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.
Best Phone Ever!
by Carpenter-TG on October 13, 2012
Pros: + Battery 3-hour phone calls for work and other high-demand applications with no problems
+ Customizable 5 home screens
+ Photos taken outside are incredible. Indoor photos not so much
+ Unit feels solid and robust
Cons: - The screen burn-in and camera quality are my only complaints
Summary: I've had this phone for about 4 months now (upgraded from a Blackberry Tour), and I must say, the functionality is incredible. Let's start off with some of ...
Summary: I've had this phone for about 4 months now (upgraded from a Blackberry Tour), and I must say, the functionality is incredible. Let's start off with some of the basic concerns:Edit:
Battery: Never had an issue with battery life. I'm a rather "light" to "medium" user, but I've participated in 3-hour phone calls for work and other high-demand applications with no problems. Standby life is extraordinary - unplugged it from the charger at 9 a.m. one Saturday but didn't use it at all. Went to bed at midnight, and the battery was at 87%. Has a built-in Task Manager app so you can see which applications are draining your battery. Also includes "Smart Actions" that monitors battery life and makes adjustments accordingly (e.g., by dimming the display screen).
Connectivity & call quality: I live in a rural area (3G coverage only), but have never been without service and never dropped a call (on my Blackberry and other devices, it would drop calls along roads that ventured into "dead zones" within the county). I haven't had that issue since upgrading. When I go to town, it automatically connects to 4G service, and when it detects a wifi signal (either from my own home network or public wifi), it also connects. Call volume and clarity, both ear and speaker, are excellent; I've never had issues with others not being able to understand me, even while outside on windy days.
GUI: Love the customizable 5 home screens - the apps I use most frequently are only a couple swipes away (no hunting through menus to find your music player or an email). You can have a home screen dedicated to music, one for social networking, one for pics & videos, and one for (of course) the telephone and contacts.
Touch screen: Upgrading from the QWERTY keyboard on the Blackberry, I was skeptical about the touch screen (big, beefy "guy" fingers). I honestly have had no issue with it. It is very responsive, and I have no issues selecting icons. Besides, for every app that requires text entry (email, web search, text, etc.), it has a voice command feature. Additionally, the screen is very bright and vivid, even at the lowest brightness setting. A word of warning -- DO NOT use a privacy screen with this phone!!! Privacy screens make the display very dim, especially while outside (and forget it if you're wearing sunglasses). The dim display will compell you to turn your display brightness to maximum to see through the privacy screen. This can cause screen burn-in, and you'll notice ghostly images of your home screen icons forever.
Operating system: I've read a few reviews about crashes & freezing, but this hasn't been a problem for me. I try to remember to shut the phone down weekly (you have to treat the phone like a computer & can't leave it on ALL the time!)... I've had a couple instances of the system locking up, but after a force reboot (hold power button & down volume button for 5 seconds), the system restarts just fine. Both internal data and SD data can be accessed easily via the My Files app on the phone or via Windows Explorer. I use the phone as an external hard drive for work... except the phone connects to my desktop quicker than my external hard drive... There is also a Motocast app so I can access any file (music, pic, video, Microsoft Office, etc.)that is on my PC via the phone (as long as the PC is on & has an internet connection). I can also print a document or email from the phone to my home printer (or work printer once set up).
Camera: Photos taken outside are incredible. Indoor photos not so much. My primary complaint with the camera is there is no way (that I've discovered) to change image resolution. That photo you took to put on FaceBook winds up being 2 megabytes. Indoor photos can be grainy and out of focus. I have not experimented with the front-facing camera yet...
Apps: Countless free apps available out there for the things not already on the phone. It's just a matter of finding the app that works best for you. For example, there are two music player apps preloaded on the phone, but I prefer the functionality of a third party music app. Several GPS apps (Goodbye, Garmin!), Social Localization, You Tube, Kindle & Google Books preinstalled, etc. etc. etc. And for every app that's already on the phone, there are two or three alternatives available from the Play store (you're not stuck using Verizon Navigator, Verizon Videos, Vcast ringtones, etc.).
