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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 8.7

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With the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD being Motorola’s premier devices, you might hope that it would come running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, but it actually has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Motorola does say the Jelly Bean update will come out before the end of the 2012.

In fact, the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD are using the same custom Motorola interface that is on the DROID RAZR M and ATRIX HD. Compared to other custom Android experiences out there, such as HTC's Sense UI and even Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX; it lacks the comprehensive, complete, and useful functions to make it compete on the same level. Also missing are some advanced features found on other high-end smartphones, like Samsung Galaxy S3's SmartStay, Popup Play and S Beam, or LG Optimus G's WiseScreen, Qslide and Screen Zooming. Ultimately, the user interface on the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is nothing more than a skin running on top of ICS and feels a bit lacking when placed next to the competition – as opposed to an experience worth gushing over. In fact, the only thing new that Verizon customers might notice is the main "Circles" widget on the homescreen, which we've seen already on the DROID RAZR M and ATRIX HD. Though we are glad that the DROID RAZR MAXX HD can have up to 7 home screens, instead of just 5 on the original DROID RAZR MAXX.

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich


As we mentioned earlier, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD uses on-screen interface buttons instead of separate capacitive buttons below the display. It has one for back, home, and multitasking. Even though the design is well thought-out, it does take about 0.30” of screen space away from open applications. That means if you are browsing the web, viewing an image in the gallery, or playing a game, you’re not going to have use of the entire screen with those apps because of the on-screen buttons. The only exception we found was when playing videos, as it will use the entire screen. Because of this, the 4.8” display on the Samsung Galaxy S III actually appears much larger when next to the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. For example, when browsing the web, the actual browser window is 4.4” diagonal on the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, while the Galaxy S III is 4.8” diagonal.


Functionality:

Looking though the handset's usual set of organizer apps, there isn't anything particularly different about them when compared to other Android devices, mainly because it's using stock Android apps. Therefore, whether you check out the Calculator, Calendar, or Clock, you won't find anything new with them.

Calendar - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Calendar - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Calendar - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Calendar


Paying attention to the E-Mail app and separate Gmail app, they present us with the usual experience, but nevertheless, we appreciate the productivity they have to offer us. Of course, setup is a painless procedure, as it merely requires only your email address and password for proper completion in most cases; through you can manually setup POP3 & IMAP accounts, as well as Verizon.net and Microsoft Exchange.

Email - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Email - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Email


With the large 4.7” screen, we don't have any problem typing away with its on-screen keyboards. Additionally we are glad that it includes both the Motorola and Swype ones, allowing you to choose which one you prefer to use.

On-screen keyboard - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
On-screen keyboard - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

On-screen keyboard



Processor and Memory:


Unlike the first Motorola MAXX that used a TI OMAP 4430 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD comes with a beefier 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor and 1GB of RAM. This is actually the same processor that is found on the Motorola DROID RAZR M and the Samsung Galaxy S III, through the Galaxy S III does have 2GB RAM.

The DROID RAZR MAXX HD feels plenty quick to us when moving between the home screens, the app drawer, and when opening applications, though as a high-end smartphone it would have been nice if it came with a larger amount of RAM. But as you can see from the benchmarks scores, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, DROID RAZR M, and Galaxy S III all are pretty close when based on the numbers. More importantly, you can clearly tell the improvement with the Snapdragon S4 over the TI OMAP 4430 processor that is used by original MAXX.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 4972 6787 59,6
Motorola DROID RAZR M 4864 6715 61,3
Samsung Galaxy S III 5022 6831 58,7
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX 2895 6178 36,7

When it comes to internal storage, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD comes with 32GB, twice as much as the original DROID RAZR MAXX. Meanwhile, the DROID RAZR HD comes with 16GB of internal storage, while the DROID RAZR M is limited to 8GB. Regardless, all can use a microSD memory card for up to 64GB of added storage space.


Internet and Connectivity:

Like with the Motorola DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD and comes pre-loaded with the Google Chrome browser. This is not a surprise, as Google has incorporated Motorola Mobility, so naturally they’d want to use Chrome. Overall it works well, through doesn’t support Adobe Flash, but it can be side-loaded and used with other browsers – at least until the upcoming Jelly Bean update is installed.

The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

The browser of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD


When using the DROID RAZR MAXX HD in Verizon’s 4G LTE areas of South FL, we were able to get download speeds ranging from 6-15 Mbps and uploads between 2-6 Mbps, depending on the area and if we were outside or inside. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz) is supported, as well as Mobile HotSpot, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

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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: 122; 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: 5711; 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: 5711; 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: 4003; 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: 617; 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: 5711; 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: 617; 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: 122; 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: 6015; 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: 5711; 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: 617; 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: 1279; 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: 4003; 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: 5711; 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: 4003; 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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