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Went from the Maxx to the Maxx HD
gmracer1 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I'm a diehard Moto fan. I've already owned the Maxx (owned for 15 months), and then I wanted a bigger (and higher res.) screen, so I bumped to the Maxx HD. All I can say is, I'm in love. The phone is smexy, the screen is gorgeous, the battery life is the same as the regular Maxx (two days battery life for me), and the reception is always the best--due to Tetra Comm's antennas, and of course the Kevlar backing + reinforced metal body + nanocoating = A battletank phone!
Side note: An HDR camera feature was added to the Maxx HD. The regular Maxx did not have this. I've compared numerous Auto-setting vs. HDR pics, and the results were pretty amazing.
Best Phone I Have Ever Owned
gtrxman has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This phone is easily the best phone I have ever used. The build quality is fantastic. The Kevlar back is just tacky enough that the phone doesn't slip out of your hands. The overall height and width are perfect for my large hands (though someone with smaller hands might have an issue). The brushed metallic band around the phone adds a classy touch (a la iPhone). The feel in your hand is perfect. Heavy enough that it doesn't feel like it will fly away, but not so heavy as to be too heavy. I can't believe how thin the phone is with the size battery it has.
People always compare this to the Galaxy SIII and say that the Galaxy is faster and has more RAM. I don't see anything wrong with the speed of this phone, and given that Motorola's version of JB is stripped down compared to TouchWiz, I don't think that any slight difference in speed is appreciable in real world use. Frankly, although the SIII is a nice phone, I can't stand TouchWiz and its cartoonish icons and oversaturated colors. In this price range, I also expect better materials than plastic throughout.
My only complaint is the camera, which while it is an improvement over previous Motorola cameras, still needs some work. I really don't take too many pictures, though, so this is really not an issue for me.
I've substituted Nova Launcher for the standard launcher (the standard one is very nice, but I've been a Nova user for a while and love the customization options), and have not seen any slowdowns or stuttering....
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Better than the S3
TheRetroReplay has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I recently picked this up after returning my Galaxy S3 and holy shnikes, this thing is faster than the S3, everything is a smooth transition from one screen to the the next. The build quality is so much better, my S3 dropped from a height of less than a foot and the back panel cracked. The Droid RAZR MAXX HD has some weight to it too, making it feel good in the hand and the on screen keyboard isn't the pain in the neck that the S3 is. The reception, perfect, everything comes in crystal clear and the antenna is much stronger than the S3 as I can get 4G in my house (I live in the boonies), unlike the S3 which couldn't hold a data connection or a call to save it's life.
And don't get me started on the battery life, not only does it last forever, but it sips battery juice even when power using it. The UI is very close to stock Android and feels like it has Jelly Bean already on it, the only thing it's missing is Google Now.
If you're on Verizon, get this phone, it's the best phone they have
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Very good Phone.
Borrie69 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Yes I haven't owned it for 6 months, which is what I would prefer before writing a well balanced review, but I have been blown away by the many aspects of the phone. I have tried my best to describe each of aspects below the rating of each aspect. I hope the review helps anyone looking into the phone, Yes I do wish it was a quadcore phone but even tho it's not, it still kicks ass. MUCH BETTER then the Ifail5 will ever be, has far superior quality then the Ifail5, except in the camera.
If you wish to get a phone I would highly recommend this phone, very good option to consider. It is easy to use if you are just starting out with smart phones, or if you are a developer then it would be a very good option. It caters to every type of person out there, yet specialize to none. It is a good phone to you if you are looking for a phone, try it and see how awesome it is.
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High quality phone that exceeds my expectations
Jack_Glab has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Amazing phone that I prefer over the galaxy. The large battery is extremely useful and the phone kevlar is very stylish. A must-have phone for those who aren't into the samsung galaxy. I hope Motorola keeps making more of these phones.
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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD
flygirl has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Download the Swiftkey app. I love it and find it easier now than a physical keyboard. Also, download the K-9 app for your email. I have a pop email account and the K-9 handles it beautifully. I don't use the factory email. I've had the phone since the launch (almost a year) and still absolutely love it!
