These are my initial thoughts on the x2... After going through 2 different devices in the last 2 months, I think I finally have found a winner. I initially had the Thunderbolt, but had HUGE physical problems w/ the phone, not saying everyone will just unlucky on my end. The 2nd phone I had was the Charge, the only thing that phone had going for it imo was the super amoled + display, not too worried about 4G (to each their own). I picked up the x2 in store on the 26th since I did the swap from charge to x2, didn't feel like paying another 200 since they stated they cant do an even exchange for an item they don't have in store. I was hoping they could dfill even exchange on the 19th, but guess not :x.
I must say though, this phone even though pretty much identical to the X in practically every cosmetic sense possible except for the color, screen resolution and no more camera button. But I must say though it does feel like a different device all over again mainly with the processor upgrade, and new blur UI which I don't use, but definitely an improvement! The phone seems solid and well constructed only oddity I noticed is the rattling noise in the earpiece/camera area that I found by playing a game that requires you to shift your phone around. So I went into the store and a nice rep came out with a brand new model out of the box, and the phone produced the same effect, rattling from the earpiece area when shook. I'm not really too concerned about that, as call quality is superb and I had only 1 audio issue which I'm convinced was a fluke. Audio sounded tinny for a bit, and sounded like the earpiece was loose, but that hasn't happened since.
Now for all the OCDer's out there, and the number 1 pet peeve... Dust under the screen. I didn't do an initial examination before I had zagg slap on a screen protector, so it's hard for me to tell. All I know is they didn't wipe my screen down before they put it on, so there is butt loads of dust under the protector (which I am going to get swapped out today). I think I might of viewed a spec or two, probably from initial manufacturing, which I will care less about due to me not wanting to swap it out and have the chance of ending up with a truly defective device. My thing is, as long as I cant see it when I'm using it, and it doesn't affect performance, care torrent = 0% . But I will see later tonight after I have zagg redo my screen protector.
The camera I do find to be a little grainy even with 8MP selected, but not too much of an issue still fairly decent quality pictures. Battery life I say has been great, I steam Pandora 5-6 hours a night and I don't need to stick the ball and chain to the phone. Call quality as stated from above is magnificent, best quality out of all the VZW smartphones I've used. Touch response is great, and stays true even when loading desktop sites w/ a lot of flash content on the site. The X2 doesn't get slowed down at all when flinging through Engadget w/ full flash content on, where the charge would freeze , and the screen would be come unresponsive. The dual core is to thank for that, makes me agree more with some of the speculations that dual core possibly has issues w/ the lte radio, hence why htc and sammy didn't release dual core goodness on their first vzw 4g phones?
To conclude I must say that the x2 has been nothing but a pleasant experience for me, so much to the point where I don't care about the lack of 4G which was an initial concern, but has been washed away. I can stream HQ youtube videos without any pauses for buffering, and that is satisfactory in my eyes. If you really don't care about LTE due to the fact that say its not in your area, and wont be for months/years. Or if you don't want 4G due to it being more taxing on your battery than 3G, for the price I'd say this phone is a great upgrade option. Any other thoughts and opinions from you guys?