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T-Mobile Shadow

Same name, new phone

The Shadow's display

Small but chunky

New colors

Slider design

Shoddy dialpad

T-Mobile Shadow vs. Nokia N85

Expandable memory

Same camera

Mediocre photo quality

The T-Mobile Shadow was first announced at CES 2009 and is now available through T-Mobile for $149.99 with a two-year contract.
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The T-Mobile Shadow takes over for its predecessor of the same name, bringing an updated look and a couple of new features.
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We weren't particularly thrilled with the Shadow's display. It's smaller at 1.6 inches and didn't look all that sharp or bright, showing just 64,000 colors at a 320x240-pixel resolution.
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The Shadow measures 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide by 0.6 inch deep and weighs 5.3 ounces. While it's not a big handset, it is slightly on the thicker side so might make for a tight fit in a pants pocket.
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The T-Mobile Shadow will be available in two color combinations: white/mint and black/burgundy. We particularly like how the colors gradually transform on the back.
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The T-Mobile Shadow has a slider design, where you push the screen up to expose the alphanumeric keypad. The top is a bit heavy so it requires a good push, but then locks securely into place.
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The Shadow features a 20-key SureType dialpad like the original model. While the buttons are large and easy to press, they look horrible due to the poor and uneven backlighting.
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The T-Mobile Shadow shares a similar design to the Nokia N85 (right), but the N85 has a more solid build and construction.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive
The T-Mobile Shadow offers about 98MB of available storage, and the MicroSD expansion slot can accept up to 8GB cards.
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The T-Mobile Shadow keeps the same 2-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. There's no flash but you do get various camera options, including various quality settings and white balance controls.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive
We weren't particularly impressed by the Shadow's camera. It produced sharp pictures, but the colors weren't very accurate and had a yellowish tone to them.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive
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