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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

0. phoneArena 25 Oct 2012, 07:08 posted on

Around this time last year, Motorola introduced the DROID RAZR. 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...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 14:42

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


I was wondering about this. To me the camera looked fine, but I was like, "Eh, I'll just trust the tech enthusiasts." However, now it seems like I was right the first time.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:07

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Moto could use better software but the quality hasn't really seemed bad to me but i hardly care about the camera quality so i just took the critics' word for it.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 11:00

19. redmd (Posts: 1279; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I previously owned the Razr maxx then sold it after a month. the camera is shameful for the price. it's just so wrong. the software is in limbo between stock and blur its less functional compared to sense or touch wiz. the only thing good about it is build quality and battery.

many people complained of Samsung utilizing plastics but not their software because it's one of the most polished UI.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 09:40 5

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


an 8.7? what is your deal with the Razr's? this is definitely a 9 or a 9.5.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:19 3

23. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I'd put it at least on par with the SGS3. But again if it doesn't come from Samsung or apple it's automatically not satisfactory enough for a 9 anymore.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 03:30 2

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


I give this device an 9 or 9.5. It has the looks industiral with a little bit of candy bar, great software close to stock. the display is awsome, radios build quality is the best coming on second place are the regular razrs then the iphone 5. This device rules and we can expect better now that google owns Motorola.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:35 1

20. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


its iphonearena again.....they give most rating to iproducts and less ratings other phone....................

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:52 3

21. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Hows this get a lower rating than the S3?!?! Its more durable, water resistant, better signal, better call quality, better feel holding it, HDMI, on screen buttons, better battery life, a close to stock look instead of ugly touch wiz and motocast cloud services. The only thing the s3 brings to the table that is new is a exact copy of siri and a few motion things tht are useless.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 03:32

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


i am agreeing with you 1000 % The only things that the S3 has over this it is the sensors and 2g of ram. My friend has this device and i can not take my hands of it. The feel of this beast it is just awesome .

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:44 3

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


Wow, I couldn't believe what I was reading, this is a cut and paste job, with a few changes here or there to accommodate the name of the phone and tid bits about battery life, could have just cut all that out and just made it one page if you were going to spam up with this mess. Heck you didn't even take photos using the Razr Maxx HD camera, nope just put the same photos up from the Razr HD. Is your job that boring that you can't even do it wholeheartedly, then quit!

I swear if I read another point about Moto UI I will lose it, since the OG Droid rolled out people and review sites have been against the UI that OEM slap over android and with all honesty they were correct, the UI slowed the phones down and added mainly eye candy and prettied up Androids already built in functions. Each Moto flagship released had a UI that became even more transparent, to praise around each review site. Now all of a sudden it's a problem, what the hell kind of flip flopping nonsense is this, starting to sound like our very lippy GOP candidate.

Not sure if Moto camera are the actual problem or is it the software interface they have been slow to do things, especially when taking photos. Was sure that the Razr was very quick in start up and take a photo department. I'm readily awaiting the comparisons as I bet they will make no sense as they will just use the same photos they already took to use for comparison. So forget about up to date information coming for that part.

One thing that confuses the crap out of me, the GS3 carries the exact same processor as the Razr HD/Maxx, and comes with 1GB more RAM, yet for some reason it's numbers are barely any better than the Razr, comes with things that are borederline useless and cumbersome to use(S Beam is nothing more than Android Beam, which comes with ICS). I'm sure it seems cool to touch phones together to pass some info, but seriously wtf? S Voice is even more garbage as it sounds robotic and it is quite slow, Google Voice is still much faster and easier to use, heck I have used a 3rd party assistant app on my Droid X that's faster than S Voice. GS3 is a great phone, love the screen and the camera is quick acting and takes excellent shots but Samsung muddled up the UI, there is just too many drawers to search through to find things you want and what's worse is trying to use GS3 with a PC, it's a serious problem and I even went to the forums to find a solution and it's up or down with results which means Samsung fudged something up.

I'll be getting my Razr Maxx HD soon, as long as I can keep my Unlimited data plan, which the tech in the store assured me my data plan will not change, but we shall see.

What I see as blatant bias on this site is how on the iPhone 5 review the reviewer went and tooled around with things to give you an idea of what was new, played with the panoramic camera feature and the like. For this phone nothing, look at this he didn't even switch the camera modes to best suit the photo op.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:02 2

30. SupermanayrB (Posts: 617; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


That shows how much they're riding Apples id**k. Android phones've had panoramic features since 2010. But now because it's on an iPhone it's latest & cutting edge. These reviews are bogus to say the least.

