"Great tech specs but one annoying design flaw."3.5 starson by GrafZeppelin127
Pros: Fast, feels solid, nice screen, great QWERTY keyboard. Huge improvement over awful Droid 1.
Cons: One incredibly annoying and mind-bogglingly stupid design flaw: Placement of headphone jack makes it uncomfortable to type on QWERTY with headphones plugged in.
Summary: This is a terrific phone overall and a worthy replacement to the utterly awful Droid 1. It's lightning-fast compared to the old Droid, has a nice screen and terrific specs. Does everything you'd want an android phone to do.
But there's one irritating and unbelievably stupid design flaw that's almost ruining the experience for me. The headphone jack is right next to the keyboard; on the lower half of the left side of the phone when held with the keyboard open, instead of the upper left corner like on previous Droids. This means that when you try to type, your left hand runs right up against the protruding headphone plug. You can try typing with the plug between your forefinger and middle finger, which is the best option I've found, but it's still not quite right. It just seems incredibly dumb and careless to put the jack there and nearly ruin the phone's single most important and notable feature.
Of course, you can avoid this by getting a Bluetooth stereo headset, but those are expensive and need to be kept charged. I have one but it doesn't work very well. It kills me that a phone I've been waiting for for a long time would have a ridiculous design flaw like this.
If typing and listening to plugged-in headphones is not an issue for you, this phone seems almost perfect.
I haven't really had an opportunity to test the battery life or the GPS navigation functionality; the store didn't have the car mount yet. Overall I like the phone a lot; I'll have to take the 14-day return period to see if I can live with the design issue.