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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx review

The Motorola Droid Razr fattens up, gains battery superpowers

The Motorola Razr Maxx offers up a decent camera in the shape of an 8MP rear snapper, as well as a front-facing 1.3MP offering.

The rear facing camera is the main focus here, with the smaller front camera really only there for video calls and vanity checks.

Motorola Razr Maxx review

There's a single LED flash located next to the lens on the rear of the phone, and thanks to the positioning at the top of the device, there's no chance of obscuring the camera when held in portrait orientation.

However, we did find our hand creeping into the corner of shots when held in landscape, which was slightly annoying as we had to change our grip to something much less natural.

Motorola Razr Maxx review

Also annoyingly the app does not rotate the menus in the camera when you're holding the Motorola Razr Maxx in portrait, which is frustrating when trying to read menus sideways – something that other handsets provide without a second thought.

Motorola Razr Maxx review

If you are an impulse snapper then the Motorola Razr Maxx has got you covered, with the option to open the camera app straight from the lock screen.

That said, there is a second or so delay as the camera app loads, which is then extended once the shutter is pressed, while autofocus sorts itself out.

The autofocus delay can be overcome by either a) pausing before pressing the shutter to let the auto-focus settle or b) turning off autofocus from the settings menu.

Autofocus and tap-to-focus are both present, but as mentioned it can take a little while to setting, especially is the target is moving, which can cause frustration and missed opportunities.

As with most smartphones these days, there are a number of options and settings within the camera app itself. There are seven effects, seven scenes and four modes to select from, as well as an exposure control and image quality toggle (8MP or 6MP widescreen).

Motorola Razr Maxx review

You can toggle between the front and rear cameras easily from within the app – although you lose pretty much all your setting options when using the front-facing camera.

There are slightly fewer options on the Motorola Razr Maxx than the likes of the Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S, but they will suffice for most users.

Motorola Razr Maxx review
The camera does pretty well outside, colours are a little washed out

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Motorola Razr Maxx review
The digital zoom stands up quick well, we a reasonable image produced

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Black and White: One of the effects available

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Negative: another effect in the camera app

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16:9 (6MP) mode - doesn't handle moving objects well, plus thumb in shot

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Auto-focus can't cope if you're quick on the draw

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Let auto-focus settle and it'll do the job

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The camera struggles in poorly lit areas

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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
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