It's been entertaining so far. Most of the issues are my teething problems with the Droid OS, I think as in that area I'm a rank noob. Throw in the obvious differences between the way these devices work and the CrackBerry I was used to, and I'm confronted by some learning.
First, and fortunately, it's pretty intuitive. Which is fortunate, because there's no manual, just the "tips and shortcuts" flyer from VZW. That flyer is largely useless; you'll figure those things out in the first couple hours. I'm going to scout around for a print (best) manual, because I'm a RTFM kinda guy.
The phone part appears very good. I can hear, the party on the other end can hear. It's a little strange in that to answer, there's not virtual "button" to push if you're in snooze mode, you have to slide the action button toward "answer." I missed the first couple calls because of that.
A bonus is that it appears to provide a better signal through the car Bluetooth (MINI Cooper) than the BB did. It hooks up completely, including my full contact list/phonebook. That's a little slow, requiring at least a minute. We have notoriously bad reception at the house, but it seems to pick up okay. At home, I turn on the WiFi for mail and web, as I figure the battery will work less that way than straining for the 3G signal.
Browsing is very fast, either via 3G where there's good signal, or WiFi at home.
The stock mail app is crap. Complete crap. In my case, complete, locked up doesn't work FC crap. It kept re-loading every email that I deleted, then finally crashed, and apparently can't be reset without doing a global hard reset, which I don't want to do because of apps I've loaded and the sync of contacts, etc. The VZW store loaded K9 mail to give me something that worked, and I like it a lot better, except that outgoing mail gets duplicated to the "drafts" folder instead of just the "sent" folder. I suspect I'm going to need some tutoring on Droid email, because the apps don't seem to recognize deleted emails as unwanted, and they keep reloading.
I had installed ATK, but when I went in with the frozen up email, they took it off, saying that for Froyo phones (I take that to mean Droid OS 2.2?), ATK caused some problems. They directed me to the applications menu where you can turn off certain apps that you don't use (City ID).
The Weather widget is goofy. I just deleted it, because it hadn't updated from New York, last Friday.
Batter life is surprising. It went down fast the first overnight, but that could have been because of my setting it up and doing a WiFi sync. It charged through the evening Saturday, and overnight to Sunday AM. I had it on yesterday, and at this point (1d 14h 22m, according to the phone), I'm still showing 18% on the battery, and have just now been told to plug it in. Not bad, I didn't think.
The screen is almost identical in size to the iP4, but it seems bigger because of the overall size of the phone, and the fact that the four function buttons are not part of the viewable part of the screen. It's plenty bright, and very clear. BTW, it comes with an OE plastic film on it that's as good as a lot of screen protectors you'll buy out there. Just tear the tab off the upper right corner (that's there to pull the whole thing off), and roll with it. There's nothing commercially available yet anyway.
BTW, there are very few accessories out there. VZW lists two sleeves/cases for it, but that's cosmetic, since it's supposedly drop-damage-resistant. I think it looks better without one. I would like a clip/holster, as I'm used to having my BB on my belt or pocket, rather than in a shirt pocket.
But overall, I really dig the phone. It looks the business, feels very good in the hand, and seems to work fast and reliably. I'll try to post up here as I settle in more, and would appreciate any pointers.
Oh, I thought of one other thing: I'm not a fan of OTA sync. I'd just as soon keep my contacts and calendars in my pocket and on my home computer. So, since I'd used it before, I loaded MissingSync, along with Fliq Calendar, Notes, and Bookmarks, and synced over the home WiFi. I understand that I can do BT sync as well. It worked fine!