11-04-2008, 12:55 PM
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| | Initial Impressions - small caveat to otherwise astounding phone...
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Display / resolution: In a word...gorgeous. The display is everything the pundits said it would be. I have noticed when using the big navigation keys that there is a slight LCD fluid effect as you press down on those buttons. But I have to be looking for it to notice it. I at first thought perhaps the background might have an animated effect. hehe
Form factor - It's a bit thinner than the 8700g (T-Mobile) that I'm coming from. So all of that muscle memory and subtle leverage that I learned on the 8700g will have to adjust a bit. The keyboard, more than makes up for it. Soft but tactile feel.
Features - loaded of course. Again, coming from an 8700g, the leap is considerable. GPS, camera, 3G, WiFi, plenty of core apps. Very impressed with it so far.
Trackball - meh...I suppose I could get used to it. All I've ever known is the scrollwheel so some new habits are to be learned here.
All around, fantastic phone.
But here's the thing I'm a bit worried about. As the AT&T rep was provisioning the phone, I noticed she struggled a bit to get the back cover off. This is unfortunate as there is a spring loaded release where it should have been easy. I didn't think much of it at the time, choosing to remain quiet and answer her questions succinctly as I wasn't in the mood for pitches, accessories, blah blah. Well, when I finally put it in my hands, the back cover feels ever so slightly loose. It's got a miniscule, but noticeable give. I can feel this a bit as my fingers are on the underside as I depress the keys on the front to type. I'm thinking she might have worked the cover loose just a bit as she was working to get the cover off but I wanted to check here first if everyone who has a Bold has noticed this on their units or would you definitely say, "Take it back, there shouldn't be ANY give at all on the back cover. It should be snug and tight."
It seems to me that a $400 phone shouldn't feel that cheap. If this is par for the course for this phone, I'll begrudgingly deal with it and was thinking would a skin take care of this? (i.e. an Innoskin)?
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