Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Review
Motorola DROID RAZR last November, we were impressed with its design, build quality and features, including a 4.3” display and dual-core processor – all wrapped up in a body that is only 0.28” thick. The only caveat being the 1780 mAh non-removable battery, as it may not provide long enough power for heavy users. Motorola hopes to alleviate this with the new Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, as it comes with a higher capacity 3300 mAh battery, which Motorola says increases the talk time from 12 hours to 21 hours.
Overall, there is very little cosmetic difference between the DROID RAZR MAXX and the original DROID RAZR. Both are constructed out of premium materials, including a stainless steel body, Kevlar fiber on the back cover for reinforcement, and water repellent nano-coating on the inside to help protect the phone from accidental contact with liquids.
You can compare the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.
In fact, when looking at both of the smartphones head-on, they appear nearly identical, though the Motorola logo on the DROID RAZR MAXX is a charcoal gray, and the one on the original RAZR is silver. There is more of a noticeable when viewed from their sides, as the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX is slightly thicker at 0.35”, which is only 0.07” more than its slimmer sibling. Cosmetically, we like this bit of extra thickness, as it helps to smooth-out the “camera hump” that is quite noticeable on the DROID RAZR. Not only that, but the MAXX feels more comfortable in our hand as there’s more surface area to grab on to. There is also a difference in weight of 0.62 oz, but it doesn’t make the DROID RAZR MAXX feel overly heavy.
We remain pleased with the 4.3” Super AMOLED Advanced display, as colors are saturated and viewing angles are good, even though its qHD resolution of 540x960 doesn’t allow for as much fine detail as the HD displays found on the HTC Rezound and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Typical for an Android, we find the same set of capacitive buttons sitting beneath its display – with the microphone situated very close to the home button. Meanwhile, the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and narrow earpiece are all located directly above the display. Furthermore, to profoundly exhibit its premium taste, the Motorola name is etched into the diamond-cut aluminum accent. On the left side of the phone sits a plastic flap that hides away the handset’s microSIM 4G card slot and microSDHC card slot – the latter of which is occupied by a pre-installed 16GB memory card.
right edge along with the volume rocker. Between the two, the power button is slightly more raised versus the flat feel of the volume rocker – still, they exhibit a good response when they're pressed. Finally, the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and the speakerphone grill are all stuffed into the handset's hump, though as we mentioned earlier, it’s much less pronounced on the DROID RAZR MAXX.
microSIM 4G and microSDHC card slot (left)
microUSB, Micro HDMI ports and 3.5mm jack
Power button and volume rocker (right)
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1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Should have waited and called it the Razr 2 with ICS, 4.5 inch 720p super amoled display running a 1.5 dual core processor. The battery life is impressive but thatd the only improvement. No camera, software, or display improvement whatsoever. First they gave us the Bionic and just a couple months released the Razr, now this.....
4. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
I don't get your complaint. This phone was built for one purpose, to have a supersized battery. Its done that. Now there is probably another phone already in the works that fits your description.
44. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
"Now there is probably another phone already in the works that fits your description."
That's my point right there sir. The Bionic was suppose to be the big deal phone, then the RAZR came out just a couple months later THEN the RAZR Maxx came out just a couple months after that!
Next thing ya know, two months from now, we will have the RAZR 2, with the same huge battery, and 4.5 720p display. Then the MAXX buyers will be just as pissed off as the RAZR and Bionic buyers were.
56. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
Its evolution, baby. Days of phones going for 7-9 months are done.
57. JohnnyZ (Posts: 33; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Technology increases exponentially if you haven't noticed. I have a Galaxy Nexus, but quad core processors will be out very soon, making my phone obsolete, along with non-pentile HD displays. How fast do you need your phone to be? Why doesn't everyone just complain some more about the friggin' AMAZING technology we have RIGHT NOW!
58. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
So true, dude. PPL always need something to complain about. I remember ppl wetting themselves over flip phones..that was the advances in technology. Today, we have phones you could live off of. Embrase it.
62. gtrxman (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
You have to understand the business reason for the late release of the Bionic. It required a complete re-work when the Tegra didn't play nice with LTE. They re-designed it with OMAP. That put it behind schedule. You can't expect Moto to simply pitch the entire investment they made.
If there's anything to be upset about, I would say it's the introduction of the Maxx right after the Razr. I think it would have been much better if they were introduced simultaneously so that we, the consumers, can have a real choice rather than commit to one phone only to find the one we really want introduced a few months later.
5. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)
That my friend, is fragmentation at its finest.
10. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 612; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Using words that you don't understand doesn't make you sound intelligent you know that right? Fragmentation this is not, as it's running Gingerbread just like the other phones with Gingerbread. You don't really consider different phone specs but run on the same OS as fragmentation. That's like saying WP7 is fragmented because it's running on phones from HTC, Nokia and Samsung.
