I've been carrying all three phones around with me, and as the opportunities arise, I've been testing and comparing them. Here's what I've come up with so far.
The Sun Test
I spend a lot of time outside, given the nature of much of my writing: sports. Now, I realize that I'm not getting any younger, nor is my eyesight getting any better, but one of my chief complaints about the Droid X is that I can't see anything on the screen in the sunlight. That's not an issue unique to the Droid X, of course, but it's still aggravating not to be able to see who's calling or what the text message says without turning around in circles, shading my eyes with my hand, hunching over the phone, and squinting really hard to try to make out what's on the screen.
The Razr Maxx's Gorilla Glass intrigued me. I read that it is supposed to substantially improve the ability to read the screen in sunlight, so I wanted to try it. I put both phones on the ground in the same spot on my porch at the same time of day in the same amount of sunlight and took photos of the screens.
What you're seeing in the photos is what I experienced in person: I can see the screen better on the Razr Maxx than I can on the Rezound. My eyes can actually see more of both screens than the photos let on, but the difference in the ability to see the screen on each phone is accurately represented here.
The winner of this test is the Motorola Razr Maxx.
The Pocket Test
I was initially concerned about the grippy rubberish surface on the back of the Rezound making it difficult to retrieve the phone from my pocket, but as it turns out, it was a non-issue. It wasn't that grippy.
The differences in size, weight, and thickness were inconsequential, too. While the Rezound is noticeably heavier than the Razr Maxx, we're still just talking about 6 ounces here. It's not like I'm dragging around a cinder block.
This test resulted in a draw.
The Ease of Use Test
The "Power/Lock" button on the Rezound is flush with the edge of the phone, while the corresponding button on the Razr Maxx protrudes just a little bit. I like the Razr Maxx better in that way because I could tell by touch where the button is. With the Rezound, I had some minor difficulty finding the button on a fairly regular basis.
I like the display of the Rezound better than that of the Razr Maxx once the phones are unlocked. The Rezound provides the time, date, and weather (including high and low temperatures for the day) in a very visually-appealing manner right there on the main screen. The Razr Maxx does not.
I also like that as I scroll through the different screens on the Rezound, it's a never-ending loop. On the Razr Maxx, you reach the end of the line and have to scroll back the other way to get to the other screens. Probably seems like a minor thing, but once I got used to the Rezound, the Razr Maxx kind of annoyed me in that way.
The power cord connection on the Rezound still befuddles me on occasion. I've gotten better at it, and I'm sure that I sound like a complete moron for having trouble with it, but the Razr Maxx is a lot easier to plug in to charge.
Each phone is slightly different in the way you navigate the pages and apps, but neither one is difficult to figure out. The Razr Maxx is very similar to my current Droid X in how things are laid out, so navigating the Motorola is a piece of cake. The Rezound took a little getting used to, but not much. I had no significant issues with either one. And, of course, since the apps come through Verizon Wireless, they're the same on both phones.
The Communication Test
I couldn't perceive any difference in sound quality on phone calls between the two phones. I never had any dropped calls, as I've never had any over the many years I've been with Verizon Wireless. Both phones were easy to dial.
Texting and e-mail through each phone worked just fine. No issues there. Ditto for social media apps.
The Battery Test
On my list of things I want on my new cell phone, a long-lasting battery is very important. The Razr Maxx runs circles around the Rezound. Both phones last longer than the battery in my Droid X (and, of course, the X's battery life has diminished over time), but the Razr Maxx really stands alone in terms of battery life.
I'll be taking both phones with me from Indianapolis to Chicago and back for a Chicago Rush game on Sunday. That's about three hours of driving each way and another four or five hours at the arena. My Droid X can't make it that long without a charge during the day. I'll be interested to see how the Razr Maxx and the Rezound batteries perform.
Overall, I'm leaning toward the Motorola Razr Maxx at this point. More to come, though.