The packaging is just as Applelegant as usual, but it’s less user-hostile than before. It was easy to figure out how to open it up, find all the bits, and get it running. At no time did I have to pull out a magnifying glass to see how to open a plastic case, and I never felt the urge to reach for tools. It’s hard to beat the initial impression.
Hooking it up to iTunes produced the expected results, until the screen after the one where you have to accept the Apple Terms and Conditions. The problem screen was the one where you have to accept Verizon’s Ts&Cs. Saying “yes, have your way with me” produced no response, even after repeated clicking and waiting half an hour. Closing and restarting iTunes produced a working phone…
…or so it seemed. Turns out that the Verizon Visual Voicemail (VVM) feature didn’t work. An hour and a half on the phone with Verizon’s unfailing nice technicians resulted in an “uh, well, we’ll get back to you in a few days.”
They did. First suggestion: turn off Wi-Fi, saying you couldn’t do VVM with it on. I turned it off, and lost all Internet access. Well, that gave a much simpler problem to work on. A few minutes on the phone with Verizon while they reconfigured their end, and a reboot of the phone made everything OK.
Since Wi-Fi doesn’t interfere with VVM on the Droid X, I turned it back on. Turns out it doesn’t interfere with VVM on the iPhone either.
OOBE Grade? Let’s call it a B or a B-.