"A promising phone with old OS"3.5 starson by 4LadyDi
Pros: MotoBlur, Multi orientation, purple backplate, no physical keyboard, lightweight, thin, 3.5mm headphone jack, side charger plug in area, 5 screens, RSS feeds, 5mp flash camera & animations.
Cons: 1.5 Android OS therefore no Google Maps Beta, Twitter has no retweet option, memory card under backplate, no battery usage info, backplate difficult to come off, licorice backplate.
Summary: trying to figure out what phone to get next was difficult until this one came out. And so far, so good. I thought the 1.5 OS would keep me form purchasing it much less keeping it. Google Maps Beta will not work on 1.5 and this was my most used app. Coming off the G1 with 1.6, it was truly a step backwards to me. But with such nifty gadgets like MotoBlur and a 60 day trial of TeleNav, I decided to go all in. I am ever glad I did as the purple backplate looks better to me than the licorice that is included as well. The USB/wall charger are one unit that separates into 2 pieces when you need to connect the phone to the PC. The backplate is a little difficult to get off and the memory card is under there in it's own door like area. The phone has a standard 3.5mm jack for headphones at the top of the phone. Sides are used for volume rocker, camera and on/off/standby buttons. Also on the side is the plug-in are for the wall charger which is far better than the bottom of the phone if you ask me. Gone is the trackball and it's been replaced with a pad like area. This as well as the menu, back, search and home keys are very flush and great to the touch. I would download the user guide from Motorola's site for extras not found in the start guide that comes with the phone. Another feature on the phone is Swype - slide to type vs. tap to type each letter. So far, it's cumbersome for me but I think if you play with it, it probably gets easier to use. When the new OS does come out on this phone, it will be a 5 out of 5 star provided the kinks that usually happen with new OS additions are minimal. MMS picture sending seems to be a woe right now that hopefully will be worked on for the future. I don't see myself retuning this phone as it has been very fun and educating at the same time. The UI is very crystal clear even though the roundness of the screen gets used up in blackness. The Android Market is not updated either. If you're coming from 1.6, you might not find you apps, paid ones as well. Contact developers to get some assistance with this. Very satisfied even though I didn't think I would be because of the OS. MotoBlur has me hooked as it connects all of the social sites in one place. How cool is that!!