"Snappy performance and ease of use."4.5 starson by cjones277
Pros: Optical mouse almost eliminates the need for the stylus. GPS unit in the phone can be used with third-party navigation software. Excellent streaming media performance. Bluetooth 3G tethering DOES work with a few changes of settings.
Cons: 128 dpi display causes many PocketPC applications not to work or fail to display properly. Not a very compelling software package out of the box. Features hidden/disabled by AT&T. Proprietary charger/data cable and headphone connectors.
Summary: This phone is FAST. Multitasking is easily handled by the speedy 624MHz CPU. Much of this phone's potential is marred by the typical AT&T practice of disabling features in order to charge fees for shoddy replacements. Tethering is possible (both USB and Bluetooth PAN) once you enable the features AT&T hides. This does NOT require hacks. All you need in on the phone already.
The aGPS unit can be used with Google Maps or Garmin for turn-by-turn navigation - as AT&T Navigator is not worth it. Just change the GPS port to COM1 and it will be detected. The Garmin XT software is particularly useful since it can use the phone's data connection to get up-to-date traffic, weather, and fuel price info on-the-fly.
The keyboard starts off a bit stiff, but "breaks-in" after a couple of weeks. To me, the phone feels really good in hand. It is solid and feels very well-built. In contrast, the Fuze (HTC Touch Pro) felt cheap and clunky - I returned it to get my Epix back.
Once you add a few software packages, the phone becomes VERY useful. Opera Mobile 9 really improves the internet browsing experience and can be operated by finger touch.
Recommended Free Software:
Advanced Config (Requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5)
Recommended Pay Software:
Garmin XT (If you want full navigation)