"Most Over-Rated Device I've Ever Seen on CNET!"0.5 starson by Bruce H_5435
Pros: Does Everything
Cons: Does Nothing Well
Summary: This phone is the classic example of how tolerant consumers have become of paying 100's of dollars to become beta testers for tech companies. Unlike many in this thread, I've actually owned and used this phone for a full month. Here are the fatal flaws:
1. Battery life: Less than a standard laptop. You cannot make it through a day in standby mode without using two batteries. If you actually access the device during a day for email, internet or phone usage, expect battery life to drop to as a little as 2-4 hours. Good luck if you're on a biz trip that day!
2. Network switching is awkward. Can't use phone and email and internet at same time. As a result, if you go into data mode, the phone goes off, but if you then press the phone button, it does not turn on the phone, it merely gives you the software to let you believe you can use the phone. Instead, you'll find, after several moments of using the voice recognition or fiddling with the dial buttons, that after you've pressed send "the phone is not on... would you like to turn it on?" Very painful if you're in a hurry. In addition, don't count on making multiple calls easily. "You must first press the end button before starting a new call. Would you like to press the end button?"
3. Wifi is a battery hog and device cannot distinguish between EVDO networks and wifi easily. Click the wifi button and count on a full 30 minutes of fun web surfing. After that, the phone is dead. If you're in an EVDO area, it will go to EVDO, even if Wifi is faster. It has great trouble figuring out which data network to go to. After a while, the thing will just quit and the screen will go blank. Then you're in reset h-ll.
4. Resets are required often. This is a complicated device and as a result, it is easily confused. Expect constant reboots. There is no on or off button. There are multiple ways that this phone can turn off, but the most common is that the screen goes black to save power, then you can't tell if the darn thing is on or off. Slide what they call the power key and you're still not sure if you were ever on or off.
5. Button layout, particularly on the sides is not ergonomic and creates problems, plus this thing is a brick. Think: your friend's first cellphone, the ones that he had to carry in a suitcase. Don't count on putting this phone in any pockets! The belt clip is a joke too... it is too heavy to put on a pair of pants -- it would pull them down! Pick of the phone on the sides to avoid touching the screen (it's a touch screen after all), and you're likely to squeeze the voice recorder. Whoops, didn't want to record that conversation you and your coworker were having about the boss? Too bad, now it's on your device, and who knows, maybe you'll email it to your boss by mistake.
4. Dials itself -- even when you don't want it to. I still can't figure this one out.
5. Did I say constant resets? Get used to it with this device. You will do nothing quickly with this phone other than rush back to Verizon to return it.
Don't indulge Samsung or VZ here. This is a $700 beta test.