"Light, thin, fast. Overall very good."4.5 starson by YoBub34
Pros: Light, thin, fast. Good software layout, nice new fatures. Call quality is good. If the hotspot functionality works well, that will be a big plus since I travel frequently on business.
Cons: No removable battery. Voice search doesn't seem to work as well as it used to. Default ringtones a really bad.
Summary: I bought this up today to replace my original Droid, so feedback is based on that reference. I will update as I use the phone more.
Phone is thin and light compared to my old Droid. It really feels much lighter and thinner in my pocket. I didn't want a "big" phone, but the additional length is fine - no issues.
Cellular reception doesn't seem to be any better than with my old phone - I'm still right on the edge of coverage in my office, but this hasn't dropped as many calls.
Call quality is good, but callers sound just a little bit muffled, almost like there is some noise reduction going on. Callers didn't have any trouble hearing me on a conference call. I didn't try out the speakerphone feature yet.
Screen size is good and easy to navigate with one hand. It will take some getting used to the location of the power button, but I think the side location makes more sense since it is out of the way of the headphone cord.
New OS is really different than what I'm used to, but I can already see some real advantages of the configuration. Many of you may be used to this, but the way you can configure widgets to show inbound e-mail, calendar, etc is really a big improvement over what i was doing before. Since there are icons on the screen for the basic functions (phone, contacts, text, and voice search), and since e-mail and calendar are my other two primary uses, I only have 3 apps on the main screen, along with the e-mail and calendar widgets. This really is much more functional, and eliminates alot of the swiping to see what's going on.
The voice search seems to be a real step backward from the previous version. In my old version it would search the internet, my contacts, whatever. In this version it seems to default to my contacts, and automatically dials it's best guess, even if that's not close to what I was looking for. I need to either find a way to change that setting, or this will be unusable.
Navigation has a new voice but still seems to work well. I tried it out on my drive home, but didn't explore it in detail. I will update once I do. I also bought the car navigation dock, since this is one of the things I really like about my old droid. The dock is a good design, but there needs to be a slot to pick the phone up from the bottom. Also, for $40 you would think they could include the USB charging cable. Cheap, and a little insulting.
All of my old apps automatically populated the phone. Don't know how this happened, but it was a nice timesaver.
I set up the location function, which allows you to create custom settings based on where you are and what time it is. For example, I set up a "sleep" function where it turns off the ringer between 10pm and 6:45 am, and doesn't notify me of e-mails, etc. i set up contacts (my wife and kids) that will bypass this function and will ring through. We'll see how this works, but it seems like a cool feature. I also set up a feature that automatically responds to texts with a message that says "I'm driving".
The ringtones are really bad, and overall a disappointment. They are all really flakey and stupid, and there don't seem to be any basic, normal "ring" ringtones or notification tones. I don't want my phone to "flutter". I want it to ring, and i don't want to have to download another app to get a basic ringtone that has been on every cell phone for 20 years. Just dumb.
E-Mail and calendar were very easy to set up. One personal account, one work account, basic settings and everything came through. Calendar synced automatically. Couldn't have been easier.
I briefly set up the Hotspot feature but didn't really test it out. My only complaint so far is that it seems like you have to go a couple menus deep to turn it on and off. It would be much better if this setting was on the main settings shortcut screen, since I don't want to waste battery life on this most of the time.
So far so good, more to follow.....