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Exclusive Review - Droid Razr Maxx Review [Video]

January 30, 2012

Since the first talk at CES, Android Authority has been following the Droid Razr Maxx for some time now. Released on January 26, the Maxx sports an impressive 3300 mAh battery. That’s enough for around 21.5 hours of talk time!

Now that is quite special, however there isn’t much difference between the Maxx and its past brother, the original Razr. With models of the original Razr now offering white and purple, along with the previous option of black stirs up a deep battle.


For hardware it is essentially all the same. It contains the same TI OMAP, 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Tagging along with 1GB of RAM.

With a kevlar sealed backing, you are highly ensured for leakage and internal damage to the battery and other contents. Of course in extreme situations, nano-coating inside the device will help protect from an Android death.

On the top of the Maxx you will find two ports; a micro-USB and mini-HDMI port. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack for music and other entertainment. Elsewhere on the phone there really isn’t anything, besides the SD card slot and volume rocker.

Getting into the camera, you will have a rear 8 megapixel camera along with a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. Looks like this phone is almost identical of the original Razr.


Like the predecessor it is running on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Unfortunately there is still a noticeable lag between screen switching and menu scrolling. The good news is that 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is right around the corner.

And carrying on traditions of Motorola products, Motoblur is a known factor when picking up the device. But, if you cannot wait for the official ICS update, there are a few ROMS out there to fulfill your needs.

Style and Design

The Razr Maxx is an excellent device, even though many changes haven’t been added. Motorola really kept the great design from the past Razr, making it just a little bit thicker.

The final thickness comes in only at 8.99mm. This gives you enough room in your pocket with a great profile. Once it is in your hands, the Maxx has a great build, making it very sturdy and reliable. Perhaps they took some advice from Casio?

Along with the sleek design, comes accessories compatible with the device. The only downfall in the accessories department is that original Razr cases will not fit the device, as it is a bit larger. You will still be able to fit screen protestors and maybe “some” universal docks.

One Hit Wonder: The Battery

Without the battery on the Droid Razr Maxx would be like a Ferrari with no engine. There would be really nothing else selling the device. The 3300 mAh battery is capable of 21.5 hours talk time or even 2.5 days of listening to music.

Now of course you will not be able to achieve maximum life every time, because it depends on which settings for battery saving you have enabled. But, wouldn’t it be nice to play games all day at work and still have juice left for the GPS ride home?

However, in order for Motorola to unleash their beast of a battery, they needed to add the restriction of keeping it internal, to maintain the slim design.

Round-Up: Best Phone of 2012?

Would I say it is the best phone of 2012? It is one of the top competitors, but simply not the best. I believe if Motorola added an even faster processor, more RAM memory and more “in-box” perks it would be groundbreaking. But you have to think, “how would they sell the original Razr?”.

The battery is a major positive when it comes to purchasing the phone. But the lack of internal storage is quite depressing. Seeing how the white and purple models just released with an option of 32GB and 16GB, a little more time could be spent in adding more storage.

So the bottom line question is quite simple. Should I buy a great phone with an outstanding battery, or wait for the upcoming 2012 phones to release? But that is the problem. We cannot always wait as these devices are changing quickly. This is essentially why you are reading off of sites like Android Authority.

The Maxx is available on Verizon for $299.99 on a 2-year contract. I think you will be happy with your purchase, especially with the future ICS Android 4.0 update. What do you think about the Droid Raxr Maxx? Will it be in your pocket soon? And, if you have the Razr Maxx, what is your experience with it? I would love to hear your comments.