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T-Mobile Pulse review

Cheap handset arrives to bring Android to the masses

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3.2 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 240 x 320

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For

  • Android
  • Responsive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi and HSDPA
  • Integrated Google apps
  • A-GPS with compass
  • Price

Against

  • Rubbish camera
  • Battery life not great
  • Odd headphone adapter
  • Available on T-Mobile only
  • Video player app limited

With the Android smartphone platform gaining momentum as the number of handsets available expands, T-Mobile has introduced its own-brand low-cost touchscreen alternative – the T-Mobile Pulse.

The Pulse offers a pay-as-you-go route into the Google-powered smartphone world.

Starting at £179.99 in pre-pay deals (and expected to be free with contracts), it's the most affordable Android-equipped smartphone so far.

While HTC has made the early running as the main Android handset producer, manufacturers like Samsung and Motorola have recently joined the game with their own debut Android touchscreen phones, and a bunch of others, including LG, Sony Ericsson and Acer, are committed to releases in the near future.

The market certainly is about to get a whole lot hotter.

T-Mobile's own-brand Pulse is a handset sourced from Chinese mobile communications maker Huawei (best known in this country for supplying mobile internet dongles to the major networks). The Pulse is a T-Mobile optimised version of the HU8220, and is a slab design with a 3.5-inch touchscreen – the largest on an Android phone so far.

The T-Mobile Pulse may be the most affordable Android handset to date, but that doesn't mean a lean set of features.

It has HSPA and Wi-Fi high-speed data connectivity, is equipped with A-GPS satellite location-finding technology and supports a rich spread of video, music and other media functions, including a 3.2-megapixel camera.

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Running on the Android 1.5 Cupcake version of the smartphone OS, it comes loaded up with the usual healthy set of standard Android applications and has plenty of functionality out of the box, including all the Google regulars.

In addition, users can, of course, augment the onboard software with application downloads, using the embedded Android Market application to browse apps online.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandTri Band
Service ProviderT-Mobile
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypePrepay Pack
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameT-Mobile
Product ModelPulse Mini
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)106 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height106 mm
Width57 mm
Depth14 mm
ManufacturerT-Mobile
Product NamePulse Mini Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberPULSEMINI
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.t-mobile.com