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The Motorola RAZR MAXX runs on Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0 and is powered by Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1GB RAM. It has a 4.3-inch, 540 x 960 pixel display. The Motorola RAZR MAXX also comes with a 8.0-megapixel camera that is able to record videos at 1080p. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, and is able to support microSD cards of up to 32GB.
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Review:  Motorola Razr Maxx

By Loh Ving Sung

12 August 2012 – The Motorola Razr Maxx is derived from the company’s venerable Razr flip phone catalogue. And while the Razr Maxx looks similar to the Razr reboot, Motorola bumped the Maxx’s battery pack up a notch. And if you are the type who needs endurance for your phone above all else, read on to find out more about Motorola's Razr Maxx.

At a glance:

+ Rugged design
+ Long battery life
+ Mid-end price point
- No quick camera button
- Comes with Gingerbread  

In the box
  • Motorola Razr Maxx
  • USB connector
  • Travel Charger
  • 3.5mm headphone



Exterior and Design

Motorola’s Razr Maxx takes on the same one-piece Kevlar design as its original Razr, but it is slightly thicker when compared to the ultra-thin Razr thanks to a much larger 3300mAH battery. At 8.99mm, the phone is certainly not chunky, and has a nice balanced weight to it. The phone managed to fit snugly in our hands and remains pocket-able. Those who’ve seen the Razr will also notice the Razr Maxx’s extra pounds no longer make the camera protrude out the top of the phone.

The phone’s rectangular design is tapered off and is mainly a rugged affair with its screen covered in Gorilla Glass, and the back of the phone covered in Kevlar. The Razr Maxx’s tough chassis protects the phone 4.3-inch AMOLED Advanced QHD screen. The screen’s bright and vibrant, making it a great screen to enjoy Multimedia. At 960 x 540 pixels, the phone’s resolution is decent with 256 pixels per inch but pales in comparison the Xperia S’ 342 pixels per inch.

With the Razr Maxx, instead of three capacitive buttons, you get four – settings, home, back and Google voice search. The power and standby are on the right, and is easy to operate with one hand. The volume rocker is here too, but its sunken design means you have to press down hard to change the volume.

It’s a one piece design, so don’t expect to see the 3300 mAH without removing a few screws. Motorola designed a flap to cover up the microSIM and microSD slot to the bottom right of the device. However, for some reason, the flap does not close all the way, as the microSIM sticks out like a sore thumb.



Motorola has played up the phone’s big battery life and has claimed up to 21 hours of talk time - we’ve seen shorter political debates and 14 hours of video playback. The phone has a whopping 25 days of standby time. In our test, we turned on WiFi, 3G and Bluetooth while making periodic voice calls, the Motorola Razr Maxx lasted around 12 hours and required a charge at the end of the day.

Software

Motorola loaded the Razr Maxx with Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) build, so you will get the same bells and whistles as most Gingerbread phones. But if you were pining for something newer like Ice Cream Sandwich, you will have to wait for the promised update. (Motorola is rolling out the official ICS built at time of writing).  Over the two week period, there was one instance where the phone completely froze and we had to wait it out before the phone rebooted itself.

With the Razr Maxx, you’ll get five home screens that you can plop apps and widgets onto, and like most Android phone makers, Motorola also threw on its custom UI to separate itself from the pack. The home screen do look awfully busy, which by default has a big smattering of apps and widgets, and you will probably have to go through them one by one before figuring out what each of them does individually.

Go past the home screens and you can sort out your apps via apps view, where you can tweak the user interface to show you all apps, apps you’ve downloaded or recently used.

Motorola also threw in feature likes Smart Actions where you can tweak your phone to be silent during sleeping hours or only ring for important contacts. You can also turn on power saving mode to reduce power consumption when your battery is low or when are asleep. So if you are the type that insists on controlling every aspect of your phone, Smart Actions will sate that control itch.

There is also Motocast, which allows you stream content from a PC (that is powered on) to your Razr Maxx. You can then stream music, video, document and photos on your computer to your phone without downloading it first. It has a well-built user interface, and will automatically display your songs’ lyrics to the corresponding track. We love what it does, and hopefully Motorola or Google will use it on other Android devices.

Internals and Performance



Motorola’s Razr Max supports the standard medley of connectivity options like HSPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 3.0. We’d like to note that when we put the phone in our back pocket, its Bluetooth has manage to pair up with our wireless headsets every time and remain stable, which rather worries us, due to its proximity to our nether regions.  

The phone is able to turn itself into a WiFi hotspot, for weekend warriors and a makeshift modem when you need Internet connectivity. It comes equipped with A-GPS as well, which pinpointed us quite quickly.

For storage, it has 16GB inside and its microSD slots supports up to 32GB, so there are plenty of space for all those HD videos and 256k music.

On the performance front, the phone has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM, and using the Antutu benchmark, the Razr Maxx’s processing power is slightly less compared to other dual-core devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note. But we did not suffer from lags or slowdowns when running our day-to-day applications.

And Motorola’s Android smartphone managed run around 30 frames per second on Antutu’s testbed. So visually, the phone was quite smooth and there was no graphical latency. However, the HTC One S (also a dual-core phone) managed to double to frame rate of the Razr Maxx.

Camera

The onboard camera is an 8-megapixel camera that is able to records 1080p video too (or high-definition videos), similar to the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, unlike the S3, photo quality on the Razr Maxx suffers from whiteout, especially when we were indoors and low-light conditions tend to worsen its quality. Outside however, with sunlight, the imager managed some decent shots, and can probably work in a pinch as a point and shoot.



Using the camera is without a quick camera button is a slight hassle too. Although we must say the onboard autofocus is quick enough for us to take snap shots. So if you want to do video calls, there is a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera that takes pictures too.



Verdict

At RM1688, the Razr Maxx is mid-end device with an above average display, and an uprated battery pack for endurance. The Razr Maxx carries the same rugged design as its predecessor – the Razr, except the added pounds and extra inches.

Don’t expect the phone to wow you on the hardware front, especially if you are keen on the latest and greatest. With quad-core processors ruling the landscape, things feel a little dated.

It also faces competition of other dual-core and arguably more powerful devices like HTC’s One S and Sony’s Xperia S. However, the Razr Maxx is the most affordable of the lot, and it also has a lot of juice in the tank as well.

So if you are in for a decent smartphone with very long battery life and a mid-range price point, then Motorola's Razr Maxx will fit the bill.  

Conclusion: The Razr Maxx carries a big battery pack and focuses on endurance rather than cutting edge

 


Editor's rating:
Fair


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