The only thing I don't like about this phone is that it doesn't come in white like the RAZR HD. That's it. I will be getting this phone, whether I order it off contract from Motorola or add another line for $10 & save $350 before tax, depending on what my wife is gonna be cool with since I just got the RAZR Maxx in April. LOL. But it was free so it's really not a loss.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 03:38

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


My friend thought the same thing, but i feel black looks more executive and more sophisticated :)

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:11 2

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


something that drives me crazy is that when they review Motorola devices they never go into the camera settings and turn off the widescreen shots. that reduces the resolution to 6MP.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 18:02

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


The images that we took are 8MP, not the 6MP wide screen.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 17:56

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


The camera samples in this review ARE taken by the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, but was at the same time as the DROID RAZR HD images for its review. Since both phones have the same cameras, that is why their image looks similar. The only difference between the two phones is the battery capacity, which give you better talk & standby time, thickness & weight, and the internal memory. All the software is the same, as is the good call quality and construction.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 18:21

38. theo14461 (unregistered)


Get the Samsung GS III. Much better all around, except the battery life. I love the build, and sound output of the Motorola.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 06:47 3

40. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


yeah you just said it yourself, the moto has better battery, better build, better sound. so why get the GS3?

that right there is no reason to get the GS3 over the Razr Maxx HD if your on verizon!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:21

41. sfukr (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Jul 2010)


Is the volume and sound clarity at least as good as the Clout you have?

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 03:31

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


I would say the call/voice quality is a bit better on the RAZR HD than my LG Clout, but the call volume is louder on the Clout.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 23:10

48. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


so can we get a MAXX HD vs. SIII now? ;)

posted on 05 Nov 2012, 19:11

49. JazzyJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Maybe I'm clueless cuz I'm an iPhone user about to make the leap to Android, but I've read a gazillion reviews on Droid phones and am curious why such a recent review of such a new device doesn't make any comparisons to an HTC One X PLUS? Initially, based on reviews it was a tie between the S3 and HTC but I gave the HTC the edge due to the display quality but needed more than 16GB on AT&T. This Sony phone does not sound very impressive in the least unless the SD card slot is a really big deal to you but that seems to be a moot point if the competing phones are offering 64GB built-in?

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 19:44

52. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)


Irrespective of how well it performs, the battery on the HTC is weak. It also has issues with the GPS always being on (several YouTube reviews) which further eats the battery. At least for me, no matter how nice the display is, it doesn't warrant the sacrifices of battery and other usability factors (Sense is still a memory hog that slows down the phone). HTC's stock browser is also weak, but you can easliy add Chrome or Dolphin for a better browsing experience, though. The phone does have a nice build quality, equal to the MAXX HD and certainly better than the Samsung.

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 22:53

54. LiquidAlloy (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


There is no cons with this phone. I have it, I know. It works literally perfect. Responds fast, extremely stable and the screen contrast and resolution is incredible. Amazing device. The Verizon 4G LTE with this phone is a perfect combo. Like Jack Daniels Hickory Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce with Kluck U chicken fingers.

posted on 29 Nov 2012, 16:06

55. ateo (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Hi all. I have a Razr Maxx. Not Droid, just Razr Maxx. That's right, I live in Europe. I would love to have this phone, and I don't understand why Motorola hasn't released it in Europe. They have released the Razr Hd but not the Maxx HD. I would appreciate some info if ever this phone will be released in Europe because I'm interested in an upgrade.

posted on 30 Dec 2012, 06:17 1

56. dimakop (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)


Lol. Dude seriously. You have no clue. First of all compare the camera on this to the One X and DNA and you will find severely fuzzy edged images on ALL of the DNA and One X images, even more incredibly poor when zoomed in. Download them to your PC or MAC and test. Sure, you're thinking who cares, but try snip a piece of the zoomed image and keep that portion of the zoomed in photo to print. Do the same on images from the RAZR MAXX HD This may not have a ton of filters, but the camera has outstanding lenses and as far as the flash...its so damned bright you can't keep your eyes open and by far the brightest flash I have ever seen on a phone.It lights up a large room and it looks like daylight! The device also takes the same amount of time to start up apps including the play store, games and web pages as quadcore phones like the Nexus 4, galaxy note 2 and the DNA, often it actually loads faster. For those using the mobile hotspot, this works without flaw, not like the DNA which has annoying intermittent 'connected'and 'disconnected'issues' something a businessman would loathe. you want a true review of this phone see Engadget and ignore this and techcrunch, they have no idea.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 11:52

57. SupermanayrB (Posts: 617; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


I do that with all the AT&T phones we carry at my store. I threw in my original Droid RAZR MAXX & compared it to the 4S, 5, the GS3, Note 2, One X, One X+, Xperia TL, Optimus G & Atrix HD. The only camera that came close to my phone was the Note 2. It's cool though. They don't know how to review on this sight. Watch them rate the 'X' phone with a 7.5.

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