Review: Verizon Wireless Droid Razr Maxx

The biggest complaint about the modern day smartphone is the lack of battery life. Motorola was one of the first to be destroyed by smartphone battery life complaints when they introduced the Moto Q back in 2006. The Q had atrocious battery life and anybody that owned one probably had the extended battery to match. Fast forward to 2012 and someone seems to have gotten the idea. Power packed with a 3300mAH battery, the Droid Razr MAXX clocks in at a solid 16 hours of usage before needing to think about that charger. Compared to the 4-5 hours that many get with stock smartphones today, this is a welcome change.

The MAXX builds off the success of the Droid Razr that Motorola launched to market in 2011. The Razr was one of the thinnest smartphones available and the MAXX adds a mere 1.9mm of thickness to that skinny mini. The Razr MAXX comes in at just under .4″ in thickness and a very svelte 5.1 ozs. Draining that jumbo battery pack is a stellar 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED display,  a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor and the Verizon Wireless LTE radio.

The MAXX also features an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera for video chats. The rear camera also shoots full 1080p video at 30fps and is accessible from the lock screen. The video quality is on par with low-end stand alone HD cameras, but isn’t quite what we would call movie theater ready. Overall, both the photos and videos were top notch in cell devices today. Depending on your personal tastes, you may want to opt to get a camera app that gives you a bit more control over saturation and balances.

The 3300mAH battery is also the first in memory that Motorola has included in a device that is not user replaceable. While the near 20 hours of continuous use may make this a no brainer for some, the loss of exchangeable batteries is a negative in our minds. That said, the Motorola Razr MAXX is definitely the best phone out there right now for the road warrior that needs an all day device. There are options like portable chargers, extra batteries and switching the device off that will conserve the battery on your normal smartphone, but the MAXX actually has the juice to survive a 7-7 day on the road and still let you check the scores when you get home.

The Motorola Razr MAXX is available now at getsmartphones.info for a new user price of $229.99 with an upgrade price to match. This saves $70 over the Verizon Wireless price and shipping is always free.

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