Round Robin: AT&T Fuze / TouchFlo 3D First Impressions

By Kevin Michaluk on 20 Dec 2008 07:24 pm EST
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[ This is an official Smartphone Round Robin post! Every day you reply to an official Round Robin blog post or forum thread on CrackBerry.com, you automatically gain an entry ballot for a chance to win a BlackBerry Bold, Spare Bold Battery, and Case Mate Second Skin! ] 

I'm excited boys and girls! NOT by the AT&T Fuze -- you're gonna have to watch the video above to see how I feel about the device and TouchFlo 3D so far -- but because the Smartphone Round Robin is almost over which means I'll have my BlackBerry Bold back next week! Though I am a LITTLE worried to get it back... after seeing everybody tap the heck out of its display thinking it was a touchscreen has me thinking it may not be quite the same Bold I originally shipped out. I've been saying my daily prayer to the CrackBerry Gods that it returns home safely.

In the meantime, enjoy the Fuze initial impressions video! Be sure to post a comment for your chance to win your own BlackBerry Bold and more!! 

246 comments

robotaholic

You can do one wicked review Kevin.

jal129

So glad I have a BB! My gorilla hands would definitely not work out well with that touchscreen!

Dave11

You've got to be kidding.... it looks like a plastic phone. Perhaps the reviewer should have learned how to use it before the video making stage. I would not buy that phone based on the video. And people complain about the Storm!..You've got to be kidding!

Kevin Michaluk

Actually, I used the phone for three days before making this video. I still had THAT much trouble with the touchscreen and settings and everything. Also, the point of this video is not to sell you on the device, but to show you one BlackBerry user's first impressions of a different device on a different platform. I think you may have missed the objective - you can learn what it's all about at www.smartphoneroundrobin.com

Dave11

Hey... I think my note came off wrong and would like to say that I was not evaluating YOU as a reviewer, which I thought you did very well. By saying you should have used it more before the video I was trying to say that since the phone was giving you so much dificulty more time might have helped. I am sorry for the shortness of my comment Kevin. So many people have been complaining about the LAG per se of the Storm that I couldn't believe my eyes how the lag of the Fuse caused you to get frustrated. I appreciate your effort.... I give the phone a 3 and you a 10 :-)

Rene Ritchie

LOL! At least I don't feel as stupid now! I had the exact same problems with PressHardStammer2D!

Good on ya for not throwing the FUZE tho, or poking your eye out.

And don't worry, I'm taking great care of your Bold. The keyboard will hardly be worn out at all :)

es_bih

Told you to go to xda-developers would have had a much better time with the HTC Touch Pro.

sean Singleton

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

JLM450

I use the AT&T Curve and use the AXIM x51v for my PDA because the curve cannot do things I need on the PDA. I've been waiting for a true convergent device. I think the Fuze is getting close to being that device. The upcoming HTC Touch Pro 2 is probably going to be that device for me but since it may not be offered on AT&T right away I will probably commit for the Fuze. I love my curve but I have to get on 3G, Wifi and simultaneous call/data. So it's going to be a Bold or the Fuze for now. I thought this was an awesome post at showing the potential of the Fuze. Thanks for the post. I was also very entertained by it....!

cabeach

Seems to be a day late and dollar short as they say. So much more in todays market. As usual, a great review Kevin.

uwbradley

The touch screen is BRUTAL

thesquire

There is a difference between user errors and a poor interface which leads to user errors :)

ericvn

Hoping you get your Bold back soon and would love to have another.

tnewton3

Not a huge fan of this phone but to each their own. I would love winning a Bold though.

JurisDiva

I have only had my Storm for three weeks, but from watching the Round Robin videos, it sounds as if I stumbled upon the best smart phone for me.

midnightdt

Kevin is awesome. good review

cashboi68

wanna win the bold!!!!!!!!!!!111

deacon#CB

Sass that hoopy phone.

deacon#CB

Sass that hoopy phone.

Vendettx

haha that was my favorite part of this video because that was in fact what i felt.. the first day the bold came out i had it in hand and to my surprise my sister's boyfriend also had it in hand.. so we compared what we've done and such and him using it out of the box and myself already with OS updates and theme updates etc made him a bit jealous, neways side note aside he had told me that the phone was only to hold him over till the fuze came out.. well 2 or 3 weeks later he came by with fuze in hand and as i was playing with it i felt the same exact thing you did.. accidently opening files and such i did not want to.. stylus i hate hate hate that thing..

most the phones in the round robin has had me thinking maybe it would be nice but this phone had me just laughing through out the video saying " yup that happened to me too "

nullrob

Nice review as always. The Fuze still doesn't impress me that much, though. I'm still waiting on the Curve II, or possibly a free Bold!

spektakle

back, back, back... why won't it work. I love it!

Bla1ze

Hate too break it to ya Kevin but Rene told me he was keeping your Bold, lost in transit I heard...holidays and all right, lot's of stuff being shipped ;)

Anywho, I'm growing weary of commenting on Windows mobile lol, The Fuze and the Treo Pro is enough to make me wanna stab something with a stylus :P

The Fuze is a nice looking device, complimented by a nice UI that is TF3D, but that is where it stops, TF3D imo actually retards the device from it's full functionality, as it cause's lag in the fuze.

I have never been a fan of windows mobile, but I am windows mobile curious due to the customization factor, I think when streamlined it would be much improved, but the carriers bloatware and useless stuff already built into WinMob stops that.

es_bih

Most of the lag comes from the sh--ty ATT add-on features and junk. To truly appreciate any HTC device you have to use a optimized - cooked ROM. One thing I like about WM over Symbian or BB OS is that people with programming knowledge can actually use a OS dump and optimize it to their liking and post and have people flash and use their devices at a better level than before.

wcihlu

i actually thought of gettin this phone.. but am i glad i chose da BOLD!!

sepehrsh

looks to hard to use. BOLD is amazing still

bas.o

another good review, the fuze just looks so clunky in hand..

revslg

I used to have a winmo device, so I can sympathize.

philanthropy

i actually like this handset

the fuze isnt that bad at all

vx1

uh heh - not I think I would have blown a fuse if I had to use that thing lol
all props to kevin for managing to get through the review wow. I don't think
I could have finished it ..

