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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 8.7

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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
This review of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is based off our review of the DROID RAZR HD, though the difference between the two models will be noted.

Introduction:

Around this time last year, Motorola introduced the DROID RAZR, which took the place of the DROID BIONIC as the manufacturer’s top-tier smartphone for Verizon. The DROID RAZR was the first to feature a more rugged construction, with Kevlar backing and water resistant nano coating. But little did we know that a few months later there was going to be the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, which had a higher capacity 3300mAh battery built in. Some customers that had purchased the DROID RAZR felt dismayed, wishing that both would have been released together. Thankfully, this time around Motorola has listened and released the new DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD simultaneously.

The “HD” denotes that the display is now 720x1280 resolution, instead of 540x960 qHD that was on the previous model. But there have been several other changes under the hood than just the display, including a better processor and user interface, all of which we will take a closer look at.

Included in the retail package is the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD XT926 smartphone, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, push-pin for opening the SIM & memory card slot, and user guides.

Design:

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has an updated appearance from the original DROID RAZR MAXX, calling on some of the elements that we saw from its little brother, the DROID RAZR M, though it still stands out on its own.

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD fits quite comfortably in the hand or pocket - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD fits quite comfortably in the hand or pocket - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD fits quite comfortably in the hand or pocket - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD fits quite comfortably in the hand or pocket


Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

You can compare the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

The first thing we noticed when looking at the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is that it is a bit larger overall than the original DROID RAZR MAXX, mostly due to the increases in display size, and is only slightly thicker than the DROID RAZR HD, but still fits quite comfortably in the hand or pocket – as the extra thickness and weight is hardly noticeable. The fit-and-finish is quite sturdy, as one would imagine, and the phone feels like it could take a beating – unlike the plastic feeling of the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Gone are the dedicated capacitive buttons under the display, as you now have on-screen buttons as part of the user interface (more on that later). Above the display is a 1.3MP front facing camera, and below the Motorola label is the LED notification indicator, which is quite bright and noticeable when activated.

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Front camera


On the left side on the device is a hidden door that you have to use the included push-pin (or a safety pin) to open up to gain access to the SIM card and microSD memory card slot. We found it a bit awkward to open, and the SIM card is removed with the panel before you can get to the memory card slot. We would have preferred an attached door; similar to what is used on the DROID RAZR M, which could be more easily opened just using your finger nail. Down from it is the microUSB port and microHDMI video port, while up on top is the 3.5mm headset jack. On the right side is the volume rocker and power/lock key; each of which are easy to find by touch alone, as the volume rocker has a raised edge on both ends, while the power/lock button has a distinctive grooved feel to it.

Left edge - The sides of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
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Top

Right

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The push-pin - The sides of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
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Bottom

The push-pin

SIM and microSD card slots

The sides of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD


The rear of the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is graced with soft-touch Kevlar backing, which actually curves partly around the sides, giving it a nice finished appearance. Gone is the “camera hump” with its 8MP autofocus camera, LED flash, noise canceling mic, and external speaker near the top.

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Back

Rear camera



Display:

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Clearly, the main improvement with the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is that it is using a 4.7” Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 720x1280, which gives it a pixel density of 312 ppi. When compared next to the original DROID RAZR or even the DROID RAZR M, which have a qHD display, we found that text and images are much clearer and less jagged on the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, though it is still using a PenTile Matrix.

And since its Super AMOLED HD, colors are fully saturated and have a “pop” to them. We also have good viewing angles when looking at the display from the sides, but there can be a slight color-shift when viewed at extreme angles. Even though the display is plenty bright for most conditions, we still find it a bit hard to view in direct sunlight.

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD (left), the Samsung Galaxy S III (center), the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (right) - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD (left), the Samsung Galaxy S III (center), the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (right) - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD (left), the Samsung Galaxy S III (center), the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (right) - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD (left), the Samsung Galaxy S III (center), the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (right) - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD (left), the Samsung Galaxy S III (center), the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX (right)


Currently available from Verizon, the Samsung Galaxy S III and LG Intuition have a larger display, coming in at 4.8” and 5” respectfully, though the Galaxy S III has the same resolution and screen type as the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. But when looking at both next to each other, we noticed that colors were more on the “cool” side with the Samsung, while the Motorola was more “warm”.



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posted on 25 Oct 2012, 07:25 15

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Same reviewer, same ridiculous reasons to bash this phone. 2/3 of those cons are still unreasonable.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 08:51 3

6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I think it's reasonable. There's nothing much new brought to the table - unlike the 9s given to the S3 and the like - which brought tremendous amounts of 'new'.

i'm confused though. who is this FAUguy?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:09 13

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The cons he gave to it were unreasonable, except for the camera. A lot of devices have that pin for removing the sim tray, but that wasn't a con for them. And it not being released with Jelly Bean isn't really a con either; the Optimus G wasn't released with Jelly Bean, but once again it wasn't a con.

