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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Review


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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Review
So here’s what the DROID RAZR MAXX is all about – the battery life. Motorola says its 3300 mAh battery is capable of 21 hours of talk time. We conducted several tests, and were only able to get up to 17 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge – 4 hours less than what Motorola claimed. This is still quite good, as it surpasses the regular DROID RAZR’s 10 hours of talk time (1780 mAh battery) and crushes 6 hours of talk time on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (1840 mAh battery). Naturally, most people will not talk on the phone for that long in one sitting, so we’re glad to report that under regular mixed usage, which includes some talk, web, email, app use, and standby, the DROID RAZR MAXX was able to last up to 3 days before requiring a charge, while the DROID RAZR and Galaxy Nexus require nightly charging. It is clear that the 3300 mAh battery is a winner here – and we hope to see high capacity batteries on future handsets. We only wish that the DROID RAZR MAXX would have been released at the same time with the DROID RAZR three months ago.

Unfortunately, we can’t speak to the call quality on our end this time around, as the DROID RAZR MAXX sample unit we received appears to have a defective earpiece speaker, which produces an irritating rattling sound whenever someone talks (even when lowering the volume). We did try a Bluetooth headset, which did allow for voices to sound good on our end.  The person that we talked to said we sounded great on their end.  We  believe that the MAXX is identical to the original DROID RAZR, which has fantastic calling quality.


If you are a power user and are sick of continually charging your battery, you should take a look at the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. Its talk and standby times are the longest that we've seen on a smartphone, and the device has plenty of high-end features to quench an Android user’s thirst, with its only drawbacks being the non-HD screen and the mediocre camera quality.   

Software on tested device:
Android 2.3.5
System version: 6.11.748.XT912.Verizon.en.US
Software date: Nov 30, 22:23:34 CST 2011

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Video Review:


  • Long lasting battery
  • Good design and materials used


  • Still waiting on Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Display is not HD quality
  • Camera and camcorder are not top-notch
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posted on 30 Jan 2012, 04:23 17

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.....

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 08:16 12

4. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 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.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 06:01 2

44. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 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.

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 22:11 3

56. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 23 Feb 2012, 07:07 2

57. JohnnyZ (Posts: 34; Member since: 30 Sep 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!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 06:55

58. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 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.

posted on 09 May 2012, 19:50

62. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 08:36 8

5. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)

That my friend, is fragmentation at its finest.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 09:42 14

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 05:34 4

34. bloodline (Posts: 706; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

lol, moron of the week

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 09:55 5

36. 0529308 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jan 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.

posted on 01 Feb 2012, 16:10 1

41. gfresh404 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)


posted on 30 Jan 2012, 08:59 6

6. doubleD (Posts: 78; Member since: 13 Dec 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...

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 19:12 3

31. gfresh404 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 19:36

32. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 22:30 5

33. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 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?

posted on 09 May 2012, 19:53

63. gtrxman (Posts: 130; Member since: 10 Sep 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 04:53 15

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 06:49 2

3. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 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?

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 09:06 7

7. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 09:26 4

8. iami67 (Posts: 321; Member since: 18 Oct 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.

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 08:48 1

35. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 09:39 6

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 14:18 3

16. jove39 (Posts: 1976; Member since: 18 Oct 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 ;)

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 14:38 1

19. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 18:59 3

29. gfresh404 (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 31 Jan 2012, 09:58

37. 0529308 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Jan 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 :-)

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 09:47 3

11. mobileuser (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Dec 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.

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 12:53 1

13. torr310 (Posts: 1085; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 30 Jan 2012, 14:37 4

18. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 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.

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OS: Android 4.1.2 4.0 2.3.6 2.3.5
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size5.15 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches
(130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99 mm )
5.11 oz  (145 g)
Battery3300 mAh, 21.5 hours talk time

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