Shocker: Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD crushes iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 in battery life performance

by: Chris SmithNovember 22, 2012

Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD

The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD has a humongous battery, so you’d obviously expect it to crush the competition when it comes to battery life tests, including two of its most important rivals, the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3. So there’s really no surprise there, is it?

In fact, Motorola has recently put up a Droid RAZR Maxx HD ad taking an interestingly illustrated hit (see image below) at the battery performance offered by the iPhone 4S. But, curiously though, the ad didn’t attack the iPhone 5’s battery.

The Droid RAZR Maxx HD has a 3300mAh battery. That’s almost as much as the iPhone 5’s and the Galaxy S3’s batteries combine, with the former having an 1440mAh battery while the latter packing a 2100mAh battery.

When looking at standby time, you’ll actually see the Galaxy S3 come out on top, according to available data. On 3G, the Galaxy S3 will survive for up to 770 hours, while the Droid RAZR Maxx HD and the iPhone 5 will shut down in 372 and 225 hours, respectively. But it’s not stand-by time that we’re mostly interested in, is it?

AllThingsD decided to put the Droid RAZR Maxx HD through a series of tests to see how its battery fares.

In regular daily use, the phone lasted for a day and a half before needing a recharge:

With moderate use — checking email and social networks, listening to music, browsing several Web sites and streaming a couple of YouTube videos over Verizon’s 4G LTE network, I was able to go about a day and a half before I needed to recharge. Meanwhile, my colleague Walt Mossberg got between nine and 12 hours of battery life from the iPhone 5 with mixed use.

Motorola estimates that the battery will serve up to 32 hours of mixed use.

When adding “power-hungry tasks” like GPS, games and video streaming, the phone stayed awake for about 24 hours in the tests performed by the publication.

When testing a continuous voice call (with Wi-Fi on and the screen turning off after 30 seconds,) the Droid RAZR Maxx HD’s battery held out for 22 hours, 1 hour shorter than estimated. Comparatively, the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 can offer up to 8 and 17 hours of talk time, respectively.

When playing continuous video with brightness set at 75%, while Wi-Fi and email were also running, the battery displayed a “low battery” alert only after 13 hours of usage.

These are certainly some impressive numbers for an LTE’s phone battery. Since we are talking about LTE connectivity, we can’t but remember that one of Google’s reported reasons for the Nexus 4 not coming with 4G LTE enabled was poor battery life. But that’s not really a reason to disregard LTE support anymore, especially when one of your subsidiaries is able to produce a handset capable of lasting well over a day, LTE usage included.

But that’s not a topic we’ll get into again right now. Getting back to this gigantic Motorola smartphone, let’s hear it from our readers, have you purchased a Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD yet?

  • Kimono

    Yeah right, staying awake is half the job, maybe for video streaming, but for GPS, games it going to suck without a gyroscope. Sure wonder why they don’t they put gyroscopes in any of their phones!

    • Casen Brashear

      Because they put in multi direction “accelorameters” . I wanted a RAZR hd maxx, but now I’ll just wait for the next phone. I want photosphere damnit. Even if it is just a gimmick.

  • rob

    Who cares so stupid write about something important like when the galaxy s3 at at&t will get its update

    • whats stupid is anyone who bought a device as shitty as a Galaxy S3, aka, steal me I have no security!! piece of junk. O but wait, its been 3 months, you dont need to update, you need to replace. Got to love a company who loves to push the obsolescence factor on its customers. Especially every season

    • obito

      so stupid?? u are obviously in denial and stupid yourself when i stated facts lol and who cares about at&t they suck anyways!!!! verizon all day. and yes the s3 does suck

  • Kagnon

    How is it a shocker if it has 3300mah?

    • Justin W

      They forgot the /s in the title.

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  • Craig Bowles

    Tbh, I was expecting a better battery performance over the other 2 phones… I was seriously considering getting this phone just because of the battery life, but if it isn’t that much better than the S3 I may look elsewhere. Would be interesting to know how some custom ROMS fair on this device as a comparison. But from my understanding Moto Blur isn’t the bloatware it used to be…. I guess I will hold out on a new phone just that bit longer.

  • Justin W

    I had a Razr HD (not the Maxx), and I had great battery life out of it. I could go on average about a day and a half with moderate usage (a few hours a day reading RSS feeds, about half an hour to an hour of streaming Pandora/Play Music via LTE, and light gaming). I returned it for the Nexus 4 since it was less money for more power (I paid full retail for the Razr HD to keep unlimited data), and I pay about 1/2 as much for my monthly bill now.

  • gizmodoc

    U should have included note2..

  • obito

    lol 17 hours talk time and 700 hours of standbye??? wat s3 are they talking about cause it sure isnt mine and havent seen no where close to those reports…last time i checked it was around 8-9 hours talk time and 200 hours of standbye time if that.

