hi all. my first post. i'm totally new to smart phones, this will be my first. a little about me.. i'm an outdoor kinda guy. i hunt, fish, atv, etc etc. i also work on vehicles quite a bit in my garage. i work as a video on demand system technician so i do have a technical side to me. that being said, i know next to nothing about smart phones.
now about the phone choices... first off, what draws me to the commando is the durability. given my activities outside of work, a tough phone would be a wise choice for me. i'm either in the woods or on the water 12 months out of the year, in all kinds of weather sometimes. i've read lots of good things about the commando, but i've also read some bad. some issues with broken charge ports, slower performance, and complaints about the touch screen being the most common. the other phone i'm considering is the razr maxx. although not at rugged as the commando, it does have some toughness to it with the glass and water resistance. it also has a better processer and a bigger screen, and i haven't read any complaints about the touch screen.
i wouldn't be what you would call a "heavy user". i would mostly use the phone for texting and calls (like i do now with my regular phone) primarily, but what draws me to the smart phone world is the ability to do other things. ideally, i would like to use gps, google earth (both together if possible), radar weather, email, moon phases, sunrise/sunset, playing a game while sitting in a treestand, and some occasional web surfing. one thing i would really like to do is lay a gps trail/track over a google earth image so i can tell exactly where i am. there were times this fall when i was trying to get to a certain spot i found on google earth. i had my handheld gps and a printed google earth image, but it was difficult to tell exactly where i was in relation to where i wanted to go.
i could use some help and advice deciding on which one to choose, or even if there are any other durable phones i haven't considered. thanks!