"blackberry? voyager? iphone? venus? glyde? why i'm so glad i went with the enV(2)"5.0 starson by calculust
Pros: great size/weight, QWERTY keyboard, reception, sturdy, multimedia capabilities, battery life, pic/video capacity
Cons: vibration could stand to be a little stronger
Summary: like a few of the reviews on here, my two year contract was up, so it was time for me to choose a new phone (and possibly a new service).I HAVE, IN FACT, TRIED EACH OF THESE PHONES WITH MY OWN TWO HANDS. TO BE SURE, IPHONE'S BATTERY LIFE IS STILL ITS WEAKNESS; VOYAGER IS A BRICK COMPARED TO THE ENV2--AND NO, ITS TOUCHSCREEN PALES IN COMPARISON TO IPHONE; GLYDE IS STILL A TRICKY PHONE AROUND THE EDGES; BLACKBERRY PEARL'S SURE-TYPE KEYBOARD REMAINS CLUMSY AT BEST; AND VENUS IS STILL A GIMMICK OF A PHONE.
iPhone- friends who have it complained the battery life is terrible, and more importantly, AT&T is a terrible network. sometimes i travel all over the place, and the last thing i need is loss of service. so i was definitely going to stay with verizon. that said...
blackberry- i can't understand the "QWERTY" keyboard on the pearl 8130 to save my life. it's awkward and the trackball is very limited because it only moves up and down. also, the user interface leaves a lot to be desired. for a messaging phone, it's not especially easy to use.
voyager- it's terribly bulky, and the touchscreen isn't accurate. that's a very big deal considering the touchscreen is supposed to be the phone's selling point.
venus- has a touchscreen that seems to be used only as a gimick. should have just made it a slider without a touchscreen, because it's basically useless. and the lack of QWERTY keyboard made this no better than a razr (with worse reception).
glyde- pretty cool look, not unlike a streamlined voyager. however, the buttons on the touchscreen are even less responsive than voyager, and the slideout QWERTY keyboard doesn't have numbers. the worst is that it takes about three keystrokes to the touchscreen (when the touchscreen responds) before you can even dial a phone number. very frustrating phone, but it sure is pretty.
enV(2)- it looked a little thick to me until i realized everything it does. the reviews were glowing, and it worked well and felt good at the verizon store. no touchscreen turned out to be a huge advantage. i've pretty much concluded that unless the touchscreen has apple's technology, it's kind of ineffective. yahoo and other email services are available, so that was a winning feature for me. as time goes on (and it's been about four days), i keep finding more reasons to love this phone. i've charged the battery only once in the past four days, and at that, it had only lost two bars, and believe me when i say i use my phone quite a bit. i'll assume it actually lasts much longer. both screens have great resolution. the speakers have an alarmingly clear sound, no matter how loud i turn up the volume, and the volume goes pretty high). 2mp camera, where have you been all my life? pics are sharp. video records for up to an hour. most importantly, aside from how easy it is to send/receive email on this phone, the reception is fantastic. i am floored by the call quality of this phone.
i put a lot of thought into which phone i should purchase because my phone is my lifeline. i absolutely made the best choice.
Updated on Dec 29, 2008
I'VE SINCE TRIED LG DARE, AND FOUND THAT THE LANDSCAPE KEYBOARD IS WAY TOO SENSITIVE.
I NEEDED A TEXTING PHONE; I FOUND A GREAT ONE IN ENV2. STILL LOVE IT.