"Battery life alone is worth the cost"5.0 starson by Erutan409
Pros: -Battery life
-Vibrant screen (very functional auto-dimming control)
-Weight feels the same compared to previous Droid X
-Powerful processing power (no lagging response times)
-Feels rugged with rubber case
-Low profile transition from previous phone
Cons: -Release date sealed fate for customers attaining an 'Unlimited Data' contract with price of phone included
-Limited shortcuts allowed for each quick-start program menu
-Bloatware apps (although not as many compared to predecessors)
Summary: I bought this for $300, upon the renewal of my two-year contract with Verizon. I wish I could have maintained my 'Unlimited Data' contract with this phone; even though I never went above 3 GB's (averaged 2GB's) a month. I opted to go with 4 GB's a month on the new 'Family Share' plan. I just turn on my Wi-Fi when I'm home and I don't worry about using up my data allotment.
This phone's battery life is unreal. I truly am impressed by how well this performs while maintaining availability throughout the day without the need of a charger. I have ran my battery down (on purpose) to around 5% to roughly gauge how often I really need to worry about running out of power. 2 days, I kid you not. This is taking into account "average" usage. Which, for me, is 1-2 hours of phone call's, 30-60 minutes for news app(s), 1-3 hours for instant messaging (eBuddy), 30-90 minutes for social networking app, 5-30 minutes for regular Internet browsing, 5-45 minutes for miscellaneous video streaming, and 2-20 minutes for business email (MS Exchange - push). This may not seem like a lot at first glance, but spreading that out in a day's span-time and you'll appreciate these numbers; especially if you're using this phone for business, too. With all that said, I mostly average around 55%-45% battery life left at the end of the day.
Now that Verizon is required to offer the hotspot tethering functionality for free, this phone is invaluable for when you absolutely need Internet and you have a good phone signal; 3G or 4G. I can attest that I've tested the potential speed of the 4G signal on this phone and I've gotten it up to, but I'm sure not limited to, 31 Mbps down and 27 Mbps up. Outstanding.
The camera on this phone is "very decent" for a phone. I wouldn't expect $500-worthy picture/video capturing from a standalone device. So I would rate the camera 9 out of 10 for the camera phone market. I take all of my pictures with my phone and the response time in regard to the whole experience is greatly improved from my previous phone (Droid X). The camera app is more responsive and it's much quicker once you've actually pressed the capture button. I mean, a lot faster..
In short, I don't regret getting this phone. It's only crashed on me once and that was when the facial recognition got caught up trying to capture my face and it wouldn't then default to my usual pattern-drawn lock. This hasn't deterred me from continuing to use the facial unlocking capability. Although, I warn you that this probably isn't the most secure option to go with if you're truly worried about security. It's more about convenience for unlocking your phone, versus upholding secure methods for maintaining security.