"Samsung really put a lot of thought into this phone"5.0 starson by michalscheck
Pros: battery life, stability, usability, form, function, style
Cons: screen brightness must be at least 3/4 the way bright to see in direct sunlight, but with that setting it's easily viewable.
Summary: This phone has real world usability. I came from a Samsung SCH-i730 which was a good design, however this model is better in nearly every way. I wasn't sold with the horizontal slide out at first (the i730 was vertical slide), but I quickly became accustomed to it and now like it better.
I've owned a lot of phones in my time and this one proves to have that special touch of extreme, meticulous thought put into it before it was built.
Example of niceness:
I don't have to lock the phone anymore. While it's easy to do so, the buttons are arranged in a way that hasn't triggered an accidental miss-dial yet. It goes into a battery saving standby mode after about 10 seconds and no key will turn it on except for the top "wake-up" button which would be just about impossible to accidentally hit, but is easy and convenient to use regularly.
All the sounds (thanks to MS) have been tuned to be so pleasing now. I left it on the stock ring tone because it's actually really pleasant to hear, but not annoying (hard combo to find).
Samsung's design makes nice use of the WM6 software. There are no buttons on the phone that do not make sense or are "extra".
The phone is easy to hold w/out hitting a ton of buttons accidentally (a big issue with the i730).
I can't believe how good the batt life is. I easily use it hard all day on the slim battery. I use the slighly larger battery that it comes with as my back-up. I have the data plan so I'm constantly picking up large and frequent e-mails (full download, not just headers) and it doesn't miss a beat.
This thing is truly a work-horse phone for the mobile professional. If you like PDA phones (Treo, i730, ...maybe blackberry user), then you'll assuredly love this phone.
PS. Judging by CNET's weak review, they didn't give it enough time to really learn it's groove. It's not like other phones. It doesn't need a scroll wheel (there's so many other ways to access data including your voice). If they are going to write a review, they should work on being less biased towards the norm and open to change. Quite possibly the best phone currently for this market segment. A+ overall Samsung...when are you going to joing the NYSE so us loyal Americans can start investing in your company?!?!