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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 8.7

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No surprises here, since there aren’t any major changes with the camera interface over previous Motorola phones. Naturally, we're bummed about it, but hey, it is what it is. Compared to other devices out there, it lacks the depth of manual controls and special effects to make it more compelling and fun to use.

Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Camera interface - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Camera interface


Outside images captured with the 8MP camera on the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD appear identical (as one would expect) and look good enough for a “point and shoot” camera, as there is plenty of detail, yet the edges are rather soft. The problem that we found is that Motorola is still having issues with the auto white balance, as some images have a “cool blue” look to them, while others have oversaturated colors. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get better when taking indoor images, as the colors look unnatural, and there is plenty of visible grain. When using the LED Flash, we noticed it really isn’t bright enough to illuminate an average size room, as anything further away than 10 feet was not bright enough to see.

Outdoor samples shot with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Outdoor samples shot with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Outdoor samples shot with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD


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Videos are able to recorded at 1080p resolution and at 30 frames per second, which allows for smooth playback. Quality is good enough for capturing on-the-go recordings, as it has automatic exposure and good detail, though the tap-to-focus isn’t the fastest and doesn’t always work on the first try.

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Multimedia:

The DROID RAZR MAXX HD, DROID RAZR HD, and the DROID RAZR M all rely solely on Google’s Play Music app for its music player – with no option for Motorola’s own player. The Play Music app does work well in our opinion, as it employs a good balance between functionality and visual presentation. Pumping the volume to the maximum level, it produces tones that are pleasant to the ear, but nothing commanding for us to take notice as its outputs is average through the rear speaker.

Google’s Play Music app - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Google’s Play Music app - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Google’s Play Music app - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Google’s Play Music app


Showing its close ties to Google, gone is the Gallery app we’ve seen countless times from Motorola, and instead is relying on Google’s usual offering. We’re not upset by the move, but it’s quite evident that Motorola is increasingly embracing Google’s presence with its devices.

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

In addition to supporting a wide variety of codecs, like DivX, H264, MPEG-4, and XviD, playback is flawless as it’s able to play all our test videos, including ones encoded with DivX at 1920x1080 resolution. Of course, it’s the saturated look of the display that keeps our attention affixed on the smartphone as we’re playing the video. And if you’re looking to playback a video on a larger screen, you can use the microHDMI out, or even DLNA over Wi-Fi.


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Making an appearance once again, though not surprisingly considering we've been seeing it on all new Motorola devices as of late, the SMARTACTIONS feature is available with the DROID RAZR MAXX HD as well. Beyond having the ability to customize certain triggers, it comes in handy when it deals with battery management – enabling users to get the most from its battery. We won’t get into the specifics regarding its function, since we’ve covered it extensively in our original Motorola DROID RAZR review, but its value is found mostly with users who actually take the necessary time to customize everything from the top to bottom. Indeed, they will appreciate the total control it has to offer.

Out of the box, the handset is preloaded with a lot of bloatware apps – including Amazon Kindle, Color for Facebook, Modern Combat 3, NFL Mobile, QuickOffice, Real Racing 2, and Slacker Radio. Naturally, Verizon’s presence is established heavily on the handset with the Verizon Apps Store, My Verizon Mobile, Verizon Tones & Video, Visual Voice Mail, and VZ Navigator.

Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD - Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review

Preloaded apps on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD


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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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