Our friends over at Verizon have sent us the Droid RAZR MAXX for us to review. Most people who bought the original Droid RAZR, may be a little mad. The only difference between the Droid RAZR and the Droid RAZR MAXX is that the MAXX features a 21 hour battery. But, is that enough to upgrade, read on to find out. Now, let’s get started with the full review of the Verizon Droid RAZR MAXX!
The Verizon Droid RAZR MAXX features the same design as the Droid RAZR with only some minor differences. It is thicker, but not buy much. It is still thicker than some of the other phones on the market. It comes in at 8.99 millimeters thick, while the RAZR comes in at 7.1 millimeter. So while it’s not the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone on the market, it is most certainly not the thickest phone on the market. The back of device is made of Kevlar, which gives you more protection. On top of the screen you have the Motorola logo and a 1.3 mega-pixel front facing camera. Under the screen you will find the Verizon logo and the touch Android buttons. On the back you have the 8 mega-pixel HD camera with LED Flash, speaker, Motorola, Verizon, and 4G LTE logos. On the right hand-side you will find the power/sleep button and the volume rocker. On the left hand side you will find, under a cover, the 4G LTE SIM card slot and micro SD card slot. On the top of the device you have the headphone jack, micro USB port, and the HDMI port. The Droid RAZR MAXX is currently only available in black, but more colors are always a possibility. As many of you known the Droid RAZR is available in black, white, and purple now.
The Battery on the Droid RAZR MAXX is the biggest feature of the phone. The Droid RAZR MAXX’s battery life has continued to amaze me since day one. I had it working for a solid 20 hours of phone calls, streaming video, and more. I have only charged it twice since receiving it and it blows me away every time. This is also with full brightness and it doesn’t bring the devices to battery to a fault what so ever. It has a 3,300mAh battery, this doubles the original battery of the Droid RAZR. I was expecting amazing battery life. And while it says it gets 21 Hours, we pushed it and we got around 20 Hours. Maybe if you don’t use it as much as we did or if you had Motorola Smart Actions turned on, you could have gotten 21 Hours. Either way if you need a large battery look no where but the Droid RAZR MAXX.
The Droid RAZR MAXX is identical to the RAZR besides the battery and the thickness. So we will be brief here in the Hardware section. In terms of a battery you get a 3,300mAh battery inside. For network you have access to Verizon’s 4G LTE Network, which is insanely fast. The screen is also the same, I seems like Verizon and Motorola missed the chance of making another huge and revolutionary device by not improving the screen. It still features 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD Display, with a resolution of 960 X 450. While the screen is good we have seen better on many other devices. It has a 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor with 1GB of RAM. It has a total of 32GB of Space, 16GB internal and a 16GB microSD card. So space is no issue on this device. I would have liked to see some hardware improvements but, they are nowhere to be found. Maybe in a future version of the device they will be added.
As you may have expected the Droid RAZR MAXX has an identical operating system to that of the Droid RAZR. With that begin said we will be brief in the Operating System section as well. It is running the same build and firmware as the Droid RAZR, it seems as if Verizon and Motorola are holding stuff back from us. It is running Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with the Motorola User Interface. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming, it will also be coming to the Droid RAZR. Pre-loaded apps are for the most part the same as well. You get Amazon Kindle, Verizon Apps, BlockBuster, Google App Suite, Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Device Setup, Emergency Alerts, Flash Player Settings, GoToMeeting, Guided Tours, Help Center, IM, Let’s Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, Android Market, Messaging, Mobile Hotspot, MOG Music, MOTOACTV, MOTOPRINT, Music, My Accounts, My Files, My Gallery, My Music, My Verizon Mobile, Netflix, NFL Mobile, Quickoffice, Slacker, Slingbox, Smart Actions, Social Location, Social Network, Task Manager, V CAST Tones, Verizon Video, Video Surf, Voice Commands, Voice Search, VZ Navigator, and YouTube. It comes with a good amount of items pre-loaded and if that isn’t enough you can get more in the Android Market. One thing that is different is that thanks to the larger battery you can use the operating system and apps more on one full charge than the original RAZR.
We did not give you a camera test for the original Droid RAZR. Ah but, since the cameras are identical on the Droid RAZR MAXX you get the camera test now! The camera app is exactly the same as the RAZR’s. In terms of the front facing camera, it is 1.3 mega-pixels. It is there for taking picture of yourself and/or selfless and video calling with your friends and family. The quality is okay, and is what we would expect for a front-facing camera. On the back is where this bad boy shines. It has an 8 mega-pixel HD camera, that put the Galaxy Nexus camera to shame. It records HD in 1080ph HD and if you take photos or video at night, no worries thanks to it’s LED flash. You can see our video camera test below!
The Droid RAZR MAXX is pretty much a better version of the Droid RAZR. It’s biggest feature is a huge 21 hour battery life, we only received around 20 hours while testing. It still features the 8 mega-pixel back camera, the not so great display, 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor, and more. However, I feel it is one of the best phones in Verizon’s lineup. So what if it adds some more thickness having a 21 Hour battery tops it all. However, the Droid RAZR MAXX leaves the original Droid RAZR buyers in the dust. It does have the best battery of any phone currently on the market and for that one reason you should certainly consider it if you are looking for a new Verizon smartphone. Verizon is throwing to many RAZR devices at the consumer. I would have just come out with the MAXX and the first place. However, that is Verizon’s decision and not mine, but hopefully you are happy with your RAZR as it is a great phone. Sure we would have liked to see improvements with screen and other items, but what we got was an awesome new battery. It will cost you $299.99 with a 2-year contract from Verizon. Without a contract it will cost you a total of $649.99 . You Can Get Your Verizon Droid RAZR MAXX, By Clicking Here. At the time of this review Verizon is offering an awesome deal, “Twice The Data. For The Same Price”. You Can Get More Info On This Deal, By Clicking Here. We would like to thank Verizon Wireless for providing us with a copy of the “Verizon Wireless Droid RAZR MAXX By Motorola”.