Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Review
No surprises here, since there aren’t any major changes with the camera interface over previous Motorola phones. Naturally, we're bummed about it, but hey, it is what it is. Compared to other devices out there, it lacks the depth of manual controls and special effects to make it more compelling and fun to use.
Outside images captured with the 8MP camera on the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD appear identical (as one would expect) and look good enough for a “point and shoot” camera, as there is plenty of detail, yet the edges are rather soft. The problem that we found is that Motorola is still having issues with the auto white balance, as some images have a “cool blue” look to them, while others have oversaturated colors. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get better when taking indoor images, as the colors look unnatural, and there is plenty of visible grain. When using the LED Flash, we noticed it really isn’t bright enough to illuminate an average size room, as anything further away than 10 feet was not bright enough to see.
Videos are able to recorded at 1080p resolution and at 30 frames per second, which allows for smooth playback. Quality is good enough for capturing on-the-go recordings, as it has automatic exposure and good detail, though the tap-to-focus isn’t the fastest and doesn’t always work on the first try.
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Sample Video:
The DROID RAZR MAXX HD, DROID RAZR HD, and the DROID RAZR M all rely solely on Google’s Play Music app for its music player – with no option for Motorola’s own player. The Play Music app does work well in our opinion, as it employs a good balance between functionality and visual presentation. Pumping the volume to the maximum level, it produces tones that are pleasant to the ear, but nothing commanding for us to take notice as its outputs is average through the rear speaker.
Showing its close ties to Google, gone is the Gallery app we’ve seen countless times from Motorola, and instead is relying on Google’s usual offering. We’re not upset by the move, but it’s quite evident that Motorola is increasingly embracing Google’s presence with its devices.
In addition to supporting a wide variety of codecs, like DivX, H264, MPEG-4, and XviD, playback is flawless as it’s able to play all our test videos, including ones encoded with DivX at 1920x1080 resolution. Of course, it’s the saturated look of the display that keeps our attention affixed on the smartphone as we’re playing the video. And if you’re looking to playback a video on a larger screen, you can use the microHDMI out, or even DLNA over Wi-Fi.
Making an appearance once again, though not surprisingly considering we've been seeing it on all new Motorola devices as of late, the SMARTACTIONS feature is available with the DROID RAZR MAXX HD as well. Beyond having the ability to customize certain triggers, it comes in handy when it deals with battery management – enabling users to get the most from its battery. We won’t get into the specifics regarding its function, since we’ve covered it extensively in our original Motorola DROID RAZR review, but its value is found mostly with users who actually take the necessary time to customize everything from the top to bottom. Indeed, they will appreciate the total control it has to offer.
Out of the box, the handset is preloaded with a lot of bloatware apps – including Amazon Kindle, Color for Facebook, Modern Combat 3, NFL Mobile, QuickOffice, Real Racing 2, and Slacker Radio. Naturally, Verizon’s presence is established heavily on the handset with the Verizon Apps Store, My Verizon Mobile, Verizon Tones & Video, Visual Voice Mail, and VZ Navigator.