Robin Hebert

Hello Kevin. First of all, my name is Robin and I like to think of myself as more healthy not round..hahahaha just kidding. Now for my take on the whole situation. I had to laugh when I heard you go through the frustration of trying to navigate the HTC. The reason is because I dealt with the same thing!! The touch screen was not responsive when I wanted it to be, and too responsive when I didnt want it to be. I would wind up calling people by accident, and wind up on screens where I thought, how did I get there? I like to have some semblance of control!! I had gotten the HTC because I had the curve and was giving it to my daughter as a graduation present and wanted to try something new. Well, needless to say, I'm glad to be back with the curve! There were just too many issues that took away the love real fast. One of them being poor battery life, another was that the phone got too hot. On top of that, through in the frustration and you get a very annoying experience. Yes, the HTC had some nice points like having many programs written for it but what good is that if the basic usefulness of it is for naught? I am sooo glad to be back and I will NOT look back. I have an Itouch for MP3 and can enjoy the apple programs while sticking with Blackberry. What a life!!

sean singleton

You must have gotten a bad phone - m Fuze last for 2 days and never gets hot.....

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

bedaweed

AHHH WM!:|

Touch Flo 3D looks nice

ems2857

If I say a daily prayer to the crackberry gods, will I win a bold? lol

Dimietriev

Seems like a similar experience to Dieters.

cexshun

Hilarious stuff. Glad to see the first impressions getting a little more light hearted.

sheesh

I had an HTC phone once.. they have memory dump issues (confirmed by htc) .. long story short, when all my stuff dissapeared from the phone, I traded it for a Pearl and have never looked back. Great review Kevin (as always)

Maybe you should have called THIS phone the "AH FRACK" phone.. ha ha ha

sean singleton

Just b/c you got a bad phone and didnt warranty it is your fault - every manufacture makes a lemon (crap, just look at the first release of the iPhone....

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

lisbeth

is it wrong if I love my Bold but want to play with an HTC Fuze?

RedNightHawk

Kevin, I've been a little worried about the beating your Bold screen is taking too. Maybe next time before you lend it out you should change the wallpaper and slap on a Pet Store sign, "Do not tap on glass!"

F3AR

I thought I was going to like this phone but when I went to the AT&T store to try it, I was really disappointed. Instead I fell in love with the Bold, this was before I got my Storm. The keyboard on the Fuze is so wide and looks big but the keys are small and found it hard to type, Bold was 100 times easier to type for the first time. Sluggish phone and bad keyboard.

mab4285

And to think I at one point wanted to get a touch pro on Sprint!

wantmesomeblackberry

definitely like one please. the bold not the fuze

artie

Good review; I would not have had that much patience.

Chriz

Funny Review....but more sad for HTC.
I have my first BB(8900) and i am really really impressed.

seanp666

Id rather communicate with smoke signals than use that phone....I got a headache just watching.

Anonymous

All I gotta outta that is the HTC Fuze is the most annoying phone, and you have a 8900 and I don't.

CarBob

Hey Kevin,

You have the patience of a saint. And to think you put up with the Fuze for three days!!

I'm very happy with my 8330 Curve, but I think I could force myself to use a Bold, especially if I won one. Is this a hint or what?

Am very anxious for RIM to announce the NIAGARA aka Bold 2 in Q1 or Q2 of 2009. Looks like '09 is going to be another great year for all us CrackBerry Users and Abusers.

Wishing you and the CrackBerry team a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

- CB

Keep on Crackin'

Sooks

wow , that looks like a pain in the arse lol.. i much rather have a blackberry bold :)

centralberry

I have had similar experiences with HTC's touch flow. Maybe it's just me, though... but how many times are we going to hear that before we agree its the device and not millions of users?? Nice review Kev.

b1gg134

I so wanted to like the Fuze, it is kinda sad to see it being such a POS.

sean singleton

DON'T BE SWAYED BY A 3 FINGERED MONKEY - THIS PHONE IS THE BEST EVER INVENTED ....

For a so called man, you sure didn't act like one - bet you didn't even go check one out tell you what, go get one and i'll bet you that after a month (people like you are pesimestic so you need more time to learn) and if you don't like it - i'll get you a Mold...now read and don't be ignorant!!!...

Just b/c you got a bad phone and didnt warranty it is your fault - every manufacture makes a lemon (crap, just look at the first release of the iPhone....

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

A.b.d.i

Kevin & rest of crack, I need a bold this way, please! thanks

MLacey

ughh this phone seems really annoying.

Makes me more and more proud of my blackberry with every review Kevin!

sean singleton

Don't be ignorant - it's not bliss...

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

dasupaman23

Not really impressed with this phone.

xwiredx

Looks pretty nice. Would'nt give up my BB though. :)

Allyson Kazmucha

I now see why they are giving away 1 of those a day for 120 days. Wow...that's amazing. That GUI isn't even appealing at ALL. Honestly - it's really kind of hideous. I'd want function before fancy and that wasn't either.

I'm crossing my fingers your Bold comes back unscathed Kevin! Until then, I'll continue to play with mine. haha that was mean :p

SteveO86

Very normal looking phone, nothing really cool looking about it, physically about it..

Would never drop my BlackBerry lol. Curve does everything I need, and I have need to change what is not broken. (Till the next BlackBerry is released that is lol)

dagda1

Sorry but the Bold rules and I gotta have it.

bg0508

Here's to ur Bold coming home safely! ;)

avt123

Phone looks like it's way too much of a pain to use. Good thing you get your Bold back soon!

JSho101

I was going to say that I don't think I would be willing to let go of my Bold and leave it in someone else's hands because I would be worried they would destroy it!

PhxBlue

Why o why does HTC refuse to make their phones standard with capacitive touch screens?? Windows Mobile being clunky and annoying as it is can only stand to benefit from capacitive screens..

Jsalazar77

When I heard you chanting "don't throw it against the wall", I had to laugh because it gave me flashbacks of the first time I used (or tried to use) one of these handsets. It was just an annoying experience for me. It wasn't responsive enough for my liking.

mike240se

Ok i have finally finished watching/reading all the round robin reviews so far for all phones on all sites. wow so much awesome information. This round robin is an amazing idea, i only wish the storm was involved. Actually 2 phones per site would be cool, plus a symbian phone (since i know nothing about them) would also be cool.

I have to say that this RR has helped me to realize that the iphone is just not for me. after watching all the editors review it, i realize now, i was buying the hype but would have been majorly disappointed over a few things they touched on.

