It's a huge phone, it has a 4.3 inch display, and it's very slim. When your looking directly at the phone, you have four hard buttons, Menu, Home, Back, and Search. Myself, coming from a Droid Incredible it's a big difference. On the right you have a volume rocker, and a camera button, on the left you have a microUSB port, and a HDMI port. On the top you have a 3.5mm headset jack and the power/lock button. The camera boasts 8 megapixels, but we will discuss that in another section. Strangely, Motorola decided to put a lanyard port on the bottom left. I'm not quite sure why they did that, but I guess that's why I'm not a designer. The case is not as elegant as the iPhone 4 or the Evo, but as ugly as it may be, it's still a good phone.
Motorola has made it real clear that this phone is not running MotoBlur, and I can't say whether or it is or it isn't. There are multiple things that haven't really been edited by Motorola. The majority of the Android widgets are still available, and many people will complain, but the music player has been untouched too. I think that stock Android music player is great. Motorola has drastically changed the gallery, and the camera/camcorder. Verizon has included what most people will consider bloatware. They have added Blockbuster, City ID, Need For Speed Shift, Skype Mobile, Amazon MP3, and Backup Assistant. Blockbuster, City ID, NFS Shift all require you pay. The software can lag every once in awhile. Motorola has included their widgets, which you can resize.
Sadly, the 8 megapixel camera isn't great. If I had to choose the phone that takes the best pictures, I would have to give it to the Incredible. The camera shows a grainy texture over the picture when you take a picture in normal lighting conditions. When you snap a picture in the direct sun, it takes wonderful pictures. The camcorder records 720p, and it isn't very good either. It takes an extremely long time to adjust to the different lighting conditions. If your trying to record quickly, your probably going to be disappointed.
Here is a sample picture in direct sunlight (Note - It was sized down) -
The battery is 1500 mAh, and I must give Motorola credit. I have never had any battery problems with any of my Motorola phones. I am easily able to get a full 8-9 hours out of this phone.
If you can deal with the extremely large screen, you wont have any problems with this phone. The overall hardware is good, coming from the Droid Incredible, the screen control buttons, and the volume rocker are completely different, so you have to learn the new locations. I would have no problems recommending this phone to anyone. I would defiantly say that this phone is the Verizon King of Android.