Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx Review
- February 29, 2012
5.0

Motorola has finally unveiled a new handset that is deemed to be a marvel compared to other flip phones out there as it has been modernized. It is the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx which is said to be iconic. It costs only $500 on a two year contract. Its predecessor, the original RAZR features a display that can render up to 176 x 220 pixels of resolution, a 5.5MB of internal storage, a camera and data speeds up to 48Kbps. This new Droid, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is an iconic handset that sports a 4.3-inch AMOLED display. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and sports an 8-megapixel camera, with 16GB of internal storage and support for fast 4G LTE network. What more can you ask for? These are the reasons why I am pretty much excited to review the device as I want to know myself if it really lives up to its promises.

Carriers: VerizonRetail Price: $649.99
Manufactured by: MotorolaContact Price: $299.99
Network
DataEV-DO Rev.A, LTE
Hardware & Software
Built in Storage16gb
E-mail ClientIMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Memory Card SlotmicroSD, microSDHC, 32gb max
Operating SystemAndroid (2.3.6)
ProcessorDual core, 1200 MHz, TI OMAP4430
Web BrowserYes
Online Services InstalledYouTube, Picasa
Camera and Video
Camera FeaturesVideo calling
Megapixels8 megapixels
Connectivity
Bluetooth4.0, EDR
Wi-Fi802.11 b, g, n
USBUSB 2.0
Battery
Talk / Sandby Time20 hours / 15 days
Capacity3300mAh
Size / Design
AntennaInternal
Form FactorCandybar
Headset Jack3.5mm
Device TypeSuper AMOLED
Device Weight5.11 oz
Dimensions5.15 x 2.71 x 0.35
Phone Features
Instant MessagingSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
Phone BookUnlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
OrganizerCalendar (calendar entries), Alarm (alarm entries), To-Do (todo entries), Document viewer, Calculator
Display
Touch ScreenCapacitive, Multi-touch
TypeSmart phone
Screen Size4.30 inches @ 540 x 960 pixels
Pros: The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is known for its beefed-up battery. Aside from that, it is presented in a slim, and durable design. I also like its gorgeous display, and its reliable 1.2GHz dual-core processor.

Cons:

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is such a high end smartphone. It has nice feature set and is presented in an attractive design. However, thereís no news on the latest Android OS upgrade, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Well, I guess you pretty know the basics on this phone but be sure to read on further to see what itís really like and how it performs. Here in my review of the device I will talk about its design, build, features, software and performance so you will have a birdís eye view on the phone and a slight idea if this phone really is the right one for you. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is very identical to its predecessor, the original Motorola Droid Razr. It seems that the brand has up the Android ante with this new creation. They made it to be as superslim as it can be and have it equipped with all the new features that you would like to see in a phone. This new Motorola Droid Razr Maxx comes with an energy-densed 3,300mAh battery which is rated to run for days on end. According to the brand, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx could be the longest-lasting and the most powerful smart phone they have ever created. Read on to find more information about this device and see if it is worth its $300 entry price. Now let us talk about its design. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the thinnest Android smart phone that I have ever seen. Yes, the brand started this thin phone craze with their original Razr V3, and I find this new one a right move, even if the Motorola Razr is said to have the trimmest chassis ever created. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has dimensions of 5.14 inches long by 2.75 inches wide by 0.35 inch thick. It is lightweight too, weighing just 5.1 ounces. It feels very svelte even though it has a large footprint. It easily fits in my pants pocket though people with small hands will have a hard time grasping this big-screened device. I call it a smartly designed smart phone since it does not have the hump that the original Droid has. Just like its predecessor, the Motorola Droid Razr, the Maxx has a back in Kevlar that is smooth and soft. This makes the battery of the device not removable. But then again, it is a powerful and reliable 3,300mAh battery, that can run for days. Personally, I do like its Kevlar backing. Yes, it is not bullet proof but it does make the cell phone scratch and scuff free. One more thing, it features "nanotechnology coating," which also found on the original Droid Razr. This technology safeguards the phoneís innards from light moisture and spills. Just a reminder, this new device is not water-resistant so don't swim with it. The screen has been made to be tougher as it is now a Corning Gorilla Glass display that is said to be chemically treated with a scratch-resistant surface. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx runs on Googleís Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Unlike other UIís this one only has 5 customizable home screens instead of the usual 7. However, it comes with more shortcuts including the phone dialer, main menu, messaging, and the camera. Its lock screen shows you the typical digital clock, date and battery information. To unlock, you just need to swipe the lock icon from left to right. The vibrate and the ringer function can be toggled here too. I do like the Droid Razr's virtual keyboard as it has well-spaced keys, good haptic feedback, and very responsive. It is a good thing that this new device emplys the same virtual keyboard.By the way, thereís also Swype for fast one-handed writing. The Motorola Droid Razr offers a handful of Android abilities. Aside from the usual features, it comes with GPS, Bluetooth 4.0/Wi-Fi/mobile hot-spot connectivity capabilities. Its mobile hotspot feature allows you to use the phone as a modem and set a WiFi connectin for up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. However, the mobile hot-spot feature costs $20 per month on top of your voice and data plans. Since it is an Android device, you will also get a wide selection of Google's apps and services including Google Search with Voice, Gmail, Google Books, Places, Google Talk, Google Maps with Navigation, Latitude, and YouTube. There are also phone and organizer apps like the calendar, file manager, alarm clock, calculator, a task list, voice command support, and speakerphone. Other basic applications and games include Let's Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, Amazon's Kindle app, Blockbuster, Netflix, Slacker Radio, MotoPrint, and VideoSurf. However, this one has lots of bloatware from Verizon like My Verizon Mobile, NFL Mobile, Device Setup, Verizon Instant Messenger, V Cast Tones, Verizon Video, VZ Navigator, and Visual Voicemail. Yup, most of us know that when it comes to security and corporate email functions the RIMís BlackBerry is the go to smart phone. Not anymore, as the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx now has support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. It also supports government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption which helps to secure your e-mail, calendar, as well as contacts. Lots of Motorola Android phones feature the brandís Webtop app, and the Droid Razr Maxx is no different. It is also provides a quasi mobile phone experience. You can just attach accessories like the Lapdock 100 {10-inch screen}, or the Lapdock 500 Pro {14-inch screen}, or an HD Station, and the Webtop app loads up automatically. These Lapdocks by the way, come with a keyboard and a touch pad, but you need to have you own input devices if you want to use or you are already using the HD Station. I tested the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx on Verizon's network in our area and the call quality was excellent. Same as when I used its speakerphone, itís clear, no background noise and I didnít sound distorted according to my friends. Its high-performance 3,300mAh battery works like charm. As promised it has managed to survive for days in standby mode which is pretty impressive. For me, the brand did a wonderful job in employing the new Droid Razr Maxx with a powerful battery. Kudos too for keep it with a slim and trim profile. I give this phone a rating of 4/5 as it works as advertised and I do hope to see more phones like this in the future.
Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx Review
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