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Replying to:  Need Some Useful Advice by Tawnya1974   Oct 17, 2011, 3:16 PM

Re: Need Some Useful Advice

by DealerMan    Oct 27, 2011, 3:55 AM

I chose the Admire for my first smartphone as well. I've had it now for 2 weeks, and have been pretty happy with its performance.

I'll start with the biggest shortcoming first: Battery life. In my limited research, this seems to be a common complaint in the Android world. If you decide to live on your phone (constant social/GPS/regular browsing), this phone will suck your battery dry in a heartbeat (1 hour, give or take 5 minutes). It'll take at least 3 hours to recharge if you're at less that 10% battery life. It does come with a combo USB/Wall charger, but no car charger. I highly recommend a car charger if you buy this phone.

The other cons I've noticed you may not care about. No built-in FM radio. No front-facing camera. The alarm function does not work with the phone powered off (aggravating to say the least). Some of the free basic apps I'm interested in want access to my contact list/phone features. Why?? I can understand certain apps might need this, but a simple, single-player/non-network game? Give me a break. Internet will probably be slow unless you can connect to a wifi signal (there is a built-in EasyWiFi app that'll make this painless).

Great things: GPS navigation. Voice prompt turn-by-turn guidance. Very Sweet. It's not 100% perfect, but it'll get you where you need to be (it likes to stick with main/well-traveled roads). Essential if you're in a strange place.

MetroPCS requires you have a gmail account, but as a result, every entry in your 'contacts' will be automatically imported to your phone. Awesome. Of course I had to add quite a few contacts through gmail, but it was worth it since I didn't have to do through the phone (I didn't have a data cable for my ancient Nokia 6030 to keep an address book backup).

According to my research, this phone will take up to a 32GB micro USB card, but have seen a few reviews that have problems with them. Still, a 16 or even an 8GB card will be plenty big to take your music along for the ride.

The Visual Voice Mail feature is great if you constantly get people leaving a traditional message. The app will list all voice mail messages, and you select the one you want to hear first, bypassing the crap until last.

Hopefully this information will help you decide. You could do a LOT worse than this phone in my opinion. Good Luck!

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