Top critical review
Cheap phone, good hardware, exasperating software. Overall, it's just about acceptable.
on 17 January 2017
The phone's hardware is pretty good. The keys are fine, the phone's pretty robust, the flashlight's handy, and the battery's got a gloriously long life.
The software, however, is bad and exasperating. Take predictive texting, one of the phone's more maddening features. I once changed a capital I to a capital H, so the software deduced that every time I pressed the g/h/i key I meant 'H'. I had to rewrite H'll and H'm and H've for weeks—not to mention H,ll and H-m, which the software seems to have invented itself. If you want to insert a symbol into a text, you have to press eight buttons to bring up the symbols list; on Samsung's budget phones, you can access the list in one. Want to set an alarm for specific days of the week? You can't, sucker. The project manager reallocated the time that people would've spent on the alarm to sniffing lines of his own dandruff. Or perhaps you think that pressing the enter key on a text you've received would take you straight into replying to that text? Sorry, too intuitive. Instead, you get taken to a list where the selector automatically hovers over Delete.
Overall then, the phone's fairly cheap. The hardware's pretty good. The software's a pain. It's okay, but only just.