I would def. like to win the bold ,does this post enter me? How in the world are you guys gonna compile a list for every post for every blog/forum thread for every day for every site?!?!?! it seems like a lot of work.

also can i enter in more than one site? can i enter here for the bold and on wmexperts for the fuze?

isaacleese

I'm a solid BlackBerry man now, but back in the day I was (and really still am) a huge HTC fan. They make great hardware,and TouchFLO 3D is a pretty slick makeover for WinMo.

Elementary31

yea one of my main problems when playing with the Touch Pro today!

trife

Maaaaan, that was tough to watch. Obviously all touchscreens aren't that bad, but this review sums up why I don't mess with them at all.

Charlotte A

so much for making the touchflo 3d a better/easier experience lol

TimaC

i have the the Htc pocket pc 6850 aka the Touch Pro the Sprint version of the fuze and the way you portray is so not how i use mine. you dnt have to be a rocket science to understand the touch flo 3d.

mkottman23

I like the HTC phones, but since it runs off of WinMo at heart, I'd rather have a Blackberry.

misskim

I like this review. All the 'argggs' and the grunts are pretty funny

WiseWolf

I think with a few modification it would be even better. With each other round robin video of your bold each time they touch the screen i look away thinking there going to crack it or do something. I hate it when they do that.

geminiandie

Unless you fuze my fingers to the screen I am not interested....you mentioned "too much pressure or not enough pressure" when you touch the screen; well thats me and so the verdict is in, my BB Curve is my no1 love!

gridskipper007

All the "issues" were right on Kevin, but like everything...it takes some time...my Storm took some time to get used to...my iPhone 3G took some time...and my HTC Fuze has taken some time but now it cruises...I use the touch screen without the buttons and I've never used the stylus...having said that...I had no idea you could navigate with the middle button area...hahaha...

tjk

is that an 'ok' button on the top right corner? seems awfully small... almost like the same button size as when winmobile used to implement a stylus.

Aspyred

Yeah, that TouchFlo experience just looked like such a pain. Not worth it at all. Good review, Kevin, enjoyed it.

spillytime

i wasn't even aware the fuze had come out...definitely an interesting device...however, i would never trade my blackberry storm for it...i love my blackberry way too much....the fuze doesn't even compete with it....a day without my storm is a day that i am truly unhappy

noaim

I will not have a windows mobile phone.

As a plus I was actually a bit impressed with how good of a screen they put on it as far as picture quality. The movie didn't look that terrible. I would keep my storm or the Bold that I will win in this contest haha

kilo720

well i dont like the fuze window mobile neeed to uprade the whole os
but nice review

sml20exel

...With Kevin's frustration. I don't think I've seen him so frustrated before. It was so painful watching but I think using his thumb for swipes may increase the responsiveness/accuracy. Index fingers just can't get the job done sometimes.

Mabdi

Wow. What's with the Fuze?3D? Touchflo, men this technology is at supersonic speed, i guess am still stuck at jitterbug stage, untill the geniuses of crack/smartphone throw a bold my way, did you heard?

CapnDap

the phone is very small. I saw it in Best Buy, and I think the intent is for the user to use in in landscape 90% of the time.

scboatman

The Fuze seems a bit cramped!

devonair

TouchFlo drives me crazy with its inconsistent tap detection. But from my experience, resistive touchscreens work almost as well with the tip of a fingernail as with a stylus -- and I keep mine trimmed to almost nothing and I still can get by okay without pulling out the stylus. Granted, I prefer to navigate WinMo devices using shortcut keys and soft buttons (with only the occasional screen tap), but that's why I would run this device with TouchFlo shut off.

maverick262

That touchscreen sucks. I played with one at an AT&T store here in Philly and the screen was horrible.

rracop

When does my Bold arrive?

truckdrivinchefnet

Wow I think that phone would drive me mental. BlackBerry4Life!!!

rw6497

Although winmo can be clumsy, they can be quite custmizable. Had an htc 8525 actually still have and mess with it from time to time. Winmo is the ultimate tinkering software for phones. But for everyday use I still love my curve. It just does what it needs to do although of course like most people here, would love to have a Bold hint hint hint

ecooper11

Please pick me to win the Bold!

petaf

Winmo confusing: everything at least two taps away, wifi enables certain programs and not others, ugh!! (I have a Tilt.) BB's so much more straightforward! Love a Bold, though...

rw6497

Loved that review. Will never go back to winmo. I want my Bold :)

pipotobe

I like that fact that you pulled out a pen to use the device. This is 08 and Win Mo is still not capable of giving us a good os. Get your Bold back Kev :)

Queen4111

WM has too many OS issues.
It's def "lipstick on a pig"!!!!!!!!!

geek#CB

I was thinking of getting the HTC Fuze because, like the G1, it seems to have a lot of possibilities to hack and customize it.

Hayze

ha your daily prayer to the crackberry gods, hoepfully it works for ya, i would hate to ship my blackberry out and have it come back to be broken

Eskerbillion

but so does my Curve 8320!

DivaSTating18

I can see myself becoming frustrated with the flicking through and it not doing what I would like for it to do. In addition after having the Q, I am very skeptical of Windows systems (well on a cell phone at least).

ediggity

Kev, was that basically the worst experience you had with a Windows-based phone?? I would keep stabbing it with the stylus so it could just die already..

sean singleton

Maybe you'll get a stylus in the eye one day... let me guess a MAChead? lol ...

Just b/c you got a bad phone and didnt warranty it is your fault - every manufacture makes a lemon (crap, just look at the first release of the iPhone....

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

BB_Storm4me

I got my Storm in the second wave. A couple of days into it, I was having some doubts if the Storm was for me. Well, I went to the Verizon store to check out the HTC TouchPro (AT&T Fuze) and the Samsung Omnia.

I had more frustrations than Kevin did with the Fuze. The TouchPro was not the cool device I thought it might be. Having hard keys gives you some comfort, but the rest was problematic. It didn't help that no one at the Verizon store could get it work with making a bunch of mistakes themselves. NEXT!!!

The Samsung Omnia had a better navigation experience using my fingers, but typing was still worse than the Storm. The WM OS is still an issue for me. NEXT!!!

Neither the HTC TouchPro or the Sammy Omnia has the potential to make a BB user switch. These devices are for SmartPhone newbies who need more of toy, not a tool like a BB.

The BB Storm and the BB Bold are new devices that strengthen the tool, while adding some fun toys.

