"Quad band Windows Phone with beautiful OS, easy to use"4.5 starson by NwRambler
Pros: Easy to use interface.
Not cluttered with Verizon crapware.
Excellent email support (especially with Exchange Server)
Game hub is chock full of enterainment.
Small size for a smart phone, rubberized case.
Good replacement for music player.
Cons: Camera doesn't do well in low light conditions.
Phone gets warm performing some tasks.
Summary: This is without a doubt the best mobile phone Microsoft has produced. So different that Microsoft rebranded it Windows Phone (to differentiate from Windows Mobile).I meant to say that I haven't had any drop calls or lack of signal on the Verizon network. That's not what I typed however. (not the best typer in web interfaces).
If you haven't used one for yourself you should. Pictures of the user interface don't do it justice. I know when I first saw pictures ofthe simple tile based screens I thought "What the ...". But using those screens is so easy. After a hour or two orienting to the new OS I never think about how to navigate.
I absolutely love the email programs. I have multiple email account that I need to monitor for work. Setting up the accounts was simple. Surprisingly, the phone automatically imported all my contacts from each account. Then it merges the contacts together in your People hub. So if I have Alex Martinex listed in two different accounts I only see him once in the people list. It does a smart job of integrating the information, more details that I can put in this review.
Dealing with mail is easy to. The live tile on the start screen shows me the number of new emails since I last checked. I can quickly glance at the tiles to see my email, text messages and voice mails.
As far as the hardware, I like the rubberized outside of the phone. Feels safe holding the phone, not afraid that I might drop the device. The camera software is very handy. I can take a picture even in the phone is locked. I really like that. The camera itself is very basic though. And it does poorly in some low light scenarios. I tried to take pictures of a powerpoint screen during a meeting last week. Very hard to read the text from the screens.
The phone works well on the Verizon network. Have had it drop a call for not find a signal since I activated the device.
Also, don't believe Verizon when they say you need a corporate data plan for using exchange servers (an extra $15.00 per month). As long as Verizon is not hosting your exchange server you can use the individual plan. Seems that some of the Verizon reps don't understand this point.
Updated on Jun 6, 2011