Okay, this post is a bit overdue so let’s go straight to business!
Hello, SMART Netphone!
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Side by side with my HTC Chacha and my iPod Touch. One big happy family!
You are asked to register to SMARTNet on your first power up.
- Smart Netphone (a.k.a ZTE Blade)
- 3.5″ LCD display @ 480×800 pixels
- 600 MHz ARM 11 processor
- Adreno 200 GPU
- Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
- HSDPA 7.2Mbps; HSUPA 5.76Mbps
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
- Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
- 3MP autofocus camera
- FM radio tuner
- GPS w/ AGPS support
- Li-Ion battery 1250mAh
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- The battery life is typical of an Android phone. If you are on Wi-Fi or 3G all the time, expect a battery life of 8-10 hours. But if data is off, expect a battery life of at least 18-20 hours on standby.
- The interface of the photo gallery is kinda sucky. I hope it gets changed when an update comes out.
- The camera gives so-so quality photos, even in bright light settings.
GEEK GIRL’S VERDICT
I’ve had this phone for a few weeks now and I had a hard time coming up with a review for it. And I don’t mean it in a negative way.
It’s just that the concept of the SMART Netphone is so new that, to be honest, my thoughts on the SMART Netphone are running way too fast for my fingers to keep up with! ;)
As a phone, the SMART Netphone is decent. Tho admittedly there ARE better phones out there in the same price range, like the HTC Chacha for one.
But if we’re just talking about the SMART Netphone 701 (without any other option presented), it’s actually a very decent phone. It’s sturdy and does not feel cheap at all. The screen is VERY clear, and the speakers surprisingly deliver good sound.
On a scale of 1-10, the responsiveness of the touchscreen would be an 8. (Minus 2 points since there are times I’d have to keep my finger on an icon for 1 second before something happens.)
I would give the phone a more stellar rating if it actually had a physical keypad, but the haptic feedback will have to do for now. Oh, and Swype.
But you see, the Netphone is not just about the phone.
What you pay for is the SMARTNet experience. (Read more about SMARTNet here.)
For now, the best thing you can get from purchasing a SMART Netphone is the FREE unlimited access to your Social Stream and Netphone Messenger until December 31, 2011. (Even if you only have P1 in your balance!)
The SMARTNet is still in its infancy stages (hello, bugs!), but I believe in the long run that it will be made of greater things. I’m really looking forward to the other services SMARTNet will offer in the future. Really looking forward.
If you want to see what SMART’s vision is for the SMART Netphone, check out this video:
Awesome, isn’t it?
If you want to read more about my SMART Netphone experience, follow me on Twitter or ‘like’ the GeekGirlManila Facebook Page. I regularly tweet/post about my SMART Netphone discoveries and experience. You can also ask me a thing or two, if you’d like! :)