|Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Smartphone|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Phones | Handheld|
|Written by Bruce Normann|
|Monday, 14 January 2013|
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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD 4G Smartphone
Manufacturer: Motorola Mobility LLC
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.
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.
DROID RAZR MAXX HD (MOTXT926M) Specifications