Mine is indeed unlocked.
Battery life - well, the first couple of days when I played with it all the time, I had to charge it the same day. If I don't do much on it, it will hold on for more than a day at least. It has this program that tells what is using the battery and 70-80% seems to be eaten by the display so it must be that I just play with it a lot.
So not so good. You can expect to charge it every night if you use it. But I got the official dock and it's easy to just drop it on the dock for charging instead of fiddling with cables. However the dock is not very secure - if you push the phone, it falls off pretty easily.
The speaker phone seems to be bad, unfortunately. Every time I tried to use it, anyone I was talking with immediately complained about lots of echo. On a Nokia E71 on the other hand, I could not tell when my gf enabled the speaker feature of her phone when I was talking to her. So it's definitely not Nokia quality as a speaker phone.
As a regular phone, it seems to have more background noise than a Nokia E71 when the other end is talking, but when the other end stops talking it becomes completely silent while the Nokia E71 seems to have a very, very small but constant background noise.
The phone can locate you by three ways: Just cellular, which gives a very rough location. By wifi, which is quite accurate if there are any wifi networks around. And then of course the gps. Unfortunately the maps fully depend on having a network connection, so if you lose signal you lose the maps. Whether that is a problem or not depends on how good coverage your operator has.
The connectivity aside, the maps are just great. Well, it's basically google maps, just like in your browser, but instead running as an app by itself. I think it's great - and free too, if you don't count your data plan. So if you like google maps on your browser, you will like it the same on the android too. And the big screen is nice for it. I used to get lost a lot, but this definitely helps.
When I booted it for the first time, it asked me my google and facebook accounts, and synced my gmail and facebook contacts and merged them seamlessly. Any updates I do to my gmail contacts either on the phone or on a browser get synced to the other - the facebook syncing of contacts is obviously just read only. So contact syncing is awesome.
Calendar - well, you get pretty much full functionality of google calendar. I view and make calendar events on the phone and see the same ones on a browser and vice versa. I used google calendar already before I had the phone, and always needed to get a browser to actually be able to arrange meetings. So I was really looking forward to getting this functionality on my phone, and it delivered.
Gmail integration is awesome. I get a beep on my phone before my browser notifies me (I have gmail always open on the first tab of firefox on the pc), and then there is a notification bar at the top that has icons for any notifications I have not reacted to yet, and the bar can be pulled down to get details of every event. Then I just click the new mail event and it opens the email for me. And the phone handles gmail labels too.
Didn't need Missing Sync - imo all the above mentioned things sync nicely to the phone without any extra apps.
Haven't tried regular email integration - work email stays off my personal phone.
Some cons I do have to mention:
- Sometimes the touchscreen starts to generate phantom touches just a little below the point I actually touched. Turning the screen to sleep and back on seems to help. However this is quite annoying. It's pretty hard to say if this is just a software problem - sometimes even the way I hold the device makes a difference when I get this phenomenom.
- Today when it rained, I lost 3G completely and the phone reverted to GPRS and EDGE. When the sky cleared, 3G came back with full bars. I don't really know if this is normal or not.
- I have experienced maybe two or three spontaneous instant reboots in total.
- Sometimes, even when 3G shows full bars, the network becomes unreachable for maybe half a minute, during which webpages don't load etc. This is quite annoying too. However this one I expect to be a software problem and hope that an upcoming update will fix.
So somewhat of a mixed bag in total. As I said in my previous post, there's MASSIVE potential. It would be the most awesome of my gadgets ever, but the cons I mentioned might even be deal breakers.
My original message however is that as this potential is realized, smartphones in general have a lot to give to the silent enthusiasts