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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2011
This is the 5th smartphone I have owned since early 2005, and the best by far. I fell in love with it immediately.
I was a bit nervous about two things: 1. The call quality issue mentioned by other reviews. 2. This would be my first phone withtout a keyboard. Now, they have turned out to be non-issues. I have used it for a week, and made a dozen calls, and have never noticed any problem. I did have some problem initially with the virtual keyboard. My fat index finger often touched the key adjacent to the intended one. I have learned that the phone needs to be in landscape mode for fat fingers.
I was anxious to find out how well the phone works with Bluetooth headsets because my previous phone was so poor in this regard that I wasted two headsets before finding out it was the phone problem. I got a Motorola HS820 and it works great with this phone. What a relief! I prefer talking with a wireless headset.
I am amazed by how quick the setup process is. I transferred my number from Sprint, which I love (a long story), to AT&T Wireless. I thought that I would lose service for one or two days, but I probably did not lose it for a single minute as far as I am concerned. OK, this may not have anything to do with the phone. However, I used my Windows Live ID for sync. My contacts, calendar, emails were synchronized instantly over the air, not through a cable. I started using the phone as productively as my previous phone within 2 hours after opening the package (I ordered the phone from Amazon on Friday evening, and got it on the following Monday).
I love the large display. The screen is very responsive to touch and click.
The battery seems to be on the short side. I am not sure what affects the battery life because it appeared to last longer initially, but got shorter after I added more email accounts, turned on Bluetooth, added more apps.
I should disclose that I have never owned an iPhone because I never buy a phone which software and hardware are controlled by the same company. I am pro-selection and pro-competition. Therefore I cannot speak using an iPhone as the reference.
Update (2011-08-31): I have noticed that keeping Bluetooth on reduces the battery life by at least 50%.