Pros The feature of this phone are excellent. The turn by turn Navigation rivals and standalone Nav system, even has real time traffic at no cost, included in my Alltel plan. Was leary of touch only but this phone works perfectly.
Cons It's a lot slower to crank out a quick text, I'm coming from a KRZR with predictive and I could do that one handed in my sleep. To send texts you kind of have to go a few menu buttons , then when qwerty pops up you have to turn phone. T9 blows.
Summary I guess bottom line if you were leary of the so called "smart phones" because they have a lot of stuff you'll never use as I was this is the phone for you. I absolutely love it, except the culture shock of the text message process, but in the few days I've had it I've gotten faster and better. The touch qwerty takes some getting used to and if you tap through pretty quickly you'll hit wrong buttons but you can tap where the wrong letter is and it'll move curser there. No more backspace without erasing the text, but it's worth the trade off. The camera takes great pics, there is even a postcard feature where you can take an image, and essentially use a paint program with different colors to decorate the pic and send it like a postcard or birthday card, pretty fun. There is a note pad you can draw on and save. The phone has handwriting recognition, so you can write out texts, grocery lists, etc . and it works great. I really like the full html capability, I work using online apps so I can work from anywhere, except much slower. No WiFi but the EVDO is pretty fast. I like the vibrating response to touch. I also like the widget on the side with my most used apps similar to Rocket Dock. All in all a great phone. Highly recommended.
Pros Does everything you would expect a cell phone to, and much more. Despite what many are saying, it is possible to put your own custom ringtones on the delve, and yes for the alltel version.
Cons e-mail is lacking on this phone. ringer is not as loud, i find the ascending ringtone to be annoying.
Summary Many are not able to properly put ringtones on their phones, because yes, alltel does want you to purchase ringtones from them, but it is actually quite simple. If you want directions for that email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll be quite happy to help you out.Now that I've had this phone for 3.5 months, I've decided to write an update. I've been very pleased that the phone is still considered one of the smaller more light weight touch screen phone on the market. I've dropped it a few times now and I've been surprised that the phone still looks flawless, and the screen is still perfect. I wish my other electronics were like this, dropped my old ipod on the same kind of surface and the LCD was cracked.
This is a great phone, but I wouldn't say its a great smart phone. Because of not having a common operation system, for example windows mobile, there is not a lot of add on applications that you can run on it. I find the lacking of wifi support disappointing, and the lack of IM capabilities.
All in all, I text a lot, i text about 4000 texts a month, and with that use, i find the battery to last me about a day and a half with no charging. I just wish the calander and email utilties were a little bit more powerful. The built in web browser is extremely hard to used, compared to safari, opera, or windows explorer on other devices.
Previous phones taht I have had are Moto Razr, Moto Q, Moto Q9C, RIM Blackberry Pearl, RIM Blackberry world edition.
Updated on Apr 20, 2009
The battery life is still satisfactory, I send and receive about 250 texts a day, and probably use about an hour of talk on it, and its got plenty of juice from when I unplug it around 7:30a.m. and plug it in to charge at 1:00 a.m. the next morning. This phone has a fast charge time of only 2.5 to 3 hours.
The ringer is still not as loud as i like, and the phone itself cannot run very many applications. The web browser is good at viewing sites, however almost impossible to use google maps for directions. Just not powerful enough.
Pros Fit and Finish are sturdy and excellent. Looks great and feels great. Very few hiccups or lags in the software. Good selection of freeware (including GPS!). Clear screen and positive feedback on touch screen. Easy to navigate. Easy to master.
Cons Battery life is not great. The reception bars read little to no bars in places I usually get 3-4 bars. (but no signal loss or dropped calls) The HTML web browser doesnt fit the screen. It is annoying to have to slide back and forth. Not an iPhone
Summary I have had it for a day, so this is my initial observation but I have read hundreds of reviews on this product prior to my purchase. I had narrowed my search down to the HTC Touch Pro and the Delve. What finally made my decision was the fact that the Touch has too much that I dont need. My reason for getting a touch screen, because they are cool. All I need to do is check some emails, the weather, and do some casual browsing at work. I dont need word, excell, outlook, and all the other baggage on a Win mobile phone. My wallet doesnt need all that baggage either. Once I got past that, the Delve was the only logical choice (at Alltel). I have already run it through the mill messing with various settings and widgets.
THE SCREEN- its bright and easily readable indoors and out. The touch interface is crisp and very responsive. There are lots of settings for brightness, back light, contrast, and sensitivity. Turning the sensitivity down some makes it much smoother. It flows through screens and is fun to use.
