Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review

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Introduction & Specifications

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...

Specifications & Features

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

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

Dual core 1.2 GHz processor
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

 5.15 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches
5.1 ounces
3300mAH Li Ion
Bluetooth, 802.11 b/g/n, Mobile Hotspot, microUSB, micro HDMI, DLNA 1.5, aGPS, 3.5mm headset jack,
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

$299.99 with contract and discounts

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