I've been using the Amaze since December and I never have had any major issues.
Get an Anker extended battery , it will last longer than the oem battery. You can find them
If you have your BB contacts backed up in your MyTmobile contacts
you will just have to sync the account.
No problems with ICS as of yet. The only major problems I;ve read about are
with bluetooth and I don't use bluetooth so I can't confirm this.
My biggest issue with the Amaze is the Bluetooth. I was told that the very first update (back in December?) totally screwed up the Bluetooth on the phone. The ICS update made it a tad better...but really is no fix. It's horrible. I can't believe one of these phones can still be found. Did you get it from T-mo?
Otherwise the phone is great....for me anyway.
Will you let us know what your Bluetooth is like after you get it?
Yes, I got the phone from T-Mo.
Once the Amaze gets here ... and I figure out how to use the thing ... I'll try the Bluetooth and let you know. I'm going to have to learn android since I've been a Blackberry user for years and years. This will be an adventure for sure.
I already ordered the Anker extended battery and a bigger micro SD card. I just hope all my contacts saved on T-Mo mobile contacts will actually sinc with the Amaze.
I'm also hoping the phone will be comfortable in my hand ... I have small hands. The BB is thick, so I shouldn't have a problem?
I'm starting to second guess my decision to get the Amaze. ::sigh::
Without a case the Amaze has a nice feel in your hand,
My first Android phone was the Sensation last July and
it takes some getting use to but once you do you will like
it better than your BB. A lot more free apps to where you can
customize your phone.
Make sure you change your data plan to the Android data
fro BB data when you get the phone also.
I agree with gramps28. It is not altogether uncomfortable to hold. The contacts from your from t-mo should update without problem. I love android after the mess wm 6.5 left me with on my HD2 (I eventually rooted/flashed an Android ROM onto the HD2...then it worked perfectly.) I especially love that all my contacts back up onto my gmail account and it does it without being asked. Awesome.
To.. "me" the only downside is the Bluetooth issue. When I first got the Amaze my Bluetooth range was about 1 foot between phone and device....seriously 1 foot. The ICS update gives me about a "clear" 4 foot range and an 8 ft. "crackling" range. At least now I can use my Plantronic Voyage Pro in my truck. In the beginning I had to hold the phone within 1 Ft. of my device. Might as well hold the handset to my ear...right? I just gave my friend my old HD2...and I swear on all that I love...he synched his BT device, walked out of his office..through a metal door and got about 30 feet away from me before it started losing signal. That is what I want from the Amaze...or something close to it.
Again I will state that "overall" the phone is great. But it is an HTC smartphone. It comes with a learning curve...and it acts like an adolescent teen at times. You will need to do a restart or battery pull from time-to-time. But that is to be expected with all "smartphones" these days.
I switched from BB to the Amaze last October. I migrated all my contacts, but I did it a bit different. Google had an app for the BB that would sync the contacts with my Google account. I did that, and when I logged in to my phone with my Google account, all my contacts were there. I'd hope the same would happen with the T-Mo contacts backup, but I've not used the service.
I came from an eight year marriage to Blackberry.
If you need Bluetooth, prepare to be disappointed. Otherwise, the Amaze is a great phone on ICS, a little slow on GB.
You are going to miss the real keyboard. Try alternates, particularly the Swype beta, which is my favorite.
Get the Anker extended battery from Amazon. I've been able to go a full day on a single charge at times. Usually I top off during the day at my desk, and the phone will work well into the evening.
I'm really worried about the keyboard. I have NO idea how people use the touch keyboard! My son tells me I can't use my nails (like I use on the Blackberry keyboard) .... but other people manage so perhaps I will, too.
What is Swype beta?
Anker extended battery should be here today, too. I guess that's another change from the BB ... I can go a little more than two days before charging on my BB.
I sure hope I like this new phone. ::sigh::
My wife had to cut her nails down a bit to use her new phone as well.
Swype is an alternative keyboard that is available as a separate install. Because it's in beta testing, it's not available on Play for download yet. You have to register at beta.swype.com to download/install it.
I think *my* problem with the touch keyboard is I have big hands and fingers.
The HTC keyboard that comes with the phone has swype feature built in. In the settings, enable 'Trace Input'. Perhaps it's not quite a good as the Swype keyboard, but you could try it out to see if it's something you want to use, then worry about installing a new keyboard (not that it's hard, just one less thing to worry about during your transition).
The screen won't work with your nails as the screen works by detecting when your finger touches the screen, since the body is an electrical conductor and I don't think fingernails are conductive (well, at least not as much as skin).
I use the Swiftkey 3 (was Swiftkey X) keyboard and love it. Really good predictions.
For problems with any onscreen keyboard (me! me!) I use a stylus. Have a couple of Boxwave styluses (and their screen protector), they're darn good. Bluewave or Bluecell stylii (Amazon) are cheap in in price and construction, but at 4 for $5 or so (if you don't mind pink and red), they're no-brainers. I have one at the office, in the car, in the living room. Helps keep the screen clear (and no one can guess what my PIN/pattern is), and more apropos -- makes typing much faster.
I have reviews/demos videos of the Boxwave products on Amazon. Look for D.B. Spalding reviews.