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Review: Huawei M735

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The M735 covers the basics when it comes to messaging. That means SMS/MMS, IM and email. The SMS/MMS application works as you might expect. All the standard tools apply. That means you have access to emoticons, text templates, and so on.

One annoying quirk (and this applies to all text entry on the M735), is that the handset has a T9-style interface for adding text by default when it is held vertically. If you want to turn the phone sideways and use a QWERTY keyboard, you have to open the T9 keyboard first, and then press a dedicated QWERTY button. Worse, the QWERTY keyboard can only be used for text entry. You can't take any actions from the QWERTY screen. You have to press "done," rotate the phone vertically again and go back to the T9 screen in order to access the options menu and actually send the message. That's supremely frustrating. Additionally, the software buttons for both the T9 and QWERTY keyboards are way too small. This is, perhaps, why Huawei provides a stylus for the M735. Typing mistake-free messages was flat-out impossible.

The email application is the same horrendous email app used on MetroPCS's other devices. It looks like an application developed back in 2001. It supports POP3/IMAP4 email systems. It pulls email down sporadically at best.

The same applies to the mobile instant messaging application. It supports AIM, Yahoo and Windows. I found the interface to be clunky, the performance to be slow, and the overall experience was just too frustrating with the weak text entry tools provided by the M735.

In terms of social networking, the M735 doesn't offer applications. Instead, the M735 has browser shortcuts to the mobile web sites of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. They provide minimal functionality. I couldn't find any dedicated applications in MetroPCS's application store.

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