Compared with blackstone
I own a Blackstone and a Kaiser and I think that could be interesting to give the first impression that I have of the phone compared with Blackstone. I compare with a Blackstone in his maximum speed with original rom and after using several custom roms (dutty etc)
Warning: this is simply a quick test of features as I have the phone a few hours. I could be wrong in some of the opinions.
Speaker: very disappointing. We were told that Rhodium has two speakers and it is very loud for free hands calls. The reality is that the speaker has the same volume than the Blackstone. Kaise, Blackstone and rhodium have good quality in the speakers, better than average. It is odd that it is the same quality and there is no evolution.
Responsiveness: I feel it more responsive than Blackstone
Video player: faster, less jerky playing videos
Camera: it is 3 megapixels instead 5. But in low light conditions it is a very good camera phone when Blackstone is rubbish (slow and blurry). In general super responsive. I’m surprised.
Photo navigation: feels faster navigating the pics and more responsive
GSM reception: similar reception than Blackstone, that it is not great really.
Zoom bar: ok feature, nothing great but the fact that doing zooms in Blackstone is a lot of time unresponsive this is a cool difference
Keyboard: the best ever. Simply great and a lot faster than on screen keyboards. The only point is if you really need a keyboard. For small amount of text the on screen keyboard of Blackstone is enough.
Weight: you feel the phone. Blackstone is so thin that you don’t feel it. Not big problem but something to have in mind.
Sunlight: visible under sunlight. Blackstone is not visble under sunlight. Really nice.
Software: because the last custom roms of Blackstone have copied a lot of the features of rhodium there is not a lot new there but I have spotted a brand new Bluetooth manager (very cool) and perhaps there are more stuff there.
Style: better looking than blackstone because looks and feel more like a luxury object. You need to use to understand what I mean. The quality of how the phone is done and feels is stunning.
Battery: longuer battery life than blackstone, around 25%. It feels than never goes down.
In general Rhodium feels like a evolution rather than a revolution from Blackstone: A better phone but you should no change to it except if you need the keyboard. I would have been happier if the speaker was what was supposed to be.
For anybody that has not a Blackstone this phone is simply great. Nearer to the responsiveness of a iphone (not quite it yet) and with some features that iphone hasn’t (stereo Bluetooth, keyboard, more resolution etc)