Review: Droid RAZR Maxx by Motorola

Overview:

Droid RAZR Maxx by MotorolaLet me cut straight to the chase with this review. The Droid RAZR Maxx has by far the best battery I’ve ever experienced in a smartphone. Crazy as it sounds, this phone is the first phone I’ve tested/used that can make it through a day of “normal use” without fully draining the battery. If you’ve never owned a smartphone before this may not sound like a big deal but believe me, it is.

The amazing thing is that the Droid RAZR Maxx does this while still maintaining a pretty slim profile. No, it’s not as thin as the original Droid RAZR but I would sacrifice the minimal extra width for the increased battery life any day.

Techie stuff:

Manufacturer: Motorola
OS: Android 2.3.5
Dimensions: 5.15″ x 2.71″ x 0.35″ (131 x 69 x 9 mm)
Weight: 5.11 oz (145 g)
 
Network: 4G LTE
Processor: Dual core, 1.2GHz
Memory: 1GB
Internal storage: 16GB
Storage expansion: microSD (16GB included)
 
Display: 4.3″, 960 x 540 pixels
Camera: 8 megapixels
Flash: LED
Front-facing camera: 1.3 megapixels
Camcorder: 1920 x 1080 (1080p HD)
 
HDMI: via micro USB


What I liked:

Hands down, as I mentioned earlier, the battery is the winning feature of this phone. If nothing else, it’s reason enough to get this phone.

But there are a couple of other features I like. These features aren’t necessarily unique to the Droid RAZR Maxx but some of them I haven’t seen before on other phones I’ve tested. For starters, I love how the Droid RAZR Maxx handles autocorrect when typing text with the on-screen keyboard. It really doesn’t autocorrect at all. Instead it offers up suggestions of what it thinks you might be typing. Select one of the suggestions and it completes the word for you. Ignore the suggestions and it leaves your text alone.

If you spell a word wrong, it puts a red, dashed line underneath the word, as many are accustomed to with Microsoft Word. And at any time you can go back and touch the misspelled word to review a list of suggested corrections. Touch the suggested correction and the misspelled word is replaced with the word you selected.

The Droid RAZR Maxx also has something called Smart Actions. These are like tiny instructions you can give your phone to follow based on time of day, location and more. For example, I set up a smart action that used my church as a location. Now every time my phone recognizes “church” as its location, it turns the volume all the way down. Conversely, I have another smart action that resets the volume to full strength when it recognizes my home as the location (using my Wi-Fi network as the trigger). I love this one especially because I often forget to turn my volume back up when I’m out somewhere (like a restaurant) and have my volume turned all the way down.

Finally, there are a wide variety of devices you can purchase to accompany your Droid RAZR Maxx including:

View a full list of Droid RAZR Maxx accessories

Of all of these, the Lapdock and the HD Station are my favorites but be sure to check out all of the available options if you are thinking about purchasing a Droid RAZR Maxx for yourself.

What I didn’t like so much:

There’s not much I don’t like about the Droid RAZR Maxx. I could be picky and point out that the display isn’t the crispest display I’ve ever seen. And the processor isn’t the fasted I’ve ever used but these all seem trivial when I think of how long the battery lasts.

If I had to pick one big negative to me, it has to do with the way Motorola handles its notifications. Like any other Android-based phone new notificatoins go to the notification center. But that’s the only place they go. With other phones, like the HTC phones I’ve tested, I also get a little badge next to the icon indicating there is something new. For example, a new text message would also display a little red circle with a “1” in it in the upper-right corner of the text icon. No such feature with Motorola. But this was more a matter of re-training myself to rely solely on the notification center and not the badges.

My Recommendation:

I give the Droid RAZR Maxx my highest recommendation, mainly because of (you guessed it) the battery life. Is it the fastest phone with the best display? Nope. But who cares? And if you need any more proof of how much I love this phone, just ask me for a demo next time you see me. Why? Because the Droid RAZR Maxx isn’t just a demo phone—it’s the actual phone I use every day.