"One of the best phones on the market today."4.0 starson by Caldrumr1234
Pros: 1. Stunningly beautiful screen.
2. Lots of great apps.
3. Amazing camera and video quality.
4. Free GPS with Google Maps.
5. Integrated Facebook and GMail.
6. Very fast.
8. Extremely responsive touch screen.
9. Virtual and physical keyboard.
Cons: 1. Very poor call quality.
2. No voice dialing for Bluetooth (listed as an upcoming fix).
3. Voice Dialer is useless.
4. Runs hot.
5. Physical keyboard leaves much to be desired.
6. Currently no support for Flash video (supposedly incoming).
Overall, this is a great phone. It is by far the best I have ever had, and I do not regret purchasing it over any other smartphone on the market today, including the iPhone and the Nexus One. I have had this phone for several days now, and have been using it non-stop, playing with everything, and using it pretty much constantly.
I had originally planned on giving this phone four-and-a-half stars out of five (near perfect, but for some forgivable flaws)... Then I started making some calls with it. The call quality is mediocre bordering on poor. For a $600 phone, I expect pristine call quality, and that is definitely not what I got with this phone. I have spoken to multiple people, and the call quality was disheartening. I disabled the voice privacy option and did the programming routine recommended by Verizon, which improved it a small amount, but it is still tinny, flat, clipped, and sometimes a with a bit of echo (as if I can hear myself in the speaker). That being said, I am much more about the goodies and gadgets, as I don't actually talk on the phone all that much, but for someone who talks on their phone a lot (especially for business), this may be a deal-breaker.
I came to this phone from a T-Mobile Shadow "smartphone," which was actually about the dumbest phone I have ever had. The difference is like comparing Earth with Mars... They are both planets, and that's about it. This phone offers a ton of features, and is like carrying a computer in my pocket. Being able to surf the Web well, take great pictures, sync with Facebook and GMail, have on-hand GPS, and view great video makes this phone a possible candidate for the best smart phone to date. I am in love with it, despite its few flaws, and I do not regret purchasing it.
The screen on this is absolutely beautiful. It is huge (the largest available to date), extremely bright, and durable. In addition, it is very sensitive, and I feel like I don't have to punch out the links and keys to get it to work; I find myself using a feather-light touch to type and navigate. It is very responsive, and I love the navigation "buttons" at the bottom (I don't miss physical buttons at all). Smudges are an obvious bane, and it will take constant wiping and cleaning, but the same is true of any touch screen.
Size and weight
While it is huge in comparison with my last phone, for a smartphone with these capabilities, it is amazingly thin, coming in at one tenth of an inch thicker than the iPhone 3gs. For a phone with a physical keyboard, this borders on absolutely amazing. However, the phone weighs significantly more, at 6 ounces. However, for the kind of people that want this kind of phone, I don't think it will be bothersome. If you want a huge screen and a keyboard, it will weigh a bit more. If you want a super-light phone, don't get one of these. With all the stuff jam-packed in here, people complaining about weight should reconsider their views. I walk around with it in my pocket without any trouble.
The physical keyboard is one of the reasons I chose this phone. I like to have a physical keyboard. However, now that I have been using it, I find myself almost exclusively using the on-screen Android keyboard, so go figure! The physical keyboard is mediocre: the buttons are flat and too close together, and the positioning of the directional pad (at least for me) causes awkward holding. I can type with it, but the effect is lackluster, and my big fingers are prone to make mistakes. I might use it for really long messages, but overall, I choose the on-screen version.
The on-screen keyboard is very cramped when the phone is in portrait mode, but not so cramped as to make it unusable. I find myself clicking "o" instead of "i" and similar things, but overall, it is not too bad, if you are careful. However, the landscape keyboard is vastly preferable, and I find it easy to type on without mistakes. Either way, the on-screen keyboard has apps to customize it.
There are a lot of great apps for the phone, and tons of customization options. I like that you can set it how you want, and it really feels personal. The 5 megapixel camera takes amazing photos, and the video is great for a phone. The flash also works very well. The music player is pretty basic, but works just fine (other music apps are available for download). Nearly any app you could want is available for free, and there are thousands from which to choose.
Flash support and support from voice dialing via Bluetooth are said to be upcoming, and this will take care of two of the major issues with this phone.
The only other issue that I find mildly irritating is that the phone tends to run a bit hot near the top, and this can cause some discomfort while talking, or while holding the phone in landscape mode.
Any other bugs are hardly worth noting. Overall, a great phone I would recommend.