I wish the Bold was on Verizon, but I'm getting use to the Storm with all the tips I picked up on Crackberry, including the leaked OS releases. It's getting better everyday. If only I won a Bold...I'd be a happy camper.

santiagol

If only it worked as the designer thought it would - seems like there were some major tradeoffs when the thing was actually built.

Nujra

I'd hate to have that phone. However, I'd love to have a bold.

Spyder Vega

You know I had the HTC Touch and I absolutely hated that phone. It was nice at first but I was having alot of the same issues as shown in this video. I got a Blackberry Curve instead and have not had one problem with it. I love it. Go Blackberries!

Bunbury

Kevin, your experience was identical to mine. Even after several days, touch flo remained error prone (or I did). I also could not hear the darned thing ring. The speaker is horrible and tiny. I got my Fuze at the low, low price of $0 with a contract on Cyeber-Monday, and I still sent it back. Winning a Bold would be a step in the right direction to replace my aging 7130C.

justdigphones

Hilarious! Boo windows mobile!

Sirhill

I really like this phone. My wife has one and she loves it(she did have a pearl). I also have some issues with the phone, one being it not a bb, and another is the touch flo. i really can't figure it out sometimes. I had to use my wife's phone the other day and i was like a very confused child. I was so happy to get my curve back that i was like I will never leave you at home again. The phone is coll but i will be sticking with my curve. Great post Kevin.

LocoStrange

I think the "user error" is the biggest con with HTC phones. When I owned then, I had to use a theme which had big buttons on the screen and I dont even have big/fat fingers. It seems HTC hasnt fixed their problems and that is a shame.

italianangel8131

i held a fuze and my god it felt like a brick and i was not impressed with the keyboard at all it seems like it will wear out i tried a bold and it was like so different i can't really explain but it felt right u know and before i had never touch a blackberry so if i could win a bold i be so happy. but then again it like winning the lotto

Spencer_Moore

i love this phone and if id dint need a bb for work i would totally want this...the customization level is almost endless and the only thing it cant do that i need it to is the push email and bbm

Nathan.Carey

never even heard of this thing before this.

GnosticYoyo

Never been a fan of the slider form-factor. Touch is nice, but not necessary. Funny review, I thought you were actually going to swear. Good job at keeping control Kevin. You'll have your Bold back soon enough.

meter_monkey

man I could really feel your frustration.

Dimietriev

I could see touchflow 3d working a lot better on a capacitive screen like Kevin says.

Protagonist

The Fuze would be a lot more attractive if it ran Android, WM is just a huge ball and chain holding it back.

ojv

I actually was thinking bout gettin that phone, but the touch screen looks terrible

lazio

Windows Mobile + HTC != Blackberry

aragon7

The Fuze is definitely terrible. Bold all the way!

thestoffer

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!! Hilarious review. Thanks! I think I'll stick with my Blackberry though :P

kevrodriguez

just looking at all those problems using it makes me love my curve all over again

sam2500

The Fuze isn't for me!!!

Hwaiting

That lag and it executing something other than what you wanted to do was exactly why I left WinMo.

jnieves

Who cares about the AT&T fuze??? I want a BOLD!

Nelimungous

I had a couple WM touch screen phones (HTC Tilt etc.) in the past few years. WM is bad...I wish I could really cuss, but I will be good. As many other readers have commented you end up fighting with the phone more than using it. Email was crap, touch screen was crap, it always lagged, etc. I did like the customization factor but its just not worth it. There is so much you can do with a BB now compared to a few years ago when I gave up my 7520. Its BB all the way for me now. I can even work on mine if I have to...like repair a srceen of replace a keypad. Merry Christmas everyone!

borockster

Good vid. The Fuze has a definite "tactile" learning curve.

akamaru64

Gah, Resistive Touch Screen FTL.

gojulas895

I'm surprised that purely resistive touch screen phones are still being made... HTC's interface just looks gorgeous but I would think I would kill myself in frustration trying to use it. I would like to think that phones like the iPhone and the Storm have shown that capacitive technology (and interesting spins on capacitive technology) are where the future of touchscreen hand helds lies.

strickler

OMG that was hillllllariiiousss i laughed out loud like 3 times. at work. thanks for that haha. but seriously, once again just made me want a bold or an 8900 sooo bad

yoyobo

i missed the article of bb software on the htc

Lucas6688

I recently had the chance to play around with this device. I couldn't get the flicking motion down either.

mkoby

I haven't been impressed with a Windows Mobile phone for quite a while. I think that Microsoft's model in creating an OS to put on devices isn't a bad one but it's the OS itself that seems to be the actual problem.

The BlackBerry OS, while some could argue that it's simple, that is where it derives some of it's charm. It's like Apple in that "it just works" style of OS (referring to OSX on a Mac, not the iPhone).

jperinger

no thanks... Looks like an expensive headache.

Myself

As nice as some of these other phones are, none of them are as good as the Bold in my opinion (for my needs at least)

Myself

As nice as some of these other phones are, none of them are as good as the Bold in my opinion (for my needs at least)

dmnall

Great impressions and I can see why you *Kevin* is excited because you are going to get your Bold back next week and from what I can see I think a lot of people would get frustrated by the touch flo 3D... I tried it when I picked up my Bold but I still say the Blackberry Platform is superior.

Cheers,
Charlie

laurenmac

Hehe this has to be my favorite review so far. I almost wanted to throw the phone too!

chad.strunk

That, my friends, is a clear example of BAD user interface design.

Resist the resistance touchscreen!

lcg8080

This one looks like it's difficult to use.

bummer

5hea

Kudos on making it the entire way through filming without swearing! I could see you were trying sooooo hard not too... I know I sure as heck woulda said some things other than "argh" "ack" "d'oh" and "GRRRR"

...although, you possibly did, and edited them out.
hmmm. Kinda says something about the Fuze tho. I never realized how strange it is. (Nor was I aware it had a resistive touchscreen!? in this day and age...) It looked like a capacitive touchscreen even from just how solid the plastic looked... and there's no bevel etc.

jordanbarsuk91

Sounds kinda frustrating eh

RRF785

I figure after 3 days of having the phone and still nto being able to use it properly says a lot about the phone. After 3 days with my Curve (8310) I was able to do use it very easily. I don't think it's much user error but a crappy design. Nice review Kevin.

