Nice review Paul. It was good enough for me to rule out the SPL as a possible next phone, if it appeared soon on t-mobile.
With the key pad issue, you said
Of course, if I was a multi-tapper rather than a T9'er, I might not be so happy..
I'm glad you pointed this out because that is just not good enough.
Also, one of my gripes as you may remember from some of my other posts, is the weight of smartphones. The SPL is 7mm smaller in depth than the c600 and it has the flat keypad, yet it is only 3grams lighter than the c600.
So what is my point........................the c600 type of keypad works just fine, so why does the SPL have the flat type keypad? It's not to reduce the phones weight so it must be for looks rather than use.
Using a flat keypad i-mate have managed to create the illusion of a lighter mobile in return for a 'not so good keypad'. Unlike say Samsung who's flat key pad phones are that way for a reason........to make them much lighter.
Once again, where do c600 smartphone owners who want to upgrade go next. It seems that Microsoft have done their part creating the operating system but are being let down by the phone manufactures and network companies. Where are all the new non qwerty candybar, flip and slider smartphones that Nokia and SE and Others seem to produce so well.