Dear Rezound, You Are The Weakest Link…

Whovians you should appreciate the title of this post, because that’s what I was totally envisioning doing to that phone ><.

Anyhoo, I wanted to share about my latest phone woes and win. Prior to Last Tuesday, I had an HTC Rezound. Now, I am the proud owner of a Motorola Razr Maxx and I couldn’t be happier. I feel kind of evil and guilty for it  considering the amount of rants that I have been on about Motorola’s phones in the past. However, I have come to learn thanks to Samsung (and of course now Motorola) that manufactures can sometimes overcome their fails and do right for the consumer. I will in future reference try to keep an open mind.

I used to be a HUGE HTC fan. My first Android phone was the HTC Incredible. That phone was amazing and it was amazing little phone. In fact, I still have that phone because it’s such a reliable phone it’s great in case of utter phone catastrophe. It had great battery life, and I was huge fan of sense for it’s widgets and functionality. After that, I had what became a Soap Opera of Android Phones. I went to an HTC Rezound to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, back to the HTC Rezound. Without having to explain this story which will take me off topic and seriously it’s a soap opera. Suffice it to say I lucked out with the phone handsets that happened to be having the most notorious issues that they had. My last HTC Rezound seemed to be going well till the battery life just seemed to be getting progressively worse despite several battery swaps and use with an extended battery. I probably would have had to call for another one, but at this point, I think it’s okay for me to say I am done with the HTC Rezound.

The last straw with the battery issues was last week. I went into the city for the Google event (Yeah, I’m still working on that post, I PROMISE!) and because I was using it for it’s smartphone intentions it died well before the end of the event and left me phoneless in the city. I nearly was late to getting on the train that evening and didn’t even have a dollar for payphone. Which for me is more than just being without a fancy phone, but it’s now a safety device. So after a very nervous and scared discussion on this front. Kirk and I decided getting me a replacement phone till I could get my dream phone (Galaxy Note 3 :D) was in order. The Razr Maxx wouldn’t have normally been my first choice because I’ve never liked Blur (or at least I didn’t) but the battery life was the number one motivation for me. Oh.. that and.. JELLY BEAN!!!

After striking up a conversation with a co-worker, we heard about a website called Swappa.com. This is a site where you can buy and sell used smartphones and tablets. (It claims to be for android phones but also has iphones…>< really guys?) They check the IMIE’s etc to ensure that phones aren’t  stolen and won’t take water damaged or cracked screens. After some searching on the site we came across the Razr Maxx for about $260 which came with the SD card, and everything. The phone barely looked touched. We got it in 2 days and it was in glorious condition. I would highly recommend this site for phones as there are some good prices on phones. Best part is it won’t mess with my upgrade or contract. We’re going to end up selling some of our older devices on there now and I’ll update you on how that process goes. I was really impressed with the site and really happy with the device.

Having had the phone a few days I can say I am extremely happy that I went with this phone. The battery life is everything I expected it to be and I’m so happy for it. It has Jelly Bean and I am just loving it to death. It’s such a night and day difference.  Google Now has become a part of my morning ritual now.  Rooting the phone was super simple, I honestly think easiest phone to root.

Smart Actions is also a great little feature that is on the phone. It’s a app which is Motorola created which allows you to set certain phone actions based on triggers such as location, time of day and more. Right now I have a few profiles set and they’ve been working great. I love the school one which can shoot a text message out to people who text me in my contact book. I’ve used 3rd party apps such as Llama and Tasker for location profiles and they are great but are no where near as easy to setup as Smart Actions.

Really, I commend you Motorola. I am really enjoying the phone and not having any of the headaches that I ran into before. Even watching Netflix at the Gym after all day use and the phone didn’t bat an eye. I’ll probably be sharing more about the phone as time goes on. What are you personal opinions on HTC as a phone company, HTC Rezound, Motorola as a phone company, or the Motorola Razr Maxx?

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3 Comments to “Dear Rezound, You Are The Weakest Link…”

  1. I have a Rezound, and I really love some features, and was attracted to the Sense interface and screen. I hated the Beat’s audio stuff, but I do like Sense. I was coming from an original Moto Droid, so I wanted a change. I do hate the battery life, and get frustrated with it. I have considered getting the extended battery though. I am sad because it is a good looking phone, and has a nice processor and beautiful screen, but the last update seems to have shortened battery life and with 4G it is completely useless. Shame to because in Beacon I get faster service on 4G than our cable modem! I got the Rezound because it was a hundred dollars cheaper than the Razr Maxx at the time.

    Did you ever try a custom ROM on your Rezound? If you are going to sell the extended battery I might be interested!

    • also there is on{X} by Microsoft (who would have thought) that is supposed to be location aware app, but I never really set it up.

    • I was a HUGE Sense Fangirl. Everyone’s made fun of me for liking it and I’m a little sad to not have it. Sense’s Calendar and Clock Widgets are awesome. Beautiful Widgets is pretty close for the Widgets, but I’ve found one called HD Widgets that I’m really enjoying. Great Levels of Customization and it’s very “pretty.” Coming from the Motorola Droid, I can respect not having as many complaints as I probably did with the Rezound. Kirk has the Galaxy S3, and having witnessed that it makes me a bit phone jealous at times.

      I’ve tried rooting and doing a custom ROM but I couldn’t seem to find anything that addressed the issues I was having. It did make minor differences though. I’m very much a lover of stock ROMs though. Between Kirk and I we went through 4 Rezounds. If the one I had originally didn’t have this issue till now, I probably would have been more understanding. I had originally got the phone when all the rebooting issues were occurring due the radio which needed an update and didn’t come until the update to ICS. After complaining to Verizon, I got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which I also ended up having problems with making and receiving calls, which was supposed to be resolved by a software update. Got the Second Rezound at that point because they’d gotten the ICS Rebooting thing under control. Now This. (That’s the most super condensed version of the story I could try to give. I swear, it really is a Soap Opera with phones)

      Price does end up becoming a factor a lot of times and I probably wouldn’t have gotten this phone had it not been tax refund time. I’m really happy I got it though because though I disliked Blur you don’t really see a lot of it. I hadn’t heard about on{X} before so I’ll read up on it. Thanks for Sharing!

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