I have my Alias 2 for a week now, and where I live I get only two to three bars also, but my experience with call quality is much different. I never dropped a call, and the voice quality is excellent. I hear the people talking crystal clear, and they say the same for me. A couple even said they couldn't tell I was on a cell phone. I guess it depends on where you live. I live in Orlando Florida, so that is far away from NJ from where the reviewer said they tried their phone, so that may have something to do with it. I suggest trying it in your area since Verizon has a 30 try it plan. As for the other issues that disappointed the review I personally like the way Verizon has their UI, and features, so again, I think it is a personal pref... (continues)
The Verizon UI is really horrible. I hate it with a passion and know matter which phone you buy it's never like getting a new phone, just another boring UI with locked down feature..they blocked OBEX on the Alias 2! It just sucks, but that's just my opnion...that's why i use a BB, and I've the Boulder too but that's just for when I'm hiking the Cascades...glad you like yours
So you've seen an unlocked version withe OBEX? or do you just say it is blocked because it "obviously" has to be since it's not there.
And I agree that the UI can be frustrating, but I can find at least one customer who loves the fact that they can switch from phones quickly for every person like you or I who wish they would just give the developers free reign with the UI (or at least allow you to get a different UI if you buy the phone retail)
But just because a verzion phone doesnt have a feature doesn't mean it's blocked. Yes, verizon could request a chip not be put in, but if the chips were actually on the device, you would see multiple ways to "hack" them.