ring-back tones when calling someone and I've stopped asking "What?" after every other sentence. I love this phone, it's a bit slow at times but it's a PHONE not a computer :)

posted on 08 Jan 2008, 06:37

2. Jim Fritz (unregistered)

There must be a little gremlin that runs around your office recharging phones, because the battery life on my Shadow is awful. Even if I stop all running programs, turn off bluetooth and wifi and forward all calls to my landline, the battery still doesn't last more than a day. This was pointed out in other reviews as a known problem.

posted on 15 Nov 2008, 01:03

3. (unregistered)

peice of shit phone all together, gets terrible service, predictive text is terrible and freezes toooooooooooooooooooooooooo much save ur money do not buy

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HTC Phoebus

HTC Phoebus

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 6.0
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Display2.6 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (154 ppi) TFT
Camera2 megapixels
TI OMAP850, Single core, 200 MHz
0.1 GB RAM
Size4.06 x 2.09 x 0.59 inches
(103 x 53 x 15 mm)
5.29 oz  (150 g)
Battery920 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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