"Perfect phone for work and internet"5.0 starson by jhildner1
Big Pretty Screen
Ease of Use
Cons: Battery life isn't "Maxx," but good enough
Flimsy-feeling power button, but, honestly, big deal
Summary: I've been in smartphone hell for years. When my firm issued my first Blackberry about ten years ago, I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. It had a Pong-like internet experience, sure, but, back then, we were just amazed you could send e-mail from a phone. When I played with a friend's early iPhone some years later, I was blown away -- a real, honest-to-goodness, usable internet, right there in your pocket. But my firm's security requirements meant that the iPhone and, later, the Android phones, were verboten. So I was stuck with Blackberries, up to my most recent -- a Blackberry Bold. The internet experience wasn't Pong-like anymore, but it still stunk -- slow, glitchy, barely usable for anything but the most simple things on mobile sites. Then, the manufacturers and software designers figured out how to make the fancy phones in a way that would satisfy my firm's IT department, and I had my pick of all the amazing products that had since come onto the market.p.s. Just between us, the phone fell into a (clean) toilet once, and being dunked amazingly had no effect. The water beaded and rolled off every surface, including the rubber keyboard. Some drops lingered in the crevice between the sliding halves of the phone, but a paper towel fixed that easily. The touch screen also appears to be tough -- no scratches or dings without the use of any sort of cover.
My first thought was that I would obviously just get an iPhone. But that would have meant doing a lot of typing on a screen. I might have been able to get used to it in time, but when I tried it with a friend's phone, I just hated it. For someone used to Blackberries, I really missed the tactile feedback. And I do a lot of typing on the go, including formal things for work that demand using all the letters in a word, and punctuation, and capital letters on occasion. Besides, 4G isn't yet available on the iPhone. Then, right about when I was shopping for a new phone, this one came onto the market. Awesome speed, awesome keyboard, bigger screen. Perfect!
And it's turned out that way. I've been using it on a daily basis for work (and everything else) for a few months, and I have no real complaints. When I first got it, I played with it constantly. It got a little warm, and the battery drained quicker than I thought it would. I was worried at first. (I had heard that both issues were the downside to 4G.) But then I started using it normally, not constantly, and it continues to last the whole day with moderate use and battery to spare -- about like my Bold, maybe better. Your results may vary, of course -- it all depends on your definition of "moderate." I guess if you're an intensive user, you would want the Maxx instead. But, if you're a keyboard person, as I am, there's nothing better than this phone, and it does everything else very well too.
Updated on Apr 17, 2012