2j3mk

I sure am glad I didn't go with the HTC Diamond! Love my Curve! Thanks for the video.

dnasmyth

Kevin use your finger nail to scroll on this type of screen. just swipe with the back of your finger. I have this type of screen on my sony ux and it works as good as my bb storm.

Suefnp

I really expected to see Kevin throw this phone against the wall--he showed great restraint. Showing the phones side by side was very helpful.

talljason

It's funny how both Kevin and Rene had similar trouble with the resistive touchscreen.

demps2009

Looks too big and bulky for my taste.

SomeAudioGuy

That was hysterical man. I know I'm 145 comments in here, but you need a hand. Come on back to WME, and we'll help you out.

You really aren't alone in the whole user experience. It's not so much user "error" as it is just getting a feel for the device.

First up stop all this "flick" junk. It's not a capacitive screen. YOU KNOW it's not a capacitive screen. STOP TREATING IT LIKE A CAPACITIVE SCREEN. Resistive screens need a constant pressure, (or resistance I guess you could say). I like WinMo, but hate resistive screens (until I need to edit a document or spreadsheet, then having a stylus is AWESOME).

Thing about the T-Pro is it's designed around two ideas. If the keyboard is out, then you need to use both hands. If the keyboard is in however, they really did try to create a one handed experience. I've had much better experiences using my thumb with TF3D. Stop all that iPhone flicky nonsense.
You'll need to be a bit more deliberate with selections. Kind of a halfway point between the iPhone and the deliberate click of the Storm. Kills me though, watching this and the iPhone blog review of the Fuze. Rene is just wildly throwing his fingers all over the screen, then gets mad when crazy stuff happens. If he had been that reckless with touches on his iPhone he would've flipped out the iPhone too.

That said I've gone back to the older HTC Touch Home screen used on some of HTC older phones. Basically the same features as TF3D without all the flash.

Lastly the "Back" button is really an "OK" button. Think of it as a folder tree branching out from the home screen. You can close any app running, but you can't go "back" from the home screen. You're at the top level there.

Go get some apps loaded, and I can't wait to see the full review!

angiebutterfly

This was actually one of the rare phones that I wanted despite my love affair with my Curve. I remember when it was first announced; it looked amazing. Now? Not so much... *Pets Curve*

TheInfamousJrod

How sad, it looks like the Fuze would be an excellent device if they had chosen capacitive over resistive.

infotechanalyst

wow that phone sucks you couldnt not pay me a 1000 dollars to use that phone....good review and no it wasnt you it was the phone Kevin

sean singleton

For a so called man, you sure didn't act like one - bet you didn't even go check one out tell you what, go get one and i'll bet you that after a month (people like you are pesimestic so you need more time to learn) and if you don't like it - i'll get you a Mold...now read and don't be ignorant!!!...

Just b/c you got a bad phone and didnt warranty it is your fault - every manufacture makes a lemon (crap, just look at the first release of the iPhone....

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

kaiser666

lag Monster came knocking on my door

kaiser666

Interface seemed sluggish comepared to other devices. another reason my berry isnt going anywhere :))

gvegas864

omg, that looks so frustrating...

jfs101

Great diplomatic skills Kevin!... Not once you cursed the hell out of the Fuze!!! It's great how you do your best to see what's out there, to broaden your horizons and show us that there are actually other devices to choose if we suddenly went insane and decide to switch from our BBs!!!

bone44

Im tired of touchscreens and want the feel of keys under my fingers again. Good bye iphone, hello Blackberry bold.

tx_dbs_tx

Yes...Throw the phone Kevin! Just throw it!!!!!

tigernrc

Windows are great, but we all know (specially here) that it is not a blackberry. But If I get one free I will be happy to run the blackberry theme for windows phones.

joygasm310

amazingly bad. I would never, ever, ever use a phone with windows mobile anything on it ever again. I didnt not have a good experience, and I doubt I would give them another shot. Lipstick on a pig, indeed.

Black-Cat

It is kind of an odd name that reminds me of an overloaded circuit. It is also a big brick, thick by today's standards. Maybe throwing it should be part of the review just to see how rugged it is! I mean, it is the last round so not a big loss. ;)

Znoble15

I dont know if the Fuze is that much different from the Touch Pro as far as functionality, but i own both a Touch Pro and a Curve, and never did i have any problems like that with the Touch Pro.. i think the trick to the screen is using your fingernail as opposed to your actual finger because it flows beautifully that way.. also alot of those "errors" were user errors because its really not that difficult to use the phone.. it may have been a little biased.. just my opinion from an owner of both a Berry and an HTc

es_bih

The ATT version adds way too much useless junk to influence the TF3D such as media net acess via tf and other crap. When using a standard HTC rom or a cooked version you're flying through the device. It is equipped with close to 400 mb of Ram and 512 rom.

Patience18

Nice Review as always I can always count on Crackberry.com to let me have the run down. My fiance has been wanting this phone and up until this review I have know very little about it. lol ( nor did I really care about it... what can i say I love my blackberry) But being able to watch this review does give alot of insite into what he would be dealling with. I entend on sitting him down and being sure tht he watches this informative piece thanks again.

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I brought the Sprint HTC PRO for my wife to replace her Mogul phone which was way too "buggy". Not long after that we began to have the same issues you had plus the ring tones stopped working! Sprint did replace it with a new phone which seemed to fix the problem but we are starting to see the phone act "buggy" again. I'm sticking with my Curve 8330 (unless I win a Bold)!!!!

FilmDiva

It didn't look that special to me.

legendofdon

I want to win a Bold because BB is the best and I'm poor!

Miz.Michele

I'm sure you'll be glad to get your bold back!

5hea

I wonder how much editing you had to do to take the swearing out... Seems like you got pretty frustrated with this thing, haha. Can't say I blame you. Another good reason I'd love to win a BOLD - so I can share some of that BlackBerry love with those around me who must suffer through the torment that is Windows Mobile. *sigh*

Anonymous

I'm a little disappointed about the review. I honestly dont know how long you have use the device but you make it look so frustrating. I have a Fuze and I have a Curve. The Fuze did take a bit longer to get use to. But after a while, I think it got some good stuff on it. The Touch Flo is different but once you get the hang of it, its alright. You can turn it off. But then it just make the phone plain boring. I actually like the pressure touch. One feature I can't wait to play with the Storm.

darryl_myette

Wow that just looks grosssssss. Glad I chose blackberry!