THE SOFTWARE- Everything was easy to set up and install. If you are tech savvy, its a breeze to pic up the gist of this phone. Even if you arent that savvy, it wont be long before youve mastered the Delve.
CALLS- Calls are easy to make with the on screen buttons. You can flick your may through your contacts or type in a name using the on screen keypad.
TEXTING- This is where it gets interesting. There are several different entry methods. The classic dial pad, a QWERTY keyboard, and two types of hand witting applications. I have never liked the dial pad text input even a regular phone so I havent messed with the Delves. The QWERTY is my favorite. The buttons are small, but with some practice ans patience its not hard to text at all. The vibrating feedback helps a lot to know you have actually pushed a button. I like that a lot. If you do master it, you will find that you are texting faster than the Delve can keep up. I have outrun the text on the screen several times. The delve has yet to disappoint though. It takes a second, but it slaps down all the letters and words it was behind on. I wish there was a back button that didnt delete as it went. when you see that mistake in the middle of the text its hard to touch the curor in the exact right spot. As for the handwriting recognition. You can have it. It drove me nuts. It works, but I dont care for it.
WEB BROWSER-- Full HTML pages. Loads up pretty fast and is clear and crisp. Sometimes you have to magnify the screen to be able to click on the areas you want to select, but overall not a bad navigation experience. I dont like having to swipe back and forth to read a sentence or view the whole page, but it beats that stupid mobile web page hands down. My Yahoo takes several page loads to settle down so that I can navigate it, but it shows everything I need and works flawlessly.
MUSIC PLAYER- It looks like a Win 95 media player skin but works reasonably well. It aint no iPod but it plays the music and is manageable. I like the nuTsie widget. Its basically a free online radio station that allows you to stream in your own playlists from your iTunes. Speaker quality is....ehhhhh. Its a phone, not an iPod. However, if you plug in the 3.5mm(regular headphones!!) headphone jack you can bob along with decent playback quality. Again, its not an iPod. The provided headphones also double as a hands free microphone.
BOTTOM LINE-- Its 330 in the morning and im tired. The bottom line is this. If you dont need all the microsft headache of sync'ing and the huge software packages that come with typical touchscreen/smart phones then this may be for you. The software is not designed for the office worker. Its meant to be a fun phone to play with and enjoy, and to look cool. It does everything its designed to do and does it well. If you dont want the the Win mobile phone, your gonna have to take some sacrifices in whats available on this phone. For me, the ability to own a touch screen phone for 40 bucks after rebate is worth a few lags and backspaces. Keep a charger or spare battery handy, and go have fun. Thats what Im doing!
Pros Came with headphones and case. Feels solid, good build quality with a fairly sharp looking screen. External SD card slot. Nuance voice commands seem to work well.
Cons Only for smaller fingers. Poor battery life. Mediocre audio quality. Can not flip anything to landscape view. Feels like I am going to rip covers off of the ports (hard to open). Body is oversized compared to screen. Underpowered headphone jack.
Summary I have spent 1 week with this phone and was really hoping it would work for me. If you have larger hands (thumbs!), forget it. As soon as I get into tighter menus, keypads, or smaller widgets all control is lost, unless you want to have stylus in hand at all times. Battery life is unpredictable and short if you use it for anything other then a phone. It seems that charging off of a USB port does not give the battery a full charge either! It lakes an accelerometer for flipping between screen modes, which would be alright if the gave you an option to change it manually, but they do not. Audi quality is fair for phone use but mp3s seem distorted with randomn breaks. People wanting to use anything other then earbuds for music will find the amplification very lacking. The built in speaker does not balance well between an earpiece and loudspeaker. It feels that the port covers will break off under heavy use and are a pain to open. I also feel the could have shaved close to an inch off of the height and thickened it a bit for a larger battery. Being I have a month to exchange the phone I will be looking at other opotions! Samsung was close with this one but too many small issues leaves me wanting more.
Pros Its a great sleek style and easy to pick up and use. It manages to keep up with the technology while maintaining the K.I.S.S. attitude. Also has one of the best web browsers I've ever used on a mobile phone. Great battery life for all that it does.
Cons No slot for the stylus but its not really needed. I frequently use both the keypad and the qwerty so the ability to flip between the two just by tilting it is a missed feature but with one button you can flip between the two which is really handy.
Summary I was burnt out on non-functioning irritating touch screens but figured I would give this phone the benefit of the doubt and I have to say I am impressed. This is by far the best phone I've ever owned.