The Droid Razr Maxx is my first touchscreen only phone. I was using the original Droid for a while, but decided it was too bulky and reactivated my Samsung Alias 2. I was weary about losing a physical keyboard, but decided to give the Razr a shot anyways. This article is an assessment of the Droid Razr Maxx from my personal experience.
Form factor is very nice. The Droid Razr Maxx is super thin and lightweight, as advertised. It’s a little on the larger side, which is great for viewing content, but can be subtly annoying when you can’t reach the menu button with your right-hand thumb while the phone is in your right palm.
Personally, I’ll take the larger surface area over the minor reach inconvenience. But if you have small hands, you may want to head over to a Verizon store first to get a feel for the device.
The touchscreen is nice and sensitive. I like it much more than some of the other models on the market, where you feel like you have to press hard for the phone to react. It’s also constructed of gorilla glass, which has already proven to be a great design choice. I’ve also opted to not use a screen protector because of the gorilla glass. How can you go wrong with a silky smooth and extra durable screen?
Battery life is insanely good. I can go all day, sometimes longer, without having to charge up. To give an example of my usage, I’m browsing the internet constantly, spend a good chunk of my day on email, and stream data from various services throughout most of the day.
If battery life isn’t a huge concern for you, then consider going with the non-Maxx version of the Razr. Otherwise, you’ll be more than happy with the battery life of the Maxx.
As expected with any Droid, you have access to Play (formerly known as the Android Market). This means access to an almost an endless supply of games and applications. On top of that, there’s a phenomenal suite of apps that comes preinstalled. As a matter of fact, this article was written completely on Quickoffice, which came preinstalled.
The only downside here is that there are a few apps that cannot be uninstalled. You can hide them, but not uninstall them. If you use these apps, then it’s not really a big deal. However, if you don’t use these apps, it can be frustrating.
At first, I was really missing the physical keyboard. Vibration feedback doesn’t really compare to the feel of the keys of a traditional keyboard. After having the Droid Razr Maxx for about two days, I discovered the world of typing with Swype.
In case you’re unfamiliar with Swype, it’s a form of typing by simply swiping your finger through the characters of the word you want to type. At first, it feels very different. Then you get used to it. Then you fall in love with it. At least that’s what happened with me. I can’t imagine texting without it now.
This phone is stellar and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to purchase it. I was on the fence for a while between the Droid Razr Maxx and the iPhone. But, after having the Razr for a few weeks and comparing it with the iPhones of my colleagues, I made the right choice. I’m no sales rep, but I can almost guarantee that anyone using a smartphone would be more than happy with the Droid Razr Maxx.