Nowadays, smartphones are all the rage, and I would love one. In fact, if I didn't get a smartphone, I would be just as satisfied with a phone that had a full QWERTY keyboard for easy texting. My phone has a touchpad with numbers and to text, you have to press each button a certain number of times to get each letter.
For instance, two taps on the second button gets a "B". It gets time consuming fast, even when just typing out a short message. It also can be so frustrating when I am trying to send a quick message. I will be trying to quickly tap out the right amount of touches and then, if I click one too many times, I have to erase it and click through the letters again to fix it.
I like that this phone is a flip phone. The cover completely protects the keyboard from unintended phone dialing. I used to have a Motorola phone that wasn't a flip and had no cover, so the keypad was exposed. That phone would call my voicemail and leave spooky messages wasting minutes when I forgot to use the "lock feature."
My phone came loaded with the V-Cast application where you can pay to download music and other things. I also bought headphones and software to transfer my previously downloaded mp3s from my computer to it. Music sounds really good on this cell phone.
Talking cell to cell with someone is an exercise in futility. If you're talking and then the other person starts talking while you're mid-sentence, you both can't hear each other. The reception isn't the best. I live in a mountainous, rural area and lost calls and broken up, staticky conversations are really commonplace. I'm not necessarily sure if it's the phone or the environment. It comes with a "speaker phone" feature that I use a lot. I don't always want to hold a phone with my shoulder to my ear or with my hand to my ear. I like to be able to do things with hands while I talk, like type on the computer. This allows me to do that to a point. Oftentimes, the person on the other end will ask me, "Are you on speaker?" To which I reply, "Yes..." Then they tell me how low I sound, so I will have to stop what I'm doing and hold the phone closer to my mouth. On the front of the phone is a 1.3 megapixel camera. For those who take a lot of phone pix and flix, there is a slot for a memory card on the right side. The phone takes an LG lithium ion battery 3.7V 1100 Ah. The battery lasts a few days without me needing to charge it.
This is a decent, solid phone with internet capability and other features. Though next time I would get a type with an easier way to text, I would still recommend this phone to others who don't need to text frequently.