"Beautiful phone, one to consider"4.0 starson by tikrjee
Pros: SuperAMOLED screen looks nothing short of amazing; good screen real estate makes up for lack of physical keyboard; responsive; better than expected battery life
Cons: Software does stutter every now and then, nothing major though; did not ship with 2.2, but "promised" it will arrive by end of year; takes some getting used to for previous android users; GPS not always reliable (no biggie); background tasks...
Summary: First: to those rating this with 1 star simply because it's "locked" to using Bing, news flash: it's a Verzion thing. All Verizon phones are subject to this agreement (though, not all of them have gone to this extent). Quit acting like it's the end of the world. Make a shortcut for google.com, or default your browser's home page to it if Bing is so unusable for you. You're rating the device, not Verizon's business decisions.
At any rate...
The screen is absolutely phenominal. I have difficulty taking my eyes away from it. Words simply do not do it justice. This is one you have to see to believe (in fact, find someone that has it loaded up with a hi-def or good quality video and prepare to be blown away).
I'm normally not a fan of phones without buttons. I'm not a big fan of touch screens. I need a keyboard. That being said, the screen is so massive compared to, say, my previous 'droid (Devour), making it very workable. The screen is responsive, and typing or texting is pretty smooth.
The interface does take some getting used to if you've owned an earlier Android phone. That being said, it's not rocket science. I could personally do without some of the widgets, but it's easy enough to not use them.
Haven't had a chance to really put the camera to use yet, but as with GPS, I really don't care. It's somewhat of a novelty, and it's nice to have. But if I'm looking to take some photos or shoot video, I've got a camera for that. Having said that, I'm sure it's great for quick point-and-shoot moments.
GPS isn't the best at times, but I've got Magellan for that. Not a biggie personally. Only really use it on the phone when looking to see what's near for a bite to eat or to waste time.
Disappointed it did not ship with 2.2 installed, but given the Android update track record, it's going to be a while before we see all phones ship with any new standard. Samsung promises the update by the year's end, and 2.1 definitely beats 1.6.
Call quality is solid, no dropped calls. I've yet to find a way to death-grip this one (by the way, if you have a Devour, wrap your bear paw around the bottom half, covering both sides and the speaker to kill the signal). Battery didn't completely drain after a day of some solid use (calling, txting, downloading and playing with apps), so it beat my expectation. As per all Android phones, make sure to grab a task killer app (really wish they'd make it standard, or find a way around this). If the battery life watching videos were a bit longer, I'd feel comfortable leaving the ZuneHD at home. At least it gets in a full movie and then some, so I'll forgive that (plus, that whole "phone" thing is nice to have).
All in all, I'm happy with it. The screen makes looking at almost anything enjoyable (or in some cases, tolerable with the volume off). Despite the lack of a physical keyboard (knew this before buying), typing is comfortable and responsive. The droid 2.1 software is not as smooth as 2.2, and I really wish it shipped with it, but the update is coming. Sure, default search isn't Google, but it's not that difficult to set the browser's home page to that (pretty much did that first thing). Once you figure out the TouchWiz interface, it's pretty smooth, though I do miss Motorola's MotoBlur (hey, I liked it). All in all, if you're looking for a new Android phone, and what to get those iSheep second guessing their new contracts (or in my case, Verizon is the only game in town), this is an excellent device and is definitely worth taking a look at.
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