Having recently got a new phone and having left Virgin Mobile for T-Mobile, I wanted to post my reaction to the handset and service.
Given the hype surrounding this handset, the and endless amount of reviews already available, I wanted to express my opinions more in the form of a reaction to the common criticisms found in said reviews, rather than in the form of my own mini review.
Firstly, battery. I felt details were sketchy whilst I was reading reviews and yes, I’m impressed. With average-heavy use I still seem to have approx. 40% battery remaining at the end of the day. It’s reassuring to know there is capacity available for giving the phone a hammering when needed (like Dead Trigger!).
The ‘flimsy’ plastic back panel – not a problem. Yes if you remove the back it is a flimsy piece of plastic. But I can more than comfortably agree that this is to keep the weight and thickness down. The phone is light enough that a thicker back plate would likely make a noticeable difference to the device’s weight, and how often is the back going to be off anyway really? When attached, the plastic back plate it firmly in contact with the solid body and battery, and so feels as strong as the back of any other phone I’ve used.
Speed – is noticeable from the upgrade from my original HTC Desire. I’ve not seen the device stutter, but the most noticeable improvement is when installing apps. Often there is no ‘installing’ message, just a ‘successfully installed’ notification.
The handset did feel quite slippery when I first started using it. Once I got used to its weight and holding it, I didn’t find this a problem anymore. I do have a rubber case on the way (for a whole 99p), but we’ll see how that goes.
File transfer is a bit of a pain, compared to the removal drive method used previously. This is because there is one partition for storage and a protocol called MTP is used. This is supported natively on Windows, but required a download from Android.com on a Mac. The PS3 doesn’t support this system unfortunately though, which is Sony’s fault not Google’s.
The screen seems to be more repellant to dinner prints and general grime, which is great. Yes the colours may not be as realistic as with the LCD equivalent screen but to my eyes out looks great and it’s not like I’m going to be colour correcting on the phone.
I’m very happy so far!