Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review

Camera Performance and Battery Life

When we reviewed the Droid Razr, we felt it was very responsive. Since the Droid Razr Maxx has basically the same key hardware specs (a 1.2GHz dual core processor and 1GB of LP DDR2 RAM), we expect it to perform equally as well, and it did just that. During our everyday usage of the phone, the Droid Razr Maxx was quick to respond to our demands of checking email, browsing the web, placing calls, launching apps, etc.

The Droid Razr Maxx has a really great high-resolution qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display that supports a resolution of 540 x 960. Not only is the screen clear and vibrant, but it also has excellent viewing angles.

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You'll find 16GB of internal storage in the Droid Razr Maxx as well as a preloaded 16GB microSD card. The phone supports microSD cards up to 32GB in size. Although 16GB on board and a 16GB microSD card will give most users plenty of storage, those who demand additional capacity will appreciate the easily accessible microSD card slot located on the left edge of the phone.

The Droid Razr Maxx has an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. The sensor in the Droid Razr Maxx is the same as the one found in the Droid Razr so we didn't find many differences in the overall image quality between the two phones. Overall, we were satisfied with the images taken with the Droid Razr Maxx's camera. During our tests with the Droid Razr Maxx's camera, we found the continuous auto-focus lens to work well and felt it improved the overall speed at which we were able to take images in comparison to other camera phones. 




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We had no complaints or issues with the Droid Razr Maxx while placing and receiving calls. Verizon Wireless is continuing to roll out its LTE network. Chances are good that if you live in a large (or even moderately large) metropolitan area, you have or will soon have access to Verizon Wireless' LTE network. With this high-speed connectivity, however, many users often complain about battery life. That's where the Droid Razr Maxx comes in. With its extended 3300mAH Li Ion battery, Motorola says you should be able to browse the web for 7 hours straight or talk for 21 consecutive hours. Although most people won't do either of these two activities for this long of a consecutive time, it's still nice to have the power to do so.

In comparison to the Droid Razr and many other phones we've tested in recent months, we definitely noticed greater longevity with the Droid Razr Maxx's battery. Because the battery life on the Droid Razr Maxx lasts longer than on the Droid Razr, it was easy to get through an entire work day (approximately 8-10 hours) while checking email, surfing the web, making calls, etc without needing a charge. Of course, your mileage will vary depending on how much you demand of the phone.

In an attempt to quantify the battery life, we put the Droid Razr Maxx through our standard HotHardware battery test. In this test, we set up a webpage with a mix of graphics and text. The page automatically refreshed itself every three minutes. We set the Droid Razr Maxx's display to 50% brightness and turned off Wi-Fi.

Battery Life Testing
Connected Web Browsing Performance
When we ran this test, the Droid Razr Maxx lasted for 400 minutes while connected to a 4G network before giving up. Recognizing that many of the phones we've included on our Battery Test chart in the past have used 3G connections while running this same test, we also ran the Battery Test with 4G connectivity turned off. 

With 3G connectivity, the Droid Razr Maxx lasted for 434 minutes – an increase of 34 minutes over the battery life when connected to a 4G network. We were very pleased with these results, especially considering some phones we've tested recently have had a much larger gap in battery longevity between 3G and 4G testing. 

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