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

November 22, 2012
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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?

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