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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX review

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The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx is a much needed update to the original Droid RAZR, and it offers most of the same features as its predecessor with one great addition: much longer battery life. Battery life was always the weak point of the RAZR. Thanks to the release of the Maxx, though, users will no longer have to worry about walking around with a dead phone in their pockets before the day is even halfway through.

Every single hardware feature seems to have been lifted from the original for the Maxx. There’s a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM under the hood, as well as 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded further with the use of a microSD card. The touchscreen display measures 4.3-inches diagonally and has a native resolution of 540x960 pixels. The same is covered by a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which should virtually guarantee that you won’t ever see scratches appear on the face.

Wireless features are plenty, and these include Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and GPS with A-GPS. There’s also a built-in HDMI port for external monitors as well as a microUSB port for data and charging needs. Rounding out the list of main hardware features is a built-in 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 8x digital zoom.

The default operating system on the phone is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Not to worry, though, for Motorola is giving users free updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If a long-lasting, high capacity battery is an absolute necessity for you in a smartphone, then the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx is the model that you need.

Need To Know: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx

1. Motorola provides users with updates from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for free. (The Good)

2. Included high-capacity battery is capable of providing over 20 hours of talk time according to Motorola, which is well over double the battery life that appears to be the industry standard. (The Good)

3. 4.3-inch touchscreen display does not feature HD native resolution. (The Bad)

4. Plain boring to look at, could have been better designed. (The Bad)

Operating system
Operating system
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
3300 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


The build quality of the phone is top notch, with distinctive design and cool materials (kudos to Moto for using Kevlar on more and more phones recently). The screen holds up very well (it's the same unit to find on a modern upper-midrange phone like the HTC One S) and the camera is one of the bette...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
Fone Arena
Fone Arena

The main reason for you choose this device over the other Android devices, is the monstrous battery. With the Android 4.0 update now available, it makes it better. It pack in lot of features such as HDMI out, 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording and is also sleek. If you want an Android, and the...

- Srivatsan, Fone Arena

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, especia...

- Loh Ving Sung, Mobile88

What Motorola has done with the Razr Maxx is take an earlier, good quality handset and make some small changes that greatly enhance the device. Much talk about last year’s Razr model focussed on how slim the handset was, with much of the phone’s body being only 7.1mm thick. The manufact...

- Chris Helsby, Dial-a-Phone
Tech Advisor
Tech Advisor

Provided you like the slightly quirky design, the Razr Maxx is an excellent choice for a high performing smartphone. The decent specifications combined with exceptional battery life let it stand it out from the crowd. Software is dated but this situation may improve if Android 4.0 becomes available.

- Chris Marti, Tech Advisor

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Common Questions

Motorola backs up the DROID RAZR MAXX with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your DROID RAZR MAXX has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX's screen size is 4.3 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.


Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3300 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 1290 minutes, 443 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


Release Date January 26, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Update Available: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean)

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Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage No
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.45 W/kg
Body: 0.71 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
8x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 4.3 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 857 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 443 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1290 minutes
Standby Time Up to 0.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 cm (5.2 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 145 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Swype
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: OTA
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Viewable document types: XLS, PPT, DOC, PDF
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, Voice Memos / Recorder

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16 GB microSD card pre-installed

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