"Diamond in the rough"4.5 starson by mocha30
Pros: Amazing Q-band reception with few dropped calls. Easy to use all in one QWERTY/Number keypad. Camera takes clear pics comparable to a digital cam. Solid, with 'rubber backing' for slippery surfaces.
Cons: The only con I notice is the text msg setup. For being touted as a great texting phone, it should have IM style texting. Incoming msgs shouldn't be cut off. Also the limited use of downloaded ringtones/alerts.
Summary: After months of research, I chose this phone based on three criteria; Quad Band Channels, Durability & Slide feature. The Quad Band feature to use in rural areas, the durability because I'm rough with my phones. Slide feature for easy access to the keyboard, which is very user friendly. On some smart phones you have to press the Fn key to activate the numbers keys. This phone you just slide open and start dialing your call.
This is the only phone I've had that works while on elevators, basements and other such areas without any interruption. It's nice to be able to talk on the phone or listen to music, text and still be able to log onto the internet, Battery life of these activities lasted a day. Very impressive.
It has the headset jack which comes in handy I've found ;).
Aesthetically, the front of the phone is sleek, good size screen with flat menu key. The menu icons and the IM/Txt msgs are a good size font so there is no need to squint and is readable in the sunlight. The icons on the screen gives the impression of a touch screen, even though it is not. However, with just one hand you can access social networks, the camera, any shortcut feature and even the main menu with just the touch of a menu arrow button.
Sound quality is fantastic. Callers are clear and loud, the music player is also clear and loud, nothing sounds tinny. There's no need to have full volume. The only slight drawback is again the text limit issue, and limited use of ringtones/alerts.
The fun part is everyone who sees this phone say "Oooh cool looking phone, can I check it out?" They are surprised it is not a touch screen phone. But they love all the other features.
I've always had great experience with Motorola phones and this is by far the best phone I've ever had, even better than some smart-phones.