"Great phone, great keyboard"4.5 starson by stanman0125
Pros: Call quality, battery life, feel/quality
Cons: The address book has some serious short comings, camera is sluggish
Summary: Overall, I love the Xenon. I am switching to it from a Samsung Blackjack smartphone. My first try was the Samsung Eternity. I am not a huge fan of Samsung, but at the time, it was the best option I saw.
After discovering some short comings, I decided to exchange the Eternity for the Xenon and I couldn't be happier I did.
First, the Xenon has voice dialing/commands and speed-dial, which the Eternity shockingly lacks. The Xenon handles voice commands very well, although you have to be careful how you set up your contacts if you plan on using voice dialing. The Xenon requires you to define each number for every contact as mobile, home, work, etc... which will be fine for most people entering contacts from scratch. However, I found out that importing contacts from my old phone via Bluetooth was mostly seamless, but the categorization of the numbers got jumbled. So, some home numbers were marked as mobile or work, which throws off the voice dialing. Changing the category is easy enough however, but somewhat tedious if you have a lot of contacts.
Speaking of contacts, the Xenon does not store information like birthdays, anniversaries, or ADDRESSES. I can understand the first two, but given the fact that ATT navigator is an option on this phone, it's curious that it can't store an address. An address could be entered in the 'notes' section for your contacts, but I find it odd.
The camera is solid, but sluggish. No fast moving objects, please.
That said overall, I love the phone. I have found the widgets to be useless on both the Eternity and the Xenon. Only the music play seems to be helpful to have on your home screen. The Xenon has a "favorites" button on the home screen (the star button) where you can place any application you frequently use. I put the voice command, bluetooth, and calendar there, which is great. No need for widgets for these thing. Also, the connection and profile menu, accessed by touching the very top of the screen is pretty handy, although, it does take a few tries to learn where to touch to get it to come up.
Speaking of the touch screen, it's pretty great. I found the Eternity's operation a little smoother, but overall the Xenon's is good. The widget bar is a little sluggish to appear, which I gather is more of a processor issue than a screen issue, but the responsiveness is a little slow in some other apps as well. CNET is definitely right when they say there is a learning curve, but I say it's well worth learning.
The size is good too. It's shorter and less wide than the Eternity, but a little thicker, due to the slide out keyboard, which by the way, is great. My only complaint is that I sometimes hit the mail app key when I mean to type an "A" (it's right next to it). I know that's not the keyboards fault, but I think they could have put a key that didn't launch an app right next to one of the most used letters in the English language.
The phone fits easily into the front pocket of jeans or dress pants without being overly noticeable.
Overall, I am thrilled by my choice to exchange the Eternity for the Xenon. The Xenon is a marvelous phone and texting device.