Editors’ note: Though we have reserved a rough rating, we are watchful for a full battery exam before assigning a final score. Also, given a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is roughly matching to a strange Motorola Droid Razr save for a extended battery, portions of this examination are formed on a knowledge with a predecessor.
Motorola ups a Android ante with a new creation, a Droid Razr Maxx. Not usually does this superslim handset come versed with all a superb facilities that graced a initial Droid Razr, Motorola has thrown in an energy-dense 3,300mAh battery, too. Promised to run for days on end, a Maxx could be a longest-lasting, many absolute smartphone we’ve ever seen. Read on to find out if it’s value a $300 entrance price.
Motorola done a dash with a initial Droid Razr with a confidant covenant that it was a thinnest Android smartphone a universe has ever seen. For a association that started a skinny phone disturb with a strange Razr V3, it was a wise move, even if a Razr to have a trimmest framework is always changing.
Interestingly, a association can’t make a same exaggerate with a Droid Razr Maxx. Measuring 5.14 inches prolonged by 2.75 inches far-reaching by 0.35 in. thick and weighing 5.1 ounces, a Maxx is somewhat thicker and heavier than a prototype (0.28 inch; 4.5 ounces). Even so, it still feels really svelte and lightweight, notwithstanding a incomparable footprint. we also found that it fit good into my pants pocket, yet with an annoying bulge. Of course, people with tiny hands (because of a far-reaching bezel housing a display) will have difficulty rapacious a big-screened device. Gone, though, is a mound in a behind of a phone that hold a camera lens and done a initial Droid Razr tip heavy.
In fact, a approach Motorola managed to fist in a Razr Maxx’s some-more absolute battery was to fill in that hump. It was a intelligent pattern call given though a mound a Maxx feels some-more offset even as it sports a thicker profile.
Not to worry, though: other Motorola innovations have remained, such as a framework built from diamond-cut aluminum, and a skinny piece of potion in front sculpted to fit flush opposite a phone’s edges. Just like a strange Razr, Motorola coated a Maxx’s behind in Kevlar, which, while well-spoken and soft, means a battery is not removable. Thankfully a Razr Maxx facilities a souped-up 3,300mAh battery, compared with a Droid Razr‘s smaller 1,780mAh battery pack.
we do like a Kevlar backing. It won’t stop bullets, though it does conflict scratches and scuffs admirably. Another continuance underline is a Maxx’s “nanotechnology coating,” also found on a Droid Razr, that shields a handset’s innards from light dampness and clumsy spills. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not water-resistant so don’t take it to a beach. Making a Maxx even worse is a Corning Gorilla Glass arrangement with a chemically treated scratch-resistant surface.
Like a Droid Razr before it, a Motorola Droid Razr Maxx runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a some-more pointed chronicle of Motoblur placed over it. For instance, we don’t have to annoyingly emanate a Motorola comment before regulating a phone like comparison handsets forced we to do. It’s a same doing already seen on other Motorola handsets like a Atrix 2 and a Droid Bionic. There are 5 customizable home screens to select from, with some-more shortcuts to a phone dialer, messaging, camera, and a categorical menu regulating along a bottom. Hitting a Home symbol in standby mode pulls adult a perspective of all a home screens during once, identical to HTC’s Sense UI.
The close shade displays a standard digital clock, date and battery info. To unlock, only appropriate a close idol from left to right. You can toggle a vibrate/ringer duty here, too, and burst true to a camera app. Those who favourite a Droid Razr‘s practical keyboard will find a same well-spaced keys, light haptic feedback, and responsiveness here. You also have a choice of regulating a default keyboard or Swype for quick one-handed writing.
Offering a mom shaft of Android abilities, a Droid Razr Maxx has all a staples, including a few surprises, such as GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 (which supports a new era of low-power accessories), Wi-Fi, and a mobile hot-spot capability that lets a phone act as a modem for adult to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Keep in mind that a mobile hot-spot underline costs about $20 additional per month on tip of your voice and information plans.
The Razr Maxx also offers a common preference of Google’s apps and services, many already loaded: Gmail, Google Talk, Google Search with Voice, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Books, Places, Latitude, and YouTube. Phone and organizer functions embody a calendar, alarm clock, calculator, a record manager, charge list, voice authority support, and speakerphone.
Other apps preinstalled embody a healthy assisting of giveaway and paid program and services such as Amazon’s Kindle app, Blockbuster, Let’s Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, Netflix, Slacker Radio, MotoPrint, and VideoSurf. Of march Verizon combined some bloatware of a own, like Device Setup, Verizon Instant Messenger, My Verizon Mobile, NFL Mobile, V Cast Tones, Verizon Video, VZ Navigator, and Visual Voicemail, that costs around $2.99 a month. Honestly a many useful of a lot in my opinion is a My Verizon Data widget, that lives by default on a home shade and estimates your information use to equivocate being throttled or slammed with additional fees.
Corporate and supervision friendly
Who says we need a BlackBerry for private or open zone mobile security? Motorola doesn’t consider so. Also folded into a Droid Razr Maxx is support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, not to discuss government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption for e-mail, calendar, and contacts. For even some-more assent of mind, more-severe methods such as remote wipe, PIN lock, SD label and device encryption, and remote enable/disable of camera and Wi-Fi are possible, too.
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