You might not know what to make of the HTC Freestyle when you first see it. And, to be honest, we didn't either. Though it looks like many an HTC smartphone, the AT&T handset is really a "quick messaging device." Communication and basic productivity take center stage and you won't find a lot of high-end options. Though the latter point is fine considering the price tag ($99 with service), we missed an accelerometer and Wi-Fi. Also, the Freestyle comes with too many third-party apps.
Inside you'll find a curious BREW-powered interface that resembles Android. It's easy to use even if we didn't love the virtual keyboard. Performance is satisfying save for an average speakerphone. We wouldn't recommend the Freestyle to everyone, but it does offer a quasi-smartphone experience without the required data plan.