Over the past few months I’ve had the privilege of having the Droid Razr Maxx HD from Verizon. Not to spoil anything, but this is one of the best Android devices I’ve had to date. It was fast, fluid and had a pretty good battery life. That’s just the nutshell version, now on to the nuts and bolts.
I started out to do a full review of the LG Intuition but due to some technical difficulties on Verizon’s end the device couldn’t be activated, so I’ll just pop out a quick few words on this device.
To say I really wanted to get my hands on this phone was an understatement. I’ve been anxious to get my hands on a device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ever since they announced it. So let us begin:
The Galaxy Nexus is a fairly decent device with a 4.65-inch 720p display, a dual core GPU, but the camera is only a 5 MP sensor, and it doesn’t really take the best photos. There is a welcome addition of an LED notification light on the front of the device in the center on the bottom, it’s also an RGB light, so it’ll change colors based on the type of notification you are getting.
With Android 4.0 they’ve also decided to do away with the hardware buttons, so it’s only got a sleep/wake button and a volume rocker for hardware buttons, the rest are software based.
The past month I’ve had the chance to fully test the Motorola Droid RAZR. This phone is big and thin, and it’s very nice looking. I do have to say that it’s a much better phone than the Bionic, so if you have a Bionic, I’m sorry.
The phone itself is a mix of aluminum, Kevlar and Gorilla Glass. However, it may seem tough, but the back of the phone is quite slick, so I was always afraid of dropping it, and it seemed like it was just a tad too big to feel comfortable in the hand.
It has a 4.3-inch, 800×480 display, but inside it only packs a single core processor. It does seem to be somewhat responsive, but I had to kill tasks quite a bit, and it seemed to need a reboot more than any other phone I’ve used. It comes packed with GPS, WiFi and a Verizon 4G LTE radio.
If you rely on GPS and location based services, it was very slow to get my location and gather the information.
The good thing about it is the LTE service. I was very impressed by the speed, I was consistently getting 12-15 Mbps down and between 2.5-4 up.
I have to admit that when I was offered the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for review I was pretty skeptical about another android tablet. Since I had some time with the Xoom and it was decent, but not quite ready for primetime. This device however feels a little better than the Xoom, and offers a good set of hardware.
This tablet was the closest in design to the iPad 2, and it felt good to hold it, it wasn’t very heavy, and it was easy to carry around for a long time.
I recently had time to look at the HTC Trophy, Verizion’s first Windows Phone 7 device. Let’s dive in:
If you’re looking for the fastest phone, then this probably isn’t for you, but it does come with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, it sports a 3.8-inch capacitive touch screen, 802.11n Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS, FM Radio. It also comes with 8 GB of fixed flash storage with 512MB ROM, and 576MB of RAM. It also has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and is able to take video in 720p. The bad thing is no front facing camera.
The phone is small, and it was easy to hold and use, and felt natural in the hand. The battery was good, as I could get a good 24 hours of usage out of it, and with minimal usage I could get a couple days usage.
I really liked this phone, and all in all for the people who are afraid of smartphones, this is one of the best for a beginner.
I recently had some time to spend with the Motorola Xoom tablet, and before I give you an opinion, I’ll start with the specs. The Xoom has a 2GHz, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (more on that later). It has a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 capacitive display, 3G connectivity (I had the Verizon version), it also has front and rear facing cameras. The list price off contract is $799. The hardware is good, but it’s also running a new version of Android. It’s loaded with Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
I recently had some hands on time with the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It’s an Android based tablet running Android 2.2. Now lets get into the details:
The Tab has a 7-inch form factor, and it feels pretty good in one hand, it doesn’t have a Super AMOLED screen like the Galaxy based smartphones, but it does have a 1024 x 600 resolution LCD that looks really good, and has great viewing angles (i.e. the color doesn’t distort when you tilt the screen). It’s also fairly responsive, although more than a few times I had to tap on something more than once to get it to launch, which was somewhat frustrating. It packs a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, and has 512MB RAM, 2GB built-in storage and a 16GB microSD.