The Droid Razr Maxx (Maxx from here on out) is one of Motorola’s new phones calling upon the Razr namesake. This smartphone lives up to the hype. I upgraded from the original Motorola Droid and am satisfied.
Overall Score: 9/10
-Very responsive hardware.
-Nice front-facing camera for video calls.
-Amazing battery life.
-Lots of bloatware that I can’t remove.
The most noticeable upgrade in my experience is a large improvement in responsiveness. The Maxx has a lot of power, able to watch HD YouTube videos or play the latest games without flinching. Physically the phone is larger than the original Droid in height and width but is much thinner. The size and shape is a neutral issue for me but the size increased to accommodate a big, beautiful screen. I never considered watching a whole show on a phone until I saw this screen.
The 4G speed makes watching shows on the phone feasible. Personally I don’t exercise this option frequently but it is reassuring to have that option, as silly as that may sound. Other options available include a front-facing camera and HDMI output. The front-facing camera is useful for video-chatting on a phone, which frankly amazes me. (We’re living in the future!)
Some other useful tools include GPS navigation with Google Maps, syncing with my Google account, and other features that generally come by default with an Android
Extra features aside, as a phone the Maxx does well. Voice quality is good and I’ve never had an issue with the volume coming out of the speakers. Its Bluetooth connectivity allows hands-free usage of the phone in Bluetooth enabled cars.
Supporting this function and all other features is the excellent battery. The primary difference between the Droid Razr and the Droid Razr Maxx is the battery. On average I can get two days out of the phone if I needed to.
The biggest complaint I’d have is that the Verizon Droid Razr Maxx I have comes preloaded with many apps I cannot uninstall. There are many Verizon-related applications that sit there just taking up space. I’m certainly not going to use them yet I can’t uninstall them. A great example for me personally is NFL Mobile. It’s not something that even remotely interests me but it will forever remain on my phone. It wouldn’t be too bad if the applications were useful but most of the preloaded applications are terrible.
Compared with everything else this is a minor issue, however.
In short, if you’re on the market for a new phone, the Droid Razr Maxx is worth considering.