Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD hands-on

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD hands-on
We all thought last year that things couldn’t get any better for the already popular Motorola DROID RAZR for Verizon, but in actuality, it was just the beginning. After a few months of tearing up the scene, the DROID RAZR found itself in a heated competition with a close member of the family in the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Well people, we’re going to see it again this time around – albeit, we’re curious to know if the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be arriving at the same time as the DROID RAZR HD, or spaced out by a few days/weeks.

So what’s there to say upon looking at this one? No doubt, it looks exactly like the DROID RAZR HD! From the choice of materials to its impeccable construction, it’s nearly the same device, so we’re not going into detail about everything here again. Instead, what’s noticeably different with the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is that it’s more uniform with its thickness – whereas the DROID RAZR HD still employs a slight hump to its rear. Still, this beauty is somewhat streamlined at 9.3mm thick.

Needless to say, part of the reason why it’s thicker and donning a uniform body is because it’s packing along a powerhouse 3,300 mAh battery that’s alleged to offer “ridiculously long battery life.” In fact, the specs sheet has it down to achieve 13 hours of video playback, 21 hours of talk time, or 10 hours of streaming video through Big Red’s 4G LTE network. Of course, battery life is high on the list for many people, but we’re curious to see its real world results for ourselves.

Although it manages to bring back the same sized battery as last year, it’s worth noting that the DOIRD RAZR MAXX HD is also featuring a 4.7” 720p Super AMOLED display, which should give that battery a lot of work. As like the DROID RAZR HD, the display of the RAZR MAXX HD is quite stunning – piercing to tell you honestly! Well, that’s partly due to the pretty colors it’s able to manufacture, its wide viewing angles, and killer contrast level to maintain its clarity in all lighting conditions.

As for the rest of the smartphone, the specs sheet is pretty much the same as the DROID RAZR HD – like its dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p video recording, and 4G LTE connectivity. As for the software experience, we’re a bit hesitant to pass judgment because it’s not remarked as being a final build – though, the units on hand at the press event were running Jelly Bean. However, when the device launches, it’ll actually be running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, with an eventual upgrade to Jelly Bean.

Yet again, the most crucial thing to know about the DROID RAZR MAXX HD wasn’t mentioned at the press event – and that’s pricing! As we’ve said about the DROID RAZR HD, the pricing will once again play a key role for this battery lasting smartphone. History told us that the DROID RAZR MAXX from last year sported a high price point of $300 on-contract, which seems extraordinarily hefty nowadays – so we’re hoping to see it chiming in at a lower point. Considering that the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III both flew in at $200 on-contract, we’re hoping to see Motorola take the aggressive path with both devices.

Related phones

  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(21h talk time)



1. sportsinger75

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

The ATRIX HD also had on screen buttons John.

2. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

This is looking very nice. The RAZR has gotten a lot better since the V3 flip phone days.

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah... if they want to be relevant... i think it should be price lower than s3 and oneX!!! i really dont know why google buy motorola but doesnt even care about it... if its only because of moto's patent, then its kinda unfair to moto's part! so i think google just need to release nexuses/nexi to motorola line of phones.. beside the nexus is kinda the standard for android... oh well but im not saying that google should just abandon its partnership with other manufacturer.. i just want motorola to be on top of android empire!

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

They should atleast unlock the bootloaders of Motorola phones, to gain more developer support...

4. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Droid Razr Nexus Maxx HD Google !!! Please!!!

5. Retro-touch unregistered

I initially thought this phone was ugly but its a beauty, wish I could get the Razr HD Maxx, I'm sure battery will last for long enough to enjoy the phone

7. MicroNokia

Posts: 15; Member since: May 18, 2012

4.7 inch screen means only 4.55 usable since it has onscreen buttons.... sheaa:(

9. yt6nin

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I kind of hate that fact... Plus, why are there two Verizon carrier logos on this phone? The one on the front is stupid, personally. I think the one on the back is all they need to have, and use that extra space allocated towards the 4.7" screen, like give the phone a little more screen space... -_-

8. yt6nin

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I'm eyeing this phone as my next smartphone, but my family's with AT&T and unless I can get an individual line with Verizon, I doubt that I can get this beast... 0_0 I totally love the specs, especially the HD screen with the large battery, but seems a little low on the camera and RAM... Otherwise, this is just what I would love to have next. I need a smartphone that can easily last me 10hrs+.

10. metalpoet unregistered

Where i live at&t has the worst service possible, but i will grudgingly give the props for having some pretty awesome devices that verizon just wont have which pisses me off, at&t has the Note and the One X and what does Verizon have???? there only cool phone is the Samsung Glaxy S 3

11. savezo007

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

is this phone a world phone????? it better be or else............ XP

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