Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

Summary: Though the Droid Razr is a mere three months old, Motorola and Verizon have already released a followup. And it's exactly what the original should have been.

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If you bought Motorola's Droid Razr last November or at any point since, I'm sorry.

Three months after the release of the impressive and slim smartphone comes its similarly slim but inconceivably better sucessor: The Droid Razr Maxx [sic]. Motorola's latest Droid takes all of the best parts from the original Droid Razr and improves them, leaving everyone who bought last year's model understandably--and probably irrevocably--upset.

A Droid Razr with an edge

In comparing the Droid Razr Maxx to its predecessor, it's a wonder that Motorola and Verizon didn't just skip the original phone entirely. At 21 hours, the Droid Razr Maxx offers a talk time almost double that of the original Droid Razr. That, of course, is due to its 3,300 mAh battery, which dwarfs the 1,780 cell found in its predecessor.

As a result of this upgrade, the Droid Razr Maxx is a bit thicker than the Droid Razr. That sounds like a problem at first, but seeing as how one of the most prominent criticisms of the Droid Razr was that it was actually too light, this added weight is actually a good thing in the end.

These things aside, the features of the two devices are almost completely identical. Notably, as with the original, the battery on the Droid Razr Maxx is non-removable, which some potential owners may balk at. But seeing as how it's this feature that helps keep the device so slim in the first place, perhaps that hesitation is a bit unwarranted.

Solving the 4G battery problem in style

Battery life on the Razr Maxx is a dazzling thing. Even with moderate use, the phone goes at least fifteen hours without need for a charge. Keep in mind that much of this data was transferred is over an 4G LTE connection, making the Maxx's battery life that much more amazing in comparison to 3G phones than can barely scratch eight hours.

And you won't get a more useful metric than that. Unless you are running YouTube for hours, or doing something similarly taxing and unlikely, it will probably take a whole lot of work to drain the Razr's Maxx's battery. Which is certainly a good thing.

Another notable bit about the battery is that, while it lasts quite a long time, it does take a bit longer to charge compared to, say, the Nexus S 4G. (Disclosure: I own a Nexus S 4G.)

Bottom line

There's something quite special about the Razr Maxx. While not so great for recent owners of the Droid Razr, the Maxx's existence proves that, with enough engineering prowess, manufacturers can create devices that can seamlessly run on 4G networks without sacrificing battery life. And that's a very exciting thing.

Even for those for those not at all enthused by this battery life increase, there's good news: With the appearance of the Razr Maxx, Verizon has dropped the price of the original Droid Razr to $200, giving its successor a more premium sheen but also making the original Droid Razr a bit more enticing. Everybody wins.

See this gallery for more shots of the phone.

Update: Here's a link to Verizon's official page for the phone.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Smartphones

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  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    "Everybody wins." Except the people who previously bought the Razr.

    What about second gen LTE transmitters? When will we see products sporting them? That should help the battery life problems.
    PhillyIT
    • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

      @PhillyIT I'm confused how releasing a new product negates every previous product.
      peterseb80
  • Journalists never make up their mind about batteries!

    I remember the original and subsequent iphones being blasted for not having a removable battery.... either you have softened your stances, or (as we think) you blabbed on without thinking...
    grillomalta@...
    • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

      @grillomalta@... Or the lack of a removable battery is less of an issue if the phone lasts 2 days on a charge...
      BigMagoo
    • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

      @grillomalta@... or the expectations are now that you'll upgrade your phone when that battery needs replacing in a couple years.... might have something to do with the iphone and successors not having a replaceable battery. Before that, it was quite reasonable to expect a phone to last through several batteries. The state of progress. Of course the smartphones now are so much better than a couple of years ago, so it's probably realistic.
      BorgX
    • This is not an Apple product, so

      It's OK.
      baggins_z
    • Well, the problem is...

      @grillomalta@...

      Its like anything, what was once a lousy thing, once it becomes the norm its seen as far less lousy after awhile.

      I think you will notice, nobody is talking anymore like a non replaceable battery in an iPhone is scandalous.

