(Original post by Gofre)
Right, after my first day of using the phone I've got a few major likes and a few reservations.
-Windows Phone 7.
The OS itself has proven for the most part to be excellent, it's ticked all the boxes in terms of what I was looking for. It's also gorgeous to look at, it's obviously not going to suit the Android fans who like to customise anything and everything, but coming from an iOS background it's a breath of fresh air that's nicer to look at than any Android skin I've seen.
Great colour contrast and while I didn't think I'd notice it, the ClearBlack tech Nokia have been touting really does create pitch pitch black. This, coupled with the black bezel and black unibody, almost give the appearance of a far larger screen when browsing the menus.
-It's bloody quick.
I don't know what it is about Android that sees manufacturers diving into insane spec wars with each other, but this single cored phone is running software and applications just as quickly (And a lot more fluidly) as the Galaxy S2 my course mate's let me use for the sake of comparison. I'm yet to run into any noticeable lag whatsoever.
-Good quality music.
The loudspeaker isn't any different from the tinny boxes you find in every other phone, but the player itself is putting out a good standard of Audio when I whack in my Sennheisers.
-Design. As well as looking bloody lovely, it's a pleasure to hold and use as well. The curved back sits nicely in the hand and is just the right size that I can reach anywhere on the screen with my thumb (For the sake of comparison, it's about equal in width and depth to the iPhone 4, while being slightly taller and heavier). I've heard a couple of reviewers comment on the more angular corners being uncomfortable to hold, to whom I wish to ask why they have the phone in a death grip, because it's certainly not an issue for me.
Onto the gripes;
This is most likely something I'll be alone in, and the display really is excellent quality, but when it comes to web browsing I realise why exactly Apple go on about the Retina Display so much. The difference is night and day, text looks very pixelated until I've zoomed in. Again, this is probably something exclusive to me coming from a 960x640 display because 480x800 is perfectly decent (Identical resolution and a much higher ppi than the Galaxy S2, for example), but if you're a fellow iPhone 4/4S user thinking of getting this, I'd seriously recommend getting a live demo and checking out the web browser (I know Phones4U have test models and there are also Nokia reps touring at the moment).
-Physical button responsiveness and position.
Only a couple of minor things. First, responsiveness- I've had a couple of instances of the lock button not recognising the press whilst locked, which is annoying. Also the camera button is a two stage button (half-press to focus, full press to shoot), but the camera app only seems to open on a full press (Most likely intentional, but it gripes me slightly regardless). As for positioning, this may once again simply stem from my time using an iPhone, but the lock button appears below the volume rocker, whereas above seems much more sensible, and is placed closely to volume rocker as well, leading to a few instances of incorrect presses. Not a major issue if you drop the volume down slightly, could be an issue if you lock yourself out in the middle of something. I'm sure this will fade as I familiarise myself with the device.
-Music player volume and settings.
Or rather, the lack thereof. The maximum volume seems somewhat on the low side compared to my iPhone, and there don't appear to be any EQ options. Granted these can be fixed by editing the files themselves pre-sync (The WP7 Connector App microsoft have made allows for easy syncing from iTunes and iPhoto on my Mac which is nice), but because I use a pair of bass-heavy in ears and more balanced on ears I'd like to be able to switch EQ on the fly.
Overall consensus so far- bloody love it, well recommended. A few minor nitpicks at the moment which could well fade with extended use and software updates, but otherwise an excellent phone well worth looking into. Feel free to drop me PMs if you have any questions Nick, I'll try my best to answer [=
I'll get some up tomorrow, my iPhone's camera doesn't take too well to low-light conditions now that the lens has fallen off XD