Motorola A845 - A True Powerhouse...
This phone has quite a few benefits, and just a few drawbacks.
It does everything: bluetooth, infrared, speakerphone, video recording, pictures, high-speed data. Call quality is excellent when using the service in Harrisburg, PA. Even though we are not UMTS compatible yet, the phone works very well on GSM 850/1900 as well as GPRS. The GPRS speeds seem more like those of EDGE even though Moto claims this phone only has GPRS backward compatibility.
It's heavy, and it's big. If you have a big head, it'll look right. So this may not be a big deal for you. If you are a small person, then it may look like something an astronaut should be using. Just keep these in mind. Other than that, battery life isn't that great, but it could be worse. After playing a few full length songs, using bluetooth to transfer files, and placing and receiving a few calls, the battery needs a recharge after a good day's use. No big deal for me since I have a car charger.
It it weren't so heavy and large, it would have gotten a 4.5. If it had better battery life in addition to these factors, it would have gotten a 5.0. If you are into the new technology, and you like having a feature packed device, the size, weight and battery life shouldn't bother you too much; especially considering this is fresh technology. Features are more important than size, right?
Browsing the Internet on the A845
I purchased this phone last week. I was "upgrading" from a Sidekick, and wanted all the "bells and whistles". Well, I got everything but the ability to browse any web site that I wanted. This was my first experience with WAP, and it stinks. I don't care if I have pretty wallpaper if I can't access any site I want, with pictures even! I know it's slower, but at least I get there. The menus on the A845 are really slow. Sure, the streaming is cool, but it only works in certain areas of town. I would really like the ability to listen to streaming audio off of the internet, instead of an MP3 that takes up memory. Guess I'll stick with the Sidekick, (my 6 year old can work all apps on this phone it's so easy), or look at the Nokia 6620 when it comes out. No wonder people are so amazed when I pull out my Sidekick and go to any website I want. Also, can't beat the $20 a month unlimited data plan at T-Mobile. The keypad is also hard to give up once you have had one. Just trying to get on the internet on a non-Emode site takes several steps,(just to find out that the page is unavailable). Reception on this phone is good, as is the screen size and resolution, and the voice activation works well. If you don't care about the internet, it's a great phone, but then, why would you want faster internet speeds?
T-Mobile sucks. The Side-Kick is the only thing decent as far as T-Mobile service goes. Reception sucks, compare coverage area maps versus Verizon or Cingular/AT&T. Phones suck as well. With T-Mobile, you DON'T get more.