The Good The T-Mobile Dash 3G brings some nice upgrades, including 3G support, GPS, and a 2-megapixel camera. The smartphone features a slick design with a nice, full QWERTY keyboard. Other highlights include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and plenty of messaging options.
The Bad The Dash 3G does not include the Inner Circle feature or UMA support. The screen size is a bit small. Price is a little high compared with the competition.
The Bottom Line Long overdue, the T-Mobile Dash 3G is a worthy upgrade to its predecessor with the addition of such features as 3G support, GPS, and an updated design.
T-Mobile Dash 3G
The poor T-Mobile Dash has been pulling duty ever since October 2006 and while it's received a minor face-lift and Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade over the years, it's definitely time for the smartphone to retire. More importantly, T-Mobile customers need and deserve something more up-to-date and it looks like the T-Mobile Dash 3G is set to deliver.
The Dash 3G is the carrier's version of the HTC Snap, which was introduced at CTIA 2009 and just recently launched on Sprint. It brings a number of welcome additions, such as GPS, a better camera, and 3G support--something that was missing from T-Mobile's other top messaging, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900. The design of the Dash 3G is also heaps better than the Sprint model, boasting a slimmer design, a soft-touch finish, and a roomier keyboard. However, we're slightly disappointed that the Inner Circle e-mail feature wasn't included on T-Mobile's model. Also, at $169.99 with a two-year contract, the price is a little high when you compare it with some of the competition, such as AT&T's Nokia E71x that goes for $100 and Verizon's upcoming version of the Snap, the HTC Ozone that will go for $50. Overall, though, it's a really nice upgrade for current Dash owners and any T-Mobile customers looking for a fast messaging smartphone. The T-Mobile Dash 3G will be available starting July 8.
Now this is the smartphone that we saw and admired at CTIA 2009. Unlike the slick, plasticky Sprint HTC Snap, the T-Mobile Dash 3G is a much more attractive device for a number of reasons. The soft-touch finish on the back makes the biggest difference in our opinion, giving the messaging smartphone a more sophisticated look and high-quality feel. The Sprint Snap just looks like a toy next to it. The Dash 3G is also slightly slimmer at 4.5 inches tall by 2.4 inches wide by 0.4 inch thick (compared with Sprint's version at 4.5 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.5 inch), and is comfortable to hold while on a phone call or typing messages. The handset will also easily slip into a pants pocket and won't weigh you down at 4.2 ounces.
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