Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (Verizon Wireless)
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: DROIDRAZRMAXX
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- Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
- Reviewed on: 01/26/2012
- Updated on:10/02/2012
- Released on: 01/26/2012
The good: Despite a beefed-up battery, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx has a slim, attractive, and durable design with the same gorgeous display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and fast Verizon 4G/LTE data speeds as its predecessor. It retains powerful multimedia chops and tight security features.
The bad: For such an advanced smartphone, the vague promise of a future Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is disappointing. Also, while a stronger battery is great, it's still not user-removable. People with small hands will find it hard to wrap them around the phone's wide frame, and the 8-megapixel camera is unimpressive.
The bottom line: The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx proves that a powerful Android superphone can remain thin yet still promise marathon-worthy battery life.
Battery not lasting
by JohnP1964 on February 24, 2012
Pros: Big screen
Cons: Battery not lasting as advertised
Summary: I have had an iPhone since they came out, upgrading every two years. I was due for a new phone and against alot of advice I wanted to try an ...
Summary: I have had an iPhone since they came out, upgrading every two years. I was due for a new phone and against alot of advice I wanted to try an Android phone. I did some research and heard about the Maxx with this great battery. I figured if I am getting an Android I want one that will last a full day without charging.
I received my phone on Monday afternoon. I was told by the folks at Verizon to let the battery drain and then charge completely. the battery had about 40% charge when I took it out of the box. It was down to 10% by the time I went to bed so I plugged it in for a full charge.
I woke up around 7 and unplugged the phone. I was on the 4g LTE but had the wifi off and GPS off. By 9 I was down to 70% and I really hadnt done anything but send a few texts. No talking and very little surfing. By noon I was below 50% and by 3PM I was in the red.
I called Verizon and they were nice and offered to switch out the since even they were surprised the battery drained so quickly.
I received the second phone yesterday and again charged it fully before I went to bed. I turned off the 4G since I really didnt need it on and was hoping to see some improved battery life I left it at 100% on my nightstand over night. When I woke up it was at 90%. It lost 10% overnight with no activity.
I have the 4G off. No wifi. No GPS. I am barely using this phone other than sending a few texts. I even have the screen battery saver checked which dims the screen and to me defeats the purpose of having this gorgeous screen. By 9 I had dropped to 80%. Lunchtime I was down to 70%. Its now 4:30 and I am at 30%.
Personally I do not see any realistic way anyone is getting two ro three days out of this phone between charges unless it is turned off for a day and a half...lol...I am sure I will be told to charge this phone by 8 or 9 tonight...less than 24 hours after I unplugged it.
Here is the breakdown of battery use
Time on battery - 18hr 10min
Display 31% - Time On 3 hr 47 min
Voice Call - 28% - 43 minutes
Android Operating System - 16% - CPU Total 43m57s
Phone Idle - 6% - 14 hr 22 min
Browser - 2% - CPU Total 4m 34s
Out of the 18 hours since my last charge I have been idle for 14 hours and I am down to 30%??? I am getting a little disappointed in this battery. I am definitely not seeing the results that are claimed and I am barely using any of the phones true functionality(no 4g, no wifi, no gps, screen dimmed, not talking)
Is anyone else not getting the battery results they expected??
0 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great concept. fast, attractive design but flawed.
by the computer genius on January 28, 2012
Pros: Fast, great looking screen, good interface great call reception/clarity,
Cons: Volume button on ear piece does not raise the volume if the phone is on the ear, and the visual voice mail button does not work. For me I believe the sound quality is a little better on the oringnal droid razr.
Summary: I just don't get it. I really love the phone but every time I buy a Motorola phone it's broken. The Droid Razr/Razr max has the same ...
Summary: I just don't get it. I really love the phone but every time I buy a Motorola phone it's broken. The Droid Razr/Razr max has the same problem as my droid X the volume button does not work when the phone is on the ear. This is a sensor issue. Let me get into my story.
I brought the oringal Droid Razr.That phone had excellent sound quality, but the cam was blurry and the volume button did not work right on that phone. However Visual Voice mail volume did work. Most people don't use Visual voice mail I do because of the business I'm in.
I traded it up for the Droid Razr Maxx. When I tested the phone out in the store the Volume was working but on the next day it was not. On top of that in the store (while being there for 3 hours making sure the phone was ok) I found out the Visual Voice mail Volume does not work. I just accepted it that way I was just plain tired. The Camera was fine also.
I made a call the next day the volume ear piece volume is not working I formatted the phone 3 times still no go. I think it did work once. Clearly this is a software glitch. But Motorola had this same problem 3 years ago on the Droid X.
