Firefly GlowPhone review: Firefly GlowPhone

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.6
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The Firefly GlowPhone is easy to use and comes with a set of parental controls. It also offers voice mail and an improved display.

The Bad The Firefly GlowPhone can only read text messages. Also, call quality wasn't reliable.

The Bottom Line If you can find a child willing to use it, the Firefly GlowPhone is a decent cell phone for keeping in touch with your brood.

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The Firefly GlowPhone is one of two child-friendly cell phones from Firefly Mobile. While the company's FlyPhone offers standard cell phone features, the GlowPhone sticks to the bare basics while offering a high level of parental controls. In many ways it is a revamp of the original Firefly. Though it adds a better menu system and a more comfortable design, it lacks a traditional keypad and the capability to send text messages. Such limited functionality makes the GlowPhone a handset for children just hitting the double-digit ages; don't even try to pawn it off on the middle school set. For them, the higher-end FlyPhone is a more appropriate model. The GlowPhone is $49.99.

Though users of the original Firefly will recognize the GlowPhone's profile, Firefly made an effort to correct some of its predecessor's design errors. The see-through plastic shell remains but at 4.02 inches by 1.73 inches by 0.71 inch, the GlowPhone is bigger than the Firefly, which results in a more comfortable feel in the hand. It's also heavier (3.2 ounces versus 2.10 ounces) but it still feels a tad flimsy. The FlyPhone comes in two colors: pink and black. We reviewed the black version, but the features are the same for both models.

These buttons are the GlowPhone's only controls.

The 1.5 inch display is full color so it's greatly improved over the Firefly's monochrome screen. The menu interface remains pretty spartan, but the resolution (128x128-pixels) makes for better colors and graphics. In standby mode it shows the date time, battery life, and signal strength. You have one of eight wallpaper choices and can change the backlight time.

The GlowPhone's volume rocker sits on its left spine.

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Firefly GlowPhone (pink)

Part Number: 96-0001-047
Low Price: $34.95 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Talk Time Up to 300 min
  • Technology GSM
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Diagonal Size 1.5 in