This is a tough one.
I really want to like this phone. And in many respects, I do. However, there are some issues that make this a painful phone to use when I compare it to the other phones that I’ve looked at over the last two months.
1. I have witnessed the signal strength fluctuations that have been widely reported. I can’t say that this has impacted my phone calls, but, it has definitely killed a few downloads that I’ve had in progress or online updates to things like my finances or new apps.
2. I have very spotty ability to connect to wifi. At work, no problem. At home, where I actually need it, I’ve yet to have a successful connection (and, I’ve connected several Android phones to my home network without any trouble. I’ve had trouble at other locations such as AT&T wifi, etc.
3. I’ve had the phone less than a week and have had to pull the battery several times to reboot, three times, I have not been able to answer a call because the screen has frozen and I had to pull the battery to get it to reboot and then call that person.
4. Worsening battery life. I’m pretty aware of underlying running processes and carefully remove these so that I save my battery life. After the third day with this phone, I noticed worsening battery life so, I reset it to factory defaults and still notice this. For example, no matter how long I’ve charged the phone, within 10 minutes, the phone battery indicator drops to 90%. It slows the drain after that, but, it’s still rough. I always have to fully charge twice a day and once, three times in a day. And, that’s not with an inordinate amount of use…it compares to how I’ve used other phones. I’d say that battery life is worse for me than the Evo.
5. Lots of useless applications persisting in the background. It would be nice to be able to just shut some of these applications down permanently. They come from Verizon and Motorola and I don’t use them, but, they impact my memory space and battery life.
Things I like?
1. The feel of the phone is nice and solid. Yes, it’s heavy, but, I like the feel and design
2. I’m used to the keyboard and I use it all the time now. I prefer to touch screens. That’s very much a personal preference, but, it works for me.
3. The screen. It’s only 3.7″, but, it’s big enough and it’s a nice screen to look at. It doesn’t get washed out in the sunlight.
4. The Verizon network, coming as no surprise, is solid. So far, it’s the best I’ve had at my hard to reach place. That said, there’s no doubt that if you can manage with Sprint, that data network cruises compared to Verizon.
I have not rooted this and don’t have much plan to right now. The key reason, since speed isn’t really a problem on the phone, would be to get away with free wifi hotspot creation.