A good camera is on my list of things I want on my new cell phone, so it's important to me to test out this feature. It's a pretty simple test: take pictures of the same thing with each phone, and see which photos look best. Not exactly rocket science here.
Let's see how it shook out.
The rear camera is the type of camera we're all used to. You hold the phone up with the screen facing you, pointing the camera located on the back side of the device at the target you want to photograph.
Both phones come with an 8 MP rear camera. As such, I expected photos of a flower on my kitchen table to look exactly the same from both the Razr Maxx and the Rezound.
They did not.
I took the photos within seconds of each other, in order to maximize the chances of identical lighting. A stationary target indoors also ensured identical shooting conditions.
These results really surprise me. I could probably fiddle with the controls of the Razr Maxx in an attempt to get a sharper photo, but with the Rezound, I don't have to.
The HTC Rezound wins this test in a landslide.
A relatively new feature on cell phones is the front camera. This allows the user to hold the phone up with the screen facing him or her and take a picture of him or herself.
It actually took me awhile to figure out why the heck anyone would want this feature, but it finally occurred to me that many people enjoy taking those ever-present Facebook photos of themselves with their face smashed up against that of a friend, both subjects doing the duck face or sharing a fish bowl margarita or some other cliche.
As you may be able to tell, I'm old and not into those kinds of pictures. I also utterly loathe photos of myself. One of two or three quirks that I may or may not have. But I figured that if any young whippersnappers want to read about the front camera on these phones, I better test it.
Just know that I was in agony taking and looking at these photos.
As with the rear camera, the HTC Rezound's front camera takes considerably more detailed, higher quality photos than that of the Motorola Razr Maxx. It even picks up my grey hair and grey whiskers. Nice. Reeeaallll nice.
The winner of the camera test, in a first-round knockout: the HTC Rezound.