Reviewed by blakerboy777 (Currently owns)
Let me start off by saying one part of the score that one part of the score above doesn't take into account data speed. Living in a relatively small city with LTE, I was expecting some pretty amazing data speeds. Previously, I had used a Droid Bionic and gotten those speeds. The 4G on it is still pretty incredible, and maybe Verizon's network has just been having trouble lately, but my 4G speeds have been the far more domestic 5-7 down since I got this 2 days ago. Uploads have remained pretty incredible, however. I manually bumped the over-all score 1 point because 4G isn't taken into account by the other numbers.
Display: Solid colors (like in Facebook app), especially white backgrounds, can sometimes look a little funky. I don't know how else to describe it, but when scrolling text there is an unmoving pattern on the white that can be a little distracting. Super AMOLED is awesome, 720P is awesome, would deserve a 10 otherwise.
Cameras: They work well, and their features impress me a lot, but when I take a photo I'm not really impressed. It meets my expectations, but it doesn't blow me away. Since in most reviews 5=0, I gave it a 7 for being about average. If I gave it a 5, that feels like I'm saying it's a bad camera, and anything lower than that is salt in the wound. (Notice how I did give battery life a 4, back to that in a minute).
Reception/call quality: not enough time with the phone to really give a good review. I've been having some problems with this area, but everyone in my house (2 Statosphere's and a RAZR) seems to be having issues to the same or greater degree.
Battery life: Basically 4 hours of use. You can stretch that over as long a period of time as you want (mostly), but 4 hours is pretty much how long you can keep it awake with the screen on and the internet running. Not sure how long I could play local music for, I suspect 8-12 hours. I think this is pretty pitiful, but maybe my usage patterns will change, we'll get stronger LTE signal in the area (mine switches from 4G to 3G a lot, so that can impact battery life a lot), or I'll break down and get an extended battery.
Ecosystem: again, fairly average rating. Love the Android Market and Amazon App store, deducted points because of broken compatibility with ICS that some apps have. I haven't had any completely incompatible, but a lot of text fields are messed up, especially in a confined space like on a button.
- Design 8
- Display 9
- Camera(s) 7
- Reception / call quality 7
- Performance 9
- Software 10
- Battery life 4
- Ecosystem 7