October 14th 2010 2:07 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality Not very clear. Speakerphone is loud enough but not very clear either. Poor reception (could just be at&t though). poor
  • Display Screen really doesn't impress me... I'm also missing a larger display. poor
  • Battery life No comments so-so
  • Camera No comments
  • Ease of use My wife can't figure it out poor
  • Design and form factor I like the keyboard. Gorilla glass is good. I never remember if the silencer slider is on or not, I wish there was an icon that told me. so-so
  • Portability (size / weight) Its awkward shape makes it feel weird in my pocket poor
  • Media support No comments
  • Durability Seems okay to me. so-so
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) See my detailed review awful!
Detailed review
I had great expectations for this phone. There are a lot of bright spots but I think I'm either going back to iPhone or I'm going to try Android or WP7. The biggest reason is the lack of quality apps.

After a few months of using it, here's how I feel about it.


Camera: Missing the camera on my iPhone which had less noisy and less blurry indoor shots. I thought I wouldn't, but I'm missing a bigger screen to view my pictures. Wish it had a dedicated camera key (but most phones don't)!
Keyboard: Awesomeness. Especially with Text Assist and the dictionary. But I do find myself opening it when I don't need it - force of habit?
Touchstone dock: Not as cool as I thought it would be. It's really picky about how I put the Pre2 on it. Every now and then I notice it'd be on but not charging. It also makes a subtle noise that can get annoying when it's quiet. The Exhibition feature hasn't come yet - except for the clock.
Display: Meh. Gorilla glass is good though.
Size and Shape: Feels weird in my pocket since it's small enough that it might fall horizontal, which is uncomfortable in my jeans. Its thickness doesn't help.


Cards: Cards are awesome - I just wish I didn't have to worry about closing them like I do on iOS. I also enjoy the gesture to get to card view, a lot better than the double click I need to do on iPhone/iPad.
Notifications: They're okay. They're a little cramped with the small space they get. Also, going from the notification icon to the notification display is tricky since the icon is so small. I think I'd like a pulldown like on Android.
Just Type: Kind of cool but I'm not using it as much as I thought I would. Quick Actions are a great idea. E.g., type a Facebook status then post to Facebook. But the execution of the feature is flawed, the Facebook app is opened and you still have to hit Submit.
Apps: SUCK. The built in apps and heavy hitters like Facebook lack the polish they do on other platforms. Facebook especially is disappointing. It's better with the latest release, but wow - it tells me I can't view some pictures in the app but I can in the web browser... wtf? I really miss apps like Reeder, ScoreCenter (Sports Live! is a decent but lacking alternative), Twitter. The few other third party apps I tried are meh compared to the experience I'm used to from iOS.
Calls: Hanging up my call is a challenge. The display turns off when I bring the phone up to my face during a call but it doesn't turn back on when I move it away. So I end up turning it back on just to see that I'm in card view and have to get to the phone app then have to hang up.
Browser: Okay. Most sites default to their mobile page which I don't really like. Especially since I do have Flash Player on it. But I think I notice some rendering issues that I don't usually get on iOS. There are also times when I'm not sure if the browser is doing anything, that is, if it registered my tap.