I fully and whole-heartily endorse this phone, now let’s see why…
Alright everyone, I’ve recently gotten my hands on this bigger brother in Motorola’s new RAZR family — the Droid RAZR MAXX HD. This device is also a (VERY) improved version of early last year’s Droid RAZR MAXX. You all know the very slim phone with the 3300 mAh battery? Well this is the new and improved version.
The MAXX HD is where Motorola is going to spend most of their time and resources in, besides in the RAZR M due to the fact that they are going to rate it higher than the normal RAZR HD. Honestly unless you are going to be without an outlet for 2 days or if you are just a very heavy user, I don’t see the NEED to get the MAXX HD or the regular HD. Nevertheless, I choose the MAXX or the normal, but I can be a heavy user.
Obviously one of the main things I’ll discuss here is the massive amount of battery life, but this review will be similar to my RAZR M’s review. Yet there are some major differences in the 2 (or 3 really) devices. First off you’ll notice the differences in the device’s body and the 4.7” HD super AMOLED screen with on-screen navigation buttons, which are a welcome addition coming from a Galaxy Nexus. Motorola always takes pride in their build quality and it is still shown with this line of devices. Next you’ll notice that this device is thicker than the previous MAXX but no where near being classified as a thick phone, it’s a RAZR and RAZR signifies slimness.
In all of the new RAZR’s you will get to experience Android 4.1.1 (Jellybean) and Motorola’s newest version of Blur. You’ll notice that this version of Android is slightly lower than the recent update that came out for the original line of RAZRs but I’m sure Motorola will have us covered. The new version of Blur is also very refreshing as it creeps closer and closer to stock Android, being the lightest Android skin I’ve seen on a smartphone, with a few additions instead of full on changes.
All in all, the RAZR MAXX HD is the powerhouse, older brother, money-saving device to get especially for several reasons: you think the Note 2 is too big, you love Motorola, or if you just want a newer device that will last long and get updates somewhat frequently. As expected the Droid RAZR MAXX HD is solely on Verizon (with their beast 4G LTE network) and is available for the price of 300$ on contract (650$ off). This would definitely be a recommendation of mine for anyway getting a new Android smartphone today.
Now on to the real details…
Verizon – 3G/4G LTE 700 MHz
4.7″ 720p Super AMOLED HD Display
Dual-Core 1.5GHz (Snapdragon)
Micro SD Storage:
Optional expandable memory
3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, HDMI, DLNA, NFC
Android 4.0.4 / Upgradeable to Jelly Bean
Yes – v4.0
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Battery (Duh)- The battery in this phone is completely amazing, 3300mAH not taken for granted. As you will be able to see in some of the screenshot, get through a day with this phone was a cakewalk. I started trying to get through 2 days, but I’m too much of a power for that. If you need a phone to last the day then this one should be one of your top choices. You can easily get 6 hours of screen on time one a full charge.
Jellybean- Also As I mentioned above this device is running JB, although it’s the same version as the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note 2, maybe Verizon is afraid of Android 4.2. atleast you know that Motorola isn’t afraid to update their phones seeing as this was recently released and updated. Go Moto! Now on to the wait for 4.2….
Blur- This new version of Blur is the same as on the RAZR M but again it’s very light, incredibly light. Motorola is showing that they aren’t interested in completely revamping Android’s skin, they just want to improve on it. Some things you will notice though are a new tab in the app drawer (“Favorites”), a secret settings screen on the home screen, and their custom clock widget.
Build- As with all of Motorola’s devices this phone is build with high quality. They no plastic or other flimsy pieces. Plus although some may not like it, this devices has some weight to it, not too much just to let you know that you are carrying a device. The phone contains a full kevlar back piece, metal siding, and Gorilla glass, similar to the last generation of RAZRs, but now upgraded.
Radios- Just a quick aside, as sometimes I review multiple phones at once I’ve gotten a chance to test out if Motorola really has superior radios to other manufacturers. When it comes to Samsung my test have concluded that Motorola is on top, when it comes to LG they are very similar. These tests are really simple also, not deep professional testing.
Camera- Unfortunately Motorola has never really been the best camera makers for their device, now this camera is no slouch but it could be better. It also includes a full “HD+” mode for video recording, which is really just 1080p. Yet the pics come out distorted in terms of color for some reason. Really sad.
Bloat- This may be more of a Verizon thing, but with myVerizon apps and the Amazon Suite, this device has almost 20 apps preinstalled not from Google. Apps that I’m sure most of you won’t even ever touch. You can removed these only with root, some you can’t even disable on stock.
Root- The developers are working hard with these devices and have achieved root and kexec changes (kernel changes). There are even ROMs working for the device, such as CM and AOKP. So you can even get your root on with this phone, Got Root?
Developer edition- For all the developers out there Moto has created developer versions of this device. You do have to pay the off-contract price which is 600 dollars, but you a) won’t have a contract phone and b) will have an unlocked bootloader! Yay
Notification Light- This is something you will notice from the pictures, which is Motorola unique way of having a notification light. The light is located under the speaker grill at the top of the device. It’s pretty cool and different but also very bright at times. Just something to point out.
To end off on the late/long-awaited review, the Droid RAZR MAXX HD is definitely a device to place in the top 3 Android devices on Verizon (with the others being the Galaxy Note 2 and Droid DNA (Which is just an assumption)). It has amazing battery life, updated android, and an amazing feel. Seriously consider this phone when getting your next upgrade. The device is 299$ on contract and $599 off contract and only available at Verizon Wireless.