"Near perfect, save for battery life."4.5 starson by bleu_tropix
Pros: no plasticky cheap feel, touch + very usable qwerty, 3.7" sized screen is just right for reading & watching clips, FREE google nav (one of my main reasons for getting android), good selection of helpful & fun apps, excellent call/spkrph quality.
Cons: BATTERY LIFE. with the way they're cranking out smartphones like there's no tomorrow, you'd think we'd have a decent battery to go with all that innovation.
Summary: i recently moved to SoCal from hawaii (which only has 3 freeways), so instead of tacking on an additional $10/month for vz navigator, which would've brought my monthly total to $30 extra anyway, i decided to jump the messaging phone ship for android. i spent the last year window shopping for a smartphone, thought the original droid was IT, until i tried the keyboard and found that my small hands couldn't get past the intrusive placement of the d-pad. almost a year later, out comes the droid2...right in time for my NE2 :) so i went into verizon to check it out, and found that the removal of the d-pad with the addition of slightly domed keys, made for an excellent typing experience.
so there went my two main selling points: free navigation and a good physical keyboard. the rest of the package is what nothing less than what everyone who loves their D2 is raving about. the touchscreen is responsive, bright, clear, and just the right size. browsing the web and downloading apps is VERY fast, absolutely no lag. switching between apps and different functions is instantaneous as well. i downloaded a task killer to help my D2 function smoothly...beware that some task managers KILL your battery, so read the comments before downloading.
"ninja"blur blends in really well with stock android, i personally like it very much. having 7 homescreens to categorize my commonly used tasks is wonderful. universal voice search is amazing...i can see myself getting spoiled with it!
call quality (after turning off voice privacy) is near perfect with some slight digital glitches when in areas with spotty reception. speakerphone is plenty loud and clear. ringers and notifications are nice and loud as well.
and last but not least, beware of the battery. mine isn't as bad as some people are complaining about, but be prepared to get an extra battery or have a charger handy at work and in the car. i'm sure my battery life will improve after i get over my current newbie addiction ;)
overall, the D2 is almost perfect! it's fast, it's user friendly, and it feels like QUALITY. if you can't live without your hard qwerty and don't need a 4.3" screen, GET IT, you won't be disappointed.