"Returned a Nokia n900 to get this--GREAT MOVE"4.5 starson by jasonallison76
Pros: Lightening fast, wealth of USEFUL applications, customizable to no end, sleek, sexy form factor, integrated Google connectivity and Facebook integration, ridiculous screen, very good call quality
Cons: No native tethering, almost seems delicate in my hands, center of gravity too high on the phone when held in one hand.
Summary: I had a rooted G1 since it came out and was no stranger to the Android experience--both for the good and bad. The rooted aspect of the phone gave me great variety in apps and capabilities, but also made for a less than smooth experience. I briefly had a Nokia N900 which is even LESS user friendly than I had read, and returned it, ordering the Nexus the same day. I am one of the lucky ones who haven't had any 3G connectivity issues, and it's worked seamlessly (Metro NYC area here). The phone FLIES. Everything you open, work on, switch to, or close, happens almost instantaneously. Android 2.1 is extremely flexible and intuitive, and the learning curve is much lower than the Blackberry I had previously or the user-unfriendly Nokia. The battery life thus far has been about average, nothing exceptional, but my G1 required a late day charge to make it through as well. The live wallpapers are nice, but totally useless, I'll probably go back to standard wallpapers once the novelty wears off. Google Navigation is very nice for a free nav system, though it will take you a block or two off on occasion. The apps are generous and useful, even if the App Store is poorly organized and the search function could be more refined there. The "cloud based" voice recognition is nice, but the Google Voice transcribers have a tough time deciphering my NY accent sometimes. Call quality is good to very good, depending on your location. The biggest drawback appears to be the strength--or weakness--of T-Mobile's 3G network. I'm in a major metropolitan area (NYC) and rarely drop to Edge network speeds. I also haven't experienced any of the 3G connectivity bugs reported by numerous N1 owners, so I can't comment to that. Also, the OTA update Google is pushing out this week adds multi-touch to native apps, enhances the Navigation app, and a few other tweaks. Hopefully, Google will eventually add a native tethering app (either via wifi or usb, I could go either way), and will allow apps to be stored on the SD Card. Currently apps can only be stored on the 512 MB of internal memory, although I have quite a few apps on my phone now and still have about 150 MB remaining. I had about a hundred apps on my rooted G1 (which does allow apps saved to the SD Card) and I have learned that I didn't use about 90% of them. So the current storage system for me is fine. I cannot recommend this phone highly enough for anyone looking for a smooth, fast Android experience.
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