Strength: Unit feels solid and robust; I've dropped it a couple of times, but there's not even a scratch on it. The battery compartment is sealed, so you don't have to worry about the phone flying one way and the battery going the other if you drop it. The display glass feels very firm and does not deflect - pushing on some touch screens, the screen tends to yield under finger pressure and you can see pixel discoloration where your finger is. The screen on the Razr does not do this and seems to say, "Your finger ain't got nothing on my screen." After 4 months, aside from my fingerprints, the phone still looks brand new.
In summary, this is a very powerful phone that exceeded my expectations and meets most of my needs (it can start my car, but it won't wash it for me...) I'm discovering more functionality and features every day, even after 4 months. The screen burn-in and camera quality are my only complaints, but they don't come close to eclipsing the other qualities of the device.
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Updated on Dec 29, 2013
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19 out of 20 users found this user opinion helpful.
Uninspired by iPhone, returned Nexus, happy with Maxx
by Lefseboy1 on January 31, 2012
In hand "feel"
Cons: No Android 4.0...yet
Camera not great, but not awful
Summary: I thought I would upgrade to the iPhone 4S when I was eligible, but I felt blah about it. Everyone around me has an iPhone, which they love, but there ...
Summary: I thought I would upgrade to the iPhone 4S when I was eligible, but I felt blah about it. Everyone around me has an iPhone, which they love, but there were things that excited me more about with the new Android phones. I decided to go with the Galaxy Nexus because of its stellar reviews and high rankings on phone lists. I liked the screen size and resolution, and Android 4.0 is wonderful. However, the connectivity to service was awful. I lost service when making a call when walking out of the Verizon store -- and in a major metropolitan area. I lost service on almost every call I made after that, which was frustrating and disappointing. The change the SIM card at Verizon, which didn't change anything. Service was moderately better on 3G, but I still had problems, so I decided to return it. In addition, the battery life was very short, and it got uncomfortably hot while talking on it during the few times I was able to do so.
The day after I bought the Galaxy Nexus, the Razr Maxx was released, but, since I could only do one return at Verizon, I was hesitant to try another 4G phone. I was resigned to get the iPhone 4S, thinking it was the safe option (upgrades, streamlined opeeration, iTunes, etc.). But, after having the Galaxy Nexus for two days, the iPhone felt so small and heavy, and I knew I couldn't use the widgets that I enjoy with Android. It's silly, but I wanted to be excited about getting a new phone, and I wasn't excited about the iPhone.
While the salesman was returning the Galaxy Nexus and preparing to set me up on the iPhone 4S, I wandered over to the Razr Maxx display. I liked it very much, so I decided to take a chance on another 4G phone, and I have been very happy with my decision.
SCREEN: I just prefer the bigger screen of the current line of Android phones of iPhone. The Razr Maxx screen may not have the much lauded pixel density of the iPhone 4/4S or the Galaxy Nexus, but it is very bright, and I barely notice a difference.
CONNECIVITY: No problems. And 4G really is very fast. I use it at home instead of WiFi since I was grandfather into an unlimited data plan.
PROCESSOR: Very quick. Just an occasional hick-up when going back to the home screen, probably due to the calendar and weather clock widgets I have running there. Not a big deal, and it may improve with ICS.
OPERATING SYSTEM: No, it doesn't have Ice Cream Sandwich, but I am coming from Froyo, and this is much better. I can live happily with it until the ICS update arrives. Also, I am a Google fan, and I would have a difficulty time without navigation from Google Maps, which is something a friend who switched from the original Droid to iPhone misses greatly.
BUILD: I love how it feels. Much more comfortable that the Razr. I'm not using a cover on it yet, and may not put one one due to the great build quality (Kevlar, Gorilla Glass). However, I did put on a screen protector, "just in case!"
And finally, BATTERY: Fantastic. I was so conditioned by my old phone -- and even by two days with the Galaxy Nexus -- to constantly worry about the battery, but I worry no longer. I easily get through a day with moderate to heavy use, and the batter has yet to go below 30%. For me, it's worth it.
I did research ad nauseum when my upgrade was approaching. I learned that no phone is perfect and no phone is for everyone. This one spoke to me, and I am enjoying it very much!
