Good for my line of work.
Having recently purchased the G'zOne Boulder in orange I set the call forwarding and bid adieu to my crackberry for a few days. After all I am trying to give it a good workout right?
Here is my bias: I work as a firefighter and I need a phone that takes a beating and more than the occasional shower.
-Abuse of the Boulder: I took a shower while using the Boulder. Lathered. Rinsed. Repeated. Dropped in a cup of coffee. Fought two fires. Worked outside in the rain calling in triage reports to hospitals. Dropped it from 3rd story balcony.
-Excellent signal quality
-Audio quality was okay
-Good battery life (when PTT is off)
-Strong vibration alert
-Easy familiar UI
-PTT is adequate
-Ringer loud enough even in holster
-Orange (makes it go faster)
-LED flashlight is more useful than I though
-Audio quality is tinny when volume is up high
-PTT kills the battery
-PTT alerts not adjustable (Tx/Rx) and are too quiet
-Co-workers like to drop it in drinks
-Speakerphone requires use of mute to prevent intermittent audio.
Ultimately I would suggest that if you are having a problem with your audio quality turn the volume down and make sure the earpiece is positioned correctly. That does take some practice. If you use PTT get the extended battery.
The phone has a watertight membrane over the components which explains the tinny sound quality you get from the earpiece and speakerphone. The speakerphone does not work well in duplex operation if the volume is up high-- eh can't win 'em all.
If you are looking for a multimedia phone this isn't it. If you want a rugged phone that gets the job done in the driving rain or even the shower this is it. It's not perfect but rest assured every duty shift this is one piece of equipment that will be on my belt.
Mil-Spec Weapon of choice
I've owned a lot of phones in my time. I've tried every brand available at one point or another and every major carrier. I can say without a doubt that the Boulder does exactly what the manufacturer and VZW says it can. First off too many users expect a phone to do waaaay too much. They aren't tv's Ipods or PC's. They're phones. The Boulder is exactly what it is claimed to be. A tough as nails military grade piece of hardware.
Pros: great connectivity
better signal than most
water shock dirt resistant
did I say SHOCK RESISTANT?
ergonomical as you can get
easy to navigate
accurate electronic compass
EXCELLENT BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY
cruises VZW web 2.0 very well
excellent call quality
sound quality for a mil spec phone is
excellent no tinny sound or static
Cons: none as of yet and I put em through
This phone works very well doing what it is designed to do. It doesn't drop calls it maintains strong signal and it works after hitting the pavement. From a twelve foot ladder. Standing on the top rung. I hosed it with a kitchen sink gun and no problems. Maybe I'll bury in a sand box next. It also has virtually perfect reception on a bluetooth device when across the room or with the phone in your pocket. I live in the Atlanta area which is very hilly with heavy foliage (which adversely affects signal) and it keeps on truckin. the battery is average but thats what car chargers are for. If you want a tough reliable no frills easy to use phone this is the one for you. Way to go VZW another fine pick.
-Durability ive dropped my boulder 35 feet and it didnt even drop the call i was on.
-I can hear to talk on the phone in a sheet metal facory with presses runnning non stop.
-Flashlight is handy when im inside of a press working on it.
-The displays are glass/lexan I havent determined which one very resistant to scratches.
-Mobile Web is very responsive.
-Mobile email and vzw navigator work very well.
-I like the rubberized grip on my black model reminds me of the old Nextell phones.
-Good call quality
-Tinny speaker (which was fixed by software update #1)
-Small keypad makes it uncomfortable but livable to text.
-Locked UI Poor UI buggy sometimes.
-Cant download movies or pictures from Mobile Email program. (WTB way to get around that)
-The amp on the speakers are too powerfull for the speakers on the phone itself causing the cracking at high volumes.
-Poor Battery Life (buy extended battery 1640 milivots)
Ive had the G'Zone Boulder since release the phones hardware is extreamly sturdy and its very durable we all know that but lets get to the bread and butter of this phone. As with 94% of Verizons Phones the operating system is proprietorial and junk thats nothing new.
I'm Acually on my second Boulder the first was a operating system defect which is prevelant in most VZW phones my wife is a Asurion Tech she sees that problem alot but its no biggie really . The second phone I've received is 150% better than the original hell even the battery life has been improved not by much mind you but its a little better I suggest you do as I did and buy the extended battery.
Folks that talk down about this phone need to realize that it is a phone not a Palm or a Blackberry its a military spec phone that does exactly what it says it does there may have been some early realese bugs but hell there are bugs on every single peice of first gen equipment especially when they receive a complete revamp as this model of the G'Zone series did.
Two Thumbs way UP