Unlike the 80's and 70'I know I have to accept Glitches. it angers me so much to do so but this is the world we live in. But this company has not done anything about this and people are posting this on other websites but Motorola has never heard of this. (as they never heard of anything that goes wrong with their phones. )
Fine have the Glitch but do something about it. Personally my true belief is one should not sell something unless it's working 100%. at least essentially. the visual Voice mail also does not work properly the volume does not work at all. it did however work on the oringnal droid razr maxx. There would have been no way for me to find that out until I took it home because you have to use your sim card to set up that service. When I brought it back to Verizon i did test it out on another phone and yes that is flawed also.
I spent close to $1000.00 between the both phones and extras. I think I would have gotten a better deal from a hustler on 42nd st. Verizon and Motorola will not deem this a defective. which means my "Worry Free Guarantee" only good on one more phone and if that does not work I'm stuck. Motorola has never heard of the issue and Tech support from Verizon has never but the store manager said tech support did.
I'm tired of this According to the reviews the nexus has weak signal issues and the lg spectrum lags so what do i do. Wait and "hopefully" they will come out with a fix. I don't trust any of them.
1 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Another fine industrial phone from Motorola.....YAWN.
by Supekan on February 21, 2012
Pros: Battery life (OBviously)
Cons: Extremely wide for no apparent reason, Greedily overpriced.
Summary: By Motorolas own admission the only difference between the Razr and the Razr Maxx is the larger battery and for that added feature it'll cost you a whopping $100. ...
Summary: By Motorolas own admission the only difference between the Razr and the Razr Maxx is the larger battery and for that added feature it'll cost you a whopping $100. Name ONE extended battery on the market for any phone, anywhere, ever that costs a $100 regardless of its capacity? I have a Droid X, I'm keeping it until flames shoot out the back before I drop $300 bucks on a phone that is simply a 4G, dual core upgrade of that phone. The Maxx has the same sized screen wrapped in a quarter inch of plastic that holds Lord knows what? Is it just bigger just because? It just makes the phone impossible to put in your pocket. Motorola is the Ford Mustang of phones, all power no finesse, always has been always will be and until HTC and Samsung can get their act together these phones will sell. This phone has a great battery but Verizon AND Motorola are content once again to fleece the American public and play on their need for instant gratification. I feel sorry for the poor schleps who purchased the original Razr only to get hamstringed eight weeks later with the Maxx.....
0 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
HDMI mini port was not designed for using with a HDMI
by mshimane on February 11, 2012
Pros: Hot spot finally works with the latest update before then I couldn't get into verizon.com, netflix.com, yahoo.com, amazon.com or anything else I use except for my Credit Union, which was nice.
Cons: Finally with today's software update I can use Hotspot. Their 2nd and 1st level support at Motorola is useless. Their people can't explain and they insist that The HDMI mini port was not designed for using with an HDMI TV.
Summary: Prepare for a lot of grief, after my career as a 3rd level support/software developer I can't believe the hundreds of hours I've spent trying to get ...
Summary: Prepare for a lot of grief, after my career as a 3rd level support/software developer I can't believe the hundreds of hours I've spent trying to get something to work, needless to say the thousands of dollars over the past 5 months.
0 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Specifically a review of the Verizon Motorola Razr
by zapthief on January 27, 2012
Pros: Very fast
Nice, pretty screen
Good hand feel when used as a phone
Cons: SERIOUS problems with the power connector. Mine falls out constantly, and is very finicky. My ancient first-generation Droid, which uses the same size connector, has sucked juice happily for, like, four abuse filled years.
Verizon store suuuuuucked.
Summary: I'd put this in cons, but this review form apparently has some religious objection to actually giving you enough character count to 'splain why something is awful. I know ...
Summary: I'd put this in cons, but this review form apparently has some religious objection to actually giving you enough character count to 'splain why something is awful. I know it's old hat to complain about the phone stores. I realize they're staffed primarily by mentally challenged sociopaths. Still, this experience took the cake. I brought my old droid, having been given the fancy-pants new Razr for Christmas, and asked them to transfer my old stuff over. They did, in their defense, eventually transfer my contact information. But I figured my apps and some of my settings might also transfer -- after all, it's still a droid, I expected there to be some similarities in the operating system, and what's more, they *agreed* to do the transfer.
Know what they did *instead* of transferring diddly squat? They partitioned my SD card so half was available to my Razr, and half was just a dump of all the crud off of my old SD card. They did this, in spite of the fact that I own my old droid -- and its damned SD card -- so the same damn thing could've been accomplished by just handing me my old SD card and saying, "Enjoy! There's all the crap your old phone had on it! You can, like, glue it to your forehead as a souvenir!"
Would it seriously have been so difficult to just say, "Hey, the technology isn't as interchangeable as you'd think, and the only thing we can transfer is contact information. All your apps with all your personalized settings are toast, unless they're cloud based, and even then I hope you remember what username and password you used waaaaaaaay back when you set them up."
