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T-Mobile Shadow Reviews – an impressive smartphone
The T-Mobile Shadow looks quite similar to the original Shadow which was announced at CES 2009. It measures same as the original Shadow which is 4 inches tall, 2 inches wide and 0.6 inch deep, and weighs 5.3 ounces. However, the new version has some great design features such as curved edges, a shinier face, and a new paint job. The handheld is available in two color schemes- white and mint, and black and burgundy. You can get this Windows Mobile smartphone for $149.99 with two year contract from T-Mobile.
The handheld boasts of 2.6-inch QVGA display which offers native resolution of 320×240 pixels and supports 64k colors. But the display is not as sharp and bright as expected; it is on dull side. Still, the handheld does a nice job of making the user interface pretty animated and lively. The apps are organized into eight categories which make the device easy to use for those who are using the Windows Mobile OS for the first time.
You can navigate the various menus with the help of controls provided below the screen. The shortcuts and controls include Talk and End keys, Back button, navigation wheel, two soft keys and a Home page shortcut. The navigation wheel can be spin clockwise or anti clockwise which allow you to scroll through the menus.
The left spine of the device houses volume rocker, microSD expansion slot, and a programmable shortcut key and the right spine feature a dedicated camera button. The top edge of device houses power button whereas the power/headset connector is located on the bottom edge. The device lacks 3.5mm headphone jack and mini USB port. The device comes with a travel charger, a USB cable, a wired headset, an audio adapter, a carrying case, a software CD, and reference material.
The new version offers some feature enhancements over the older version. The Shadow offers Microsoft Office Mobile Suite with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. It is also a good music phone as it offers Windows Media Player 10 Mobile which supports AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, MPEG-4, and WMV music and video files. Other features include File Explorer, a PDF reader, a voice recorder, a task manager, a calculator, an alarm clock, and lots more.
The Shadow is capable of accessing POP3 and IMAP e-mail accounts, and includes set-up wizard for all the popular e-mail clients, such as AOL, Gmail, Windows Live, and Yahoo. It also offers a number of IM clients which include AIM, ICQ, Windows Live, and Yahoo. Another attracting feature of the device is its UMA (unlicensed mobile access) support which enables the device to make and receive calls via integrated Wi-Fi which means you can make unlimited free calls. But there is a catch; you will have to pay $9.99 per month for T-Mobile’s Unlimited HotSpot Calling service.
The handheld also offers Bluetooth 2.0 which supports both mono and stereo wireless headsets, object push, phonebook access, dial-up networking, and more. But the Shadow does not support T-Mobile’s 3G network. It also sports a 2-megapixel camera which offers a number of advanced features.