Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD beats out top names in battery life test

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD beats out top names in battery life test
Is it a surprise to anyone that the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and its 3300mAh battery beat out top handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5 in a battery life test? In fact, the Motorola handset has a battery with a capacity nearly as much as those two high-end phones together. In case you're curious, the Apple iPhone 5 has a 1440mAh cell and the Samsung Galaxy S III offers a 2100mAh battery.

All Things D put the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD through some fairly heavy duty testing. A continuous phone call with Wi-Fi on, the screen timed out at 30 seconds, resulted in 22 hours of talk time, just one hour shy of Motorola's claims. Apple's estimate for talk time is 8 hours with the Samsung Galaxy S III weighing in at 17 hours.

In another test, a loop of video was played on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD with the screen brightness set at 75% and email running in the background. The phone ran for 13 hours before the low battery warning popped up. And for a more realistic test of how the battery on the phone would last under real world conditions, the phone was used moderately (described as "checking email and social networks, listening to music, browsing several Web sites and streaming a couple of YouTube videos over Verizon’s 4G LTE network") and went a day and a half before needing a recharge. Meanwhile, the WSJ's Walt Mossberg was using an Apple iPhone 5 and was able to get 9 to 12 hours out of the battery with "mixed use".

Adding GPS use, game playing and streaming longer videos took the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD down to 24 hours of battery life. You would think that this would make the device a power user's dream. but many automatically drop the model from contention because of the sealed battery. One interesting stat is that when it comes to standby times, the Samsung Galaxy S III actually bests both the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and the Apple iPhone 5. Those hours, respectively, are 770, 372 and 225.

source: AllThingsD

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29 Comments

1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I am in utter shock that the Razr Maxx HD lasted more than 5 minutes with that tiny battery. Thank you, Alan F., for reassuring us.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea.....this is a Well Duh article. Its all good tho.... lol

2. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Like that pic...

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i heard in china, there's a phone with 4160mAh battery life...and its now rebranded here in the Philippnes called CloudFone Thrill 430x.... http://www.techpinas.com/2012/11/cloudfone-thrill-430x-price-php-7777.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

6. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

pff at 15mm thick who needs that phone

20. megabok

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

you expecting it to be paper thin for 4160mah batt?

12. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

those who don't want to charge nightly.

4. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Why would that surprise anyone? Motorola didnot put maxx in its name for fun.

5. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

why not put Razr maxx HD against the note 2. yes it's been observed that Exynos processors have the best standby times.

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Isn't the HTC one x's Standby time like one of the best

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I heard that too. Except it was with the Evo LTE, but it's the same thing just +200 mAh difference in battery. PhoneDog said it easily went through a day and about half way through the second day; and with standby time, he (Aaron) said he left it on his desk for the entire weekend unplugged came back and used it for part of the day Monday before it needed a charge. So apparently, either HTC is wonderful with standby times or the S4 is wonderful with power management, either way it's nice.

18. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Lol dats were I heard it 2 from phonedog good catch matie

8. Defnur

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

"One interesting stat is that when it comes to standby times, the Samsung Galaxy S III actually bests both the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and the Apple iPhone 5. Those hours, respectively, are 770, 372 and 225." oh really? have you measured that or just read in specs? I dont think SGS3 would stay for 32 days anyway, even a half of it.

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They just read off the spec sheet on that one. I don't think anyone has tested standby time for those 3 devices.

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well I can confirm that my s3 just dropped 1% during an 8 hour standby. The number seems to be spot on

25. McMachine

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

What S3 modelo do You have?

27. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

i9300..international version with quad core Exynos

28. McMachine

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I see, I ask that because i had the US version with the Snapdragon, and it drain my battery like a vampire sucking the blood out of a human on standby!!! :'( thats why i don't have it and more! And thats why im planning to Get the Note 2.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It is possible through various tweaks....

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Would love to have that battery in my GS3, Motorola seem to be the only ones in the industry who are truly focus on battery tech, although Samsung have done some great work in the GS3 and GNote2, they have implemented so incredible power saving optimizations in both phones, it seems they did some tweaking to the Exynos and Qualcomm chips they use to ensure that the phones dont consume much power under moderate use and in stand by. I wish Motorola would focus on performance of their UI to though, would make their phones even more attractive.

22. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

It's not battery thechive.com they are focusing on, they simply crammed a massive lithium-polymer battery pack in there, sealed it up and called it a day. You can do that kind of thing when you make the battery non user serviceable. Same thinking with the Note II. The phone itself is huge so they have more space to fit a larger battery. In reality, LG is the only one who has made useful advances in battery tech. The Optimus G and Nexus 4 batteries can accept 800 charge cycles instead of the usual 500.

23. thunder18

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 06, 2009

Stupid auto-correct. That was supposed to be battery tech in the first sentence.

29. TritonForceX

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

I'm wondering what we may see next year from Motorola. Since most of this year was spent by Google acquiring and restructuring Motorola, I can see minimal updates to the phones over Motorola. They took what was available, concentrated on these three models, and cleaned them up. The real test to see if Google made a good investment is going to come next year after they've had a year to do research, test, and make some real improvements over Motorola's original Android phones.

13. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

that's my boy

16. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Oh my god this is shocking!.....NOT

17. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Too bad they put such a horrid camera in the Maxx. That's the deal breaker for me, not the sealed battery. Not too mention the encrypted boot loader.

21. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I say it again. Moto camera sucks big time. why don't they order those modules from Sony?

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i can atest to this. the battery life is ridic, i couldn't run it down in a day if i wanted to. it came in real handy last night Black Friday shopping. i stood in line at Best Buy with my friend for 5 hours and in that time i played games, streamed music, used the hotspot the whole time for my friend's Lumia 710 and we watched an episode of The Walking Dead and that along with the entire day before that only brought it down to 74% by the time i got to my friend's house at like 4AM it was down to 51%. i also got a 35mbps download speed result yesterday. ;]

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

still kinda sucks its only on verizon while Motorola won't put that nice phone on any other carrier

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