No. They didn't do that. In fact, rather than do that, they screwed up my card so I had only half the storage space on it I should've had, while my other card -- the card that came with the fancy-pants, and rather expensive (I assume) Razr was sitting around in my old droid doing fudge-all. It's like they did it this way specifically to get me out of the store without realizing that they hadn't transferred a damned thing to my new Razr, while simultaneously acting and talking as if not only could they and would they, but they did. If it's impossible to transfer stuff like apps, that's lame -- same platform, and all the apps that I've reinstalled seem to run fine on the Razr -- and if it *is* possible then they're just a bunch of lazy ********* that lied to me, screwed me over, and gave me a virgin phone without any instruction in the various arts of love I'd instructed my old phone in while simultaneously sewing part of her closed so I couldn't even get full use out of her. Sorry for the terrible sexual imagery, but this is ridiculous. I thought when Google got in the game, maybe we'd finally get some decent customer service on our phones, but clearly they weren't willing to go whole-hog and deploy their own Google techs to sell and maintain the phones you buy. If I want to be serviced by someone who knows how their friggin' technology works, is the Apple Collective my only choice?
If it didn't take my old droid five minutes to clear its thoughts and launch an Internet search (a longer period than my inferior brain is capable of holding a thought) I'd probably have just insisted on muddling along with the old phone and traded the Razr in for some magic beans. And the Razr *does* do a good job of being fast, assuming I can get it charged up so it'll run -- nothing quite as delightful as grabbing your phone off the charging cord in the morning, ready to start your day, only to see your red battery symbol and an angry buzz warning you that you've only got 5% charge left.
Sheesh. For being so smart, sometimes these phones force you to deal with awfully stupid things.
2 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good phone - awful battery and 4G
by GOLDB123 on March 20, 2012
Pros: Does a lot of great stuff quickly, the processor is great, the display is great, and overall, pretty impressive phone
Cons: The battery - I have to keep this thing leashed to a socket almost all the time. If im using the internet or texting moderately (30-40 msgs) it will last maybe an hour and a half tops before draining the phone from a full charge.
Summary: Buy anything else. Part of being a mobile phone is being mobile. I went through two of these phones and both of them have awful battery life, dying on me ...
Summary: Buy anything else. Part of being a mobile phone is being mobile. I went through two of these phones and both of them have awful battery life, dying on me unless I keep them plugged in almost all the time. If im at the bar or driving around, I'm done in 90 minutes or so, give or take. My original Moto Droid has longer legs than this thing. After this, im officially done with Motorola (thanks BTW for releasing the MAXX only a couple months after this turd Motorola). Plus, Verizon's 4G has been pretty unreliable here in Boise, so this kid is done with the Moto brand.
0 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
iPhone 5 will rule 4GLTE this year, count on it!
by jimcrawford2010 on March 19, 2012
Pros: Speed and battery life.
Cons: Android vs iOS. No retina display. Extra button pushing versus iPhone's iOS.
Summary: I tried GNex and Razr Maxx and had to go back to the iPhone due to the overall, more enjoyable, user experience. The larger screen and speed is just a ...
Summary: I tried GNex and Razr Maxx and had to go back to the iPhone due to the overall, more enjoyable, user experience. The larger screen and speed is just a few months away with the new iPhone 5 LTE. I think the iPhone still has the best build of all cell phone and best user experience.
0 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
This review is pointless without a battery benchmark
by Flyguy29 on February 1, 2012
Pros: More battery
Cons: Comoensation using old tech
Summary: This is a patch for the inbound March 2012 onslaught of true battery efficient LTE smartphones that will not need a huge battery.Still no ...
Updated on Feb 9, 2012
Summary: This is a patch for the inbound March 2012 onslaught of true battery efficient LTE smartphones that will not need a huge battery.Still no battery life benchmarks. In fact, CNET reviews by editors are NOT reviews at all. This review is a rehash and the ONLY relevant and substantial piece they needed to add for the MAXX is the real battery benchmark, which they STILL do not have. Unbelievable. like most benchmarks you see in a CNET review, it must be borrowed from Anandtech.
Updated on Feb 9, 2012
Will someone get a review sample to tbose guys please?
0 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice design... but disappointing
by DavidAmir on January 28, 2012
Pros: Great design, brilliant screen
Cons: Software glitches, battery life not as good as hoped, huge issue with google voice
Summary: Phone does not make phone calls by using Google voice. For example if you say "Call Chick Fil A" the phone adds "+1-" to the number and then does not ...
Summary: Phone does not make phone calls by using Google voice. For example if you say "Call Chick Fil A" the phone adds "+1-" to the number and then does not complete the call. This appears to be a software issue.
