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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
The call quality on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is quite good, and is identical to what we experienced with the DROID RAZR HD, as voices on our end had full tones and sounded natural; though we did notice that the call volume wasn’t as loud as some other phones (even when turned all the way up). People that we called also said that we sounded natural on their end as well. When we activated the rear speakerphone, voices had very little distortion, but the output is simply too weak to use in noisy environments.

During out testing, we didn’t drop any calls and it showed good signal strength of -91dBm. But when using data connections, we saw 4G LTE signal strength vary between -98dBm and -106dBm when outside, and up to -120dBm inside, which often times would then change over to 3G EVDO on its own. This is not uncommon, as we’ve experienced the same thing on most all of Verizon’s 4G LTE smartphones.


Battery:

As with the original DROID RAZR MAXX, the new DROID RAZR MAXX HD comes with an impressive 3300mAh battery, which was able to provide us up to 17 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or 4-5 days of mixed usage. While the standard DROID RAZR HD has a smaller 2530mAh battery that achieved up to 14 hours of talk time on a full charge, or 3 days of mixed usage.


Conclusion:

If you are looking at purchasing a high-end Android smartphone from Verizon, your current choices at the moment are the Samsung Galaxy S III or either the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and DROID RAZR HD, as they all offer large 720p HD displays, and are using the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor for fast performance.

The Galaxy S III may look more stylish and “flashy”, though its plastic construction does have a cheap feeling to it and doesn’t hold up well to abuse. Meanwhile, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is more utilitarian in its appearance, but it is built like a tank with Gorilla Glass on the front, Kevlar backing on the rear, and nano coating inside and out to protect it from the occasional splash of water.

In the end, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a nice update from the original DROID RAZR MAXX, but comes with a premium price of $299.99 with a 2 year contract. This is $100 more than the regular DROID RAZR HD, but gets you a larger 3300mAh battery and twice the internal storage. In fact, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is only $50 more than the 32GB version the Samsung Galaxy S III, and looking at it that way, we feel the price difference may be worth it for some consumers, considering the great battery and the more rugged construction.

Software version on the reviewed unit:
System version: 0.6.25.XT926
Android version: 4.0.4
Baseband version: VANQUISH_BP_1045.711.53.20P
Kernel version: 3.0.8-00039-g4115279
Build number: 7.7.1Q-144_VQW_S334-25
Build date: Sat Sep 15 2012


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Pros

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Excellent build quality
  • 4.7” Super AMOLED HD display
  • Good call quality

Cons

  • Camera quality should be better at this price
  • Not running Android Jelly Bean out of the box
  • Obnoxious push-pin required for SIM and microSD card access
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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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