36. 0529308 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Better than insult - we should try to educate.
Elingild - when they mention fragmentation they are talking about using the same OS (in this case ginger bread) and changing the look and feel of it. Now every verdor does this to some extent, but some take it way too far. So far that it winds up looking like a distant cousing of how Android is supposed to look and feel. Now multiply that times 10 vendors and you see the problem Android is facing which they have named fragmentation.
6. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
Yeah, selection's a real bitch.... It's a shame that people that just now are purchasing a phone can buy something newly released instead of having to buy one that came out months ago...
31. gfresh404 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)
If they called it "Razr 2" they would have REALLY pissed off people.
32. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 262; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
how about not release the first razr and just release this plus what u said
33. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
...This was not meant to be the successor to the RAZR, just an alternative with extended battery life. Why would someone want the original RAZRover this one? For a thinner design, and also price, of course. Anyways, this a horrible review! The cons are unreasonable, and just reading this, I knew it wasn't as professional as usual. Who is FAUguy? A new reviewer?
63. gtrxman (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
This is a horrible review. How does this phone score an 8.5 when the Bionic gets a 9? By any measure, this is a far better phone than the Bionic.
2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I believe this is overall, along with the galaxy nexus, the best phone you can buy right now
3. c.hack (Posts: 477; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
The phone has a 1 1/2 year old obsolete OS, low resolution pentile display (low quality), poor camera, and locked bootloader. How is this significantly better than a droid X2?
7. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Gingerbread was released on December 6, 2010. That isn't even close to a year and a half old. The other stuff you list are subjective opinions and you know it, asshole.
8. iami67 (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
If you do the math it is very close to a year and a half. Last time I checked a yr and a half is 18 months according to your time line the os is 14 months old. Thats pretty close to me.
35. Sniggly (Posts: 6197; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
No, it's not close at all. First things first, Gingerbread was released in early December 2010, which means we're not even at 14 months yet. Secondly, four months is still a HUGE difference of time. It's almost 25 percent. Hopefully no one in school ever taught you that 77 was close to 100.
9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 612; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
This phone is to promote Motorola's super capacity battery in a slim form factor. Mission accomplished.
16. jove39 (Posts: 1130; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
2.3.5 was released on "25 July 2011". Super Amoled...pentile or rgb...has best viewing angles and colors. Camera...is not poor...its just not excellent ;)
19. sgogeta4 (Posts: 371; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
The camera module is decent but their software implementation is poor.
29. gfresh404 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)
Couldn't agree more - Would have gotten the Nexus myself but got turned off by all the software issues/poor signal strength.
37. 0529308 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
So I just got mine and the battery life is now comparable to 3G only phones. I tried the original razor but when the battery ran out by the time I got home (exaggeration intended) I new it wasn't for me. Now if they can just come out with IS update - I might actually be happy...for a few months anyway :-)
11. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Even the ICS is now out. It is better to wait until all the bugs in the ICS has been fixed before installing it in the razr. look at all those never ending randomly rebooting problems occured in the Galaxy nexus and the Asus transfomer primg tablet once running with the ICS operating system. People will soon regret for having the ICS so soon where their phones or tablet just keep on rebooting, rendering it unusable at all.
So Gingerbread can still hold on at least for a while until the rebooting issue ahs been fixed.
13. torr310 (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I think Microsoft dose better job on the OS than Google does.
18. sgogeta4 (Posts: 371; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
The reboot problem is not a widespread issue. Like all phones, it has its share of problems but ICS is still overall, a much better OS than Gingerbread.
28. asmallchild (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)
lol still at it
enjoy your outdated device
keep waiting for ics
the reboot issue is insignificant
30. gfresh404 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)
It's insignificant for those that don't suffer from it... But I'm sure it can be quite annoying for those that do
39. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Well, it is significant. I am not talking about occasionally random reboot, I am refering to where numerous galaxy nexus owner have accountered rebooting loop where your phone will just keep turning on and off non stop. How can you use your phone if it does that. If this is the problem with the ICS itself, then every Galzxy Nexus wull get equal chance to have this issue.
The fact that you dont have this does not mean you will never have this issue at all, it may be just a matter of time before it will surface, becasue it is ICS run inside your galaxy Nexus.
12. Jyakotu (Posts: 812; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I don't know why "Still waiting on ICS" is a con. Reviewers should know by now that when a new Android OS version is out, many handsets take awhile to update to the latest version. And even still, a lot of low end and mid tier Android phones won't even see the latest version. I'm ashamed to be rocking a Froyo device. -_-
14. torr310 (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
I wonder why Google wouldn't make its OS less bug before final release.
17. sgogeta4 (Posts: 371; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)
No OS is free of bugs before its final release...
22. taz89 (Posts: 1766; Member since: 03 May 2011)
please tell me about a recent os that was bug free
26. torr310 (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
From which word did you see me say bug free?
