Droid Razr Maxx Review

In this day and age of smartphone the debate is always brought down to a simple level.  Battery life!  Well luckily for us Droid and Verizon focused an entire phone around the battery.  The Droid Razr Maxx is the bigger, thicker, longer lasting brother to the Droid RAZR and is a welcomed edition to the Razr family.

If you have to choose between the Razr and the Razr Maxx the Maxx will win hands down.  For everything the Razr can do the Maxx can do it and do it longer.  However in the long run will the Maxx make more sense to you when you add in that it will cost you $100 more than the Razr?  Let’s find out and we start right off with its biggest feature…the battery.  If you care to check out my video review feel free to do so here Droid Razr Maxx video review.

Battery Life:

Anytime I do a review I usually leave this for last as the battery life on most smartphones are nothing to make note of.  Sure you may mention that is can last a bit longer than usual but with this phone raving about the battery might as well jump right in feet first and talk about the battery life on this phone.

There are a few different ways to test the battery life of a phone.  I tend to charge them overnight and run them through my daily pace of searching the net, playing games, taking phone calls and various other things.  The average phone can’t last past 4 hours without being charged.  The Droid Razr Maxx went over 8 hours.  I was shocked.  I kept looking at the battery bar and wanting to charge but resisted the urge to do so.  When used in moderation I got almost 2 days worth of battery life on it.  Simply amazing.

Those kind of results take ya back when you think that is with the LTE network running and Bluetooth and WiFi.  I mean I had everything running TRYING to drain this thing and it just laughed at me.

Hardware:

You will first notice a difference between the Razr and the Maxx in its thickness.  The Razr comes in at a slim trim 7.1mm thick where the Maxx plumps out to 8.99mm.  I know what you are saying, doesn’t a thinner phone mean a sexier phone? Sure to some people but to me the thicker phone just felt much better in my hands.

One thing I noticed, and I hope it doesn’t become a trend, is the placement of the microUSB charging port.  It is right on top of the phone.  When plugged in and charging it makes it damn near impossible to play a game in landscape mode.  Who thought this was a good idea?  FIX IT!

The weight of the phone is just a tad bit heavier than the Razr but that again leads me to think of a premium handset.  You have the thickness and weight of a solid phone and you don’t feel worried when, and yes you will from time to time, you drop the phone.

When it comes to the display of the Razr Maxx you are welcomed with a very beautiful display.  It really does lend itself to watching Netflix videos and watching other videos.  The display is a qHD display and the materials Motorola used to wrap the phone in i.e. Kevlar and the Gorilla Glass really lead you down that path of premium feeling handset.

Performance:

Ok this is where some griping shall come in.  First off there is again no removable battery for you to take off when the phone freezes and freeze it shall.  Secondly the heating issue on the phone is crazy.  Putting this phone into your pocket after running things for a few hours can really make you regret putting it into your pocket.  Without a removable battery there is no way to reset the phone.  You have a few options and one of them is wait for the battery to die.  Which can take a very long time.

Outside of those issues the phone handles your tasks very easy.  Apps, web surfing, mobile video all dealt with very easily.  Motorola did a smart thing and kept the Blur out of the equation and instead laid a light overlay to both the Razr and the Maxx.

When it comes to the software side of things, may I direct you to my Droid Razr review as it Motorola kept them the same.

Camera:

The camera is much like the Droid Razr in the fact that in the still images are fantastic with bright environments but lacks when the low light indoor setting comes in.  When you use the camera feature in low-light environments it just doesn’t do very well.  It still has some compression issues.

When you start to record it comes in at 720p by default and you are able to bump it up to 1080p by selecting it in the settings menu.  The camera has a continuous auto-focus feature along with a slew of other features.  Much like the Droid Razr it comes with all the usual bells and whistles, including geo-tagging.

Ok another feature is the Panoramic, which can be a bit dodgy.  You have to have a very steady hand otherwise you will get some very mixed results.  Not sure how to address the issue but I think people will play with it for a bit and then see that it just doesn’t do the job you hoped it would.

The Results Are In

Now after reading all of this and seeing that this is an almost IDENTICAL phone to the Droid Razr in every way except for the longer battery life is it worth the extra $100?  For me I would say yes.  Mainly because I like the thicker and heavier phone that can last me a whole day of work.  Others would say no, the phones are the same just one last longer they should be priced the same.  I can understand that totally.

Both phones have their drawbacks with overheating and non-removable battery packs.  However both phones are built to last and both are in it for the long haul.  With that phone looks and feels (with its Kevlar fiber casing and Gorilla Glass screen) like a premium handset to match its premium handset price tag.  I do feel bad for those who went out and bought the Droid Razr not knowing the Maxx was right around the corner but that is the price of early adopting.  So now we take it over to our crack team of scientists who have given us our answer to the question of the day do we Buy It, Skip It, or Flip It.  The results are in and the Kyle Scientific Scale-o-Rama has the verdict.  In the case of the Droid Razr Maxx we feel safe to say this is a BUY IT!

Despite all of its flaws the positives outweighed the negatives.

Pros:

  • Great Battery Life
  • Bump in storage from 16GB to 32GB
  • Gives you a real premium handset feel with the thicker, heavier phone

Cons:

  • CAN’T REMOVE THE BATTERY!
  • Awful microUSB port to charge the phone
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