27 out of 44 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Phone I've ever owned.....AMAZING Battery Life!!!!
by andyflippen on February 4, 2012
Pros: Battery Life (See Below)
Smart Actions Battery Life Saver
Did I mention battery life?
Cons: None that I've found so far. The camera isn't as intuitive or reactive as the iPhone, but I want my phone as a phone. If I want the crispest action shots, I'll use my camera.
Summary: I have the Droid X2 and then upgraded to the 16gb Razr. The Razr is the exact same phone as the Maxx, but my battery was dying every day before ...
Summary: I have the Droid X2 and then upgraded to the 16gb Razr. The Razr is the exact same phone as the Maxx, but my battery was dying every day before I left the office. Don't undervalue how much battery life 4gLTE service actually uses. I used Smart Actions, made my own adjustments, limited use, didn't read my Kindle app at lunch, and still had a dead battery on my way home from work. So, I traded up to the Razr Maxx. This week, I've used my phone to watch Netflix shows at lunch, read from my Kindle app, used the phone more than normal (on purpose), sent a lot of texts and pictures, played on Facebook, watched YouTube videos, and just tried to run this battery into the ground. End result....70% battery life at the end of the day. This battery is no joke. I can't kill this thing. I've never had a phone that I didn't have to charge every day, but I could honestly get 1 1/2 - 2 days out of one charge, and that's saying a lot for me. I use my phone for work all day, and play on it quite a bit when I'm not in the office. This is the best phone I've ever owned. Call quality is crisp, I don't drop in some dead zones I've always dropped in. The Speak Now function allows you to speak texts, emails, and call contacts while driving with no interuption. The 4gLTE speeds are lightning fast, and in it's case, I can't tell the difference in thickness between the Maxx and Razr, except that the Maxx is better balanced due to shape, and easier to hold for calls. I absolutely love this phone. I considered a Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4s also, but there is no comparison. When this phone gets ICS update, there will be no reason to look at any other current phone on the market.
12 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best phone I've ever held!
by fastattack1095 on February 15, 2012
Pros: -Perfect size, big bright beautiful screen
-Very fluid and easy to customize
-Extensive, long battery life
Cons: -Bluetooth disconnects randomly, but reconnects back easily.
-Wi-fi back to 3G switch is rough (a few seconds)
-Phone calls back to 3G rough (not on Wi-Fi, 10-20 seconds sometimes)
-Skype, audio comes out the phone earpiece and not media speaker.
Summary: Ok, coming from a Blackberry Storm2, I had finally found the phone that I thought would be my best fit. It does everything the Blackberry did but so much better. ...
Summary: Ok, coming from a Blackberry Storm2, I had finally found the phone that I thought would be my best fit. It does everything the Blackberry did but so much better. My exchange email now arrives instantly, compared to six or seven minutes later. No more truncated emails!
First of all, the display! I can't get over reading about people complaining over no 720p display, its blurry, or whatever else. This screen is just as good as my wife's iPhone 4 at any angle, along with anything you can grab at a Verizon store. I'm not sure of how any higher resolution screen could look "better" unless looking under a magnifying glass?? Netflix, Skype, websites all look great.
I am admittedly addicted to my phone and use it too much. It will normally make it through 18 to 24 hours with a lot of screen on time, time of Skype video calls, Netflix, Facebook, games, updates, etc.
Navigation is dead on, although I would have preferred a different more natural sounding voice. Also a little hard to hear in the car dock and on speakerphone.
Car dock is amazing, fits great, charges plays music, Pandora or other music apps. Can record videos, see text messages and emails pop up. Only complaint is you can't go to home screen from car dock app. To access an app you want to use, you have to have it running in the background (or on recent apps) and hold the home screen button to open it. May have to unplug the dock and open the app if it isn't up in the background.
Camera is much better than my Blackberry, of course not as good as a point and shoot. Wish it would have had a dedicated button under the volume rocker for better auto focusing. I'm still playing with it and plan on trying out CameraFX and maybe a couple apps.
Video in 720 is good and clear, a little choppy. Audio could be a bit better. I like it though.