Unreasonable.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 03:22

42. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


shut up troll. You are an idiot.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 19:32 2

50. gtrxman (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Or how about the iPhone not having copy and paste for so long. Don't think that was ever listed as a con. I have the RAZR MAXX and for someone with big hands, I need to use a paper clip or other small item to get the SD card out, so the inclusion of a pin is a positive. They are cramming a whole lot into the space. It's a matter of physics. Definitely not a con.
So what if Jelly Bean isn't on board, it'll be here soon enough. Just a few months ago everyone was singing the praise of ICS. At least on Android updates are frequent, whereas with the iPhone, you have to wait a year for an upgrade. If it isn't a con for an iPhone, it shouldn't be for this phone.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 20:29

53. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i actually have the JB Leak on my MAXX HD now. it's perfectly solid and i would imagine the OTA Soak test will start in about a week or two since the OTA is rolling out to the M now.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:10

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Also, FAUguy has been a part of PA for a while

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:20 6

10. FAUguy (Posts: 78; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)


We understand that some of you may not look at the push-pin door as a con. But when it makes it more difficult to get at the memory card slot, and the SIM tray has to come out first, then we wonder why did Motorola choose this method than what was on the original DROID RAZR or the DROID RAZR M, since both of though are easy access.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:38 7

13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i like it. if that's what comes in exchange for having a full metal spine then i'm all for it and besides i hardly ever remove my SD Card. these phones have USB Mass Storage you know.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:46 2

16. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4240; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Haha...looks who's showing things here!! :D
But yes i agree...if i have a 32GB or a 64GB microSD card, i won't bother removing it. Unless it's not enough!

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:18

22. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I'm pretty sure that the Razr didn't have expandable memory or did I mistake that for another phone?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:51 3

28. SupermanayrB (Posts: 805; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


All RAZR's, even the original RAZR from 2004 have expandable memory.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:03 2

31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


all Razr's have expandable memory.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 14:12 2

25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I understand where you're coming from, but this method can't be any harder than others when it comes to removing the sim tray. And most other devices with this push-pin door don't even have expandable memory, which matters to a lot of people.

Motorola couldn't have used any other method without complicating the build quality of the device, the fact that Motorola implemented it that way must be appreciated by many for the people who prefer their products.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:41 1

27. SupermanayrB (Posts: 805; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


I agree with you with wondering why Moto didn't stick to the same method on the original RAZR/Maxx & RAZR M, but unless your phone is unlocked or you travel abroad on a consistent regular basis, just get a 32GB or 64GB SD card that way you never have to open the SIM/SD tray. #problemsolved

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 19:37 1

51. gtrxman (Posts: 129; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Maybe because the internal shape of the battery is different because the screen takes up more real estate?

They don't make unnecessary design changes. Unless it's originally a bad design or the entire phone is changing. Clearly this is some sort of compromise. How often to you take out your SIM or SD card anyway?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 07:32 1

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I love this phone

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 07:35

3. SetiroN (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Just a meager 3 more hours talk time? That doesn't sound right.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 08:17 1

5. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Thats around 20 % more, not bad actually.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:58

34. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


3 extra hours of talk time for 770 mAh more battery.....I'll kindly take it.

Although......$100 extra for 770 mAh more battery isnt worth it IMO. And I have a Maxx HD.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 17:13

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well you also get twice the storage. Samsung charges $50 extra for their 32GB variant of the SIII. pretty much you're paying another $50 for a huge, sealed battery too.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 08:17 5

4. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


If this phone, while it's GREAT, gets an 8.7 then yesterday's review of the Galaxy Note II should be upgraded to a 9.7...IMHO!

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 15:53 1

29. SupermanayrB (Posts: 805; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


For what? I saw the Note II a month ago & other than it being a big ass GSIII the only thing about it that impressed me was being able to put the keyboard in right & left hand mode to make one handed texting a lot easier. That's pretty much it.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 03:26

43. Angelface77 (Posts: 32; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Motorola droid maxxx hd is the closest complete device. The only con it is the camera.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:15 5

9. redmd (Posts: 1334; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Moto should buy their camera sensors from Sony. their camera sucks truly.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:25 5

11. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)


This is amazing phone , hope Motorola sell a lot of this. This is better than SGIII

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:47 4

17. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Yeah totally agree especially since it has.......
Well no wait well I guess I don't agree lol definitely good phone though

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:33

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4240; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I wonder what the people in Motorola are thinking about the camera they employ on their phones. Every review i see about Moto, except for Atrix 2 and some 2-3 phones, no matter who reviews it, always say the camera could be better... Don't they listen? I mean, Phonearena mustn't be the only site reviewing the phones!!

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:41 3

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


well Engadget actually seemed to like the Camera on the HD.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:53

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4240; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Wow...i didn't know. Now i'm confused...
I found "The camera has always been a strong suit of Motorola handsets." written there...
I don't know which to trust any longer!!! Sigh!!

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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.1 4.0.4
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Display4.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB RAM
Size5.19 x 2.67 x 0.37 inches
(131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3 mm)
5.54 oz  (157 g)
Battery3300 mAh, 21 hours talk time

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