Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Review
This is a short review of the Motorola DROIR RAZR MAXX. It is similar to the DROID RAZR that we reviewed in-depth here, but the DROID RAZR MAXX contains a larger capacity battery.

Introduction:

When Verizon introduced the Motorola DROID RAZR last November, we were impressed with its design, build quality and features, including a 4.3” display and dual-core processor – all wrapped up in a body that is only 0.28” thick. The only caveat being the 1780 mAh non-removable battery, as it may not provide long enough power for heavy users. Motorola hopes to alleviate this with the new Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, as it comes with a higher capacity 3300 mAh battery, which Motorola says increases the talk time from 12 hours to 21 hours.

Design:

Overall, there is very little cosmetic difference between the DROID RAZR MAXX and the original DROID RAZR. Both are constructed out of premium materials, including a stainless steel body, Kevlar fiber on the back cover for reinforcement, and water repellent nano-coating on the inside to help protect the phone from accidental contact with liquids.



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In fact, when looking at both of the smartphones head-on, they appear nearly identical, though the Motorola logo on the DROID RAZR MAXX is a charcoal gray, and the one on the original RAZR is silver. There is more of a noticeable when viewed from their sides, as the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX is slightly thicker at 0.35”, which is only 0.07” more than its slimmer sibling. Cosmetically, we like this bit of extra thickness, as it helps to smooth-out the “camera hump” that is quite noticeable on the DROID RAZR. Not only that, but the MAXX feels more comfortable in our hand as there’s more surface area to grab on to. There is also a difference in weight of 0.62 oz, but it doesn’t make the DROID RAZR MAXX feel overly heavy.


We remain pleased with the 4.3” Super AMOLED Advanced display, as colors are saturated and viewing angles are good, even though its qHD resolution of 540x960 doesn’t allow for as much fine detail as the HD displays found on the HTC Rezound and Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Typical for an Android, we find the same set of capacitive buttons sitting beneath its display – with the microphone situated very close to the home button. Meanwhile, the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera and narrow earpiece are all located directly above the display. Furthermore, to profoundly exhibit its premium taste, the Motorola name is etched into the diamond-cut aluminum accent. On the left side of the phone sits a plastic flap that hides away the handset’s microSIM 4G card slot and microSDHC card slot – the latter of which is occupied by a pre-installed 16GB memory card.


The power/lock button is positioned on the right edge along with the volume rocker. Between the two, the power button is slightly more raised versus the flat feel of the volume rocker – still, they exhibit a good response when they're pressed. Finally, the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash and the speakerphone grill are all stuffed into the handset's hump, though as we mentioned earlier, it’s much less pronounced on the DROID RAZR MAXX.




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65 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Should have waited and called it the Razr 2 with ICS, 4.5 inch 720p super amoled display running a 1.5 dual core processor. The battery life is impressive but thatd the only improvement. No camera, software, or display improvement whatsoever. First they gave us the Bionic and just a couple months released the Razr, now this.....

4. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

I don't get your complaint. This phone was built for one purpose, to have a supersized battery. Its done that. Now there is probably another phone already in the works that fits your description.

44. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

"Now there is probably another phone already in the works that fits your description." That's my point right there sir. The Bionic was suppose to be the big deal phone, then the RAZR came out just a couple months later THEN the RAZR Maxx came out just a couple months after that! Next thing ya know, two months from now, we will have the RAZR 2, with the same huge battery, and 4.5 720p display. Then the MAXX buyers will be just as pissed off as the RAZR and Bionic buyers were.

56. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

Its evolution, baby. Days of phones going for 7-9 months are done.

57. JohnnyZ

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Technology increases exponentially if you haven't noticed. I have a Galaxy Nexus, but quad core processors will be out very soon, making my phone obsolete, along with non-pentile HD displays. How fast do you need your phone to be? Why doesn't everyone just complain some more about the friggin' AMAZING technology we have RIGHT NOW!

58. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

So true, dude. PPL always need something to complain about. I remember ppl wetting themselves over flip phones..that was the advances in technology. Today, we have phones you could live off of. Embrase it.

62. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

You have to understand the business reason for the late release of the Bionic. It required a complete re-work when the Tegra didn't play nice with LTE. They re-designed it with OMAP. That put it behind schedule. You can't expect Moto to simply pitch the entire investment they made. If there's anything to be upset about, I would say it's the introduction of the Maxx right after the Razr. I think it would have been much better if they were introduced simultaneously so that we, the consumers, can have a real choice rather than commit to one phone only to find the one we really want introduced a few months later.

5. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

That my friend, is fragmentation at its finest.

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Using words that you don't understand doesn't make you sound intelligent you know that right? Fragmentation this is not, as it's running Gingerbread just like the other phones with Gingerbread. You don't really consider different phone specs but run on the same OS as fragmentation. That's like saying WP7 is fragmented because it's running on phones from HTC, Nokia and Samsung.

34. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, moron of the week

36. 0529308

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Better than insult - we should try to educate. Elingild - when they mention fragmentation they are talking about using the same OS (in this case ginger bread) and changing the look and feel of it. Now every verdor does this to some extent, but some take it way too far. So far that it winds up looking like a distant cousing of how Android is supposed to look and feel. Now multiply that times 10 vendors and you see the problem Android is facing which they have named fragmentation.

41. gfresh404

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Gandhi

6. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Yeah, selection's a real bitch.... It's a shame that people that just now are purchasing a phone can buy something newly released instead of having to buy one that came out months ago...

31. gfresh404

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

If they called it "Razr 2" they would have REALLY pissed off people.

32. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

how about not release the first razr and just release this plus what u said

33. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

...This was not meant to be the successor to the RAZR, just an alternative with extended battery life. Why would someone want the original RAZRover this one? For a thinner design, and also price, of course. Anyways, this a horrible review! The cons are unreasonable, and just reading this, I knew it wasn't as professional as usual. Who is FAUguy? A new reviewer?

63. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

This is a horrible review. How does this phone score an 8.5 when the Bionic gets a 9? By any measure, this is a far better phone than the Bionic.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I believe this is overall, along with the galaxy nexus, the best phone you can buy right now

3. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

The phone has a 1 1/2 year old obsolete OS, low resolution pentile display (low quality), poor camera, and locked bootloader. How is this significantly better than a droid X2?

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Gingerbread was released on December 6, 2010. That isn't even close to a year and a half old. The other stuff you list are subjective opinions and you know it, asshole.

8. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If you do the math it is very close to a year and a half. Last time I checked a yr and a half is 18 months according to your time line the os is 14 months old. Thats pretty close to me.

35. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, it's not close at all. First things first, Gingerbread was released in early December 2010, which means we're not even at 14 months yet. Secondly, four months is still a HUGE difference of time. It's almost 25 percent. Hopefully no one in school ever taught you that 77 was close to 100.

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

This phone is to promote Motorola's super capacity battery in a slim form factor. Mission accomplished.

16. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

2.3.5 was released on "25 July 2011". Super Amoled...pentile or rgb...has best viewing angles and colors. Camera...is not poor...its just not excellent ;)

19. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

The camera module is decent but their software implementation is poor.

29. gfresh404

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Couldn't agree more - Would have gotten the Nexus myself but got turned off by all the software issues/poor signal strength.

37. 0529308

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

So I just got mine and the battery life is now comparable to 3G only phones. I tried the original razor but when the battery ran out by the time I got home (exaggeration intended) I new it wasn't for me. Now if they can just come out with IS update - I might actually be happy...for a few months anyway :-)

11. mobileuser

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Even the ICS is now out. It is better to wait until all the bugs in the ICS has been fixed before installing it in the razr. look at all those never ending randomly rebooting problems occured in the Galaxy nexus and the Asus transfomer primg tablet once running with the ICS operating system. People will soon regret for having the ICS so soon where their phones or tablet just keep on rebooting, rendering it unusable at all. So Gingerbread can still hold on at least for a while until the rebooting issue ahs been fixed.

13. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I think Microsoft dose better job on the OS than Google does.

18. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

The reboot problem is not a widespread issue. Like all phones, it has its share of problems but ICS is still overall, a much better OS than Gingerbread.
DROID RAZR MAXX
  • 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)

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