I will add my 2cents I don't like the Aviator and am taking it back. Had the SII and really liked it thought this would be close. I never thought that would be so far from the truth. This phone is too slow for the internet speed and not fast enough to get out of its own way.
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I picked up the aviator and yes its laggy compaired to s2. But i think there is a software issue.
I have the droid charge on verizon and it was never this laggy.
On my aviator i have ZERO apps running and no widgets and still the ui crashes and reloads and apps are contactly reloading photos of profiles
I think us cellular needs to do a more optimized build.
Thing is there is no way to report issues to whomever writes the android software for us cellular phones.
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If it wasn't for CM7, the HTC Desire would be a damn near unusable, laggy, memory starved mess. But the difference is that when the Desire launched, it was honestly top of the line for USC. The Aviator is the Desire rebranded 18 months later, and we're well beyond that level of phone tech.
I bet a nice CM rom would really help the Aviator, that's probably the best hope for the phone. However, aftermarket roms are generally for enthusiasts, and at this point in time a phone specced like the Aviator just isn't anything but an entry-level gimmick phone.
The problem with an entry level gimmick phone is that you don't launch your brand new 4G network on one.
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Maybe other providers don't. I think its not a bad move. Most people don't need a uber phone. A uber phone costs the provider a TON of money. Release something good enough for 75% of people and that's less expensive and you protect your margins because then when the better phone comes out for the enthusiasts you wont sell it to EVERYONE including the people don't need it but buy it because its 4G.