"There's a lot to love about this phone!"4.5 starson by volsfan0911
Pros: screen real estate, display, hardware, 4.1.1 jelly bean, NFC, removable battery, SD card slot, battery life, call quality and overall performance.
Cons: size, no one-handed operation for me at least, VZW non-removable bloatware and feature crippling, no Google wallet allowed by VZW either and ISIS isn't rolled out yet.
Summary: This thing is ginormous - and that's a big deal (literally). First off, decide if you can deal with a phone this big. It fits into my jean pockets just fine (plain 'ol Levis 501's). I have fairly small hands and cannot use it one handed. Maybe LeBron can. I am coming from an iPhone 4 and wanted a big display as my main criteria. Check, got that in spades now. Every other aspect of the phone is state of the art android - quad core processor, 2 GB RAM & jelly bean ensure a smooth experience. No lag, stutter or freezing. I HATE that verizon screws up so many things on this phone but that's par for the course with VZW (persistent wi-fi notification, they castrated multi-tasking options, stripped out blocking mode, don't let you scroll through home screens all the way around, etc.) The positive side is LTE rocks on this device and I've gotten good signals on both cellular and wi-fi after using it for a week. Battery life is awesome, you can wail on it all day and not worry about charging until you get home. Nav works great on it due to sheer screen size.forgot one thing I missed desperately from my crackberry days - exterior notification LED! It's so nice to have one again, why can't Apple understand this? The motion gestures are pretty cool as well. There's something awesome about flipping your phone over to reject a call.
Other thoughts on the phone - tectiles (NFC stickers) really work well. I've followed suggestions from online and made some for car, house, sleep, etc. Wish that VZW would get off its ass and either allow Google Wallet or roll out ISIS. Not having widespread mobile payment systems is pathetic - quit being so greedy, get the details and agreements ironed out then let's go already. Catch up to the rest of the world already would you?
And finally, this is the first phone I've had in a long time (since my Treo 600 back in the day) that people actually stopped to comment on. Everyone loves it, wants to see the display and several have told me "I just found my new phone". It really is a major leap for cell phones - to make one that big and it works so well. Go Samsung. I thought about the iPhone 5 briefly but was so disappointed with what was released that I said "screw it, going to try Android". Love it, no regrets, not going back to Apple unless they get their mojo working full steam again.
Updated on Dec 6, 2012