"The best Android value on the market"5.0 starson by tndk90
Pros: Superb performance
Slick new Motorola interface
Slim design, 4G performance
4.3" qHD display, far superior to the Galaxy SII series
Cons: Battery cover is insanely hard to get off, and breaks easy. But then again, at least you have the option for expandability and SD storage, unlike the iPhone.
Summary: I've been testing phones all summer, and this phone absolutely smokes every other device I've used. Part of it is price, AT&T is offering this 4G HSPA+ device for $99. While Verizon and Sprint seem to be sticking to a $199 price tag for all their top of the line phones, AT&T has a real hit here.Comparing AT&T and Verizon is where all the action is these days for a top notch network. Verizon is selling all of their top phones for $199, AT&T is offering this for $99.
The phone is downright sleek: for all the features it is a super slim design that simply fits in a pocket easy despite its large 4.3" qHD display. The display isn't like the grainy/blue tinted image of the Motorola PHOTON on Sprint, or some other top of the line Motorola phones from the past, it uses a newer non-Pentile design and is much appreciated. It brings the screen performance to the best you get on most Androids, and with the physically larger size it is more usable than an iPhone 4S with its increasingly tiny 3.5" Retina display. Sure, Apple has fit more pixels onto a smaller screen, but it is a smaller screen and qHD is better at 4.3" than the new iPhone's limited 3.5" design.
Something I have noticed, especially compared with Verizon's LTE network, is that while Android is always battery challenged, the HSPA+ network on AT&T doesn't drain this phone, but the speeds are still pretty good. On the low end I experience 2-3Mbps, on the high end you get 5-8Mbps with the HSPA+ network where I live. It isn't LTE, but that is sufficient considering phones are limited with what you can do (most apps aren't more than a few megs) and HSPA+ is sufficient for streaming video or audio.
I can't speak good enough about this phone, it begs the question why anyone would waste precious money on a small iPhone 4S with a 3.5" display when this sleek, slim Android has a 4.3" qHD display, 8 Megapixel cam, HD video recording, a super fast dual core 1.2GHz processor, and such solid performance. You can use the 4G HSPA+ network without it draining your battery like Verizon's initial LTE offerings...
This phone is win-win-win... Price is right, the feature set is right, the size is right. Hands down one of *the* best phones of 2011 and probably your best bet for the Christmas holiday season if you're into buying a new phone by year's end.
Enough said, I've finally found an Android that excites me.
Updated on Nov 3, 2011
Since you can upgrade your AT&T phone after a year if you subscribe to the 4GB plan, that is a hidden fee Verizon charges for 12 months, and Verizon doesn't allow upgrades for 2 years.
$100 divided by 12 months is $8.33 a month extra for using Verizon's top of the line phones, not to mention their data is already about $5 more per month, plus Verizon doesn't give discounts on data plans for corporate discount clients. You only get a discount on the "access charges" which are talk time plans and text only.
So I think AT&T has pulled out a winner in the price arena on this phone, unless you personally dislike AT&T for a specific reason, there is no reason to waste the extra $100 and pay that hidden fee for the next year. This phone's price simply can't be beat.