Jarky

I just can't imagine going back to a windows mobile phone.

ashworth

I like the BlackBerry better! :)

Black-Cat

One comment called it "pressure touch." I guess I need to try it to see how different it is to other touch screens. The fact that more than one expert has had trouble with it is not a good sign.

Anonymous

Poor Dieter. Maybe he can give you a few tips on user interface.

thunder8320

Word! you need to calm down though when ur using that fuze. But how not, if you havent used your BB Bold for such a long time !!!

RiverRat#CB

I used to have an AT&T Tilt and I swapped it out for a Blackberry 8820 for the very reasons mentioned in the First Impressions. I liked the phone and the OS well enough, I just could not get used to the touch screen on it. The operation was just not consistent enough for me to keep.

Stephen Sizemore

I wonder how much better the phone would be if it had a capacitive touch screen. I would think that a lot of the gestures would be much easier on that type of touch screen.

Anyway, nice concept phone HTC. It just doesn't look like it's 100% yet.

Stephen Sizemore

I wonder how much better the phone would be if it had a capacitive touch screen. I would think that a lot of the gestures would be much easier on that type of touch screen.

Anyway, nice concept phone HTC. It just doesn't look like it's 100% yet.

scottlucky13

Nice review Kevin! I laughed a few times! I feel your frustration. I have found out that I am for sure not a touch screen user with any phone (iphone, storm, instinct..etc). It is just not for me with my "Banana Hands" hahaha. For now I am sticking with my old and faithful 8830WE :)

rrrebo

...awful! That really looks awkward and cumbersome to use. I would go mad.

ilhe1s

HTC phones, but now that you can Run Android and BB Suite on them that's what got's me more interested. I could care less about WinMo!

blueline

No matter what form factor they put it in winmo is just not a user friendly os. The idea of touch flo 3D is a good idea, but does not seem good for practical use.

saquitad

The screen is terrible. I would have to agree with that.

Anonymous

The Fuze looks decent. It's not my type of phone though but it's small yet practical.

Storm_Victim

This phone is a freakin train wreck. I have no patience for a device that doesn't do what I want it to do. Even my Storm when I first got it was a little tuff to deal with. I would try and show it off to people, and the damn thing would rotate the keyboard. But it is much better now. I really found nothing about the Fuzz, I mean Fuze to be appealing. Just my opinion.

Aaron

sean singleton

yea, ignorance is not bliss -

For a so called man, you sure didn't act like one - bet you didn't even go check one out tell you what, go get one and i'll bet you that after a month (people like you are pesimestic so you need more time to learn) and if you don't like it - i'll get you a Mold...now read and don't be ignorant!!!...

Just b/c you got a bad phone and didnt warranty it is your fault - every manufacture makes a lemon (crap, just look at the first release of the iPhone....

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

USArmyWife1982

Not a huge fan of the phone. It just seems to complicated to use. Praying to the crackberry gods your poor bold is a-ok !

Snow2k5

I've never used the real TouchFlo 2D, but I have used TouchFlo 2D on my Tilt and I can more than understand where you're coming from. It looks nice, but the touch screen technology lets it down....so I just use the standard Windows Mobile interface.

Of all the devices you guys have looked at, the Bold is my fav....by far...even without a touch screen. I think the Android dude was very fair with his comments about it....and he made me want one.

marialmt

OMG Kevin..This is the first Round Robin I've caught, and you my friend are an absolute riot! You guys are awesome...keep em' comin'

M

pmjohnson99

Yeah...looks like that OS needs some work. It would be nice if Microsoft just bit the bullet and stripped that sucker down to the bare essentials, and then allowed you to add things as needed.

nosautbb

the phone looks cool, but underneath the mask is windows mobile. windows mobile is a pain! if you have a touchscreen device, no need for a stylus!

DPinMD

Loved watching this video -- it definitely made me laugh even though it didn't make me want the phone! Be careful, though, you may incur some right-wing wrath for that lipstick on a pig comment, which was CLEARLY a swipe at Sarah Palin! (rofl!)

Cuzlion

I'm a huge WM fan and love my TouchPro but just the same the first impressions video of your frustrations with TouchFlo3D was hilarious. I tried to use it too when I first got my Alltel version of the Fuze and also gave up on it because not only was it hard to flick and navigate without launching things at random but it also took me too many steps to get to my 40 or so apps and quick photo dials.

I went back to my favorite SPB shell, Pocket Plus, and the TouchPro turned into what I expected, a screaming fast smartphone with no more than two screen presses to launch almost anything I ever need to do. I know the round robin can't go to that detail so the Fuze will suffer accordingly but its greatest strength is not that it comes optimized but that you easily turn it into anything you want with one of the shells available. That is something largely not so available for the other models you are looking at. I'd stack my Cuz optimized Touch Pro up against those other very nice phones and I bet it would fair much better.

And though I'm not a BB user I do enjoy your site and your comments, your sense of humor and insight into all things mobile make it a fun place to stop by. Cuz

Anonymous

After looking at this video you notice one thing, this guy has no idea what he is doing. I used to a windows mobile user with the Kaiser (ATT Tilt) and this guy is just a moron and has no idea what he is doing and gives a terrible overview of the product and his opinions and stupid comments are in poor taste and makes him seem like a child. This video should be ignored by all who would like insightful unbiased reviews.

FYI, by the way this chump did the video you can make the blackberry curve look unreliable and a bane to do things on.

Travis a

Resistive is old and pointless...Why are they still making phones with resistive touchscreens.

smaug

I like how the Fuze looks, and Windows Mobile is intriguing, but TouchFlo3D seems a little buggy. :(

PanaSama

Hahaha nice first impressions Kevin, i had used the phone myself and i agree completly with you, its too messed up to be decently usable.

PhilR8

Use your thumb. Use your thumb. Use your thumb. TouchFlo3D was meant to be navigated with your thumb. Use your thumb and PRESS HARD and don't worry about damaging the screen.

MobileMatt

The Fuze may have some short comings but every phone does. I'll take the BlackBerry over the iPhone anyday.

bx2md

this is the funniest video ever ....... flick,flick,flick,
flick,flick aarrggg !!!!!
so in other words the phone is crapppp

PittsDriver

I like the fuse kinda. But I would never buy one.

kamiltry

what a dissapointment. was expecting more from the fuze.