It is ok to have little bugs but not something like rebooting.
27. leftheodo (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Extremely high battery drainage is a little bug to you? *cough* iphone 4s *cough*
15. ajoshi06 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Next: RAZR 2 in one month with with hd display
RAZR 3 in another one month with ICS
RAZR 4 in another one month with 1.5 dual core processor
RAZR 5 in another one month with white cover
RAZR 6 in another one month with what?? 64 GB storage!!!!
21. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)
sounds like the iPhone release schedule, except instead of one month put one year.
49. JC557 (Posts: 634; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
This isn't new for Motorola and choice is always a good thing as different people have different needs or expectations.
There were many iterations of the original Razr including the MAXX versions that boasted bigger screens or batteries.
20. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)
I for one welcome our Driod RAZR MAXX overlord.....
38. DatabaseMX (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 May 2009)
Folks. Write this down:
Phones that do not have user replaceable batteries are going to be short lived on the market.
This HAS to be the dumbest concept since it all started. I'm still in shock. There is no way in hell I ever buy one of these phones no matter what the features.
Imagine ... *when* (not if) the battery does go bad for any number of reasons - especially since it appears to be a new, unproven technology (bigger, longer charge?) ... what, you are going to give it up for two weeks to send in for a battery replacement.
I don't think so !
40. gfresh404 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)
"Phones that do not have user replaceable batteries are going to be short lived on the market."
Have you heard of the iPhone?http://www.phonearena.com/news
Cell phone technology is changing so fast that most people are going to be buying a new one each time their contracts runs out, about 20 months. Which is also about the length of time it takes for a battery's charge to run out before you have to charge it two to three times a day, depending on usage.
This is not new technology, it's the same battery in a different size.
Also, the battery is covered under warranty (about 1 year for most phones). And I have not heard of too many cases where a person's battery goes "bad."
42. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
Why do you people like to criticize on the unremovable battery so much. Do u know that there are millions of iphone users world wide who still love their iphones over android smart phones and all iphones come with non removable battery as well? This proves that having a non removable battery is indeed not an issue for smart phone or iphone users. Unless we, as android smart phone users, admit that android operating system (Gingerbread or ICS) are not as good as IOS in the iphone so we need battery pull very often to free up our phones whereas IPhone will never freeze up or hang up in any case with their IOS so that they dont need any battery pull.
Also with the current smart phone battery technology, any new battery can easily last over 2 years before you will encounter any problem. By that time, people would have already upgrade their phone to something better so this non removable battery can hardly be an issue as long as it is like the one in this Razr Maxx which gives us more than 2 days of uses before having to recharge again, that should be fine.
43. 0529308 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Please do not compare iPhone battery usage to a true 4G android phone. It is not a fair comparison since the iPhones do not have an LTE radio built in. When Apple comes out with a 4.3+ screen and LTE capability - then and only then will it be fair to compare to an iPhone. As for removable battery - in the case of the Maxx you will probably never need to remove it.
47. theprincessm (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
1. to gfresh404: Not all warranties cover the battery.
2. to mobileuser: I believe that what you are talking about in terms of operating system is truly a user preference. There are millions of Android users that love their phones just as much as Iphone users and the benefit comes when you have options such as a seperate battery charger. When Iphone users have to have their phones on the charger Android users have an extra full battery that they can just switch out. I've had both phones freeze up on me. One you can pull the battery on, and the other you can press the power and home button. Let's really be honest here. Both platforms have their ups and downs. Its user preference in the end, and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
64. gtrxman (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Hmmm, doesn't seem to be an issue for the millions of iPhone users.
45. gtrxman (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Kinda pissed about this phone. This phone is introduced after Moto said they were cutting back on the number of phones. The battery beiing the only difference here, I can't imagine why they didn't offer it at the same time as the original RAZR.
My RAZR basically lasts most of the day, but I would rather be at 15% at midnight rather than 8PM. Certainly would have gone for this over the basic RAZR.
50. crysiswarmonger (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
is there an outdoor display comparison? i find that my HTC EVO display is great in full sun. my old amoled screen not so good.
51. Prabs (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
As somebody else said, why is lack of ICS a con? Can we expect the 8.5 rating to be bumped up to a 9 (where the original Droid Razr is rated) after it receives the ICS update? It's ridiculous when reviewers take off for a software update which we all know this phone is guaranteed to get in the near future.
52. 0529308 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Actually, I completely agree. I am upgrading from my Bionic and its ICS and the unlocked boot loader that made me get a Nexus rather sticking with Motorola - whch I would have preferred.
53. dchirch (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)
Getting my maxx Wednesday can't wait to see how it runs!!!
55. Prabs (Posts: 9; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
How do you like your maxx? I messed around with a Nexus and it was really fluid, I imagine the maxx is the same.