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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx review

The Motorola Droid Razr fattens up, gains battery superpowers

The Motorola Razr Maxx is certainly a decent phone, but it doesn't quite manage to hit the heights of the competition around it – the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S.

We liked

The battery life is excellent. The Motorola Razr Maxx exists for one purpose - to offer users a top-end smartphone that will last more than a day - and it manages it with ease.

OK, so you won't be getting a week out of it like you did a Nokia 3310, but in today's world where top-end phones limp to the charger at the end of the day, the Motorola Razr Maxx offers a refreshing change.

The Super AMOLED display is also a great feature, which enables excellent video playback and gaming. And thanks to the battery, you can do both of these for longer.

The dual-core processor makes Android Gingerbread flow smoothly, and we're fans of Motorola's smart actions app.

We disliked

The styling certainly won't suit everyone, and the wasted real estate around the screen makes the Motorola Razr Maxx look like a bigger and more cumbersome phone than it actually is.

And thanks to that stonking battery, the handset has lost the wafer-thin appeal of the original Motorola Razr – making it aesthetically less desirable.

We've become used to seeing top phones offer up seven home screens, so we're puzzled about why Motorola has stuck with just five - especially on a phone with a large display that begs to be filled with widgets.

Final verdict

The Motorola Razr Maxx enters the market at the same times as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X, which both overshadow Motorola's effort - perhaps a spec boost could have been included alongside that bigger battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 is now on par with the Motorola Razr Maxx when it comes to pricing, but offers a better, 5 star, experience.

The Motorola Razr Maxx does beat these next-generation handsets when it comes to battery life – its possibly only saving grace when faced with the stiff competition.

If you're not too bothered about styling, slicker interfaces and extra features and just want a phone that will see you through a few days, then the Motorola Razr Maxx is probably the one for you.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandTri Band
Service ProviderVerizon Wireless
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEVDO
SAR Value1.45 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyDroid RAZR MAXX
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedCDMA 800, CDMA 1900, LTE 700, CDMA2000 1X
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time21.50 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)145 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height130.7 mm
Width68.9 mm
Depth9 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time380 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameDROID RAZR MAXX Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Product LineDroid RAZR MAXX
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberMOTXT912M
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing Information

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