Very Good Phone for a longtime BlackBerry user
purplefish212 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
This was my first non-BlackBerry smartphone, and I have to say it took some getting used to, however I now am fairly pleased with this phone. I love the screen, and battery life is phenomenal. I no longer have to bring a charger (or spare battery as I did with BlackBerrys) along with me. The phone has excellent hardware, but the software is now having some hiccups. So much so that my email deleted itself and Verizon replaced my phone for free. Call quality is great and internet browsing is above average. The camera is decent also. My biggest complaint is the Android is the keyboard. I am accustomed to excellent physical keyboards, and the keyboard on this phone has been a difficult adjustment. I still frequently make typos and this slows down my message output.The phone has also been slowing down significantly in the last few months. Launching apps takes drastically longer than it did during the first 6 months of ownership. I also dislike the lack of a centralized email area. Other than a couple gripes, this has been a reliable phone for me.
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Wow! Not missing my Droid 3 at all!
glennpettit has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Having started on a BlackBerry Curve, "graduated" to a Droid 2 and then Droid 3, I was worried going to a non-keyboard phone. In fact, the only physical buttons on this thing are the volume and power buttons, so it's all touchscreen/softkeys or nothing. Well, with Jelly Bean and my own addition of SwiftKey, I am amazed at how easily I have made the transition.
Better than that is the battery life. On the first day I had it, fresh out of the box with about a 60% charge, I made it to bedtime with 20% left. That may not sound like much of a feat until you consider that I had to re-download the 40+ apps I regularly had on my old Droids, that I used Bluetooth to transfer files and SMS from teh old phones, and I tried out the Wifi Hotspot for an hour or so. In other words I put that battery to the test. Since then I haven't seen it ever dip below 20% even after a full day off of cruising the web, syncing the remaining apps and music I missed that first day, and allowing my kids to play games for hours. Yeah, I am loving the battery life.
My Droid RAZR HD MAXX came with Android 4.1.2 Jelly bean, so I haven't had to deal with any updates other than for apps. I love the newer Android features, but the bloatware was still there--until I rooted it and froze them so they'd stop loading in memory. Slacker!?!? On a limited data plan? No way!
Another nice thing has been the quality of the 4G signal. On my Droid 2 & 3, we noticed that our 3G signal dropped 2 bars from one part of our hosue...
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I adore my phone!
platterofhotfish has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I love this phone. I am a phone salesperson and so I get to try out many many, phones. I obsessed for months about which phone I would get myself last Christmas. I decided on this one because it's biggest cons in reviews were the things I didn't care about. The battery life is amazing, the performance is easily on par with the galaxy s iii until you really start pushing it. It's easy to use, it doesn't have a bunch of annoying bloatware instead its a beautiful reskin of android. The features motorola added were mostly actually useful features. I love smart actions. The speaker is loud and the call quality is excellent. I have never had any problem with service or dropped calls. The battery life is an obvious high point. I have litteraly tried to kill it in a day on multiple occasions and failed. It is simply wonderful. The little ridge around the screen is a little uncomfortable to hold but I don't care. The camera isn't the best but I don't care much about the camera. The design is solid. And the notification light is so cool it just makes me giddy. This is a phone for people who like to get things done and don't want a bunch of gimmicky "features" that just get in the way. It is pure unadulturated technology made to work for you and make your life easier. It knocks the biggest downfall of smartphones out of the park and runs smooth with nary a hiccup. I highly reccomend it to anyone even though it's almost a one-year old phone. As a cell phone salesman if I were to buy a new...
Rooted Razr Maxx HD
DMCenvy has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Pretty OK with the stock Android software, but excellent with third party ROM and bloatware removed. For me, this phone is worth it's weight in gold with the large battery and other great specs. Only sports a 1.5 GHz dual core CPU and 1G of RAM, but still runs surprisingly snappy.
t0ked has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone is amazing. I just updated to Jelly Bean and love it even more. The first day I had the phone, I was on it for several hours straight. And after about 4 hours of consistent screen on time, it was down to 70%! Coming from the Tbolt, that is just a miracle. The phone feels solid, like it was carved from one piece of granite. The screen is beautiful and just flies with LTE. Voice quality is better than my Cablevision VoIP phone line. and it picks up a LTE signal where my old Tbolt would be at 1X.
