I decided that the ‘gee-whiz’ features fo the 8900 just didn’t outweigh the defects (as I perceved them).
The 4400 has everything I really need … and only one feature that would be nice to have that isn’t there (speakerphone).
Interestingly enough … the ad slick for the 4400 indicates that it has a speaker phone … but the PhoneScoop page does not indicate so … and neither does the documentation.
This weekend I’m going to take the ad slick and the phone into the Verizon store and talk to someone about it. Seems like false advertising to me.