May 20th 2013 8:21 am

final rating

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No problem with connectivity, but no info on LTE yet. good
  • Display Colors are good, could be a tad more pixels, but this has more than my last phone. Workhorse model. good
  • Battery life This sucks in all smartphones, in my use it lasts a day. Could be better, but thenagain could be worse. poor
  • Camera Not DSLR level, but I've taken great shots in low light and good lighting, White balance with flash is a bit too cold. good
  • Ease of use Took the phone, did the tutorial, now I feel the swiping and pulling is natural way to use phone, works really well with one hand. great!
  • Design and form factor I like the design, could be a little rounder on the bottom, but this works still. If feel that this designed for one hand usage, but works with 2 hands also. good
  • Portability (size / weight) Compared to my older phone Desire Z, this feels very light. Size makes it funny feeling in pants, but not discomfortable. Size fits my hand well. good
  • Media support Everything basic user ever needs. good
  • Durability Feels sturdy, solid and buttons seem good. But I wouldn't drop any smartphone. Glass is glass. so-so
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) Native apps, still not many, but they work well. Android compability needs some work. But they run, some have ported google play on the device already. good
Detailed review
A quick summary would point:
Hardware is solid in hand and very functional. I like how the device feels in hand, about just right.

Software is getting there, UI works the way I like it to work. Terminal Editor is available natively by enabling developer mode. Basic utilities, email, media, clock, calendar are here. Nothing extra comes out of the box, install only what you want. UI is minimalistic also, not much clutter to distract.

When writing this quick review the OS is still in beta and the battery life doesn't really fit a person who lives through his phone. But these people have created a phone they themselves want to use, so I'm having high hopes for the "final" OS.

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I need to add that I'm pretty much comparing this against my older phone (HTC Desire Z) and I'm in no way objective in my analysis. : )