Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review - HotHardware

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review

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The user interface on the Droid Razr Maxx is the same as on the Droid Razr. Both smartphones run on Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) along with Motorola's Motoblur interface. Motorola has said an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available at some point in the future, though no release date has been announced.

One of the features we really liked on the Droid Razr and some of Motorola's other recent phones is Smart Actions. Thankfully, Motorola has also included this app on the Droid Razr Maxx. As you may recall, Smart Actions will automatically adjust device settings to your liking based on your location, the time of day, battery level, and or another trigger of your choosing. The Smart Actions app comes with a number of predefined rules to help you get started. You can also create your own rules from scratch. While testing Smart Actions, we were impressed by how accurately the phone determined our location and responded to other configured Smart Actions.


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The Droid Razr Maxx has five customizable home screens. If you tap the Home button from the main home screen, you'll see a thumbnail view of each of these five home screens. Just above the four touch sensitive hardware buttons (Menu, Home, Back, and Search), you'll notice Motorola has placed four static icons at the base of each of the home screens. These icons provide easy access to the phone, text messaging, camera, and application listing by default. The first three of these applications can be customized by pressing and holding the icon and selecting a new application to add to the Dock.


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It's no secret the majority of today's smartphones ship with additional applications. The Droid Razr Maxx is no exception. Among the list of preinstalled apps on the Droid Razr Maxx, you'll find Amazon Kindle, Blockbuster, GoToMeeting, Let's Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, MotoActiv, MotoPrint, My Verizon, Netflix, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Slacker, and others. Some of these applications such as Blockbuster and Let's Golf 2 can be uninstalled using the Manage Applications menu. Many of these preinstalled applications cannot be removed without hacking the phone. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: We wish wireless carriers and manufacturers would give users the option to install these applications rather than automatically installing them on the phone. At the very least, we wish there were more applications that you could uninstall without rooting the phone.


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To help you manage the apps on the phone, you can group apps into folders. You can also place Links to Groups on your home screens. By default, there are four predefined app groups: All apps, Recent, Downloaded, and Verizon Wireless. From the upper left corner of the app screen, you can view existing groups and add new ones. While viewing the groups, you can add a new group. Once you create a new group, the phone will ask you to select which apps belong in that group.

The Droid Razr Maxx comes with both the standard Android keyboard and the SWYPE keyboard.


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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:

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,, 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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