Pros Nice screen
good call quality
easy to use
Cons Very Laggy when changing screens
auto connect to random wifi is annoying
Calls to multiple people at the same time
Randomly dies then decides to turn on a day or 2 later
Summary The first few weeks i had this phone i had no complaints. Then the load time to get from any app back to the home screen went from a few seconds to a few minutes. Then i had to start applying some TLC when pluging in the charger or it wouldn't charge at all. After that things just got worse, trying to load apps took minutes at a time, sending texts turned into a chore as it took FOREVER just to load the messages, i only send/recieve about 700-800 a month, never keep any after 2 months, and limit storage to 250 per sender so it should be a memory issue. Finally the worst 'con' happened; on a full charge, it died and refused to turn on or respond at all to the charger being inserted. I pulled the battery attempted to hard factory reset it and no response. I was literally abot an hour away from going to the verizon store when it turned back on simply by hiting the power on. the next few days it was back to its old laggy self, when it decided it didn't want to work any more. Its been about 48 hours since it passed away. i'll update this if it decides to pull a Jesus after 3 days, but if not this review will stand and i'll be forced into getting a new phone. Thanks for reading!
Pros Screen is very clear
Responsive touch screen
4G is WICKED fast
Cons Keyboard is too small
Sometimes a little laggy
Still stuck on ICS 4.0.4
Beware the charger defect
Summary First smartphone I've ever purchased, upgraded last summer from my Samsung Reality. Originally started out as a nice phone...it was one of the first that had 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on it, which I felt was a step up from many other devices that were still running 2.3 Gingerbread. I've noticed a lot of comparisons to the HTC One series of phones when people review this. If you're on a budget and need a good phone, this would be the one to get.
Call clarity on this phone is great, nice big speaker on the top. Speakerphone is a little bit oddly placed. Its quality is okay, just make sure you cup your hand around it if you're in an area with a lot of ambient noise; it's not very loud. 4G is very, very fast, but it will drain your battery life a lot quicker than if you run 3G, 1X or WiFi.
I don't use the camera feature that much, but from what I can tell from the pictures I have taken, it's very impressive for a smartphone. Front facing camera is a little bit less so, just because its smaller.
There are a couple of things I feel take away from this phone a little bit, hence the 3.5 star rating. I love it to death, but there are some problems. First off, the keyboard. It's a touch screen, and the keys are quite small. Especially considering I have huge hands. I've had to rely on autocorrect more than I'd like to admit. Also, to go along with that, there is an option to change the keyboard to a different language's layout, namely French and German. Be careful, as the language changes will also change the placement of some letters, so you may go to type an "A" but have accidentally hit the keyboard button, changed it to French, and now you'll type a "Q" instead.
The second thing is the software. Google Play is very slow and laggy on this device, and a lot of the push notifications on social media (namely Facebook) are delayed by up to 3-5 minutes. Also, HTC had stated that this phone would be getting the Android 4.1 Jellybean upgrade in the spring, but it still hasn't happened yet. Not complaining about that, considering 4.0.4 ICS is still a very stable Android OS.
The last thing, and this is probably the biggest one, is the charger defect. I was made aware of this about 2 months into having the phone. There is an issue with one of the connector wires in the charger port coming loose, which means that the phone doesn't recognize there's a cable in the port. You could have this thing plugged into a wall, and it won't charge. Or, it'll charge for about 45 seconds and then go haywire, leaving you with about 11% battery at any given time. My Verizon tech told me this is a KNOWN PROBLEM with these handsets, and traded the dysfunctional one out for a new one. Now, thankfully, I haven't had any problems. There is also a known issue where wires in the charger/USB cable will fray if bent frequently. I just swapped that cable out with an old one from an LG phone and now it's fine.
Battery life is still averaging 2 days per charge, with heavy text and social media use.
Bottom line: This is a great entry level smartphone. Good features, not top of the line, enough to get your feet wet. Watch out for the lemons, and if your phone starts losing a charge drastically, take it in to get it fixed.
-Youtube is flawless
-Great size phone
Cons -Htc sense
-Still on ics 4.0.4
Summary i took it off my charger today at 8:30 and its been 12 hours since!
Pros I may have been given a rare lemon, and that's the nicest thing I can bring myself to say about it.
wont turn on
Summary I have tried to turn it on three times in a row, and it just loads and loads and loads and then shuts down. Yes, I am touching the screen with enough regularly to make sure that this isn't timing out.
Did I mention that I've had this for twelve hours?
The things I found out while it could still turn on:
It's so bloated that I can be using 80+% of the ram when I have less than 20mb being used by apps.
Youtube randomly pauses. I checked to make sure that it wasn't me. I put it down while a video was playing and watched it pause itself three times in a video.
No I have not downloaded a bad app.
Good camera and flash
Cons Keyboard is small
Summary This is a great, easy to use phone. I have tried the many other phones and when my last phone- A Driod Incredible 2- broke (I washed it), I was able to upgrade to this phone. So far I absolutely love it. I have found no problems, the battery life it good, and I am very happy with my choice.