I bought one of the very first HTC Thunderbolt phones when they were originally introduced. I also bought a new vehicle in the first model year. I finally have learned my lesson to not buy something right after introduction, so I immediately excluded the new DROID Ultra and Mini phones from consideration. Consumer reports rated the Razr Maxx HD the best of the Verizon phones tested at that time, and it appears to have a good track record so far. I sure hope I haven't bought soon-to-be outdated technology. I look forward to lurking around in the forums and learn about what's the best case to buy, the best screen protector, and all of the other userful information you all can provide. In return, if any of you have questions about the best way to attack a buffet, I will be happy to share what I've learned over years of practice.