Verizon Boomers In Chicago

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Boomer Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. All opinions are my own and were not influenced, nor reviewed, by Verizon prior to posting.
Verizon Boomers In Chicago

I got back from Chicago in the very early morning hours of last Wed and am just beginning to feel as though I’m getting oriented and back on track. It’s amazing to me that just 3 days away from writing can put me nearly a week behind. 

But, beyond all that, I’m thrilled to share with you the reason I was in Chicago last week.

Verizon Boomer Voices 

Verizon has asked me to be a part of their Verizon Boomer Voices program. What that means is, Verizon has given me a new Motorola RAZR MAXX HD phone, along with 6 months of free service, to try out their products. All I have to do in exchange is use them in my day-to-day life and share my thoughts, good or bad, with you.  

But don’t think that means I’ll be writing cell phone reviews for the next 6 months. That’s not my thing, and Verizon knows that. I will continue on writing about the things I enjoy writing about, and if some feature of the phone or another gadget is pertinent to the post, or if I’m using a picture taken with my RAZR MAXX HD, I’ll simply mention it in that post.

Pretty darn awesome, right?


 Meeting the Verizon Boomer Voices Team

The purpose of going to Chicago was to learn about the Verizon Voices program and to meet, and get to know, my fellow Boomers.

I quickly discovered we are an eclectic group of mid-life, Midwestern bloggers, but we all have one thing in common; the need for fast, up-to-date technology.

As bloggers, our very existence depends on technology. We are communicators, and we can’t communicate without our computers and cell phones.

Everyone in that Verizon conference room had with them a cell phone (with they exception of one, I believe they were all smart phones), and most, including myself, had laptops in tow. Wi-Fi, hotspots, 3g, and 4g LTE are all words in which we live and die. And Verizon understands that.

That’s why Verizon teams up with bloggers. And for the first time, they are teaming up with mid-lifers, or “Boomers”. They understand that our generation isn’t lagging behind in the technology race; we’re running with it and using it to our advantage. And, in many cases, as with Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs, we’re leading it! 

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD

As an exclusive iPhone user, it was interesting using and getting familiar with an Android. 

The first thing I noticed about the RAZR MAXX was that it had a large 4.7 inch HD screen. That’s much larger than the 3.5 inch screen on my iPhone 4s or the 4 inch screen on the new iPhone 5! That is a huge plus in my opinion. 

Because I rely heavily on my phone to keep up with my social media, it’s important that the screen is large enough to allow me to quickly see what’s happening. I thought my iPhone was doing that well until I started using the RAZR MAXX. 

Then, when I discovered I could also adjust the font on the RAZR, I knew Motorola was playing for keeps.

The RAZER MAXX is loaded, and for a bells and whistles kinda gal, that’s a beautiful thing. Between the gazillion apps (many of which are FREE!), the larger 4.7 in HD screen, longer battery life, ease of use, and Verizon 4g LTE, my love affair with the iPhone is almost over.


Not-So Picture Perfect

Like my iPhone 4s, the RAZR MAXX HD has a 8MP front and rear facing camera. But, unlike my iPhone, the picture quality, particularly macro and backlight or low light pictures, leave much to be desired! And, for someone who uses her phone camera A LOT, this is a huge problem! Possibly even a deal-breaker. 

If you’re using the camera in a well lit environment or outside in the direct sunlight, the pictures are decent at best. But if you want to capture your pet ant carrying a grain of rice, or take a pic of your friends enjoying a cool evening out on the deck, you better run, not walk, to grab a real camera.

Or, you could simply ask to borrow your friend’s iPhone. 


Picture taken using RAZR MAXX HD

Taken using the RAZR MAZZ HD

Taken using the RAZR MAZZ HD

Taken using the RAZR MAXX HD

Taken using the RAZR MAXX HD

Taken using the RAZR MAXX HD

Taken using the RAZR MAXX HD

Taken using the RAZR MAXX HD

Taken using the RAZR MAXX HD

 Drawing Conclusions

I’ve been using the RAZR MAXX HD exclusively for a week now, and there’s a lot about it that I’m enjoying. I’m excited to find out where I’ll land on the Android/iOS debate, but I still have 6 months to decide if I’m jumping ship or sticking with Apple. 

All I know right now is that I’m very grateful to Verizon for choosing me to be a part of the Verizon Boomer Voices program, and I’m having a heck of a lot of fun discovering all the new features on the RAZR MAXX HD! 

 Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier

Now, you know I can’t close without sharing with you some of the beautiful sites around Chicago!

We took the 6am Amtrak to Chicago and arrived at our hotel, the Allerton, around 10:30 am the day before my Verizon meeting. After we dropped off our luggage, we spent that first day window shopping on the Magnificent Mile and strolling around Navy Pier. 


(Pictures below were taken with my Sony DSC-HX30V)









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7 Responses to “Verizon Boomers In Chicago”

  1. July 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Awesome photos. I can’t wait to hear your verdict over the phones.

  2. July 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Wonderful post and very informative! Love your honesty.

  3. July 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Love the post and the pictures! It was great to meet you!

  4. July 9, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    It was so nice meeting everyone in Chicago! Like you I too am doing an ongoing comparison between my iPhone 5 and The Droid Razr Maxx HD. Let the contest begin! :)

  5. July 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Wow, lovely photos and a great post! So nice to meet you in Chicago.

  6. July 14, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Hi, thanks for your honest opinion. I’m with you on the photography capabilities to a point. I won’t pull it out for inside photos at all, it can’t touch my iPhone photos. But the outdoor photos are pretty stunning. But then again, it always wants HDR on, and indeed the best photos are captured when it has HDR on. BUT (again) I don’t know if I like the auto on HDR feature or the lag time because that dang message pops up and you have to do something during which even that microsecond, you can lose the shot. I’m a purist, a Straight Out Of The Camera gal, so my jury is still out with this HDR. HDR is actually a layering of three photos, the process makes the camera have another lag after the shot.

    It was nice to meet you (everyone!) :)

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