Anonymous

I am using Sprints HTC Diamond for the time being (can't wait to get back into my BB) to try the phone out. I do no like this phone, its OS, the touch flo, the email, the texting, the...well pretty much everything. I want my black berry and I want it N O W ! ! !

l1fe

and couldn't stand how slow it was!

curti

I don't think I would enjoy using the fuze after seeing the trouble you had with the touch screen.

Paminablue

First off, Mr. Anonymous (upthread) ought to take the time to develop an understanding of the forum in which he is posting before self-righteously tossing off comments which, apart from being appallingly rude and totally useless, completely miss the point of the entire exercise. Bad show, Mr. Anonymous! I hope the smartphone gods make sure you don't win the prize.

Just my two cents towards defending Kevin's honor...

Anyway, in my opinion this review was both funny and helpful, as it shows what a user who is used to a different platform might expect when switching to the fuze, which is the exact situation many of us are in and can thus benefit from Kevin's first-hand experience.

I'll be curious to read the full review!

.m.e.

i like the looks of that phone .. not realluy a fan of sliders though ..

NotAMoron

It's a shame that so many of you are not bright enough to overcome the very slight learning curve of the Windows Mobile devices. Don't get me wrong, Windows drives me nuts sometimes with their lack of foresight. But it is never something that I cannot overcome. i work in IT for AT&T and so I get most of the PDAs that come out from our company. I have used most every RIM device that has come out from back in the Cingular days. I have also extensively used the SX-66, 8125, Treo 750 and Fuze (all HTC devices). The only thing that I ever hear people boasting that the Blackeberry can do better than any of the aforementioned Windows Mobile devices is email. And I will give it that kudo. But the advantage is so miniscule as to not even be noticeable. I run Activesync Exchange as well as Good's GMM 5. 0 on my windows devices and never have any problem with getting push email. Outside of that my Fuze can run circles around my Bold and all other RIM devices I have owned. It's not even close. Internet, Music, video, GPS, Wifi, camera, bluetooth, storage, keyboard, customization and...uh...one more thing...I can't remember hat it was...ummmm....uh..oh yeah.... the THOUSANDS of third party apps available to me and the unending amount of hacks and community support from the likes of XDA and others. I can't believe anyone would even try to compare the bold to the Fuze. A more likely comparison would be the Bold to the Treo 750 (similar form factor with front keyboards). But same story here. My 750 can put the Bold to shame in every way. The review was comedic at best. Are Blackberry users really that technically challenged? If you are looking for a truly converged device in 2008 and your choice is a Blackberry, you get what you deserve. But man does that email really go!!

Sean Singleton

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

STYLN

Still waitin on that Bold....lol - but I def wldnt want that Fuze though! Just doesnt seem like a very great fone 2 me....

seeker1321

great reviews, I would love to win the Bold. I have enjoyed the round robin this year, it will be interesting to see how much the phones change by next year's round robin.

bambuco

Kev: you by far give the best reviews, too bad one had to be WASTED on such a dumb working device. WiMo need to get their stuff together if they wish to be relevant in the future mobile OS dept., otherwise they risk getting "outmoded" real soon, stop trying to make snazzy features or fancy UI features... get back to basics!!!

Saving to get the 8350i but would gladly accept a BOLD in its place... =D

eagle63

Good video, nice to see that I'm not the only one that finds TF3D annoying and sluggish.

gtoatley

after having a touch screen for years, you should not have to work so hard to get the phone to do what it is supposed to do. At some point it looked like you were going to pitch the phone against the desk. the Fuze loses.

pinguino1

Kevin I love your reviews but this time i was laughing so much my stomach was aching.
Seen a BB guy complaining about a touch screen is really funny. The BB's crowd never had touch screen since the begining of times and usually they say "Touch is not good for my fat fingers" YEAH! you are right the BB's screen are tiny and will be tiny for ever unless they change the form factor.
Unfortunatelly their first intent (Storm) is not the best model of touch screen. So the Fuze in the hands of somebody with a diferent mindset looks and feels very good (I don't say great because is not near the Iphone UI)

Anonymous

I've tried to use that phone as well and I thought it was just me. I just couldn't get the phone to do what I wanted it to do. Oh yeah, I would like a Bold please.

lil_sunshine

It is not you Kevin. Touch Pro does not make up for the fact that the Windows Mobile Pro interface is difficult. I switched from the touch screen version of Windows over a year ago, and I never want to go back. Dieter should have picked a Windows Mobile standard device (nontouch screen). It would have been so much easier to use. Much more like your Bold or Curve.

Nelimungous

well at least for me it does. too unstable. cant reply on it for a device i use for work

Anonymous

id like a bold please !

Fruit1580

there is no way i would ever be able to use this phone!

gfco321

that would be an interesting form factor for RIM to explore ;-) they already did flips, touchscreens... this would be IT, full touchscreen interfase with a real qwerty for hardcore texters

PanaSama

Ugh this phone makes me vomit.

Sean Singleton

Kevin,

You remind me of ObaMA. Crying to the people for change. The 'Mold will be the last crapberry stab in the market as it is getting rolled over by HTC and the iPhone. (do you even know why crapberry's have lasted? Tell you what, call your local congresswo/man and ask them - bet you'll be surprised to find out how unethical those devices are - if they even tell you (email me if you're too lazy).

WARNING:
So take you time reading this - you're going to hate me but if you ever want to grow - read to the end. I'll set you and crapberry fans straight. Now take it like a man...

It was funny watching our video of you using the Fuze (real name is p2600 using Raphael software - but most crapberry users wouldn't understand what that means as they have no clue how to cook ROMs, do a active synch .exe install or probably even install a .cab - "please provide everything so I don't have to do anything" and most seem to be Macheads (definition of Mac users are the ones that got beat up in school who turned out to be "alternative")

Watching you fumble around with the Fuze reminded me of a three finger monkey "acting" like it was difficult to use (bad acting - what D movie were you in). If that was your first time, you are excused (were you picked last in sports before you dropped out?)

There isn't one thing the 'Mold can do over the Fuze - name it and I’ll bring your challenge on (please email me if you think you got an Ace up your sleeve - I’d love to call your 3 of a kind with a royal flush - actually, I welcome it!)

Let me give you an idea of its power (not talking about its 528 MHz processor - once again, crapberry users are saying "duh, huh?")

- the ability to install tons of after market programs that enables the user to change nearly every setting and preference within it (have you noticed the holy website of mobile phones are more geared to HTC style phones? Oh, what website is that you say, my bad, I should have known you wouldn't know what it is - XDA.