CDMA radio is excellent, great signal most everywhere. Surpasses my Blackberry and some co-workers phones. Wi-Fi radio could have been stronger, I get signal through the house, but not as good as it should (in my opinion). I have not tryed out the Mobile Hotspot, don't want to root my phone and have not wanted to pay extra). After the recent update, the forums are reporting it to be working good though.
I would recommend this phone to anyone, even a novice at smart phones. This is my first Android device and so far was easy to customize and learn. You really can't go wrong here..
MOST IMPORTANT: Remember all devices, computers, etc, will have bugs and issues of some sort. I'm tired of reading reviews over multiple platforms of people complaining about the little stuff. We may eventually have devices that are 100% perfect, but we don't have anything like it right now. - Again, my personal opinion -
9 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
The best phone on the market, hands down!
by Caldrumr2010 on February 18, 2012
Pros: Ridiculous battery life, solid build quality, fast and powerful, large screen, great call quality.
Cons: Lack of Android 4.0, less-than-stellar screen, mediocre camera, low resolution.
Summary: This is a really great phone. I had the original Droid, and have had nothing but problems with it for over two years. So, needless to say, I was very ...
Summary: This is a really great phone. I had the original Droid, and have had nothing but problems with it for over two years. So, needless to say, I was very excited to upgrade. I am not a big fan of the small, underwhelming iPhone, so it was either this or the Nexus. The battery and build quality sold me on this one.
First off, this is exactly the same as the Droid Razr, except for a (much) larger battery, and a slightly different shape, due to that larger battery. So does the larger battery rationalize the fifty-dollar price increase. In two words, oh yeah! The battery is amazing. With over double the capacity of phones like the iPhone, you won't need to charge this baby often. You would have to put this phone through the ringer all day long to drain its battery, and if you use it more moderately, you could easily get two or three days out of a charger. I haven't reached 70% since I got it.
This is a nice-looking phone. It's sharp, it feels great, and it is sure to make your iPhone-using friends squirm with envy. It's slim, light, and large. Just note that if you have small hands and you like to do one-handed texting or browsing, you may have issues due to the large screen size.
The gorilla glass screen is great, it's water resistant, and the overall build quality just seems solid. The Kevlar backing is more of a gimmick than anything else, but it looks neat, and it has a nice feel to it. Just don't expect to stop any bullets with this one!
This has a nice, large Super Amoled+ screen. It is fairly bright, and images look really nice and sharp. However, if you compare it side by side with a phone like the Galaxy Nexus, you will notice the difference. The screen is less bright and colorful. So, while it's nice, it's not the best. And at this point in technology, for a top-of-the-line device, I expected 720p. It's a shame, but the screen really isn't bad, and you are sure to enjoy it. Movies and games look nice and sharp.
This is where the phone really stumbles a bit. Again, for a flagship device, I can't believe this doesn't have Android 4.0. And from the looks of things, we won't be getting it this year at all. Very sad. You shouldn't have to root your device to get the best software. This isn't an old phone. Motorola, update your gear!
The Motoblur version of Android is okay. It's not so intrusive as it has been in the past. But you will probably want to replace most of it with custom apps from the marketplace. The smart settings are very nice, however. For instance, I set my phone to go silent at night, only if I am home and my phone has been inactive for a few minutes. However, calls from certain individuals will still go through. Very nice!
This thing has a great speaker! The speakerphone is surely the best I have ever heard, and even music sounds clean and crisp. This tops the sound quality list for any phone I have ever seen. Even if you set the phone down on its back (speaker down), the sound is clear and loud. Very nice.
I'm not a big talker when it comes to the phone. However, I have had some serious issues with other phones in the past regarding call quality. That is definitely not an issue here. Calls are crisp and clear, and both parties can hear each other well. The speaker has nice volume, and I have yet to have a dropped call. No issues here at all. Calls sound much cleaner than on my old phone.
First off, the 1080p video on this phone is very nice. You won't want to be ditching your camcorder anytime soon, but for a mobile device, the video is very nice.
However, the camera is a bit blah. While 8 megapixels is nice to have, it doesn't matter too much if the camera isn't great, and other phones have better cameras. If the camera is a primary feature for you, you may want to look elsewhere. The pictures are mediocre: a bit washed out, and not very clear. It does not perform well in low light, though this is a problem with many phones out there.
