View Poll Results: Time is almost up - who's keeping - who's not?
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Time is all most up - who's keeping - who's not?
For the people who got their Thunderbolt's on the first day, the 14 day return clock in winding down.... and for any one else that bought one as well.....
Who is going to keep their TB and who is not?
I really, really wanted this to be a great phone "for me."
But I don't like the battery life, even though it's better now with bumping and tweaking.
I don't like the way the contacts are displayed and searched.
I don't like the way the calendar is displayed and searched.
I don't like the way the email is displayed and searched.
i don't like the way the text is displayed and searched.
It all has a look and feel of apps that were put together from a generic app building program by engineers. Light on style and ease of use. Much like a lot of the other cheap looking apps in the app stores.
The TB has a huge screen, but they didn't make the best visual or practical use of that size in their graphic design and layout of the calendar, contacts, email and text. Apple and R.I.M (OS5 - never tired OS6) both did a better job AND with SMALLER screens. You may disagree, but I am coming from a 33 year career in graphics and illustration, so maybe I look at things a little differently.
Sure, I can get used to it if I keep the phone - but I had high hopes, maybe too high, for my Blackberry replacement.
There is a lot to like about this phone, but also some disappointments on both the aesthetics and practical use.
Anyway, those are my thoughts.
- 03-27-2011, 02:00 PM #2
I will be receiving a brand new replacement on Tuesday as I have gone to tech about 3 times now to get help with it and it's problems. I will have 3 days before I have to return the phone if I do not want it. If the new phone runs anything like this one, I will be returning the phone for a full refund. The ONLY reason I got this phone was to get me grandfathered into the 4G unlimited plan.
- 03-27-2011, 02:00 PM #3
- 03-27-2011, 02:20 PM #4
Keeping for sure! Best device ever!
Love how gmail is push and displays.
Google apps all great.
Internet is awesome.
Music player sounds good.
I guess I just like Android OS and Sense because I love how the phone, screen and menus are set up.
Battery life and LED disappointed me. Monday I'm getting the big battery.
Sold my Blackberry yesterday!
I did buy a calendar widget though because the calendar that came stock wasn't nice like Google calendar on a PC. But pure calendar is awesome.
- 03-27-2011, 02:22 PM #5
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- 03-27-2011, 02:33 PM #11
My first smartphone, the Blackberry Storm 2, served me well for almost 12 months. I loved the push email, calendar and tight integration into my corporate email system.
As much as I liked the Blackberry the Thunderbolt represents a quantum leap forward. Sure, there's a learning curve involved going from one mobile OS to another but you're fooling yourself if you think Blackberry is still in this game. I think they'll be around for a while longer but they're not relevant in the space anymore. It's a two horse race between Apple and Google going forward.
My Storm2 sits in a drawer and will serve backup duty to the Thunderbolt for only as long as it takes me to upgrade to the next Android device.
- 03-27-2011, 02:41 PM #14
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It's too bad you don't know how stock Android looks. I'm over Sense. It's okay, but I just prefer stock Android over it.
The battery has been pretty good to me so far... but if I have a weak signal (happens in one building I go into), the battery will drain right before my eyes. I'd imagine there will be radio updates that will improve that... and I'd imagine this is what's draining peoples' batteries in 6-8 hours.
Before you take back your Android device, I'd recommend you check out the various home replacements, SMS programs, Kik Messenger, Jorte, Astrid, Tasker (or Locale) if you'd like to program your device to do things when certain conditions are met, and others things that people recommend. Some of these things you will never see replicated on an Apple device or Blackberry... so it'd be nice to get acquainted with them so that you've had the experience.
I'm definitely keeping mine ... it's not perfect, but it's a fantastic device.
- 03-27-2011, 02:43 PM #16
I was waiting for the Storm 3 forever! When Storm 2.5 was rumored I was so excited to get it. Glad it was canned.
The QNX BlackBerry phones may be good. We don't know yet. And we won't know for a while. I was ready for an upgrade after two years with the Tour.
I think I'm staying Android for a while.
Besides, I wanted to buy a phone - not a science project.
I've moved beyond trying to squeeze out better specs from my commuters and cars with after market "fixes". That kind of stuff is not fun for me anymore (if it ever was).
I want to buy a product that works right out of the box.
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- 03-27-2011, 02:55 PM #21
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I like the phone, I'm not happy with the calendar. I set appointments in my calendar and want them to notify me when I set the notification and that doesnt work. I can deal with the battery life issue, but a bigger battery in the 1750-1850 range would be nice with no changes in cover.
So I'll probably keep it.
- 03-27-2011, 03:01 PM #22
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- 03-27-2011, 03:04 PM #24
It's a keeper! Best phone i have ever owned. This "Only lasts 5 hours" stuff is bunk. Unless your on this thing NON STOP, you should be able get through the day with juice to spare.
Keep your push notifications. I don't need to be notified what jane doe had to eat for breakfast this morning. I'll check things at MY leisure.
- 03-27-2011, 03:08 PM #25