The T-Mobile Dash was released to an excited media on October the 11th, along with much hype and speculation. Most of the buzz was about the included Wi-Fi, allowing "Dash users to connect to any of T-Mobile's 7,836 hot spots around the US" (CNET). But this was not all - the Dash also comes with "a 1.3-megapixel digital camera, MicroSD compatibility, and speakerphone capabilities" (BetaNews).
But did the device live up to the hype? Reviews have been coming in since the launch, and Blompo.com sums them up at their T-Mobile Dash page.
One of the first to get a review out the door was Gizmodo, who happily proclaimed the Dash as a Q-killer: "if you're looking for a smartphone in a thin package and are willing to give up Pocket PC features like touch-screen and Office Mobile, you won't go wrong with the Dash" they proclaimed. They were not only ones to make the obvious comparison with Motorola's product - CNET announced that "with a sleek design, good performance, and a robust set of productivity and wireless options, the T-Mobile Dash is an all-in-one hit and earns its reputation as a Motorola Q killer." Finally MSNBC also jumped on the bandwagon, declaring that "The Dash is the smallest, slickest, smartest smartphone on the market today. It instantly rises to the head-of-the-class. A Q-killer if I've ever seen one."
PC Magazine were happy to compare the Dash to its siblings: "The best features of T-Mobile's SDA and MDA come together in a delightful little handheld", they concluded. Engadget were equally glowing of the Dash's hardware, saying that "its shape and soft touch finish make it far more comfortable to hold in the hand than almost any other Smartphone we can think of in the US market", but were slightly less loving of the operating system, concluding: "In case you couldn't already tell, we feel pretty comfortable recommending this phone to anyone willing to put up with the inherent pains of Smartphone, with or without Tmo's tweaks and myFaves calling service."
Despite these glowing reviews, not all of the reviewers found the T-Mobile Dash a pleasure to work with. infoSync were "disappointed by the Dash's mediocre calling quality and inability to edit Office documents", and although Laptop Magazine were impressed with easy typing on the Dash and the speed of the Wi-Fi, they pointed out that "these perks are nearly outweighed by the phone's less-than-snappy performance." Finally Phone Scoop claimed that they "experienced a new frustration with the Dash which others have been reporting is common to many new T-Mobile smartphones - a lack of data signal. There were times when we could not hop on the Internet even though there was plenty of signal strength to send a text or even make a call."
Generally, the positive reviews of T-Mobile's Dash have heavily outweighed the few negative niggles that reviewers have stumbled across during their testing. It seems that with the Dash, T-Mobile have come up trumps with a killer implementation of Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition - something that many of its competitors have yet failed to do.