This phone is fast! It has a dual-core processor that will keep you zipping along. Things open quickly, transitions are smooth, and apps perform very well. Multitasking is a breeze, and I don't get constant force closes. It has the processing power, memory and overall juice to do what you need, when you want, all the time.
This phone comes with 16 GB internal memory, about 8 GB of which is set aside for storage. It also comes with a 16 GB SD card, upgradeable to 32. While I would have liked the option to have a 32/32 combination, it's not a big deal, and this will work for most people. If you have a lot of music files, Google Music comes pre-installed, and works like a charm!
In the end, this phone makes me happy, and not just because of have been waiting two years to replace my old piece of junk. This is a slick, slender piece of powerful hardware that will make just about anyone happy. It makes my Droid look like a doorstop, and makes the iPhone look like somebody's chubby misfit cousin who showed up to the party uninvited.
I would take off a star for the software, the camera, or the lack of 720p resolution, but really, these things are just nitpicking, and each of them does the job well, if not perfectly. Since I don't think there is another phone on the market that outshines this one, I give it 4.5/5. However, if it had Android 4.0, and brighter 720p screen, and the iPhone camera, I think it would be smartphone perfection!
Bottom line: if you want a top-of-the-line, powerful smartphone, this is the one to get.
9 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Don't buy this phone until Motorola addresses issues
by draythomp on April 23, 2012
Pros: Long Battery Life
Really sharp display
Software works well
Did I mention long battery life
Cons: Screen breaks for essentially no reason
Warranty too restrictive
Summary: I've had a RAZR MAXX since the first day I could get it. It worked really well and I thought I had found the perfect phone. This good fortune ...
Summary: I've had a RAZR MAXX since the first day I could get it. It worked really well and I thought I had found the perfect phone. This good fortune was short lived. I picked it up from the table where it spends 90% of its time hooked to a charger and communicating over bluetooth, took it outside to take a picture and the screen was broken. There was a crack straight down the middle of the screen. Notice, I didn't say anything about dropping it. The Motorola warranty excludes all physical damage and so does the Verizon warranty. The insurance company didn't care, they just replace phones.
I even took it to a Verizon store. The salesman didn't see any reason for the screen to break, but while we were playing with it, it cracked again, this time in a different place horizontally. These phones are advertised with Kevlar, Gorilla glass and other features that lead you to believe that it is tough. This is simply not true.
When you talk to either Verizon or Motorola they claim there is no record of this kind of problem. Of course there isn't, they claim physical damage and let themselves off the hook regardless of the facts. Before you get one, check out the web for cracked screen problem; you'll see what I mean.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Solid Phone, no regrets on the purchase at all.
by jabari on May 1, 2012
Pros: Long Battery
Cons: No official ICS yet
Summary: I rarely write reviews but I feel compelled to write about a solid product. Let me start by saying it is annoying to buy tech because soon as you get ...
Summary: I rarely write reviews but I feel compelled to write about a solid product. Let me start by saying it is annoying to buy tech because soon as you get it something better comes out or is announced. That is what took me so long to settle for the Razr Maxx. I was going to hold on to my off contract phone until the latest Jesus phone was announced preorder and have it on day one until my old phone finally said No mas. So I looked at reviews and checked phones out in the store and was just torn between the beautiful Nexus and the Maxx. To make things worse the Maxx Hd is coming any day but I couldn't hold out and I pulled the trigger and hoped it would not disappoint.
It has not. First there are people making a whole to do about the screen. it is a phone not a theater. You want to watch legit movies go to a theater. IMHO this thing is clear, good screen quality movies show up clear, not just for a phone but for a movie on any platform. I mean seriously its a tiny screen if you really cared about the movie you would watch it on a legit screen. So to all the people who drove me nuts saying the screen was so so when I was reading reviews that is nonsense. It is sharp clear and a good size for my hand. I can use the phone with one hand and yet I am not looking at a tiny screen. Plus while I won't test it I hear the screen is scratch proof, water resistant and generally damage proof.
