Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Specs Review

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Specs Review
Motorola's new DROID RAZR MAXX HD is an impressive device any way you look at it. It has a relatively compact body, great specs, and an enormous battery to keep the juice flowing longer than what you can expect from your typical smartphone. But exactly where does the RAZR MAXX HD sit when you compare it to the highly-competitive smartphone landscape of today? Has Moto managed to do enough innovation in order to guarantee itself a happy Holiday season? And why should customers prefer the MAXX HD versus any other top smartphone like the Galaxy S III and One X? Let's dive in and take a deeper look at exactly what the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD offers and how it stacks up against its strong competition!


OK, we guess this is the first area where Motorola has a winner. The RAZR MAXX HD can easily beat most other phones in terms of design, not only by having decent looks, but also by sporting some premium materials like Kevlar for parts of its body (trademark of the DROID RAZR series). What's cool about this phone is that it isn't enormous in terms of size, although it is a bit thicker than average due to the giant battery that it's packing. Weight shouldn't be a problem with this device, as its 157 grams aren't something that can take us by surprise these days.


4.7 inches, Super AMOLED HD technology, 720x1280 pixels resolution... that's how we can best describe the screen of the RAZR MAXX HD. It's perfectly competitive compared to the other top offerings today, including the GS III and One X. On the other hand, it seems there isn't anything special that we can point out in this respect, other than to say that it's "perfectly competitive". This isn't necessarily bad, but you know, it's always cool when we have some kind of new technology involved. Oh well... we guess it's not everyday that manufacturers can introduce important innovative stuff. (Distant voice: Now what was the PureMotion HD+ thing again...)

Processor and Memory

Just like almost any other Verizon LTE smartphone out there today, the RAZR MAXX HD features the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset with Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. Again, that's perfectly fine, but not exactly groundbreaking. Anyways, we're sure that Jelly Bean will run buttery-smooth on this hardware.

The handset also sports 1GB RAM, as well as about 26GB of internal, user-accessible memory. Thankfully, there's also the option to install a microSD card of up to 32GB, so you can easily increase your storage space without breaking the bank.


This is surely where the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is going to leave its mark. Armed with a sizable 3,300mAh unit, this phone should be able to last for 21 hours of talk time, 10 hours of video streaming, 13 hours of video playback, and 27 hours of music playback on a single charge, while connected to Verizon's 4G LTE network. And the fact that Motorola has managed to fit all of this hardware and amazing battery in a phone that is 9.3mm thick makes us wonder if other manufacturers shouldn't start considering making similar products as well.


The same theme is repeating when it comes to the camera - very good, but not awesome. Without anything that special to differentiate the phone in this area, there's a normal 8-megapixel camera with F2.4 aperture, LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing shooter and, of course, 1080p video recording capabilities.

We'll be able to tell you more about this camera when we get the chance to play with the device and take camera samples, but we can tell you this - we're definitely not as excited about this camera as we are for the PureView shooter of the Nokia Lumia 920 and its 'floating lens' technology.


The good news is that the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is going to come straight with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The other good news is that it'll actually arrive before the next Android release is even announced, so hey, users will actually be able to have a phone with the very latest version of the operating system!

Motorola has announced that it'll be releasing developer phones in the near future, but the standard DROID RAZR MAXX HD won't be one of them, as it will feature Moto's own Android interface customization. As part of the included software by Motorola, users will be able to take advantage of some pre-loaded apps like SMARTACTIONS and Quickoffice. Personally, we hope that Moto will do a good job of optimizing its interface so that it doesn't bog the phone down.

Release date

While no exact release date was given by the manufacturer, it did promise that the handset will be available in time for the Holiday season. It will be available through Verizon and internationally, pre-loaded with Jelly Bean and at a price that is yet unknown.

By the looks of it, Moto has a strong player in store for us, armed not only with some impressive hardware, but a giant battery as well. Do you think that the RAZR MAXX HD will repeat and even surpass the success of the first DROID RAZR MAXX?



1. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Not good enough.

17. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

said doctor after you were born

21. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

OMG what a good comment counter! And I agree! How this is not good enough?? It's like SGSIII on steroids, especially in terms of battery life and beauty, design, quality of end production. In fact, I have recently hold and played with couple of SGSIII devices and I think scumsung should be ashamed of what they are selling as flagship device. It felt so cheap in hand like one of those chinese knockoffs...

23. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

How can anyone say this phone isn't good enough? The only explanation that is feasible is someone being jealous they no longer have the latest and greatest. This phone possesses everything the best anything currently out there has to offer and then some. It ups the ante with slimming (width and depth) of the competition, offers superior build quality and most importantly a battery that puts others to shame. I have the original Maxx and can say I'd still buy that over the others if the HD were not available simply because I can take advantage of using it as an all-around gadget (music, GPS, browser, games, organizer) that a smartphone is supposed to be without having to worry about the juice running out or carrying around a power supply with me. Even better, I can actually be glad my phone is 4G since I don't have to dread the it's appetite for power.

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

my dad's MAXX can last 2 days on a charge with it's 3300mAh battery but this thing uses a processor half the size as the OMAP4 in the MAXX. it's going to have RIDICULOUS battery life.

24. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

Since JB dropped, has your Dad noticed a difference in bat. life on his Rzr Maxx?

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

he doesn't have JB. going from GB to ICS there was a 15% increase in battery life for my Razr so i would imagine that a similar change happened to the updated MAXX as well.

3. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

I might get it. 50/50 on this or GS 3?

4. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

gs3? over this? even if the specs were identical, this is Motorola build quality.

18. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

I had moto razr, and i have sgs3 but moto build quality is superb! even gsm radio is much stronger on moto but sgs3 has bigger screen than razr ;)

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the size difference is really negligible and so is the difference in pixel density... ;)

20. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

pixel density is better and cpu is faster, also little better battery life and camera, simply newer phone (I was and iam talking about orginal razr (not hd))

14. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm impressed with the software polish of SGS3 something I wished for the current Razr Maxx. so it's still a 50/50.

5. naga.appani

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

My perfect choice....

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I've made up my mind. I'm going to have to figure out a way to afford this.

10. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

I was just thinking that. This thing bests my nexus in almost every way (well my nexus is 9 monts old, what do you expect). And that battery, oh man.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That battery is really attracting me, as well as knowing that JB runs great on my Atrix, which only has 2/3rds the processing power. And that internal memory...WITH a memory card slot... GIMME. NOW.

7. smartphonelover

Posts: 37; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

I'm gonna wait to see what HTC is gonna be offering. If there's is 5 inchs at full hd and ips, then I might just pass this one by, depending on the cpu in the new HTC phablet. I'm gonna guess that HTC is gonna have a better camera than Motorola's.

13. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

you will be waiting for a while... they usually release their flagships in Q1/Q2

8. SuperUser

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Whats up with this... already have tons of android phones with these features

22. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Yeah, and they are all great phones. What is wrong with that??

9. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

It would have even better battery life if we could switch batterys....WHY MOTO? -____-

15. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The note 2 has 3100mah battery and is removable. A 4000+mah would be outright impressive for the new Maxx.

12. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Spec wise it's very decent. But I prefer Samsung, LG sticking with removable battery in slim form factor. No matter how good the battery is it's going to die eventually. Other than beefier battery, it's equivalent of One X, GS3. Also timing wise, this should have come out already. iPhone 5 with quad A6, LTE is going to be unveiled next week and all media focus will be on it for a while whether you like or not. Then LG Optimus G, new HTC 5" phablet, Note 2 are all coming soon with even more monster spec by the time Razr HD is released. Releasing it just before Holiday is too late, IMO.

16. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

If they release it on the holidays, they would face the wrath of the nexus devices. I agree on the removable battery part. It is a known fact that batteries have charge life cycles.

26. Raj92

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

is this comming to India....????

27. cometostaples

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

Just in case anyone was wondering, i have just received the razr maxx hd in my store for a display (we do not have the phyisical phone yet) but the price has already been established. It will be released at 199.99 and will be coming out very very soon; like i said we just received the display. While playing with the display the jellybean 4.1 OS is smoother than butter, the graphics on the phone are stellar as well. The screen size is larger than that of the S3 and with the new and improved OS i would highly recommend going with the Razr Maxx HD over the Galaxy s3. Of course they are both great products but with the larger screen, new OS, and the extended battery life i feel that the Maxx HD is a better buy.

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