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T-Mobile Energy Review

 

T-Mobile Energy Review

 
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T-Mobile company introduce another touchscreen handset. The cheapest phone in T-Mobile's touchscreen roster, in every sense, is the Energy.

Design

Cheap it may be, but it doesn't really look like a budget phone. It bears a passing resemblance to a midrange Samsung, with its glossy black (or white) plastic shell and chrome-look trim. Though, like the Vivacity, it's actually made by Chinese white-labeller ZTE.

Instead of the Vivacity's four buttons beneath the screen, the Energy comes with a single home button and on-screen controls to help you get around. The 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen offers a so-so 480x320-pixel resolution that can look a little fuzzy on occasions and certainly won't entice you to watch hours of video on it. The "soft-touch" resistive screen feels a little insensitive, especially if you've become used to the capacitive variety (as seen on most modern smartphones) and it often felt quite sluggish in use.

It has quad-band network support, so will keep working if you're going abroad. But there's no 3G data connectivity, so you're stuck with slowish GPRS internet access unless you can hook up to a Wi-Fi connection. The browser doesn't support Flash or pinch to zoom but it's easy enough to find your way around web pages, even if they do load slowly.

Camera

The 3.2-megapixel camera is on the basic side with no flash or autofocus. There's none of that fancy face- and smile-detection malarkey either, but picture quality isn't too bad considering the low spec it'll pass muster as a basic snapper.

The media player does the job but not much more. Videos don't look their best on the sub-standard screen but it's okay for watching YouTube clips. There's only 512MB of memory storage on board but it comes with a 2GB microSD card. One thing you can usually count on with lower-powered phones that don't cane the processor too much is that they give good battery life. That's not really the case here though, and it barely managed a full day of use.

Budget smartphones don't come much more budget than this, but while there's no 3G and the screen's not great, it does have Wi-Fi, a media player, half-decent camera and a gratis 2GB memory card. So, in short, not bad at all for the price but don't expect an Android- or iPhone-like experience when it comes to apps and performance.

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