Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review - HotHardware

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review

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Not long ago, Motorola and Verizon Wireless brought back the popular Razr line of cell phones in the form of the all new Droid Razr. Now, the two companies are teaming up again to offer another new Razr known as the Razr Maxx. Although these two Droid Razr smartphones are alike in many ways, there are also a few key differences.

The most notable of these differences is battery life. The Droid Razr Maxx claims to offer the longest talk time of any 4G smartphone. Motorola says the Razr Maxx will last for 21 hours of talk time, 7 straight hours of web browsing, 15 hours of movie watching, and two and a half days of music playback. By comparison, the original Droid Razr smartphone claims to offer a battery life of up to 12.5 hours of continuous talk time.

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Because it has a larger battery, the Razr Maxx isn't as thin as the original Razr (7.1mm thick), but it's still relatively thin. In fact, the Razr Maxx measures just 8.99mm thick. The Razr Maxx also offers the same durability features as the original Droid Razr, including KEVLAR fiber, Corning Gorilla Glass, and water-resistance.

When we reviewed the Droid Razr, Verizon Wireless had the 32GB version of the phone priced at $299.99. Since then, the wireless carrier has dropped that price by $50 to $249.99. Since the Droid Razr Maxx is currently available for $299.99 with a contract and compatible plan, its obvious the price drop on the original Droid Razr is an effort to help differentiate the two Razr phones. The Razr Maxx comes with 32GB of storage (16GB onboard and 16GB microSD).

With all of the great smartphones on the market today, we know what you're wondering: Is the thicker and slightly more expensive Droid Razr Maxx a better alternative to the first Droid Razr and other smartphones available today? We'll seek to answer this question and many others in our full hands-on review. But first, a short video of the Maxx in action...


Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
Specifications & Features

Network
Verizon Wireless
Bands/Modes
CDMA800, CDMA1900, LTE B13 700
OS
Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Display
4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD (540 x 960)
scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass

Processor
Dual core 1.2 GHz processor
Memory
1 GB of LP DDR2 RAM
16 GB internal memory
16 GB microSD card pre-installed, supports up to 32 GB microSD

Talk and Standby Time
Talk Time (Continuous): up to 21.5 hours or
Standby Time: up to 15.8 days

Dimensions
 5.15 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches
Weight
5.1 ounces
Battery
3300mAH Li Ion
Connectivity
Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, microUSB, micro HDMI, DLNA 1.5, aGPS, 3.5mm headset jack,
Camera
8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash
1.3 MP front facing camera with 720p HD video capture

Other key features
Made with KEVLAR fiber and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
Webtop enabled

Price
$299.99 with contract and discounts
 

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Good review. It succeeds where it was most focused on; extended battery life. However, I am a bit disappointed in it's performance and it's connection speeds; granted it's not supposed to be a major revision but I would expect a bit more performance from a phone like this, just so I can justify spending a few more bucks on a phone with battery life. Still, it is a good phone for those who haven't bought a Droid Razr and from the prior review they might of done on it, it is a good phone that shouldn't be ignored. It's slightly disapointing when comparing it to the original Droid Razr but it's still a good phone, newbies shouldn't be afraid to jump right in with their wallets in hand.

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First, the battery life really is amazing on this phone. I wanted to see how long it would last if I used my phone lightly, which I do most of the time. I didn't need to charge my phone for 46h... Almost two full days before the battery reached 5%! I sent some texts as usual, made quite a few calls, downloaded some music and a lot of apps, streamed a few videos, and did a lot of web browsing. Pretty impressive! Although I have to mention that the first two days I used the phone, the battery was decent, but it definitely wasn't great. It lasted a full workday before I had to charge it, but so did my previous phone. I thought something was wrong after reading other people's reviews about the battery life, but it really lives up to my expectations now. So give it a few days if you're having the same problem.

The phone is very large (I'm a girl and I have small hands), so at first I was hesitant. It took some time getting used to it, but the size doesn't bother me anymore. The phone feels sturdy.

For now, I don't mind that it doesn't have ice cream sandwich because my previous phone was an original motorola droid and after two years, this is already a huge step up for me. It would be nice to upgrade the OS by the end of the year though...

I thought the user interface was ugly. The icons were too large and blah for my taste and they actually made the phone look kind of dated. But I downloaded another launcher that allows more customizing and I can use different icons. It looks way better now. I'd suggest doing that to make the phone look sleeker, but that's just my personal taste.

I like the screen. I read in some reviews that it was dull, but it really isn't. I mean, sure the resolution is not as high as others currently available in the market, but dull?? No way. I can actually see really well in the sunlight as well.

The camera is okay. I like that there is almost no shutter lag, but if the lighting is not right, the pictures are just decent, not amazing. But who cares, that's not what I need my phone to do. Also, I wish I could delete some of the pre-installed apps. They take up a huge amount of space and I know I will never use a lot of them.

On the 4G network, the phone is FAST! I live in San Diego, CA, and we have a pretty strong network here. At home, my download speeds on 4G are higher than on my wireless network (22-24Mbps vs. 12Mbps). I literally download and install apps in seconds, that's amazing.

P.S. If you're will buy the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: Androidphonebestdeals.wordpress.com/motorola-droid-razr-maxx/

Hope my review helpful.

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Did you guys know you can actually stuff a RAZR MAXX battery into a Droid RAZR. So get the thin form factor and the ultra battery life. This combined with the RAZR deal at Amazon for $0.01 I think boosts it above the MAXX. I just wrote a blog about this, bit.ly/JsL2Jr, if you want to find out more details...

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I bought a Razr maxx and 6 days later it fell about 3 feet onto the floor, flat. I noticed it was cracked, so I called the insurance and got my new replacement. Not 8 days later when showing it to my sister, she drops it 4 in. onto her hand which was on a couch. Are you kidding me? Nope, cracked. This phone is a piece of S***. And Motorola wants me to send it in and pay another $120, and be 5 or so days without a phone, to fix it. I can’t be an hour without my phone. All of my work gets done with it. I’m pissed.

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