Motorola has ended 2011 and started this year with a bang – their new Xyboard tablets are pretty popular and definitely top of the line when it comes to the specs, and the new Droid RAZR is simply an awesome smartphone with an incredibly thin profile.
But there’s one other device that stands out from the crowd and is arguably the most important release to date, not only from Motorola, but from any company: the Droid RAZR Maxx smartphone, which features a slim profile and an impressive 21 hours of continuous use on a single charge.
The new RAZR Maxx has the same overall design as its thinner brother, the Droid RAZR. The hexagonal style, big sheet of Gorilla glass covering the display, navigation buttons and the Kevlar on the back cover – everything remains the same. The only difference is really in the thickness – while the RAZR is a staggering 7.1 mm (except for the hump at the top where the camera is located), the RAZR Maxx is a less impressive 9mm, although seriously, that is not thick by any means and it’s more than a great tradeoff for what you’re getting.
The performance of the RAZR Maxx is very high – it doesn’t reach up to the newer chipsets like the Tegra 3 or even Samsung Galaxy Note’s 1.5 GHz Exynos, but the TI OMAP 4430 inside the device can put out an impressive amount of processing power with its two 1.2 GHz cores and the PowerVR SGX540 graphics adapter. To top it all off, there’s a full 1024 MB of RAM inside, running in dual channel configuration, for the best performance when running a lot of apps in the background or opening some particularly intensive games or applications.
The internal specifications of the Droid RAZR Maxx also mirror those of the RAZR. The 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display on the front has a resolution of 960×540 (aka qHD) and looks amazing, with vivid colors, deep black levels, great outdoors visibility and pretty much perfect viewing angles. There are 16 GB of internal storage space, as well as a easily accessible micro SD slot for expansion, which is more than enough for any kind of usage.
The phone has two cameras: an 8 megapixels unit on the back with LED flash and support for 1080p video recording, and a 1.3 megapixels one on the front for video calls (it also supports 720p HD if you need it to record yourself or to use Skype HD, for example). The other specs are exactly the same as on the RAZR: there’s the usual Wifi N, Bluetooth, GPS radios, as well as a Glonass radio, support for DLNA, a 4G LTE Revision A radio, 3.5 mm audio jack and separate HDMI and USB ports – you won’t be missing anything with the Maxx, that’s for sure.
The biggest change from the first RAZR is the 3100 mAh battery, which can last 21 hours of continuous use on a 4G LTE network and even more on a 3G network or only Wifi enabled. This is something unheard of on today’s smartphones, although I’m really surprised no one else has thought of releasing such a handset. The long battery life is a godsend for thousands of people who use their phone all the time and can’t or don’t want to charge it every 6-7 hours or carry around a spare battery. Motorola has definitely solved that problem, and you can easily use your phone for anything you want and still have enough charge left in it when you get home.
The RAZR Maxx, like its predecessor, comes with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread pre-installed, with Motorola’s customizations to the interface. That’s a bit strange, since Ice Cream Sandwich has been out for a while now, but it’s not a big issue since an OTA update is already on its way.
Price and availability
The RAZR Maxx is already available on Verizon’s network, alongside the Droid RAZR, but the extra battery life is more than worth the small increase in price ($300 vs $250), and you really won’t be able to tell the difference between the two phones when they’re in your pocket.