Also I was not impressed by the battery life. I used it for 2 hours, left it on over night and then used it in the morning. The phone was running on battery for only 14 hours with a usage time of about 6 hours. It that amount of time it went from a full charge down to 20%.
Due to the Google voice not working even after update and after troubleshooting with Verizon over the phone, I went into the store to have it replaced. They did not want to do that so they just wiped the phone and gave it back with the problem still occurring.
The only resolution the Verizon store agreed to was to extend the 14 day return policy for 30 days. That was it. They drew the line saying it was a Google problem.
As a customer, I do not care who Verizon blames as long as they fix the phone. They did not fix the phone, so I blame Verizon for poor quality control and problem resolution.
Overall I give 1 star because the Google "Siri" does not work on this phone plus the phone did not get close to the 21hrs talking time it boasted.
1 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: DROIDRAZRMAXX
- Description: All day, every day. That's how much you use your smartphone. With DROID RAZR MAXX, you finally get battery life that keeps up with your life. The longest talk time of any 4G smartphone - that's what you get with DROID RAZR MAXX. On one full charge, you can host a marathon (as in more than 21-hour) conference call. Whip through the web for 7 hours straight. Get your movie fix with 15 uninterrupted hours of flick watching. Jam out all weekend. That's right - on one full charge, you can listen to music for two and half days straight. DROID RAZR MAXX isn't changing the rules - it's creating a whole new game, in a full-on assault to what's possible. At 8.99mm, it's thinner than most smartphones and it packs more battery, too. Thinner and the longest talk time of any 4G smartphone? The competition doesn't stand a chance. Seriously thin, DROID RAZR MAXX is the exact opposite of frail. It's made strong with DuPont KEVLAR fiber, while Corning Gorilla Glass defends the screen against scratches and scrapes. A force field of water-repellent nanoparticles shields the phone against water attacks - even the electrical boards inside. DROID RAZR MAXX makes "Mach 10" seem slow. Up to 10 times faster than 3G, Verizon's turbo-boosted 4G LTE speeds will have you rocketing through your everyday. Video chat, stream, download - do it all at top speed and with confidence on the fastest, most reliable 4G network. DROID RAZR MAXX delivers twice the battery life of other leading smartphones, so you won't spend your day plugged into the wall. Instead, you'll be more plugged in than ever to what's happening at work. Blazing 4G LTE speeds plus an enterprise-grade VPN keep you connected to the office when you're away, while pre-loaded apps help you get down to business. Collaborate in real time with GoToMeeting and create and edit Microsoft Office files right on your phone, with Quickoffice. DROID RAZR MAXX is ready to do your bidding. Always kill the ringer at work? Or tweak your Bluetooth settings at home? The Smart Actions app understands. It automates everyday tasks so you're free to focus on otherworldly pursuits. And even though DROID RAZR MAXX already has the longest talk time of any 4G smartphone, you can push things even further with Smart Actions battery optimization settings.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Resistance Gorilla Glass (scratch resistant glass)
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 2.71 in
- Depth 0.38 in
- Height 5.15 in
- Weight 5.11 oz
- Body Material KEVLAR
- Technology CDMA2000 1X
- Band CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Google Android 2.3
- Application Software Amazon Kindle,
Adobe Flash Player 10,
- Installed Games Let's Golf 2,
Madden NFL 12
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch) , Capacitive
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs LinkedIn,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support
- Mobile Services Slacker Radio,
Google Search by Voice,
Google Quick Search Box,
- Data Transmission EV-DO
- Wireless Interface LTE,
- Bluetooth Profiles Serial Port Profile (SPP),
Object Push Profile (OPP),
Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Dial-up Networking Profile (DUN),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Human Interface Device Profile (HID),
Low Energy Attribute Protocol (ATT),
Generic Attribute Profile (GATT),
Heart Rate Monitor (HRM),
Generic Access Profile (GAP),
Message Access Profile (MAP),
Device Identification Profile (DID),
Low Energy Security Manager Protocol (SMP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP),
Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP),
General Audio/Video Distribution Profile (GAVDP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Ring Tone Formats AAC,
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features DLNA Certified,
Software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air),
Intelligent typing (SWYPE)
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards WMA 9,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Clock Speed 1.2 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Dual Core
- ROM 16 GB
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 11.5 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 8
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Features Video recording,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS/GLONASS receiver - Simultaneous GPS (S-GPS)
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps,
Google Maps Street View,
Google Maps Navigation
- Type OLED display - Color
- Technology Super AMOLED Advanced
- Diagonal Size 4.3 in
- Display Resolution 960 x 540 pixels
- Features Wallpaper,
Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass
- Connector Type Micro-USB,
Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 3300 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 1290 min,
Standby - up to 380 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter
- Also Included microSDHC - 16 GB