T-Mobile Pulse review

Cheap handset arrives to bring Android to the masses

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With Wi-Fi onboard and HSPA mobile data connectivity (HSDPA downloading at up to 7.2Mbps, HSUPA uploading at up to 2Mbps), the Android browsing experience works exceptionally well on this device. The Android browser is highly usable, with controls well thought out and intuitive.

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Full web pages load up rapidly, with pages rendered accurately, and there's support for Flash lite. Multiple windows can be opened and switched between using the intuitive control buttons.

You can scroll around web pages, zooming in and out quickly with touch control buttons, and a press of the menu button brings up a selection of desktop style control buttons; you can go forward, reload and open bookmarks – which also presets a list of most visited sites and a history of sites visited.

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There's also a useful browser zoom button that enables you to quickly get up a page overview, with the portion of the page you've zoomed into superimposed slightly enlarged on the overview, enabling you to scroll the page as if you were using a magnifying glass.

Initially, the phone is set up for the T-Mobile Web'n'Walk homepage, though there are a number of bookmarks pre-listed for popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo and MySpace, and for news, information and other web services such as BBC News, Wikipedia, and Ebay.

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We certainly like the Android browser, and the Pulse offers a fast, reliable and intuitive way of navigating to and around web pages.

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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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
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