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Pharos Traveler 137 Black Unlocked GSM Smart phones with Window Mobile 6.1

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • WiFi/GPS/Music Touch Screen
  • 3.1 MP Auto Focus
  • 3.5" 65K 800 x 480 TFT

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  • Ricardo R.
  • 10/17/2009 4:50:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate - This phone is GARBAGE!

Pros: At this moment I can't think of any pros because I'm upset!

Cons: This phone went out to lunch and stopped holding internet connections, began shutting off unexpectedly, and freezing for long periods of time. The replacement they sent me wasn't much better as it had several issues from the moment I turned it on.

They released a new firmware update that caused the battery to no longer charge! They had to overnight me a battery so that I could turn the phone on and go back to an older version of the firmware.

Their quality control seems to be non-existent as I found several forums where LOTS OF PEOPLE were having the same issues with their phones, and then some.

Other Thoughts: This is an update to my earlier review where I gave it 4 stars. Wish I could take that review back, but can't, so I'm doing an update.

With other alternatives out there, and more coming everyday, I would look elsewhere for a phone. Pharos has offered me my money back, and I'm taking it and buying a Touch Pro 2.

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  • Ricardo R.
  • 9/15/2009 4:31:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but could be better

Pros: Big, bright, colorful screen.

Unlocked, and runs on both T-Mobile 3G and AT&T (1900Mhz, not the 850Mhz) 3G networks.

Included GPS software with all maps on microSD card so you don't need a data connection.

Solidly built, with solid feel and no rattling noises (don't laugh, I've had phones that rattled before).

Office Mobile software suite allows me to edit Word, and Excel docs. FM tuner is functional (see other thoughts below). Windows Mobile (which some hate, but I love) that allwos me to customize to my hearts content.

If you use Exchange Server, quick setup for real-time, always on, syncronization.

Tethering through USB or Bluetooth out of the box (like most Windows Mobile phones. No Jailbreaking or Unbrading/Unlocking needed. It just works!)

Mobile Shell 3.0 interface is pretty intuitive and responsive.

Cons: Runs a little hot. Have had it shutdown on me a couple times while running processor intensive program.

Has gone through 3 ROM updates since release (they finally got a very functional build with the last update). If you don't want to flash your phone then it may not be for you especially since the update to Windows 6.5 is coming in a few weeks.

The GPS software "sometimes" lags a bit. This is annoying during city driving because you may miss your turn. Doesn't happen as much with highway driving since you get voice prompts at 1-mile, and 1/2 mile increments.

No hardware keyboard.

Battery life (see other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: Would have given it 5 eggs except for 2 primary reasons:

1. it's taken them several ROM updates to get it where I actually like using it daily.

2. FM headset connector is non-standard.

Slightly better specs than the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2, minus the keyboard. I did a side-by-side comparison of the 2 phones at a T-Mobile store a few weeks ago (when I was considering pickin up a TP2 and giving the Pharos to my brother) and liked the Pharos better. The Pharos screen was brighter and more vivid (16M colors as opposed to 64K colors). I thought the touch screen was slightly more responsive (probably because of the application selection process). Loved the hardware keyboard on the TP2, but not enough to give up the Pharos.

My friend has since purchased a TP2, and we've discovered that battery life is not according to spec on either device. Probably because 3G drains the battery pretty quickly.

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  • Ivo M.
  • 9/12/2009 1:40:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsNot worht the money

Pros: Slim, light and good looking

Cons: Bad battery,
bad screen,
slow operation

Other Thoughts: This phone has terrific specs. However it is a horrible phone to have.
The battery life is about 8hrs, that is without using the phone at all.
The claimed stand by time is up to 200hrs !!! I guess this is with the device turned off. SPB shell is not making it any better. It just makes it interesting.
The phone works very slow and the screen response is somehow quirky.
Your best bet is not to waste your $$$.
I've had this phne 1mo now and I regret buying it every day. I wish I got HTC touch from T-Mobile directly wih the plan and the cheap price!

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  • Ivo M.
  • 9/11/2009 8:37:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of $$$

Pros: I bought this through dell (sorry New egg you did not have it)
This phone is a great looker - that's it.
Battery lasts barely one day (ONE BUSINESS DAY!)
The phone is slow to respond to actions and very quirky with the screen.
Not easy to use at all despite the SPB shell.
Don't buy this phone unless you want to have a nice looking brick!
I hope I helped you not to waste $500.

Cons: Slow , bad battery life - 8hrs a day. They claim 200hrs standbay,but is complete lie!

Other Thoughts: I would go wtih HTC phone if I am a T-Mobile customer.

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