"Metro area dream come true."3.5 starson by jmpetersen
Pros: Volume! Awesome volume for earpiece and Speakerphone features.
Watching Sprint TV on the external screen with the phone closed, first model I know of with that feature.
Qwerty keyboard, which isn't a big deal anymore.
Cons: Inaccurate signal indicator.
NFL game-day radio does not work. Confirmed at Sprintusers.com
Fringe areas drain battery quickly
Summary: I've used my phone for about 10 days now. I'm overall pleased, but I would only recommend this phone to people that stay within a strong signal area. I hate the dreaded "Samsung Syndrome" - park your phone somewhere it says it has 1-2 bars of signal, and then try to call it. Almost 80% of my tests on Samsung phones, the call goes to voicemail. Sanyo indicators have always been reliable in my tests. I have tested the Lotus 4 times, and it failed twice, so I would say it's somewhere between a Sanyo and Samsung.
The other small issue is that I can kill the battery in 12 hours by staying in fringe areas, but with very little use (Less than 30 combined minutes of calling/email), so that's why I urge the people to know their signal strengths before purchasing this phone.