Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX hands-on

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX hands-on
Let’s be serious here, we can’t help but reiterate that the Motorola DROID RAZR was one of the best looking smartphones released last year. For all the stellar hardware it’s hiding within its body, it’s utterly amazing to even believe for a moment that its construction and design was possible – yet, Motorola remarkably did it! However, one of the biggest complaints about the device, which is the same with all 4G LTE smartphones we’ve checked out, is that battery life is abysmally poor. In fact, most devices last just a tiny bit more than 8 hours. Well, that’s where the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX comes to mind!

To put it lightly, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX is the Motorola DROID RAZR, but it’s packing an insanely large 3,300 mAh battery – rated for over 21 hours of talk time! Even though it utilizes the same solid design of the DROID RAZR, the DROID RAZR MAXX is expanded to a thickness of 0.35” (8.99mm). So yeah, it doesn’t retain the same thickness, but nevertheless, it’s still undeniably thin and uniform by today’s standards. Beyond that, we still adore that it employs only the best materials out there with its construction – like its Kevlar back, diamond cut aluminum accents, and stainless steel core.

Sharing the same hardware as its slimmer sibling, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX polarizes our eyes with its always magnificent 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display. Furthermore, some of the other commonalities include a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, 8-megaixel auto-focus camera, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, and 4G LTE connectivity. However, it’s worth noting it’s been amped with a total storage capacity of 32GB – broken down to 16GB of internal storage and a 16GB microSD card.

As a whole, there isn’t much new with the handset, but we’re sure that some people are going to be relieved knowinig that it’s packing one hefty battery inside of its body – without turning it into a hefty phone. Verizon is pegging this one to have the same $299.99 on-contract price as its sibling, but its exact release day is still unknown. Nonetheless, we’re certain it’ll be here soon than you think!

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  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(21.50h talk time)



1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I like the design better because its the perfect thickness and has less of a hump. Not to mention the first lte phone with good battery life. Hats off to moto hopefully they could sell these batteries to other companies.

28. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The thiness is what made the Droid Razr a bit less comfortable to hold compared to the Galxy Nexus and Rezound, especially considering it's width. A little thickness for a larger battery and no skimping on compnonents used is a good idea.

45. tjmag88

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Exactly the thiness made the razr hideously uncomfortable and basically retained me from buying it. Instead i waited, so now come may ill deff get this

74. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, that is funny to harp on the phone being thin - when you buy a case for the phone it adds enough thickness to it. Wow, to not buy a phone because it is too thin? REdonkulous....

2. barenstam

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

If it has ICS available for it when it drops to my $199 price point I just might go for it.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Geez. Cramed a car battery in there, didn't we Moto? Is it EVER safe to buy a phone these days? Bionic- nope, time for RAZR. Want a RAZR? PSYCH!!! You need the MAXX. Got the Titan? HA-HA!!! Titan 2 is in town. Stupid, always improving phone jerks......

13. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Yeah i don't feel like a whole new phone was needed to just improve battery life...

46. AgnesDay

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's not a whole new phone. Same phone, larger battery, and thicker back to fit the battery. No other changes. Unfortunately there haven't been any breakthroughs in battery technology in the last two months to allow them to put double the charge in the same thin package as the RAZR.

4. GeekMovement unregistered

awesome battery life! I like this way better than the original razr. Good thinking Moto!

7. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011


20. venom84

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 15, 2010

Couldn't have said it any better my condolences to people who bought the galaxy nexus.

31. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

The GNex still offers things that the Razr will never offer like selection in custom ROMs, kernels, and themes...

40. asmallchild

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

and ICS and an unlocked bootloader and a better screen and faster updates and the knowledge that our phone won't be old news in 2 months bazinga

41. Dcfurious

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Kinda the only thing I care about in your mentions is ICS. And they have already confirmed Razr will be getting ICS...

