"Perfect phone for business AND personal use"4.5 starson by ssbmg
Pros: Well thought out keyboard layout
Hardware performs as expected
Easy to customize and configure - not locked to any look, feel, or UI
Cons: As with any Windows Mobile device, requires some acclimation
A little on the thick side
Summary: I've gone through my share of phones (yes iphone included) and this one is the best for MY needs. I don't know what all the fuss is about Windows Mobile being crap. It must be all the Apple fanboys who buy into the commercials because I think that anyone who has used a Windows PC (pretty much any grown person who has had a job) should have no problem learning how to navigate through ANY WM phone.Why don't you do some web searching to customize the phone to work for you? That's the beauty of WM phones - I'm 99.9% sure you can load an application that will give you 1or 2 touch access to texting. Also, using the built in "People" tab, it takes 2 taps to send a text or make a call. Store your frequently dialed/text contacts here and they are 2 taps away. Finally, go online and READ THE MANUAL - this phone is brilliant but it takes some getting used to. Many of the subtle advantages are not apparent out of box. Asking some 19 year old kid at the store is not the most reliable method either - they do work on commission after all...
Good - push Hotmail actually works so I can get emails from both my work and personal emails whithout having to constantly hit send/receive. Touch Flow 3D is an amazing UI once you actually read the manual to understand how it works. The auto focus camera takes great snapshots. Using Opera mini browser is a great experience but again, YOU MUST READ THE MANUAL to take full advantage of the zoom and scroll functions built into the phone. The touch screen, though resistive as opposed to capacitive, is very responsive. It works EXACTLY like it's supposed to as long as you are not treating it like an iphone. There are seemingly limitless custom apps available if you just do some web searches. You can basically re-write your entire phone's software or just add/remove little features to your liking. Finally, the qwerty keyboard is the deal breaker - simple text messages are fine using the touch keypad however when it comes to actually emailing, I need physical buttons.
Bad - there is a learning curve to this device. Again, go online and READ THE MANUAL. I promise your experience will be 1000x better if you understand all of the features built in to this phone. In that respect, it is not as easy to use out of the box as the iphone but it is a much more powerful and practical device. As I stated before, this phone is a tad thick for my taste. I'm looking forward to the day when I can get a qwerty keypad in the thickness of an iphone. Finally, if you are expecting this phone to be as easy to use as your old Nokia 5100, don't buy it. If you are ready to dedicate some time to playing around with it, searching for and trying new software (which is usually free BTW), and not falling for the iphone hype; this could be a great phone for you.
Overall, if you are comfortable with using Windows (best for the geeks and nerds), then this is probably a better option for you - especially if you need a solid business device. If you are comfortable with Apple OS and/or using the capacitive iphone/ipod touch screens, then be prepared for a completely different experience. I recommend you stick to Apple. Someday everyone will get tired of all the hype and move on to the next cool brand. Then we can all join forces and talk non stop trash about the new "it" item.
Updated on Dec 15, 2008