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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx review

The Motorola Droid Razr fattens up, gains battery superpowers

Our Verdict

Everything about the Razr, aside from the profile and pricetag, have gotten better with the New Motorola Droid Razr Maxx.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 21.50 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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For

  • Insane battery
  • Hi-res AMOLED
  • Nice overlay
  • Fast processor
  • Impressive media player

Against

  • Fatter design
  • Higher price tag
  • large bezel
  • Non-removable battery

Sadly the Motorola Razr Maxx ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is a disappointment now Ice Cream Sandwich is readily available and appearing on a number of handsets.

Motorola Razr Maxx review

It's not all bad news though, since the Motorola Razr Maxx will receive an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich soon, with the roll out starting right now - we'll be updating the review to represent it.

As with most Android manufacturers these days Motorola has stuck its own custom overlay onto the Razr Maxx, in an attempt to enhance the user experience.

The 1.2GHz dual-core processor means you're able to slide through home screens and jump between apps without slow down, with the Motorola Razr Maxx easily coping with multiple applications.

There's a simple yet effective 3D animation as you slide between home screens and the wallpaper scrolls sideways as you move through the screen, which is a nice touch.

Motorola Razr Maxx review

You only get five home screens to play with on the Motorola Razr Maxx (the Samsung Galaxy S3 offers up seven), which can quickly fill up if you're widget-hungry – and with the extra juice from the super sized battery there's nothing stopping you going all out with even the most demanding widgets.

Motorola has added an extra bit of customisation in here though, as you're able to resize most (but not all) widgets to try to cram as many as possible onto each screen – perfect it you're a fan of Tetris.

A quick slide up from the base on any home screen will provide you with an overview of all of them, and holding down on a space will pop up a menu enabling you to add widgets, apps, folders and shortcuts.

Pull down from the top of the screen and you'll be met with the customary Android notification bar. There are no handy toggles to switch off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and so on, but widget equivalents can be quickly added to a home screen.

Motorola Razr Maxx review

If you're always forgetting to lock your phone when you put it in your pocket, then the Motorola Razr Maxx could be the handset for you. In the settings menu there's an "in-pocket detection" option that will automatically lock the smartphone when you slide it into your pocket - although it wasn't always perfect in working out when it was shoved in jeans.

Although Motorola has tweaked some aspects of Android, the overlay is relatively minimal in its presence,enabling simple and easy navigation around the handset, which will feel familiar to anyone who has used Android before.

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
Memory Card Size Included16 GB
Memory Card Type IncludedmicroSD
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Call Waiting, Conference Call
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height130.7 mm
Width68.9 mm
Depth9 mm
Radio TunerNo
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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