The biggest factor to me is the battery life. Wow. I am used to my phone being on the charger a few times a day especially if i fire up the GPS. I literally forget to charge this thing for about a week and I still have more than half battery with use. I hardly ever put it on the charger and that to me is amazing and the most important factor on a mobile device like a phone that stays on constantly. The battery life truly is incredible. This IMO makes this a must buy as a phone above all the other parlor tricks of any other phone. I'm not sure if I can go back.
Now the bad. I'd like to have seen the NFC on the phone only because when you sign a 2 year contract you don't want a phone without even all the current bells and whistles but you know it is what it is. I've had the phone a month and a half and never missed it. I'd prefer it not to say Verizon and Motorola across the front, that is a bit tacky and maybe if it would have come in white that would have been cool. However the Kevlar back is totally hot. It makes the phone look and feel boss. I peeped the Nexus and honestly it felt cheap.
So then there is the ICS situation. Unlike some I have not been waiting for ever so it is not a big thing. May 22 I hear. That is whatever. Out of the box I rooted and threw in an ICS rom. So many people can't/won't do that ok. I only played with the HC motoblur interface for a few minutes but it seemed fine and ICS is coming for all so chill out ( no pun intended.)
The cameras: First my impressions maybe affected by the roms so I will stick to the quality. The zero lag of the Nexus is nice but this phone shoots good photos. I have a Sony Cybershot and the pics are of about the same quality. I must say I'm old fashion and prefer my photos to be taken on a dedicated camera but I used both at my birthday to whatsapp some pics to my cousin overseas and again the quality was fine.
Overall a very solid phone, I'm pleased. I think some things are personal preference and I would not tell someone what phone to buy but IMO solid phone I feel comfortable with for a while. Nothing is perfect so I'll take a half a point off for that, the branding and lack of NFC but honestly all petty. Given the choice I'd do it again.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Funkyfour6 on January 29, 2012
Pros: Phone Performance
Cons: Non Removable Battery
No Android 4.0 (ICS)
NO HD Screen
Not a phone for small hands
Summary: Now I know there will be a lot of people out there who will be upset at the fact that this phone was launched so soon to the original Razr. ...
Summary: Now I know there will be a lot of people out there who will be upset at the fact that this phone was launched so soon to the original Razr. As a previous owner of the Galaxy Nexus I will say the Droid RAZR is an outstanding example of a smartphone. It is not perfect by any means of the imagination but I must say the engineers at Motorola did a great job with this phone. I love this phone when compared to the Nexus. It accomplishes the primary purpose of a cell phone and that is to work as a cell phone!
No signal problems! Good speakerphone! Great Construction! The battery life is a pleasure. Motorola claims 21 hours of talk time. I am happy the phone can work on 4G without thinking about use for at least 10 hours. I charge my cell phone daily.
The screen on this phone does not have the resolution of other competitors like the Galaxy Nexus, but the colors are more vibrant with better contrast.
If you are looking for a cell phone that will last the entire work day without a recharge, this is the phone for you. There will always be a new cell phone arriving on the market that will make your phone seem old within months of your purchase. Buy a phone that performs the functions you need and call it a day.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Makes a cool product cooler, yet missing the one thing
by Dexter1268 on January 27, 2012
Pros: - Battery, duh...actually, this is probably the first time that word has made it into the Pros section EVER on a Verizon smartphone.
- Call quality.
- Nanocoating/Kevlar=awesome design features
- getting 4.0, the ROM is already out
Cons: - Come on...NO 720p resolution? Seriously? siiighh.
- Really, the 960x540 is the same as the X2...remember the X2? It's been a while, think hard. Having 226ppi instead of the Nexus/Rezound/LG's over 300 sucks.
- That's it, I just want 720p
Summary: With a good speaker, nice usable UI, future awesomeness of 4.0, a great battery, decent camera, amazing design, and tons of features, this should be an absolute contender for ...
