"Wanted an Incredible 4G but this phone won me over."5.0 starson by NadoDawg
Pros: 1. Screen is incredible;
2. Super fast;
3. Ergonomic and fits in pocket.
4. Light weight, good battery life.
5. Camera / Video
Cons: 1. S Voice
2. Competing duplicate functions
Summary: I previously had an HTC Incredible (1st version). I needed to upgrade to beat the 6/28 unlimited data deadline so had to go with this phone instead of the Incredible 4g. I was worried about the size as I prefer something that will fit in my pocket. After one week, I can say this phone has met all of my expectations and more. I have no plans to switch back to HTC.
The phone is big but it is also flat and light weight. It is very ergonomic/fits in your hand nicely. It also fits in a front jean pocket without any issues.
The screen wows! I have already gotten several comments about how nice the screen is. I could easily watch a movie or tv on this screen - it is big, bright, crisp and plays video flawlessly. I have netflix, hbo go and some other streaming services loaded and they all work like a charm. There are no choppy buffering interruptions. I did initially notice the dimness but I turned off the automatic brightness function and set the level to my taste. I am not sure how the CNET reviewer missed this function - the top brightness level is off the chart.
I have had no battery issues at all. I took a good amount of video and then watch some sports replays and the battery seemed fine. I also have my brightness up and had heavy use of photo, email, text...still had 1/3 batter by the end of the day. I charge each night so not an issue for my usage.
The camera and video take nice crisp shots. You can take burst shots and get off a bunch of high quality pictures pretty quickly. Its not going to replace a high quality camera but this 8megapixel camera crushes the 8megapixel on my HTC Incredible 1 and on my wife's Apple 4S.
Speaking of 4S, this phone makes the Apple phones seem like slow clunky dinosaurs. I know the 4S is over 8 months old but the tech jump seems more like 2 years. Way faster, more reliable, better battery, better camera, etc..
For downsides, the S voice seems sorta pointless but I have not used it much. It does understand the navigate command well and thats about the only I would use. I also hope I dont ever drop this phone. I am not about to add a case on to its size and have no idea how it will hold up to a cement drop.
The final con is with all of the built in clutter. It seems Google, Samsung and Verizon are all loading competing apps that do the same thing. I still havent played with all of the functions and icons but a lot seem duplicative - its a race to get the fees from selling content - which this phone so beautifully displays.