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NIcest of the 3 new EVDO Phones
Okay here we go..
I am certainly a power user. I have owned every pohne on the Verizon Network and spent my career with AT&T in Network Design. Does that make me an Expert ? Not sure, but I know my stuff !
I bought the LG8000 and the 890 to test both.
The 890 is awesome !
The Audiovox 8940 is a disaster. The first thing you must look at in a phone is simply the Voice Quality. The D/A convertors in the Audiovox which are the little devices that convert your voice to digital and back are horrible. The voice quality on the 8940 is almost unusable. People who are used to having low quality conversation might be okay with it but if you have owned a samsung you know what good voice quality is.
Also the 8940 speakerphone is horribly low and virtually unusable. This is a feature that should be left off phones when it's designed this poorly.
Let's rule out the 8940
The LG8000 has one of the best speakerphones I have ever used. This is the only good feature about it. The phone is the size of a NYC Bus. The screen although it's slightly bigger than the Samsungs , the text is not easier to read and the voice quality is a bit worse than the 890 also. The LG8000 has decent reception but when compared to the 890 it does not stack up.
Okay the 890 -
The screen is great - HUge and clear
The Keys are super and easy to use
The phone feels like it's made well and will last a long time.
The camera is wonderful
The voice quality the the best I have heard
The feature such as Vcast work great.
Actually did a bunch of EVDO testign tonight and ran Vcast streams against the 8000. The 890 buffered and played the streams 20-30% faster than the 8000. Holding one in one had and one in the other.
So bottom line..
Samsung is still on top !
The 890 is smoking good..
The only thing left to test is battery life. Seems they are both good, but I will know in a week.