Reviewed by jontseng (Currently owns)
I've been using this as a daily driver for a year (I also rock an Xperia Mini Pro, Nokia N9, ZTE Blade and Nexus One occassionally). Stock its an OK phone, but with properly optimised ROM/launcher its an absolute battle tank. Even as a new device its competitive a lot of mid-range phones today (May/12) and available at a comparable price (£200/$300).
Where this phone stands out is combining decent horsepower with a truly excellent battery. I don't think there's any other android device out there (still) which has that combination.
I would not hesistate to buy this.
- Fabulous battery life. Big battery means this thing is absolute battleship (at least compared to other smartphones).
- Fingerprint reader. Properly optimised good & convenient way to lock/unlock.
- Good third party ROM support (CM7 and variants). Putting a good third party ROM (e.g. Neutrino) makes a huge different e.g. to battery life, fingerprint accuracy. Turns it from an OK phone to an awesome one (nb CM7 now DOES support fingerprint reader).
- Supports 64GB SD card (the latest Sandisk model anyhow).
- Performance with Tegra 2 still competitive a year after release (plus support for Tegra optimised games if that's your thing.
- HDMI out. Plug into TV monitor and game...
- Slated for ICS update in Q3 (so presumably CM9 eventually).
- Lapdock. Nice idea but a bit sluggish in practice. Think of it as a nice-to-have/bonus rather than something to use day to day.
- Someone unspired design.
- Screen - nice qHD resolution (good) but pentile (bad). Take your pick as to whether you like this or not.
- Call quality not great.
- Motoblur skin (first think I do is slap on ADW Launcher EX anyway).
- Design 7
- Display 7
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 7
- Performance 9
- Software 7
- Battery life 10
- Ecosystem 9