- twice as much RAM!

- 100 x better pixel and refresh screen rate

- You bashed the touchflo response - guess what, it's adjustable to each user - just install Diamond Tweak and you have a ton of user preference changes like by passing the start up screen and scroll wheel navigation and power saving options

- it actually has Blackberry connect built into it (isn't that the whole and sole reason to get a 'Mold or one of its redneck, bucktoothed cousins? yeeeeeeeeeeaaa, I’m going to need you to work on Saturday, yeaaaaaa

- how about to ability to stream live webcam's to the phone (I’ve got 4 ip based webcam's at my house and I can control, turn, zoom and config each of them - day or night) - talk about an incredible feature. It soooo nice to know that if anything moves in your house or office that you will get an SMS immediately notifying you and an email sent with photos - security at your service.

- the ability to take 16 gb (as soon as the industry releases 32gb, its ready to roll!) of videos, photos, You tube (that's one within itself), or downloaded movies and plug the Fuze into any TV and watch it regardless of the size of the TV (I’ve got a 65" Mitsubishi and a projector with a screen width of 12' (yes feet, not inches) and it works fine) = granted its only composite (for crapberry users that means RCA plugs, very good, you get a gold star) but ohhh, once again, tell me if the 'Mold can do that? NOPE

- touch response = when touching the screen thereby getting tiny vibrations letting you know you have made contact (the only other phone that comes with it standard is the sprint instinct) = it is a developer based software but that's what separates us from crapberry and especially iphone'y' users. We evolve, adapt, learn and create rather than just wait until crapiness or Mr. jobs decides what’s kewl and what’s not

- the ability to disable the touchflo (I read one of your fans stated that s/he went back in time to their old stuff because s/he missed the WM screen - moron, give it a go and LEARN or Google if you can change it - surprise, it can do that too (I actually disabled it as i prefer the WM today screen b/c i port in 6 emails and i want them on my today screen

- you can sling your TV to it (once again crapberry abusers, that means you can connect (via the 3G internet) to your home TV and/or dvr and watch whatever you have at home and/or recorded to your dvr (yea, wow is right!)
= want to watch that mork and mindey you recorded or one of your movie channels - in the words of Adam sandler, 'you can do it'

- how about a WM modified weather program that gives you weather alerts in as many cities as you can possibly think of (I heard your wasted comment about missing a city - do our homework and evolve - elecont.com

- the ability to change the PTT button and mod every hard key on it to do 4 things (single, double, triple and hold buttons) = with only 3 buttons that means how many quick links??? (jeopardy song)

- voice dialing except this time you don’t have to pre-record the names or programs - the ROM does it for you.

- voice speaking - the phone will read your email headers, SMS pages, calendar appointments and even more.

- the ability to know when its best to go fishing = an after market software that predicts the high/low tides across the world (oh, not a fisherman - landlubber!

- skyfire - the most intense web browser made (the Fuze already comes with IE and Opera) but this one allows you to tap into any website and all of its content even videos

- regedit - we can and do it - (I’m not even going to waste my time explaining that one to crapberry users - you wouldn't attempt it anyway)

- I read one of the crapberry users stating its a windows based device and wouldn't even try it - yea,,, hey buddy, when you get done having your latte 1/2 and 1/2 with your biscotti, WAKE UP and evolve. There is a reason Windows OWNS crapple even when crapple gives away their so called computers for educational purposes = it's better, plan and simple. Ask crapple why they 1. installed an Intel chip in it to run and 2. created a bi-operating system so you can run windows (GAY!) - I have zero care to get on a leopard

- G-sensor - tilt the phone and spin it - your screen is always horizontal (unless you change it). Oh and don't think for a minute Iphone created that program - thank Sony Ericson for that!

- office mobile with the ability to edit word, PowerPoint and excel files. Yea, nice don't you think?

- GPS - tomtom has done a wonderful job of compacting all of that info in such a small file - hackers have even created voices that sound like celeb's or stereo-types (freaking hell-larry-isss)

- 3.2 MB camera vs. your 2 MWinnee camera - yea, you can't even upload photos that look good to your website as the minimum is 3 megs (and yes, it has video recorder, burst, sports mode, panoramic, magazine) with 2 x zoom as well as a voice recorder that you can email and open with quicktime or media player (or any other player with the correct plugins)

- camera flash - you see, you give it half prop's just b.c the 'Mold has it but what bad is you only see it one dimensional - I’ve created a quick key (hold on my Home Key) and use it as a flash light (50 lumes more than the 'Mold)- wow, what a concept! back to that evolving and learning thing.

- VPN (ok crapberry users, today's quiz, what does VPN mean?) yes, the ability to connect in to a Virtual Private Network

- the ability to use it as a modem out of the box. (yes, you too can teether) I can stream Skype video to my laptop from my phone while driving down I-95 and yes, you can even install Skype to the phone itself!

I could start nickel and dimming but you get the point if you even made it this far and didn't drop out like most flunkies. AND if you're still not convinced, wow, good for you. I bet your one of those people who has to call your 10 yr old in your office to help you reset your router. Yikes!

I will give you this - the phone does have a high learning curve (watching you use it shows perfectly) and most people can't deal with that - the Fuze is more than what most people will ever need (kind of like having a Terabyte drive) and more than most can simply do b/c they stopped learning.

So, lets see if you even keep this post and how many people try to refute the AWESOME POOOOOOWEERRRRRR (I did that in my movie voice)

Thanks for letting me set it straight and get it off my chest - that was FUN!

sDs

PS - Iphone'y' users - give it a break - you can even cut, copy and paste nor send an MMS photo or video to any other phone and all the iphones can do what others cant is use google earth --- oooooooo - b/c thats what i'll be doing with my mobile is playing on that everyday! At some point, stupidity kicked.

G1 users welcome - you already know you can't hang but you have an open platform - that's kudos! You may take over one day but i doubt it.

Blackberry 8330

Kevin is stupid, he could not even use a WM smartphone, as a blog writer, he should be open minded about other smartphones and have respect for them. I played with the phone and it was easy to use, its not just responsive like Blackberry but its not that bad like the video. Every smartphone has pros and cons, so is Blackberry. Web browsers for Windows Mobile are far better than Blackberry.
Moron, what an annoying video review where kevin is bitchy and screaming like a little girl.

Justice26Brandi

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