      In short; non replaceable batteries are not the best way to go, but given that they are now somewhat commonplace in many instances, its far less of even being a choice then it once was thought it should be, so its not worth complaining about as much as it once was.
      Cayble
      • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

        @Cayble

        Besides... since Apple has gotten away with it for so long why shouldn't others follow in the same practice. I love how all these Apple apologists are suddenly so very vocal about the issue now that someone besides Apple has followed suit. For the record: I do not support either company in what was a bad decision but for you Apple fanatics who didn't want to discuss the issue before, you've lost your right to discuss it now.
        techadmin.cc@...
  • iPhone Convert

    I traded up to the Razr Maxx from the iPhone 4S and am pleased to say I am not looking for a charger during the day (like I did with the Galaxy Nexus & Droid Bionic)like almost all 4GLTE phone users. This screen size difference from iPhone to Razr Maxx is amazing, with little difference in weight and thickness. I have had iPhones since the 3 thru 4S, so battery removal is not an issue with me. I know how to push the volume down and power to reset it, if I need to, but since I bought it on day one, I have not needed to reset it. I am a power user and it stands up to my abuse daily. I go home with 40% left every day. I tried to run it down one night and it took almost 2 hours to go below 10%, amazing.
    Engineering take notice, it can be accomplished on 4GLTE, long lasting battery.
    I am enjoying it to the Maxx! All Hail Razr Maxx!
    mosttwanted
  • iPhone Convert

    I traded up to the Razr Maxx from the iPhone 4S and am pleased to say I am not looking for a charger during the day (like I did with the Galaxy Nexus & Droid Bionic)like almost all 4GLTE phone users. This screen size difference from iPhone to Razr Maxx is amazing, with little difference in weight and thickness. I have had iPhones since the 3 thru 4S, so battery removal is not an issue with me. I know how to push the volume down and power to reset it, if I need to, but since I bought it on day one, I have not needed to reset it. I am a power user and it stands up to my abuse daily. I go home with 40% left every day. I tried to run it down one night and it took almost 2 hours to go below 10%, amazing.
    Engineering take notice, it can be accomplished on 4GLTE, long lasting battery.
    I am enjoying it to the Maxx! All Hail Razr Maxx!
    mosttwanted
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx

    I own the first Generation Razr and battery life is only problem so far. I'm not too interested in the impending ICS upgrade because as the phone stands now it's very very good. (Except battery life). Who knew that a phone that thin and that lite would have short battery life?
    STAN113
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    Yes I have original Droid Razr. Love it and have loved it since 11-10-11. Have NO! issues with battery life. Use the phone moderately most every day. Listen to music, check out few videos on youtube, download a recommended app or two, make/receive 15-20 calls, check weather, surf (lot research) net, probably couple other things. My battery life has NEVER been issue! On heavy days still have 20% left night. Use 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM.

    Love my Razr, dont need big battery...
    mayn17@...
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    I really hope this starts a new breed of phones that finally have decent batteries!

    If only the Razr Maxx (what's with the bad spellings?) had ICS too :-(.
    bradavon
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    And the Killer .........Tell me about all the CRAPWARE
    bfriskey
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    I want this for Sprint!
    Geedavey
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    After After paying arm leg plus firstborn for a phone of which you will probably not use all its functions ( any expensive phone) why not invest in a simple little external battery to charge up the phone for a pittance compared to the phones cost, or a small fortune upgrading. Simple cheap answer to a simple problem which as an electronics engineer would not have given a second thought to. Battery power has always been problem of any device.
    ronangel
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    I still use a LG chocolate
    because it works and I use it as a phone,
    that "Its so 17 seconds ago thing just shows how stupid addiction to technolgy can be."
    I had a palm phone, I ended up going back to pocket note pad because it dont need a charger
    warpuck@...
  • RE: Droid Razr Maxx: a slim smartphone with a super battery (review)

    I recently bought one of these from Kinkoo: http://www.ikinkoo.com/shop/portable-charger/kinkoo-infinite-one-8000mah.html
    I have found it to be great. With real 8,000mAh can charge Droid Razr Maxx for 4 times, with juice still to spare. It’s very light to carry every day(only 5.7 oz).
    Highly recommended.
    karen leo
    • reply

      http://www.ikinkoo.com/shop/portable-charger/kinkoo-infinite-one-8000mah.html
      karen leo