I am planning to switch to the Maxx next week. My contract on Verizon is expiring in 10 days at which time I plan to say good-bye to my Blackberry Bold. I was an early adapter of the very first Droid back in 11/09, the day it came out. After a month or so of headaches, I returned it in favor of the BB. That wasn't the greatest phone in the world for me either, but from a business usage point of view, it has done the job. I have used BB for many years and I can see as well as most that their days are numbered.
Aside from the extensive battery life on the Maxx (one of the major considerations), I wanted to find out what everyone thinks in terms of using the phone as...well...a phone. How is the call quality, both on your end and on the caller's end. Has the Android platform improved over the past few years where it is now easier to make and terminate a call. I seem to recall on my first Droid that I had to go through several screens in some instances, just to make a call.
I am also interested in knowing about the quality of the bluetooth, both from an earpiece/headset (or whatever you want to call that) and with hands free operations in the car.
Has anyone used the docking station that turns the phone into what I see as the equivalent of a netbook? I anticipate a fair amount of business use for this option.
Finally, will it make a difference if I acquire the phone prior to the ICS upgrade? In other words, realistically, how involved will it be to switch to the newer platform once it is released? Would I be better waiting until sometime past the purported 6/12/12 release date? According to my retailer contact, it will take quite some time for Verizon to cycle through the existing inventory before they can just pull a phone off the shelf at random that will automatically have ICS installed.
I know the drill on updates, as I have gone through plenty of them, so I am looking at possibly avoiding a waste of at least a day. The flip side of this is that I am fearful of a price change if I do not take advantage of the trade-in now. I know that I will net a whopping $20 ($50 for the credit that Verizon tells me that I still have available for upgrading the phone, less the new $30 activation fee). I am also told that I will be grandfathered into the unlimited data plan, which I presently have. Not a bad deal.
One other Q. What is the maximum number of email accounts that can be maintained on the phone, aside from the gmail account? (I have both imap and POP3 accounts).
Ohh Ohh, one more Q. Any value in trying to reactivate my old apps such as Documents to Go, etc. Perhaps they will not transfer to the new device (talking about the old Droid and not the BB, which I know is not a feasible thing to do).
Thanks everyone. Hopefully I will have a better experience this time around.