Software wise, it is pretty much barebones AOSP. The few touches Motorola has left in is pretty nice. The best is SmartActions. You should read about it. So nice knowing the minute I enter my house, the wifi goes on. Also the phone is set to silent at night, but it lets important phone calls through! If Motorola would sell this app on the Play Store, I'd buy it for my family's other phones. It's that convenient. And the whole phone is splashproof. Figuring that is how my last phone met its demise, this was a clear bonus.
When looking for a phone, I compared this with the S3 and the DNA. Even with a 4.7" screen, I could easily use this phone with one hand. Not so much the other two phones. Neither phone can touch the MAXX in terms of batterylife which was one of the most important criteria for me.
Now the camera. It is the only real weak point on this phone. If anyone knows about the camera on the Tbolt, this a huge a step up. Even night shots are better. So that was good enough...
Great Phone!!!! It's a Mini-Computer/ HD tv in your pocket!!!
Dlano2010 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I bought the Droid Razr HD and although the phone was great, I could not beat the price for the Razr maxx HD was just $20 more on AmazonWireless, I had to get it. This phone was fast but after the update it is BLAZING!!! This is the phone to get.
It's fine, wish it were better
hgoldman77 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is a good phone with good call quality. It's large and thick and clunky, too big for me to use with one hand. The display is brilliant and the colors are pretty. It has trouble finding proximate wi-fi, which is a disappointment. When it finds wi-fi, it does not accept it with good strength unless it's very close to the router source. I've had experiences with the picture gallery freezing. The stock keyboard is awful; didn't even have cursor arrows on it that I could find, and you had to switch to numbers mode to punctuate. It's also difficult to organize pictures and media. There's no perfect phone: the Verizon iPhone can't run apps and make calls at the same time. The Samsung doesn't have great build quality and its screen is dim. If the Maxx had a decent camera, I would recommend it without reservation. It doesn't have a good camera and Motorola/Google should do something about it.
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Best Android Phone in My Opinion
LiquidAlloy has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone works perfect. Never hangs or locks up. Every App responds instantly. The screen resolution is crisp and colors look fantastic. Battery life destroys any other phone. The build quality is great, very solid design. Looks great also. The speaker is very loud and sounds better then any phone I have heard since the old school Nextels. The Verizon network and this phone = nothing better. The reception is amazing, voice quality on phone calls is crisp and the 4G LTE kills on this thing. I am getting 30+ mb/s down and 12+mb/s upload speeds, on a phone. Faster then home internet providers. There is ZERO cons with this device. I can't rave enough about this handset.
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Great phone, worst camera ever
radzer0 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
0 complaints about his phone OTHER than the camera. I have a facebook wifi camera and plan on getting a galaxy camera soon. But who thought to put the cheapest sensor they could find in this phone?My dad bought a little video camera online for $3. Has no screen or anything just an on off slide switch. Charges via USB to a rechargeable WATCH battery. Quality is better on it.
Best current gen battery life
anthony84118 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Easily the best phone I've had! The battery life is on par with the original RAZR MAXX. Unfortunately the camera is also on par with the original's and leaves a lot to be desired. Overall unless you're a serious shutterbug than this is the phone for you.
Elkhunter has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Had the phone for three days and love it so far. Motorola has done a good job and I bet with Google's influence in the next few years we will see more great devices. I got rid of my I phone and will never look back!!
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Best phone on the market to date
joeyoung25 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I love this phone. I bought it the morning that it came out and have been impressed with the colors and size of the screen ever since. They also did a fantastic job on the camera with super sharp images and extremely fast shots. the video is amazing as well. I only have to charge my phone every other day thanks to smart actions for not wasting my battery life when Im not on my phone at night. The build quality on this phone is incredible as it feels and looks very solid. The back is kevlar coated and the front of course has gorilla glass. The screen and the battery are my favorite part of the phone but I have yet to think of a complaint for this phone. It is the same size and thickness as my droid x yet it has a gigantic battery
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lhm220 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Everything you want in a smartphone. It has speed, great display, easy to use, perfect size and weight for a large screen and best of all incredible battery life. I was between this and the iphone 5 and I know I made the right decision. They told me to go with the S3 but it didn't feel good in my hand. I've had it on for over a day with no-stop usage and battery is still at 53%. No more worry about running out of juice. Thank you Motorola.
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