The T-mobile Dash is part of an emerging trend of small thin phones with keyboards.Except for the power key on the left side of the phone the sides are smooth and button free making it easy to grip. There is a port located on the bottom of the phone but it is covered so you don’t feel it as you hold onto the Dash. The camera is also conveniently tucked out of the way on the back of the phone. Which seems to bring together the phones efforts to try to keep things simple and out of the way. However the microSD slot is hidden beneath the battery cover unfortunately, which may be taking it a little to far. You don’t have to turn the phone off to insert or remove the card but you do have to take the battery cover off and if you have big fingers it can be hard to grab the card.
The keyboard on the T-Mobile Dash is small and tightly shaped, while still allowing for good control. The keys are packed together into very tightly spaced columns but the large gaps between each row makes it easy to press one key without hitting multiple others. Surprisingly from the look of the keyboard it is very easy to type with. The navigation buttons above are well laid out with large buttons in a very sensible arrangement. But the most interesting and least usable keys are the volume controls, which are on a touch sensitive pad next to the screen. So because these buttons aren’t really buttons at all they are hard to press to begin with plus the functionality of them is very erratic.
The Dash includes T-mobiles new MyFaves, which is half application half calling plan. With it you can get unlimited calls to five numbers. This application makes it easy to call any of your faves simply by scrolling to their picture and pressing the send key. So as long as you have signed up for a MyFaves plan any call to any of your faves is free.
The phone also has a unique dashboard or management section which allows you to quickly see the status of your phone, as well as the ability to turn everything on and off. Another positive thing about this phone is its not limited to the cellular network for data it can connect to any wifi hotspot. That also includes the T-mobile hotspot in any Starbucks as well as whatever you have at home, school, the office, or anywhere else that has wifi. Once connected to a network you can go to internet explorer and browse the web almost like you do on a PC. The internet explorer in this phone isn’t like all other phones it can also read HTML like your standard web browser, as well as reformat that HTML to fit the small screen.
So over all we thought that the T-Mobile Dash was a good phone. While it had a few negative points, for the most part they where very minor things which may not necessarily be a problem for you. Also the phone had so many strong points the negatives where easily out weighted.