43. asmallchild

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

Yes, confirmed, but when? Timeframe? 6 months How many updates will it get after that? Will it be slapped with nasty MotoBlur atop? Yes Yeah no Razr for me thanks

55. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

One thing that nexus owner never realise or cannot convice themselves to realise is that by the time the Razr gets ICS, the Nexus already with ICS will be a few months old and become obsolete, while the razr runnng with Gingerbread will be "REFRESHED" with the new latest version of ICS they just received by that time . This will give the razr a whole brand new look and feel with the new UI experence come with latest ICS. This will make the razr feel new again because of this new OS updated.Also dont forget the New ICS will be incorporating the new "HOLLO" theme as requested by google in order to avoid any fragmentation and maintain consistency UI experience across all smart manufaturer. So the motoblur atop will not exist at all. it will get as many subsequent updates as it will get because of the advantage of being a google subsidary and the unloacked bootloader worldwide. Dwelling only on the point of ICS and subsequent updated itself is NOT going to give the Nexus any real merits or advantages over the Razr in the real worldwide scenerio because a smart phone itself is more than just the OS. There are many other aspects to be considered as a whole.

53. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Razr will get ICS soon being a Google company, it will get it and all subsequeent update at least faster than the other manufacturer, if not as fast as the Nexus. Razr also coems with unlocked bootloader in the inetrnational version, only your Verizon has locked it. So people can flash custom rom into the razr as well Nexus will be old after 2 months with the ICs with its plastic feel but the Razr will feel new even after 6 months when it has fresh ICS because of its premium built. Nexus?? No thanks. What a waste.

42. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

The Razr also offers some functions like Motocast, smart actions, laddock, etc. that the Nexus will never offer. Also, the internatinal vrsion of motorola razr has un unlocked bootloader ( not the VZW version) thjat can get custom ICS rom as soon a sthey become available. So with such a big battery capacity, motorola has said new battery standard in the smart phone history even Galaxy Nexus cannot match.

44. asmallchild

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

Not for the original Droid Razr buyers...

56. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

So what, this new razr Maxx will attract many brand new buyers who are really concerned with battery life of a smart phone. Adding to it the original quality and features came with the original razr and the unlocked booloader, the custom ICS is already out for and running in the Razr. This new battery standard will only add one more merit to the original razr that the new Nexus is not able to match. Let alone other aspects like the premium built and call quality and other practical functions that made the razr remains a top notch phone.

47. AgnesDay

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The international version of the RAZR also has a locked bootloader. But there are already custom ROMs available for the RAZR - fast and debloated - and CM9 (custom ICS) will be out soon enough I'm sure. ICS is running on RAZR already. It remains a top notch phone.

54. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

The Razr also offers things that the nexus never offers such as 3300MAH battery, metal built quality and supererb call quality, practical funstions like motocast, smart actions, etc. Also dont forget the international version of Razr has unlocked bootloader so loading custom rom is not any problem. Only those customers with VZW has to suffer.

60. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Also, the Galaxy Nexus offers so many reported regularly random reboot on their ICS OS which the Razr will never offer. Good luck GNexus. I am glad that I got the Razr that did not give me that much of a headage.

35. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

didnt mention if the us version of the maxx has a 720 screen either

39. asmallchild

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

lol my condolences to people who bought the droid razr just got screwed

49. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

I have no problem buying and extended battery for my nexus.....26.00 if you broke go to cheaper phone services like sprint ,tmobile,and metro pcs

5. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I don't understand how people can be happy with this. If you make a phone with an irreplaceable battery perhaps you should nail it on the first try in terms of life. Seriously, if they're going to release a suped up version overseas I don't see why we have to wait for an incremental update. I smell the RAZR Refresh right around the corner with 720p and 12mp camera which they should have just tacked on this especially with the bigger battery. It's plain to see these companies just want to jerk us for our money. And yes I probably will swap out my less than 30day old RAZR for the MAXX...still annoyed and it's probably gonna kill my sperm count or just give me cancer.

33. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Clearly Moto released the original Razr as a marketing campaign.. here's what we can do to make a thin phone! Then.. the MAXX.. I just wish these manufacturers would do something like introduce BOTH at the same time and give us a choice.. thicker with better battery life, or super thin. If this phone had a different screen, I'd consider returning my Nexus for it, for the battery life alone. I'm really disapointed with the battery life on my Nexus so far.

6. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

now this is probably the phone for ppl that complain about battery life so much! lol well this is gonna fix their problems

8. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Wish i had an upgrade because this would be my choice. O well my iphone 4 is still great and when my upgrade comes along i am sure moto will have a superphone by then

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