"A Must Have for Pocket PC Users"4.5 starson by mrduck97
Pros: Compact (Treo Size), Wifi Included, Fast Processor, Extended Battery Included
Cons: Battery Life, Non-VGA, Only One Butten Press at a Time
Summary: I recieved this phone earlier this week and wow can this little booger do a little bit of everything! This phone includes Wifi, Verizon's EVDO, Bluetooth, and Verizon's synch service. If I am not mistaken I do believe this is the fastest Pocket PC Phone on the market right now. This phone is compact, not quite as small as the Imate Jam, but very comparable to the TREO 650. While it is a little bulky, I do put the phone in my pocket. Not really that much bigger then my LG VX8000. The slide out keyboard is very slick and can be used for one handed use once a person gets use to it.
I cannot comment on Verizon's EVDO service because it is not avaiable in my area and I do not use Verizon's wireless synch. However, I have found the wifi to be good, not buggy like others are reporting and basic 1x internet service is good for retreiving emails on the road.
The i730 comes with some very useful software, infact as a long time Pocket PC user, the included software on this device is the best I have ever seen. The MIT software is great for one handed use and getting to programs, control panel options, or pocket off apps fast. The Piscal Browser, which I had never seen before, is great for web browsing and looking at documents such as pdf files.
As far as negatives go for this device, well the battery life after three days of use has been less then spectacular. I have only used the standard and I have not gotten a full day use yet. However, one should factor in the fact it is a a new toy . I owned an Imate Jam when I was still with Cingular and that phone went longer that is for sure. The extended battery will most likely take care of this problem though. It is 1700mah, but does make the device thicker.
Two other negatives I must include although, not that big of a deal. The i730 is not VGA, coming from a Dell x50v, it takes some time to get use to again. And as CNET mentions in thier review and from what I noticed tonight, only one button can be pressed at a time. So for the gaming professionals out thier, I guess that should be noted.
I hope this helps anybody looking to buy this great phone. I apologize for any spelling errors above. This phone earns a well deserved 9 from me!