So, as I did with the Razr Maxx when it arrived, let's take a look at the outside first and see how it compares to both the Razr Maxx and my current Motorola Droid X.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is that the Rezound comes with earbuds. The obvious conclusion is that the Rezound focuses on music quality as one of its selling points. I'll have to look into that further, but the inclusion of earbuds doesn't really light my fire.
I have an iPod, and I love it. I never listen to music on my phone. I have an enormous music collection and store it on a 16GB iPod. I don't want my phone having to deal with that kind of a load. Plus, if I'm listening to music on earbuds, it's because I don't want to be interrupted by talking on the phone. But, you know, that's just me.
Anyhow, back to the Rezound. It has a grippy, rubberish surface across the back of it. I've probably just made up two words, and I'm sure it's not actual rubber, but it kind of reminds of the sole of a tennis shoe. Grippy. Rubberish. Right?
I don't know how I feel about this grippy, rubberish surface yet. I foresee issues. I normally carry my phone in a front pocket of my pants, and I envision the grippy, rubberish surface gripping the inside of my pocket as I try to retrieve it and making it a big ordeal to answer the phone. Maybe that won't happen, but I have my doubts. We'll have to see how it fares later in the pocket test.
Like the Razr Maxx, the Rezound has a touch screen, and the four buttons at the bottom of the screen--"Menu," "Home," "Back," and "Search"--are virtual, too, as opposed to the physical buttons on my Droid X.
The Rezound is a hair shorter than the Razr Maxx (5.08 inches to 5.15 inches), a hair narrower (2.58 inches to 2.71 inches), and considerably heavier (6 oz. to 5.1 oz.). If I've done my math correctly, that means that the Rezound is about 20 percent heavier than the Razr Maxx. It's definitely noticeable when you pick them both up.
There's a significant difference in thickness, too. The Razr Maxx is only 0.35 inches thick. The Rezound is 0.54 inches thick. In the big scheme of things, a 0.19-inch difference probably isn't the end of the world, but it's certainly noticeable when the phones are side-by-side.
Both phones have a 4.3-inch screen.
On the bottom left edge of the Rezound, we have the power cord connection, and this connection and I are having issues. As with virtually every piece of electronic equipment on the face of the planet, the cord only goes in one way. Which way? Good luck figuring it out. You think you have it right, but it doesn't connect. So you flip it over and try again. That's definitely not right. You flip it back and try to nudge and cajole it in there, all the while thinking that the folks at Kyle Communications and Verizon Wireless are going to kill you if you break this phone and wondering what kind of demented engineer came up with this kind of a connection. Finally, after a fair amount of frustration and possibly uttering (okay, yelling) some premium four-letter words, you get it charging.
Up on the top edge is the "Power/Lock" button on the right side and the earbud port on the left side.
On the right edge is what I assume to be the volume control button.
I see no spot to access the micro SD card. A 16GB micro SD card is pre-installed, according to the Verizon Wireless website, but I can't immediately find a way to access it. I could probably look in the manual, but that's just crazy talk. I could get my Man Card revoked for reading instructions.
And that's pretty much it for the outside of the Rezound. I noticed earlier that the Razr Maxx is made of Kevlar and has Gorilla Glass that's supposed to stand up to a world-class beating. I don't see anything on the Rezound page about that. So my next test is going to be to repeatedly throw both phones up against a brick wall and see if.......
(I'm just kidding. I'm seeing how many heart attacks I can give to employees at Kyle Communications and Verizon Wireless.)
Actually, I think I'm going to go see how these phones perform out in the sunlight. Until then, here's where we stand on specs, conveniently bunched together in a box.
Specs in a Box
Motorola Droid X
Motorola Razr Maxx