Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review

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The Droid Razr Maxx looks like a slightly beefier version of its older brother, the Droid Razr. In fact, a head-on shot makes the two phones look pretty much identical. If you were to hold the two phones side-by-side, however, you'd quickly notice the difference in thickness and weight between these two smartphones.

The Droid Razr Maxx measures 0.35 inches thick while the Droid Razr measures 0.28 inches thick. In addition, the Droid Razr Maxx weighs a bit more than its brother (5.1 ounces versus 4.48 ounces). With its slightly heavier form, the Droid Razr Maxx has a mid-range weight compared to other phones available today.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G 4.2 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr 4.48 ounces
Nexus S
4.55 ounces
Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch
4.6 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Apple iPhone 4S
4.9 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge
5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
5.1 ounces
Motorola Droid Bionic 5.57 ounces
Motorola Photon 4G
5.6 ounces
HTC EVO 3D
6 ounces
HTC Thunderbolt
6.23 ounces

The Droid Razr Maxx and the Droid Razr feature the same 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD (540 x 960) display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Just as we liked the Super AMOLED display on the Droid Razr, we have found the Droid Razr Maxx's screen to be colorful, vibrant, and have excellent viewing angles.

   

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As far as the placement of hardware ports and keys, the Droid Razr Maxx and the Droid Razr have an identical configuration. Below the Droid Razr Maxx's 4.3-inch qHD display, you'll find four traditional touch sensitive backlit buttons (Menu, Home, Back, and Search).  The front-facing webcam is at the top of the phone just below the A in the Motorola logo.

Like the Droid Razr, the Droid Razr Maxx has a thicker area on the back of the device near the top. The difference between the thin and thick points on the Droid Razr Maxx isn't as pronounced as on the Droid Razr, but it's still evident. You'll find the 8MP camera and flash as well as the microUSB port, micro HDMI port, and headset jack in this thicker area on the back and top of the Droid Razr Maxx.

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Also like the Droid Razr, the Droid Razr Maxx has a door on the left side of the phone that opens to reveal the Micro-SIM card slot and microSD slot. The right edge of the phone houses a power button and volume rocker. The back of the phone has the same soft finish and zigzag pattern as found on the Droid Razr.

One of our complaints about the Droid Razr was that it lacked a removable back plate as well as a removable battery. Unfortunately, Motorola didn't change this design with the Droid Razr Maxx; this new version of the phone may solve some people's concerns by offering a longer battery life, but it still lacks a user-replaceable battery which is a feature we miss on any phone regardless of battery capacity.

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AKwyn 2 years ago

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.

PGoodwin 2 years ago

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.

WPoppe 2 years ago

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...

setht79 2 years ago

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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