Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx Review
By Tommy Rebik
- February 29, 2012
Pros: The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is a device known for its beefed-up battery. It is presented in a slim profile and a durable design. It sports a gorgeous display, and is powered by a reliable 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
Cons: The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx does not run the latest version of Google's Android OS. Its camera is just average as well.
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is actually a top notch smartphone. It has good feature set and is showcased in an attractive design and style. However, there are no reports yet about the latest Android OS update, Ice Cream Sandwich. Anyway, here in my review, I will talkk about its style, construction, features, software and features so you may have an idea how capable this device is and probably have a notion if this type of mobile phone in fact is the correct one for you, personally. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is very just like the brand’s forerunner, the first Motorola Droid Razr. They made the device superslim as they possibly can and equipped it with all of the additional features that you'd like to see in a mobile phone. The Droid Razr Maxx by Motorola is a special phone. It felt a bit light, &I had trouble holding it with my hand since it was kind of big and so thin at the same time. The battery life was OK, thanks to its 3,300mAh battery which is rated to run for days on end. According to Motorla, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx could be the longest-lasting and the most powerful smart phone that they have ever created. Read on to know more about this device and see if it’s worth its $300 entry price tag. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the thinnest Android device that I have ever seen. The thin craze started with the Razr V3, which for me is the right move, even if the Motorola Razr is said to have the trimmest chassis ever created. The Droid Razr Maxx has dimensions of 5.14 inches long by 2.75 inches wide by 0.35 inch thick. It weighs just about 5.1 ounces. It feels very svelte and easily fits in my pants pocket though people with small hands might find it hard to held the device. It’s smartly designed with no humps that the original Droid has. Just like its predecessor, the Motorola Droid Razr, the Droid Razr Maxx has a back in Kevlar which is smooth & soft. This makes its battery not removable. But then again, it still is a powerful and a much reliable 3,300mAh battery, that can last for days. For me, its Kevlar backing is likeable. Yes, it is not bullet proof but it does make the smart phone scratch and scuff free. Moreover, it features "nanotechnology coating," a technology that is also found on the original Droid Razr. The said nanotechnology safeguards the smart phone’s innards from light moisture & spills. Just so you know, this new device is not water resistant so be sure not to swim with it. Its screen has been made to be tougher for it is now a Corning Gorilla Glass display – it is chemically treated with a scratch resistant surface. The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx runs on Google’s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread – not the latest, but the Ice Cream Sandwich is on its way. Unlike other user interface, this one only has 5 customizable home screens instead of the usual seven. It does come with more shortcuts including the messaging, phone dialer, main menu, and the camera. Its lock screen shows you the typical date, digital clock, and battery information. To unlock the device, you only need to swipe the lock icon from left to right. The vibrate & the ringer function can be toggled here as well. I do like the Motorola Droid Razr's virtual keyboard as it is spcious and well-spaced. It also has a good haptic feedback, & very responsive. It is great to know that this new device employs the same virtual keyboard. It also features Swype - for fast one-handed writing. The Motorola Droid Razr features a handful of Android capabilities. Aside from the usual set of features, it comes with GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, mobile hot-spot connectivity. The mobile hotspot feature will allow you to use the smart phone as a modem and set a WiFi connection for up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices. However, this feature costs $20 per month on top of your voice & data plans. Just like with other Android devices, you will also get a wide selection of Google's apps and services including Google Books, Places, Google Talk, Google Search with Voice, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, Latitude, and YouTube. Organizer apps include file manager, alarm clock, the calendar, calculator, a task list, voice command support, & speakerphone. Other basic applications and games include Amazon's Kindle app, Blockbuster, Let's Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, Netflix, Slacker Radio, MotoPrint, and VideoSurf. However, the device has lots of bloatware from Verizon including Device Setup, My Verizon Mobile, NFL Mobile, Verizon Instant Messenger, V Cast Tones, Verizon Video, VZ Navigator, & Visual Voicemail. Just like the RIM’s BlackBerry, this new Droid Razr Maxx supports corporate email functions. It has support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption which comes in handy in securing your e-mail, calendar, as well as contacts. It also provides a quasi mobile smart phone experience. You can use accessories like the Lapdock 100 (10-inch screen), or the Lapdock 500 Pro (14-inch screen), or an HD Station, and the Webtop app loads automatically. The aforementioned Lapdocks by the way, come with a keyboard & a touch pad, but you need to have you own input devices if you really want to use or if you are already using the HD Station. For me, Motorola did a wonderful job in employing this new Droid Razr Maxx with a reliable battery. Kudos also for keeping it with a slim and trim profile. I give this phone a rating of 3.5/5 as it works as advertised and I am hoping to see more smart phones like this in the future from Motorola!