Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review
The Droid Razr Maxx is the newest addition to Motorola’s long string of popular Razr phones. While the exterior of this Android smartphone hasn’t changed much from the preceding Droid Razr, Motorola has made significant improvements to its hardware. We compare the best Android phones, and with excellent battery life and notable design, this TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner proves an Android smartphone can be both lightweight and long lasting without the bulk.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Droid Razr Maxx is its thin frame. The device only measures 0.35 inches thick, making for a comfortable fit in your pocket or palm. The second thing you'll notice is the phone’s light weight. At a mere 5 ounces, it’s one of the lightest Andoid phones in our lineup.
Despite its super-slim build, the Motorola Razr Maxx is highly durable and doesn’t feel flimsy like some of the other Android phones we reviewed. In fact, the phone’s backing is coated in Kevlar, a synthetic fiber noted for its strong yet lightweight composition. The Razr Maxx is also scratch resistance and water resistance. Its splashguard technology is designed to protect against light moisture, in case you get caught in the rain or spill something on your phone.
This Android smartphone ships with a 4.3-inch, 960 x 540 resolution display screen. Like other Android phones we reviewed, this one has a Super AMOLED display, which is known for providing excellent viewing angles and high visibility outdoors. While the screen resolution isn’t as high as the best Android phone in our lineup, it still delivers a sharp, vibrant picture.
There’s always room for improvement when it comes to the battery life on smartphones – who doesn’t want a longer-lasting battery? Fortunately, outstanding battery life is a hallmark of the Droid Razr Maxx, boasting one of the longest lasting batteries you’ll find on any Android smartphone. The device’s 3,300mAh battery is promised to run for days on end, and benchmark tests substantiate the lofty claim. The phone’s battery can last for up to 21 hours of talk time, seven hours of continuous internet browsing or 380 hours in standby mode. Unlike many Android smartphones, the battery on the Razr Maxx cannot be removed due to its fused Kevlar casing.
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx delivers all the rich multimedia features you’d want on a smartphone. An integrated MP3 player allows you to play music while a built-in camcorder can record video at 720p resolution. It’s not 1080p, but it’s still considered high definition and will suffice for most users.
This Android phone has both a rear and front camera. Rear cameras are standard on smartphones but ones on the front of the phone aren’t as common. We like the addition of the front camera, which gives you the flexibility to video chat or easily take front-facing photos.
The Droid Razr Maxx provides a generous amount of storage capacity. It has 16GB onboard and can support an additional 16GB with a microSD card, expanding the phone’s total storage capacity to 32GB. This gives you plenty of space to download apps and store videos, photos and music files. The phone’s 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of memory keep the device running quickly and smoothly.
The device comes with Android 2.3 installed. It’s not the latest version of the Android OS, but it is the most common, so if you’re already an Android user, you’ll feel right at home using the Droid Razr Maxx.
Available on Verizon, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx utilizes 4G technology to bring you rapid browsing speeds. Its coverage isn’t as widespread as 3G, but this shouldn’t be a problem unless you reside in a rural area with limited wireless coverage.
While the phone doesn’t have voice typing that converts what you speak to text, it does have Swype. This is a feature unique to Android that allows you to input text with one continuous swipe or motion of your finger across the virtual keyboard. Swype is designed for faster and easier text input, though it may take a bit to get used to how the feature works.
Other features of the Razr Maxx include Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and Wi-Fi support. The latter allows you to connect to a Wi-Fi network for faster internet speeds. The Android phone is also equipped with an LED camera flash so you can take clear pictures in darker environments and a USB input so you can connect the phone to your computer. This enables you to easily transfer data, such as music, between the phone and your computer.
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx feels lightweight and svelte in hand, yet its Kevlar backing is extremely durable. The device provides an ample 32GB of storage space, and its battery will last for hours on end for light to moderate users. We’d like to see the device support Android 4.0 natively, not just promised in future updates. Still, the Razr Maxx will likely be more than enough mobile tech for most, with its blazing speed, long-lasting battery and sleek design.