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Droid Razr Maxx review roundup

The Droid Razr Maxx hit shelves this week. So how does the latest Droid phone stack up to its competitors? 

By Matthew Shaer / January 31, 2012



Earlier this month, Motorola took the wraps off the Droid Razr Maxx, a smartphone with a complete disregard for grammatical convention. This week, the latest Droid arrives in the US, armed with a super-sized battery, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, Verizon 4G LTE connectivity, an older version of Android, and a $299 price tag (with the requisite 2-year contract). So how good is the Droid Maxx? Let's go to the scorecards. 

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The looks 

"Kudos to Motorola for cramming such a big battery inside a handset that measures .35 inches thick," writes the team at Laptop magazine. "Yes, the Droid RAZR was deliciously thin at just .28 inches, but the RAZR Maxx is still slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S (both .37 inches). At 5.1 ounces [0.3 pounds], the Maxx weighs the same as the Galaxy Nexus, but the latter is taller and slightly narrower. What we miss from the original Droid RAZR on the Maxx is the way the back tapers to a small hump at the top, which made the device slightly easier to grip when making calls."

The battery 

"The Razr Maxx touts a power supply of 3,300mAh, or roughly twice what you get from most high-end handsets in the market today, including its Droid Razr predecessor, which has a 1,780mAh power supply," writes Clint Boulton of eWeek. "This is crucial because the Razr Maxx churns data on Verizon's 4G Long-Term Evolution network. Anyone who has ever tested or owned a 4G LTE Verizon phone, such as the HTC ThunderBolt or Samsung Droid Charge, knows how rapidly those smartphones with 4G radios burn through battery charges. The Razr Maxx... casts aside the rapid-battery-drain concerns and offers a whopping 21.5 hours of talk time and nearly 16 days of standby time."

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