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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? 

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"As with the Droid RAZR, the Maxx sports an eight megapixel rear shooter and 1.3MP front-facing camera," writes Brad Molen at Engadget. "As mentioned before, the sensors are identical to the previous phone, and as such don't expect to see many different results here. Colors are still muted in direct sunlight, it struggles in low-light situations and indoor images are once again a bit noisy. We were pleased to see only a limited amount of shutter lag, thanks to the phone's continuous autofocus feature. Panorama shots were hit-or-miss, with nearly a half of our images not even merging together without looking blurry or disjointed."

The performance

The Razr Maxx runs the Android 2.3.5 operating system, and Jordan Crook of TechCrunch gives the experience a thumbs-up. "Switching between apps, surfing the web, and watching mobile video was all pleasant. I didn’t experience any serious hiccups (other than those freezes), but the usual Android lag still remains," Crook writes. "Luckily, Moto chose to leave Blur out of the equation and laid a rather light, useful overlay onto both the Razr and the Maxx. I say keep ‘em coming like that, Moto." 

The display

"The RAZR MAXX’s display has deep colors and high contrast," writes Josh Smith of Gotta Be Mobile. "The colors are brighter than I’ve seen on some phones like the Samsung Stratosphere, but they are not as true to life. While colors are bolder than the HTC Thunderbolt, they’re also less true to reality due to the contrast. That said, watching HD video is a pleasure on this screen and viewing angles are quite wide. One of my favorite things about the Droid RAZR MAXX’s display is that it’s easy to read outdoors, even when the sun is out. The auto brightness setting is smart enough to crank up just the right amount."

The bottom line

"Power users who need to have the longest lifetime possible will have no choice but to pick [the Maxx] – a notion that's just cause for disappointment," writes Molen of Engadget. "At its worst, it's an original RAZR with a $100 extended battery pack attached. At its best, however, the Maxx is proof to every phone manufacturer that it really is possible to make a slender (and absolutely stunning) device that can actually survive more than a full days' worth of heavy use. So what does the Maxx really offer to the rest of the mobile community? A sense of optimism."

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