Summary: With a good speaker, nice usable UI, future awesomeness of 4.0, a great battery, decent camera, amazing design, and tons of features, this should be an absolute contender for anyone needing a new phone....I say "need" because the people who just WANT one should wait until after MWC in February where the Tegra 3's get mentioned. With HTC saying they will release 1 "hero device" every quarter that means (hopefully) creating more future-proof devices. With Motorola signing with Intel one should probably wait to see what they come up with. And of course there's those phones from Sony that pack a mega camera, Bravia-sync, and True HD that are hopeful.
In short, if you have an Incredible (like me!), a Droid X, X2, or anything else that is still getting updates and still works just fine, it's lame to get anything right this second, especially with Spring releases right around the corner and so much hype for the summer...honestly, I'd wait.
But the Maxx is amazing...I still like the layout in the Nexus, the screen in the Spectrum, and the sound in the HTC more though, and lets face it, the next HTC phone will be 720p, have Beats, be slimmer, and have a great camera with 4.0...and be easier to root than Moto.
5 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
iPhone 4 comparison
by Methos1961 on June 29, 2012
Pros: Great Battery, very good screen, fast, good looking and nice build
Cons: Pricey, glitchy, small issues
Summary: I'm an iPhone user. I'm not an Apple fanboy though. In fact, I hated Apple products. But when I went to a smartphone a couple years back, head-to-head ...
Summary: I'm an iPhone user. I'm not an Apple fanboy though. In fact, I hated Apple products. But when I went to a smartphone a couple years back, head-to-head comparisons put the iPhone well ahead of anything else. That gap is closing.
I primarily picked up a Razr Maxx after hearing that Verizon was once again changing their data plan. I wanted to try an Android-based 4G phone before that kicked in. After a little research the Razr Maxx seemed like the obvious choice for me.
The biggest reason out of the gate is the battery. It's great. I ran that phone all day long on the 3G network, streaming music, surfing, downloading and installing apps, you name it. At night I still had 30 - 40 % battery life. Amazing.
The screen is great. It's large and pretty sharp. It's not as good as the iPhone Retina display, but since it's so much bigger it gets a bonus point. The gorilla glass was impressive as was the kevlar on the back. It's a great looking phone.
My phone was still running Gingerbread although ICS had just rolled out and an update would be coming over the air any day. I found the Android software a little easier to use, slightly more intuitive than iOS, but only a little. I still had to look some stuff up online but once there you can find anything.
It is great to be able to do so much customization with the Android. I was very pleased to see how many great apps there available now. I use my iPhone for everything - calls, email, texting, surfing the net, and most importantly - MUSIC!
I stream music to a couple Bluetooth devices (Bose Soundlink, Motorola Headphones) through Slacker, Pandora, Rhapsody, and anything else I happen to have (Spotify, iHeart Radio, etc.). This is where I ran into my first real problem with the Razr. The music would make quick skip or 'tick' noises during playback. It was always random but always a couple times each song and across all apps and Bluetooth devices. I looked for answers and found a couple people reporting the same problem but now solutions. I have never had this problem with the iPhone.
I also did not have the 4G reception that I'm supposed to have. Now they have just begun rolling out 4G in my area and we will get more and more, but the map says I should have it and I don't. Strike two but please note this is a strike against Verzion and not the Razr Maxx.
I also noted several little glitches in some of the apps. If I'm running streaming music and turn off the Bluetooth speaker or headphones, the music then starts coming out of my phone. iPhone automatically stops the music. This might seem like a little thing, but it was a big thing for me.
Another annoyance with regard to music was the volume rocker on the Razr Maxx. I did not like it's placement or it's feel. But worse is the fact that volume control function did not seem to operate linear-ally. It was very strange and hard to describe but a search showed this as an issue across certain Motorola platforms so it gets another strike for that.
Last was the price. At $299 plus an upgrade, its was just too much. Had I stopped by even a couple weeks earlier I could have gotten it for $199 on sale but I missed out. At $299 and with the noted issues above I decided to return the phone and go back to the iPhone until later this year.
The iPhone 5 is coming out supposedly, and also a new Razr Maxx HD. I'll do a head to head then and see how things go. If the iPhone has a larger screen and bigger/batter battery life it will be hard for the Razr to keep up if they do not fix those little annoyances. You have to give it Apple when it comes to that stuff - they got that on lock.
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- 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