Everyone in the Google Android universe seems to be excited today by Verizon’s launch of its new Motorola Droid smartphones: the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra, and Droid Maxx. They’ve got lots of updates, including faster processing power (with the Motorola X8 processor) and better battery life (up to 48 hours for the Maxx, according to Verizon), and they all run Android 4.2, Jelly Bean.
Of course, there are other fine selling points about each of these units, to be sure. With the Droid Maxx being hailed as the successor to the Droid Razr Maxx HD—and the Razr Maxx HD was the successor to the smartphone I currently use, the Razr Maxx—I have to begin wondering if there’s any reason to think about an upgrade. So far, my Razr Maxx hasn’t given me any reason to want to switch.
I’ve had my phone for about a year and a half, which is getting to be on the ancient side as these things go in the smartphone world. But my phone still looks practically new—no scuffs or scrapes on the Kevlar body, no scratches on the Gorilla Glass screen. The performance is as good as it ever was. And the battery life—one of the phone’s outstanding features to begin with—is still incredible; with heavy use, I get 12–16 hours daily. OK, it’s not 48, but it’s plenty to get me between charging.
The other reason I’ve been thinking about my Razr Maxx recently has to do with the recent launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020. The big news with this Windows Phone is its incredible 41 megapixel camera. When I got my first smartphone, which was just about three and a half years ago, I wondered why people needed cameras on phones at all; now the camera has become one of the smartphone’s biggest features, and nowhere bigger than with the Lumia 1020.
But I return to the pics I can take with my Razr Maxx (and yes, I’ve certainly grown attached to this ability myself). I recently downloaded all the photos from my phone to my PC and saw a bunch of snaps I didn’t remember I’d taken. Specifically, I have a series of photos taken at last March’s Great Big Sea concerts in Boulder at the Boulder Theater. I was surprised to see that I’d actually taken some pretty decent shots, which I wasn’t expecting when aIl I was really doing was taking quick pics to post to Facebook.
I think it’s great that companies like Motorola/Google and Nokia/Microsoft are innovating and improving on these features that people are proving to use. But at a certain point, doesn’t it begin to seem like they get bigger and better just so they have something new to sell us? I mean: 41 megapixels, really? Who needs that? Are the new Droids really better than the old Droids? You do get Jelly Bean, I guess.
Yes, I’ll be sticking with my Razr Maxx for the foreseeable future. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be keeping an eye on these new devices, and the wave that follows them, and the one after that. After all, you can hardly call yourself a #SmartphoneAddict if you’re not lusting after the latest lovely tech. Right?
Take a look at the gallery below of photos from the Great Big Sea concerts March 22 and 23, all taken with my Motorola Droid Razr Maxx.
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