"Much more bounce to the ounce (a non-geek view)"4.5 starson by 00siris
Pros: Stellar touchpad, brilliant screen, awesome look and feel, super fast OS (not to mention the logical and practical updates including distinct phone, sms, and email logs), longer tracked call log, bedside mode with face clock, lightweight, and price.
Summary: Ok, right from the start, this review is for the average Joe. Far too many reviewers get way too technical with Dual-band, GSM/GPRS, and all the rest, when many people just want to know more about the what this stuff means for them when they (the readers) use it.
This Blackberry is simply pleasing in almost every way. RIM really planned this out well.
First, when you turn it on, the first thing that jumps out at you is the absolutely beautiful colors and sharp definition (Almost HD). I've seen nothing better although I hear the Storm 2 is the same.
2nd - I used to adore the track ball in lieu of a touch screen but I have to say that I got used to the new touch pad quite quickly. This thing is amazing. It responds and does it well. Move your finger over it and it's so fast the thing is almost intuitive. I really wish that RIM and ATT could have by now arrived at an agreement that would allow a great touch screen but I'm not kidding when I say that having the track pad renders a touch screen almost irrelevant (except that the touch screen allows for way more screen space).
3rd - The operating system (OS) 126.96.36.1996 is a complete joy. Icons are logical, notification indicators are appropriately sized so as not to interfere with normal viewing, RIM has finally figured out that it was annoying to have all messages emails and texts jumbled together. They finally gave their own separate logs. As well, the call log now tracks the last 40 calls as opposed to the last 20. There is also a new file cabinet icon which allows access to files on your device or media card without having to go through an app that would open the file.
Misc. ? this new Bold 2 (or Onyx as some call it) is just delightful.
Phone calls are clear, and on ATT haven?t dropped at all. The ringers and alerts are loud. I have none greater than ?7? and even my friends have noticed how loud it registers. And, yes, the same goes for multimedia coming from the phone?s speakers.
There?s this new feature called ?Visual Voice Mail? and it is the king of cool. It tracks and manages your voice messages in the same way that text messages are handled. When the calls go to voicemail, you can now see who has called and left you a voice mail. You can visually scroll to the message you want, play it by pressing the play button, rewind, pause, and even delete it right from your phone?s key pad as if it were a text message. You no longer have to wait through all your messages to get to the one that want. You can even save the message to your media card. WOW
Finally, I don?t know how they did it, but they made the battery life longer. RIM touts the battery life at 6 hours talk time (on their website), I?m clocking a good 5 hours 15 minutes. That?s very good for me.
The camera is OK and it has a flash but I was never too crazy about cell phone cameras.
As well, I?m not too impressed with RIM?s browser but the ease of the trackpad and the magnification function helps out a lot.
The now standard Documents to GO is a magnificent third party app that allows me to view, make minor edits, and send my Microsoft Office files which is a killer convenience.
Blackberry maps is always good as if tells me what street I?m on and all the cross streets as I approach them (Google maps doesn?t do that.) As well, the map always adjusts to the direction that I?m driving as opposed to always pointing north.
Now consider all that speed, build, screen quality, and convenience with the amazing price point (ATT $149 - $49 after rebate), and you have yourself a juggernaut of a device.
KUDOS to RIM for a job well done.