Pros Amazing array of features
Incredible battery life and quick recharge
Gorgeous screen resolution
Cons Touch flo navigation difficult to get a handle on
Steep learning curve. MUST read the manual and even then...
Summary I've been a Palm user since the 1990s. I loved my Treo 680 even though I never could get some functions to work properly. When my screen started to die I wanted another Treo but couldn't get it through AT&T where my other phone lines live. I didn't want an Iphone because of (1) exchange server issues and (2) I hate the proprietary nature of Apple products. I was about to take my main business line to Sprint so I could buy the 800 and then I started reading about the Fuze so I thought I'd give it a try.
After a couple of hours with the device I became terribly frustrated and boxed it back up to return the next day. I like to consider myself a major gadget geek so this was discouraging. The next day I read a lot of reviews, most of which said to read the manual to get the most out of the phone.
I am now on Day 3 and every day I find something else to love about this phone so I'm going to keep it. It is every bit as cool as the I-phone but you don't have to use Itunes. You can load your own ringtones. It pushes your email from all of your accounts, and when you plug it into your computer it automatically updates all of your files. When you pull out a stylus while you're on the phone the notes app automatically opens, and you can add a sound recording at the same time .
Call quality is great, it has a terrific speakerphone, it feels good in my hand. I am still having trouble though with the navigation but from what I've read that will get better as I become more used to the device.
So I recommend this phone to anyone who loves gadgets. If you don't love gadgets, you will not be motivated to learn this phone.
Pros Small size, touch screen and pull out keyboard with 'real' sized keys, very slick! Windows OS phones sync with my scheduler better than palm and blackberry.
Cons Push to talk button needs editor to disable; battery life much lower than 8125. Takes longer to sync. AT & T specific programming is a bit annoying. fingerprint magnet, screen protector that comes with is useless.
Summary My 8125 was starting to get haunted, and I wanted an upgrade that was less like having a remote control attached to my hip, without losing all the functionality to which I was accustomed. The Tilt was my initial choice, but it was no longer available so I chose this phone.I have since discovered some of the cool voice activated features (It will tell you your schedule for a given day, or call someone-and it doesn't need the bluetooth to do it.) It is nice to just have my appointments announced on my way to work, so I can mentally plan my day. It also will play personalized ringtones into my bluetooth when someone calls, so I can decide if I want to answer it without having to look at the phone (I believe it will verbally announce callers as well, but haven't figured out where that 'checkbox' is.) I am planning to purchase a PDA package for data access, because I am just getting antsy thinking of what other great features I could be missing with my miserly little data package. (Also, you need a data package to take advantage of the rebate that I got from AT&T)
Clearly this is an attempt to compete with the I phone, and I feel they have done a great job, specifically for the business user. Although in order for the Windows OS to sync with Groupwise I had to purchase Intellisync for Handhelds, it syncs like a champ with few errors, and switching from the 8125 to resync took about 5 minutes. (As a rule, I have had much fewer syncing issues, despite the necessary software, than many others I work with, who have other OS phones)
As expected, this phone has way more memory than my old phone, and has bunch of cool new features. It has a whisper function that will announce upcoming appointments into your blue tooth (now i need a smaller blue tooth) and I like the internal gyroscope, that will allow me to simply turn the phone over if it starts ringing during a meeting, and the rings are silenced. (It also allows you to set the phone to automatically vibrate during appointments)
The stylus is magnetized, which is nice as it sticks to the body of the phone if you drop it. I like that they went back to a single state styles from the telescoping (SMALL) stylus in my 8125.
AT and T has a bunch of proprietary programs that link to the web (GPS and others) which I suppose would be cool if that was what I needed, but it makes it hard to find programs, as they are sometimes imbedded in those. The Push to talk button sticks out a bit, and I hit it a few times, but that is a minor annoyance, although it would seem that such a specialized button for a specialized product would be easier to reprogram without an editor.
I had the screenprotector that came with the phone on for about an hour until it rolled up a bit while I was putting the phone in a case, and the lint from the inside of the case stuck to the adhesive; rendering it useless. I had some old cling style screen protectors (Used the old one as a template and just cut it out) Although they don't stick to the corners as well as they did with my 8125 (Where the screen was framed in) They last longer, and seem to be much more reactive that the plastic one that came with the phone.
The slick exterior lends itself to fingerprints as well as less 'gription' than my other phone, so I plan to remedy that with some strategically placed silicone 'grip strips' It hasn't slipped out of my hand yet, but I am expecting it.
I am still getting accustomed to the touchflo, but being someone who refuses to read the entire manual, I could probably get a lot more out of this phone quicker if I just studied the manual.
All and all, this is a great little phone with great productivity features as well as some fun extras. I am considering whether to purchase a PDA package for the data access, but will wait until I get more comfortable with the phone.
Updated on Feb 10, 2009
Updated on Jul 11, 2009The one feature that the I Phone simply cannot compete with is the expandable memory. I can get a 8gb memory card on sale for less than $10 (although if you use it on your computer to transfer files and your computer is a little older, stay away from the HD type of card, as it may not read it) which holds a backup of the phone, my photos and endless videos. It is under the battery compartment, which is inconvenient, but not overly so.
The Camera is pretty darn good too. I have uploaded photos, and they are quite good! The video camera is comparable to other cameras I have seen.
I have also found very reasonably priced GOOD screen protectors online (3 sets for about $5) that are crystal clear, and last for a couple months without serious scratches, on amazon.
