When they came up with the idea of world’s slimmest phone, no one believed them. They gave us MOTO RAZR which was a breakthrough in technology and its design made people crazy. Motorola ups the Android ante with its new creation, the Droid Razr Maxx. Not only does this super slim handset come equipped with all the outstanding features that graced the first Droid Razr, Motorola has thrown in an energy-dense 3,300mAh battery, too. Promised to run for days on end, the Maxx could be the longest-lasting, most powerful Smartphone we’ve ever seen. Read on to find out if it’s worth its $300 entry price.
Motorola made a splash with the first Droid Razr with the bold testament that it was the thinnest Android Smartphone the world has ever seen. For the company that started the thin phone craze with the original Razr V3, it was a fitting move, even if which Razr has the trimmest chassis is always changing.
Interestingly, the company can’t make the same boast about the Droid Razr Maxx. Measuring 5.14 inches long by 2.75 inches wide by 0.35 inch thick and weighing 5.1 ounces, the Maxx is slightly thicker and heavier than its predecessor (0.28 inch, 4.5 ounces). Even so, it still feels very svelte and lightweight, despite its larger size.
In fact, the way Motorola managed to squeeze in the Razr Maxx’s more powerful battery was to fill in that hump. It was a smart design call since without the hump the Maxx feels more balanced even as it sports a thicker profile.
Like the Droid Razr before it, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with a subtler version of Motoblur placed over it. For instance, you don’t have the annoyance of having to create a Motorola account before using the phone like older handsets forced you to do. It’s the same implementation already seen on other Motorola handsets like the Atrix 2 and the Droid Bionic. There are five customizable home screens to choose from, with more shortcuts to the phone dialer, messaging, camera, and the main menu running along the bottom. Hitting the Home button in standby mode pulls up a view of all the home screens at once, similar to HTC’s Sense UI.
The lock screen displays the typical digital clock, date, and battery info. To unlock, just swipe the lock icon from left to right. You can toggle the vibrate/ringer function here, too, and jump straight to the camera app. Those who liked the Droid Razr’s virtual keyboard will find the same well-spaced keys, light haptic feedback, and responsiveness here. You also have the choice of using the default keyboard or Swype for fast one-handed writing.
Offering a mother lode of Android capabilities, the Droid Razr Maxx has all the staples, including a few surprises, such as GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 (which supports a new generation of low-power accessories), Wi-Fi, and a mobile hot-spot capability that lets the phone act as a modem for up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Keep in mind that the mobile hot-spot feature costs about $20 extra per month on top of your voice and data plans.
The Razr Maxx also offers the usual selection of Google’s apps and services, most already loaded: Gmail, Google Talk, Google Search with Voice, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Books, Places, Latitude, and YouTube. Phone and organizer functions include a calendar, alarm clock, calculator, a file manager, task list, voice command support, and speakerphone.