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Written by Bruce Normann   
Monday, 14 January 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Smartphone
Closer Look: DROID RAZR MAXX HD
DROID RAZR MAXX HD Detailed Features
Final Thoughts
Conclusion

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 4G Smartphone

Manufacturer: Motorola Mobility LLC
Product Name: DROID RAZR MAXX HD
Model Number: MOTXT926M
UPC: 723755002180
Price As Tested: $199.99 (With 2-year Contract) (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been self-supplied.

Pervasive computing has taken over as the dominant technology market for consumers. Even the US government is using tablets and smartphones, and when that slow-moving behemoth is on board, you know the ship has set sail. Supporting that Always On Real Time Access experience with back-end infrastructure is the other major driver in the universe of computers. Everything else is on the wane, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Users who want to stay productive, or merely connected while away from their desk, have found the smartphone to be a mobile workhorse. Today, Benchmark Reviews brings you a hands-on review of Motorola's latest flagship device, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD.

Motorola's 4.7 inch HD Super AMOLED screen is a very nice upgrade from the 4.3" version on my old RAZR, and now features 720p resolution (1280x720). While nobody can currently improve on the IPS+ LCD screen featured on the LG Optimus G, or the monster screen on the oversized Samsung Galaxy Note II, the RAZR HD sits solidly atop the second tier in both screen size and quality. Both the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD have a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and the 4.7″ HD Super AMOLED display. They also have the same cameras, an 8MP rear unit and a 1.3MP facing the user.

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Almost all of the specifications are identical between the two new models, just like last year's RAZR siblings. And, like those previous models, it's their batteries that set them apart. The RAZR HD has a 2530mAh battery, and the RAZR MAXX HD has 3300mAh of go juice inside. Both versions represent an improvement over the 1780mAh in my old RAZR, and the new MAXX pays only a minimal weight penalty compared to the standard RAZR HD. I definitely liked the slimness and light weight of my old DROID RAZR, but the RAZR MAXX HD offers almost double the battery capacity for roughly one ounce more (30g) in weight. As you can see from the table below, Motorola has tried to move away from the simple Talk/Standby battery life measurements, because no one uses their Smartphone that way anymore. Traditional Talk/Standby numbers were available from the wireless carrier, though. What's clear to me is that you don't have to make that much of a physical sacrifice to get the extra battery life with the RAZR MAXX HD; it's only an additional 0.9mm of thickness and 12g of weight. The penalty is all in the pricing, at this point.

Model Weight Thickness Talk (hr) Standby (hr)
DROID RAZR 127 g 7.1 mm 12.5 205
DROID RAZR HD 146 g 8.4 mm 16.0 286
DROID RAZR MAXX 145 g 9.0 mm 21.5 380
DROID RAZR MAXX HD 157 g 9.3 mm 21.0 372
DROID RAZR HD 146 g 8.4 mm Mixed Usage: 24 hrs.
DROID RAZR MAXX HD 157 g 9.3 mm Mixed Usage: 32 hrs.

DROID RAZR MAXX HD (MOTXT926M) Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.67"(W) x 5.19"(H) x 0.36"(D) (67.9 x 131.9 x 9.3mm)
  • Weight (with battery): 5.54 oz. (157 g)
  • Colors: Black only
  • System Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
    • 1500 MHz
    • Dual core(28nm Krait)
  • Graphics processor: Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU
  • Memory:
    • 1 GB MB LPDDR2 RAM System memory
    • 32 GB Non-Removable storage
    • 32 GB Removable microSD (card not supplied)
  • Display:
    • 4.7 inch 720p HD Super AMOLED (1280x720)
    • 16,777,216 colors
    • 312 PPI pixel density
    • Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
    • Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla)
  • Network Connectivity:
    • CDMA 800 1900,
    • LTE B13,
    • WCDMA 850 900 1900 2100,
    • GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
    • EVDO Rev. A,
    • HSDPA 21.1 Mbps (Cat 14),
    • HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • Wireless Connectivity:
    • WiFi a/b/g/n
    • WiFi HT40
    • GPS/GLONASS
    • NFC
    • Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • Audio and Video:
    • Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA
    • Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8
  • Camera:
    • Main (Rear): 8.0 Mega pixel (3264 x 2448)
    • Sub (Front): 1.3 Mega pixel (1280 x 720)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB light, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh (21 hours average talk time)
  • Operating System: Ships with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    Immediate Upgrade to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) during initial device setup



 

Comments 

 
# Brilliant review!Review_nut 2013-02-05 10:41
IMHO, all the bases I want covered in making an informed decision to persuade me to upgrade were covered in this review. Moto RAZR MAXX HD just jumped to the top of my list.
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# Good reviewCorey 2013-02-28 21:19
Moto is starting to make some very good devices again. I just wish the public would wake up and smell the coffee and figure they are better than most of the plastic Samsung/HTC stuff. Buy American. I dont understand why Google doesnt push them harder.

I have last generations RAZR and I must say I am very happy with it. The next gen is only a step up IMO.

Good review!
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# Enhancements to the camera were madeCJ 2013-03-27 05:27
With the update to Jelly Bean much of the bloatware is gone, not all but a lot. I also have had no problems taking pictures with the camera. Enhancements to the camera were made in the both the 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 OS upgrades. You should seriously consider re-evaluating this phone.
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# More Specific?Bruce 2013-03-27 07:39
Can you share with us, what the camera enhancements were? TIA
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