"Planned to buy it, glad I spent 45 minutes with it"2.5 starson by offroader80106
Pros: It's still a Blackberry (1 star) It's still on Verizon's great network (1 star) The screen is larger, which makes web browsing easier (1/2 star)
Cons: The device is terribly slow. The transition from land scape to portrait view was ridiculously slow, scrolling on the device was choppy, jerky and slow. Application selection and launch was slow. Had to reboot the device after about 10 minutes.
Summary: Don't buy it, save your money. Stay on the Curve, Bold or 8830 World Edition if you have them, you'll be happier. If there aren't already plans to release a software update to fix the speed issues, RIM better get on it. iPhone killer? I think not, the meteorologists forecasted this storm wrong, it's a dud.
I've used Blackberries for about 8 years and have loved every one, I'm glad I was able to test this one and didn't order it online. I would have been POed, big time. Anyhow, I won't be making the upgrade any time soon.
When I get a new device, I expect it to perform better than the one I'm replacing. This one doesn't come close, this thing is terribly slow and I'm really not impressed with the touch screen, Apple's implementation is much nicer. I've got to wonder how many maintenance issues RIM will have the screen.
WiFi, while not required, is a really nice add on. Especially when you're in as many airports as I am and don't want to boot up a laptop to check news, scores or do some quick searches and have a less than quality signal on the carrier network.
I did find that typing was quite accurate and easy in normal BB fashion, even with my giant meathooks, but I couldn't get past the terrible response from the system every time I tried to get it to something.
I'll keep my eye on the reports, forums, etc and if some of these issues might get fixed, I might reconsider.
I gave it 2 1/2 stars because it's not terrible, but it's not worthy of "Good" or "Average" that a 3 star rating insinuates.