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MetroPCS - Samsung Messenger II No-Contract Mobile Phone - Silver/Gray-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty darn good!

    Posted
    SNerk

    I've had mine for about three weeks now and I'm just about ready to take it back to BestBuy. This is only my second cell phone, so I'm not very educated or experienced when it comes to these things. MetroPcs has been pretty good for the last few years; I've only had one issue that wasn't resolved easily; about a week when I had signal at home but was unable to make or receive calls. Unmitigated Pros: good camera (semi-pro photographer) with exposure compensation, white balance and ASA selections, good sound quality (semi-pro musician), and the included apps are pretty good for a n00b to the web-able phone arena. It does almost everything I want a phone to do and then some. Mitigated pros: MetroNavigator like all the web-based apps on it, requires a metro connection to "authenticate subscription"; I'd think they could store that info on the phone. This can take quite a while. Navigator is only location accurate within about 200 feet, but directions are clear and timely, "Eve" is clear and easy to understand. It checks my pop email, but truncates messages; if you use this to communicate make sure you leave a copy on the server. It handles MP3 files easily, but then the ringtone selection automatically adds them to the list. All of them. If you want to have as many albums as will fit on a MicroSD card, it's a major PITA as far as I'm concerned. No problems with midi as far as I can tell. Nuance voice command software is a major revision out of date, and don't expect to see any support FAQs or details from Metro anytime soon. It works, and that's about it. I'm pretty sure the phone could handle more thorough voice control... I don't know enough about bluetooth to know if apps should feed to my headset instead of the speaker, but since I live in a handsfree state, I want Navigator to talk to my ear, not the car. While I can live with popping my headset off when I need to listen to it, that's one that should have been integrated from square one. Pocket Express is nice, especially the dictionary and phone directories... but you can't save a number or use it to create or modify a contact. MetroWeb is slowslowslow. Almost might as well leave it off. But it works, and it's good to be able to check on a part when I'm out in the field. Battery life seems okay, but I'm not so sure about the charger; charge times don't seem to relate to remaining charge. The calendar is pretty good, too, but there's no easy way to change the default alarm. And, because Metro (and Samsung) doesn't want their clients to mess around under the hood, there's no easy way to export or synch contacts, appointments, or anything important. Cons: the menus. If you leave the icon shortcut active, apps you remove stay active; if you turn it off, you have to go through @metro to get there, and that defaults to the metro app catalog. Another PITA if you're impatient. The default app is MyMetro, whose sole function is to let one choose and call MetroPCS support or MyMetro support for 611. Forget trying to remove icons for apps you don't use or rearranging them to make life easier. The OS (BREW, I think) and lack of sync is what really cripples this for me. There are really only two apps I need; solitaire and a kitchen timer. Metro sells Platinum Solitaire 2 for the Messager II, and while it's satisfactory, it only barely so. The whole "value added application" racket is just that; a racket. Among other irritations: I can't figure out how to assign a default custom tone to calendar alerts or alarms the way I can to contacts. "You have an appointment" seems so much more functional to me than "bingitybeeblebeep." The phone's physical characteristics are decent; my biggest complaint is the port covers for headphones and charging; even with a guitar player's thumbnail, getting the charging door open is a headache. The keyboard is decent, but could be better. If there's an auto-scroll preference that works, I have yet to find it; pushing the down arrow button for every page when webbing is a pain in the thumb(s). It doesn't grab a signal as strongly as my crusty old Nokia; where I used to get a solid signal out in the sticks where I work, the R560 hunts between roaming and Metro's signal. Unless I stand in just the right spot, hold the phone just so, and stick my tongue out while dialing, I'm on TravelTalk, making it pretty useless for me except in an emergency. Of course, that's the main reason I have a cell phone at all. Since the apps selection is so limited and the toys like Navigator and Pocket Express demand a Metro connection to start, and apps from the MetroCatalog are almost all games, using the phone as an entertainment center when I'm on break is limited to music and videos, and I'm not a big fan of either... additionally, using the MP3 player seems to suck the battery down pretty well, reducing total on time to something like three hours. So now I need to decide if I want to upgrade to a Code (because of the Windows Mobile OS and BestBuy's sale price: $250) or downgrade to something without the bells and whistles. Don't get me wrong; it's a good phone with lots of features. It did take me three weeks of pretty intensive searching the web and the manual to figure it out as much as I have... but for me that's a plus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    its ok!!!

    Posted
    alice1986

    I had to get this phone because my other samsung messenger was messing up. i thought this would be a better phone but it's not really that great. i have had some problems with it freezing and i have to take the battery out and all that jazz. its a pain in the butt. the other day i had charged it and it said charge complete and by 10 am it was done to 1 bar. i didnt even use the phone. i didnt even have any text messages or calls from anybody. this phone should defiently have had a flash. you cant take decent pictures unless you are in the light. if the finesse was cheaper i would have probably gotten that one instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Phone is pretty good.

    Posted
    Socalguy1972

    This phone would be better if if battery life was better. I have charged it overnight, and by noon the next day, the battery is almost dead, down to 2 bars or less; which I could understand if I was on it or using it. But I work all day, so all it does is receive calls for VM and text messages. Also, trying to type with the keyboard would be easier if you didn't have to press the FN key to use common punctuation marks, or if after you type it, the entry returns automatically to text/letters. Overall, a better phone than old Kyocera Strobe, but not much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet camera phone + more

    Posted
    Kirksangel

    I love this phone. I purchased it where I even got it cheaper beside being great phone for the price. I like to text alot with it having a qwerty keyboard it makes it easier. So far i have been very happy with it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good phone for the price, decent reception

    Posted
    typet

    This phone is pretty good for all the features that it has, but lacks the reception due to service provider. It has pretty much all the bells and whistles before stepping up to a higher priced PDA phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    sucks

    Posted
    chris6438

    there isnt to much to say about this phone but that it sucks bad. thats all i got to say. i paid $200 dollars for it from cricket.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a great phone

    Posted
    flickwick

    this phone is great for messaging i have ever owned

    I would recommend this to a friend