I Took The Dare!
I live in Westerville OHIO. I have Verizon Wireless. I have Software Version 5.
This phone by far is one of the BEST Verizon phones I've owned. There isn't much to complain about with this phone. It's almost flawless but almost isn't perfect. That's why I rated it a 4.5 instead of a 5. There probably isn't any phone out there that is actually a 5! Every phone has it's flaws or cons. The pros definitely outweigh the cons with this one.
Although I heard Software Version 6 fixes almost all the issues/bugs.
The phone fits perfect in your hand.
The signal is good/great where I live.
The camera is amazing. As well as it's features.
The audio is wonderful.
The clarity of the screen is nice.
The screen is nice and big.
The favorites menu is awesome!
The call quality is fine by me.
The touch is very responsive.
It's easier to text on than expected.
The speakerphone is loud!
The playback audio of sounds/video is great.v The full web is amazing!!
The video streaming could be better.
It doesn't save Camera settings.
Sometimes the touch is false.
I wish there were more themes.
When texting on T9 then switching to Landscape and back it switches to ABC and not to WORD as I have it.
Overall this phone is very great. Way better than I ever expected. Especially after reading people's reviews. I don't usually go toward touch screens but this one is worth a try.
Good Phone...but not for everyone
by Father Nebro
I'll start with the reason you shouldn't buy this phone as it's probably the reason you're reading this. You don't really need this phone if you just want to make calls and text. Touch screen texting does take a while to get used to and once you're used to it...it's still kind of a pain. This phone can also turn into a QWERTY touch keypad but I think that makes it worse the letters are very close together (but I have big hands so it might be me).
If you get this phone you should also get the VCast plan If you don't have VCast then having this phone is a waste of money. It has the fastest EVDO browser of any phone I've ever tried. The touch screen on this is very useful and you can turn the phone wide ways and browse as you wish. The phone is YouTube friendly (just incase you were wondering). However some web pages take a long time to load and are very difficult to navigate. You can't really make online purchases which was a big negative for me.
It has a 3.0 mega pixel camera w/ flash which is very nice but it does not have a zoom feature.
It has 5 shortcut keys on the main screen.
Messaging Contacts Dial Pad Menu and the most unique favorites. You choose 9 contacts and can have quick access for calling and texting them (this was the most useful feature on the phone IMO).
If you double touch the main screen or opt to put in an extra shortcut button on the top right. You can customize other shortcuts. This was also a very nice feature as I made it so I had instant access to the calc tip calc pictures ring tones my Verizon and a few other tools.
It has an good music player. It was very easy to navigate through and produced a decent sound quality through the speaker.
All in all it's a good phone but like I've already said it's really pointless for some people to have. I had technical issues with this phone Verizon had to replace it twice.
If you want the touch screen but you don't want the internet just buy a Voyager instead.
Excellent Phone very few drawbacks
I picked up this phone in July shortly after it came out. Since then I have been very impressed with it. Initially when I got it the touch screen gave lots of false positives and noticed some random reset here and there and major clipping with bluetooth where it would cut me out for 3-5 seconds. All of these were not major issues but little annoyances. I got the V05 update from my local Verizon store (Delafield WI) and I must say there were some good improvements. The touch is more sensitive and responsive and the bluetooth is fixed. Still have a few random resets tho. No biggie. But onto the important stuff. Here's a list of pros and cons in my opinion...
- AMAZING battery life (3 days w/ heavy texting and calling)
- Good responsive touch screen
- Better media player than other VZW phones
- Good camera (3.2 MP) with some fun options
- Drawing pad is amusing for long class lectures
- Easy to text w/ prediction or full qwerty keyboard (I found a tip that if you calibrate the screen holding the phone horizontally like you're using the full qwerty it helps a lot and this is true)
- Good antenna haven't had any issues with service at all
- Durable have dropped the phone numerous times and it's still chugging (GET A SCREEN PROTECTOR!!!)
- Favorites menu for contacts
- 3.5 mm headset jack is very convenient when your ipod dies lol
- Nice looking screen
- Overall a fun phone to use
- Firmware update
- External stereo speaker that is actually loud!
- Initial bugs (obviously)
- No visual vmail yet
- False positives (expected w/ a touch phone)
- Needs more themes!! (only has a black and a white theme)
- Recommend getting a screen protector (Invisible Sheild...it's indestructible!)
- V05 Firmware upgrade only available in select markets for now
All in all a great phone that really can take advantage of Verizon's Network it has a great antenna and battery but most of all it's a fun phone!!