Call Quality:

The call quality on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is quite good, and is identical to what we experienced with the DROID RAZR HD, as voices on our end had full tones and sounded natural; though we did notice that the call volume wasn’t as loud as some other phones (even when turned all the way up). People that we called also said that we sounded natural on their end as well. When we activated the rear speakerphone, voices had very little distortion, but the output is simply too weak to use in noisy environments.

During out testing, we didn’t drop any calls and it showed good signal strength of -91dBm. But when using data connections, we saw 4G LTE signal strength vary between -98dBm and -106dBm when outside, and up to -120dBm inside, which often times would then change over to 3G EVDO on its own. This is not uncommon, as we’ve experienced the same thing on most all of Verizon’s 4G LTE smartphones.

Battery:

As with the original DROID RAZR MAXX, the new DROID RAZR MAXX HD comes with an impressive 3300mAh battery, which was able to provide us up to 17 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge, or 4-5 days of mixed usage. While the standard DROID RAZR HD has a smaller 2530mAh battery that achieved up to 14 hours of talk time on a full charge, or 3 days of mixed usage.

Conclusion:

If you are looking at purchasing a high-end Android smartphone from Verizon, your current choices at the moment are the Samsung Galaxy S III or either the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD and DROID RAZR HD, as they all offer large 720p HD displays, and are using the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor for fast performance.

The Galaxy S III may look more stylish and “flashy”, though its plastic construction does have a cheap feeling to it and doesn’t hold up well to abuse. Meanwhile, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is more utilitarian in its appearance, but it is built like a tank with Gorilla Glass on the front, Kevlar backing on the rear, and nano coating inside and out to protect it from the occasional splash of water.

In the end, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a nice update from the original DROID RAZR MAXX, but comes with a premium price of $299.99 with a 2 year contract. This is $100 more than the regular DROID RAZR HD, but gets you a larger 3300mAh battery and twice the internal storage. In fact, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is only $50 more than the 32GB version the Samsung Galaxy S III, and looking at it that way, we feel the price difference may be worth it for some consumers, considering the great battery and the more rugged construction.

Software version on the reviewed unit:
System version: 0.6.25.XT926
Android version: 4.0.4
Baseband version: VANQUISH_BP_1045.711.53.20P
Kernel version: 3.0.8-00039-g4115279
Build number: 7.7.1Q-144_VQW_S334-25
Build date: Sat Sep 15 2012


Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Video Review:



Pros

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Excellent build quality
  • 4.7” Super AMOLED HD display
  • Good call quality

Cons

  • Camera quality should be better at this price
  • Not running Android Jelly Bean out of the box
  • Obnoxious push-pin required for SIM and microSD card access

PhoneArena Rating:

8.7

User Rating:

9.7
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