Yeah, I thought it looked very sexy initially too. Very sleek!
However, it's full of faults!
For starters, the manual says the power light should glow yellow when it's being charged or synchronised via ActiveSync. It glows red instead! It's not just the handset either, the LED does the same on the other 2 replacements I've had in under a week!
When it's running low on power, which you can never tell because the battery indicator always reads "Full", it doesn't tell you it's running low on battery power. No flashing LED to tell you, no message, nothing! When you're least expecting it, off it goes!
The box states 150 hours standby, 4 hours talk-time. However, phone O2 and they'll tell you "180 hours standby, 5 hours talk-time". In reality though, and as you've quite rightly stated, 48 hours standby max! For me I found the phone would, after a full charge, run out of battery life on standby in 10 hours, then after another charge, 24 hours.
The moment you take the phone out of the box, it's completely reset, but has absolutely no GPRS/WAP settings. When you phone O2, they say "The phone cannot handle over-the-air configurations like previously models" - useless! What they don't say, which is rather simple, is "Just do a soft reset, which is hidden away in the menu where you can't find it, which will reset the handset and force a menu to appear asking you to choose "Basic" or "Corporate" config. Choosing the basic configuration gives you all these settings.
And finally, a minor but unusual thing I found when I first received the phone. Turning the phone over to find a nice 0.5mm chunk missing from the chrome ring surrounding the camera. At first, I thought the phone had been dropped, but it seems this is a "feature". Not sure why, but in my opinion gives the wrong impression if you're expecting your phone to look similar and intact, as a phone should look.
Conclusion? Waste of time! The XDA IQ / Vodafone v1215 is the phone to have if you're a company owner/businessman and you need something that works!