I caution against the plastic snap on protective case. I put mine on and had to pry it off to switch memory cards, and it 'loosened up' the slideout. Still works wonderfully, but it was scary for a second.
Pros office mobile can create/edit word/ppt/excel files, and this is very easy b/c of touch screen.
large keyboard with easy to push keys.
comes preloaded with opera and IE, both have strengths
good email options
Cons the font for the contact list is too small (hard to use in a car)
learning curve is a little long
instruction manual is terrible
I'd say battery life, but it's a pocket computer, and my laptop can't go all day without charge.
Summary Overall it's a really good phone. This is my third smartphone, and my second winmo phone. It does the things I need it to really well (edit word documents, fetch email, send and receive phone calls). there are a million ways to customize it online (I love fuzeberry), and the more I use it, the more I get used to where things are, or have moved where things are to easily access what I use most. This isn't a phone for everyone; if you are only interested in texting and email save some money because your phone doesn't have to be smart, but if you are needing a device that can download and edit email attachments, and has office mobile, this phone would be a strong candidate. I decided to purchase this phone over the blackberry bold only because of touch screen, as I see that as a necessity for what I do with office mobile. It gets great reception (I live in an area that is technically outside of att range, but still get 3 bars in my home and in my office with this phone vs 1-2 bars with my previous phone). I am glad I got this phone, and plan on using it hard.
Pros The option to touch, type or use a stylus is awesome. Windows based, added movies and other programs easily, Smaller than the Iphone: Not as annoying
Cons Not as fluid as the iphone when it comes to the touch part. Sometimes it lags.
Summary Bottom line: this phone has much more than an iphone had and has (i still own the iphone) Note: I did not particularly like this phone at first I was annoyed at its lack of fluidity and lagging. However I found myself really liking this phone as the days went by. I was getting better at using it therefore the performance improved. Its not like an Iphone when it comes to the touch part (as far as fluidity) However I must say this: once you get used to the touch part on the Fuze you will learn how to properly go thorugh screens without any problems. My issue was I was tyring to use it like an iphone and that created problems. Also: make sure you read the booklet with it. As much technology as I put in my hands there were things that if I had known in the beginning I would not have been getting frustrated. Anyway: this phone is really growing on me. Oh yeah: it may be a little bulky but its definitely not as big as the IPhone. Which to me while slim it was long and annoying (iphone)
The HTC Fuze needs time: once you learn how to use it you'll really start to like it.
I guess I would say the IPhone is for playing around while the HTC fuze is for Business Oriented people: it does have games but for someone like me working as an Account Executive the Fuze is great: The Iphone sucked when it came to emails or anything business related. (however I did keep it: iphone) I just could no longer handle a phone that was all play and no business. Overall: get this phone and keep the iphone on the side in case people start saying: i have an iphone: tell them this.....I do to, I dont use mine I use an HTC Fuze: much better for what I need to get done: TO ALL THE BUSINESS PEOPLE.
YES MY REVIEW IS A BIT OF A COMPARISON AGAINST THE IPHONE BUT HOW COULD I NOT WRITE ONE LIKE THIS. I OWNED THE IPHONE EVER SINCE IT CAME OUT AND IT HAS BEEN THE PHONE TO HAVE SO I FEEL COMPELLED TO COMPARE IT TO THE FUZE: OVERALL: THE IPHONE AND THE FUZE ARE BOTH TOUCH PHONES BUT THEY ARE NOT ON THE SAME PAGE. ONE IS FOR SERIOUS BUSINESS AND THE OTHER IS FOR PLAYING: ITS A BIT LIKE COMPARING APPLES AND ORANGES; BOTH FRUITS BUT NOT THE SAME TYPE. CIAO
Pros Quality and feature set of the hardware in combination with WM6.1 and some very useful add-on applications make this phone the best choice. Another great thing is that pretty much everything can be customized.
Cons The amount of features makes it a little difficult to understand and use everything the phone has to offer right away. It may help to not load up as much AT&T stuff on top of WM because it clutters it up and makes it a little overwhelming.
Summary I have had many WM smartphones, most of them HTC. The quality of their products has always been great and the Fuze is no exception. I had given in to the marketing hype about the iPhone and got one myself. I have tested it for a whole week and given it a serious shot. While it has a nice interface and the touchscreen works really well it is not a phone for a professional user.
The Fuze on the other hand isn't as sleek but it comes packed with features and customization options that are unbeatable. Tweaking it to the users specific needs and preferences is possible and not difficult to do. The result in my opinion justifies spending the time on getting it done. It is like customizing your Windows PC, just put it together the way you want it, create your shortcuts, apply themes - it is all there.
The slide-out keyboard works well and so do the other hardware controls. TouchFlow requires a little bit of practicing but after using the phone for a day or so I was getting used to it and it worked great for me.
I cannot give long-term feedback about battery life yet but so far I have not run into a problem with that. Like many users I plug my phone into my computer at night to synchronize so it gets recharged at the same time. I get easily thru a regular day without the charge dropping to below 50% but your mileage may vary. I get no dropped calls in my very low signal home area and even there it stays on 3G more often than not. I think the radio part of the phone is well designed and is in line with the overall quality of this phone.
For international travellers it is nice to know that it is not just a quad-band GSM / GPRS phone but it is a tri-band HSDPA phone (850/1900/2100MHz) so highspeed Internet access should work in many networks abroad too.