T-Mobile has a lot of great smartphone offers this year, which cater to just about every niche of the market you can think of. You’ve got your high end smartphones with the G2X, the T-Mobile G2 is still on sale and perfect for business users, Motorola Defy for those who have an active lifestyle and want their phone to last more than one fall from the table, other smartphones and a ton of simple cell phones and feature phones to cater to those that don’t want to switch over to a fancy smartphone just yet.
Samsung Gravity Smart QWERTY
The latter category is in luck (or out of luck, depending on how you look at it), because network operators seem to be set to move them away from feature phones to full-fledged smartphones – and why not, a smartphone with a good OS can provide so much more features to its owner, no matter if he’s tech-savvy or not. It’s good for the networks, too: they can make a killing selling more services like data, special apps, tethering and others.
T-Mobile is already stocking up on budget smartphones and one of their latest offer includes a full QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.2 Froyo and a great design – meet the Gravity Smart from Samsung. You might have already seen or at least heard of the Gravity series, with their crazy electric blue and lime colors, and it’s obvious that Samsung is targeting this phone towards the young demographic, although the gray color will look good in anyone’s hands.
The Gravity Smart is your usual QWERTY side slider – it has rounded corners that make it sit well in any hand, and the front is adorned by a nice 3.2 inch touch screen (230×480 resolution, just enough for any daily tasks you might need to perform), three Android navigation buttons (Menu, Back and Search – although Home instead of Search would’ve been better) and a touchpad/D-pad that makes it easy to navigate Web pages and documents on the relatively small screen. Obviously, the phone is a bit on the thick side thanks to the keyboard, but at 14 mm is more than manageable, especially when it’s only 114×59 in length and width. The QWERTY keyboard itself is pretty good, although the keys do feel a bit cheap and the whole thing is obviously not at the level of T-Mobile G2 or Motorola Droid 2.
Technical specs are mediocre at best from a power user’s perspective, but I don’t think a person new to smartphones will even use this phone to its full potential. The Gravity Smart has a 600 MHz processor (which performs like a slower first generation Snapdragon) and an undisclosed amount of RAM (most probably 288) that actually feel pretty fast – there are no significant lags and the phone is faster than the first generation of Android phones, that’s for sure.
There is a 3 megapixels camera on the back that can only shoot QVGA video, and the phone has support for Wifi, Bluetooth and 3.6 Mbps HSPA – usual fare, although support for 7.2 Mbps 3G would’ve been nice (the chipset supports it, so it’s only a software limitation).
The Samsung Gravity Smart will appeal to anyone who likes to write a lot of text messages and browse the Web on the go, and the phone will cost less than $100 with a contract, which is pretty cheap for what you get. The Smart has just officially gone on sale, so if you’re in the market for a cheap and reliable QWERTY smartphone, you should check it out.