  • Charles Potts

    Just got Maxx HD as well as Note II, both are simply amazing (well worth the $299 price each). The Note II is especially impressive as it has the trifecta of IPhone, IPad, and IPod capabilities – with Kindle added in. They replaced SII and SIII phones. Never considered Apple before and sure won’t now – both Motorola and Samsung are way beyond Apple in innovation. Apple is sitting on its laurels with its captive (free-willed at that) audience and of course, if I was them, I wouldn’t cannibalize my product lines by offering an all-in-one offering either.

  • RodneyCee

    I’ve got the Razr Maxx free from Best Buy on a Holiday promotion and luv the battery life. It scanned up at 799.00 and they transferred My Contacts for free, with a 2 yr extension. It was 199.00 on Verizon’s website and I walked out of the store with it for Free. Thanks Best Buy.

  • Just wondering, taking into account the price, average price to purchase one of these devices (all smart phones) is around $300, IF you opt. for a new 2-year contract. Which I will put as (24months x 59.99$ I wont figure in taxes and what have you = 1439.76) the actual cost of the phone is 1739.75$. Now with that being said. Is a dual core, in the 1GHz range, 5 inch monitor, cellular only, no T1 or 30-50MBps speeds, no 1TB HDD, no 2GB GPU, no 64bit OS, no 8GB of RAM, not even remotely modular or user serviceable, not upgradeable and has nowhere near the figuratively speaking “immortal” life time of a personal computer, really worth all of this?
    The answer is no.
    Most of your home computers are crap, yes that is true. But that only goes to show, that our things represent “US”. The person always in a rush would be the one with a junky cluttered desktop, hasnt defragged in over a year, trash bin full, slower than hell, still on Windows XP with 512MB of RAM, would piss me off too. But that is where smart people and the actions they take make a giant difference.
    For the price of almost 2k, and your privacy, albeit your physical location, who you are talking to, what you look like and any and all information that you enter into the device say to buy something or post onto facebook, IS monitored and viewed and STORED by your PSP. Phone service providers. Look it up in the fine print. VS those who actually ned something functional from their devices and upgraded their computers. For even still a lesser cost.

    $1740 will get you a i7 liquid cooled BEAST of a gaming computer. Or even an AMD 8 core liquid cooled MONSTER. But the new class of “smart phone connoisseurs ” shows it technological understanding , by abandoning the only and last FREE aspect of computing. Only to dive deep into the world of proprietorial and guided markets. Meaning , you buy your computer, there is no “get it through us only” app store . You have endless options as to where you do or get what. And furthermore , wtf is an app? O yeah, an app, is an incomplete program. Which usually requires another app or two to have some kind of useful functionality.

    I remember in the late 90’s/early 2000’s when phones like the motorola v120i was out. Humans would buy a phone, and USE it until it was broken beyond repair, or lost. People would use the same phone for time periods AFTER the contract with the company was long over with. Because that generation of user, had a freaking brain that understood logic, and how to use it. Today’s socially and commercially brainwashed user falls into the hype and changes phones about every time they wipe their asses.

    Wake the hell up. Are you really that lame you cant figure out how to go places without a GPS map? Fucking lame! You cant wait till you get home or to your bud’s house with a 72″ on the wall to watch that BS clip of whatever you are viewing? Fucking Lame! That train of thinking , apply it and pay it forward. And see how many other aspects of how your smart device is not so smart.

    • Cliff notes?
      Also, you mad, bro?

    • Mike K

      You know, some of us don’t live in our Mom’s basement and actually HAVE to have mobile access to email, the internet, etc.

      Comparing a new smart phone to a gaming desktop is like comparing a Rolex to a Grandfather clock. Its not our fault that you are stuck in the past and cant justify spending money on a nice smart phone every few years, so we should not have to listen to your ramblings.

      The fact of the matter is that YES, I want video, email, internet, etc. on my phone so that I dont have to wait. You know why? Because while guys like you are waiting until you get home to fire up your overpriced POS desktop, I have already sealed the deal, responded to the email, won over the customer, etc. All the games, youtube videos, Facebook etc. are just the nice little additions that come along with convenience.

      So take your archaic beliefs about technology and keep them to yourself, the rest of us are busy moving WITH the times and not trying to make the world stand still.

      • I own the Razr Maxx HD and the iPhone 5 cant even compare. I dont understand why people buy the iphone 5. I use my phone all day long and never shut off wifi or bluetooth or 4g, I always keep screen brightness around 80% and I only charge my phone every other night usually when it gets to about 25% left. There are so many limits to the iPhone that the only people I know that own one are around 50 years old and dont understand what theyre missing so they dont care. They dont understand what apps are and have to ask their kids to help them “put songs on their phone” and Siri rarely knows how to answer their question.