Arriving November 11 of last year, the Motorola Droid Razr debuted a great idea, at least on paper. Motorola wanted to design the world’s thinnest 4G smartphone ever made, yet still not skimp on the feature set, memory allotment, multimedia package or screen size and resolution. And while they did an outstanding job in delivering a handset that is favorably comparable to the best performing and most popular 4G smartphones in the entire mobile marketplace, they missed the boat in one regard. While the super skinny design does make the Droid Razr very portable, it means a smaller battery. And that means less run time from a single charge. Fast forward two and a half months, when Motorola released their Droid Razr MAXX on January 26 of 2012, effectively solving the battery life problem.
The Motorola Droid Razr MAXX has delivered as much as 21.5 hours talk time from a single battery charge, nearly tripling the 4G smartphone average of 8.0 hours. That is accomplished by replacing the 1,780 mAh cell on the Motorola Droid Razr with the huge 3,300 mAh battery on the Droid Razr MAXX. And while you may think this causes the Droid Razr MAXX to be excessively heavy or bulky, it still is less than 9 mm thick and just over 5 ounces in weight. Measuring 5.15 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches (130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99 mm) in size, and weighing 5.11 ounces (145 g), the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX is average in size and weight when compared to all other 4G smartphones.
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Aside from the 85% increase in battery size, the handset is exactly the same. The display is still 4.30 inches, delivering 540 x 960 pixel resolution at 256 pixels per inch. That Super AMOLED display is navigated with capacitive, multitouch gestures, and standard light and proximity sensors are built into the screen. A protective layer of glare reducing and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass overlays the display.
A Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 microchip package is on board, including a dual core Cortex A9 central processor that has been clocked at 1.2 GHz. A graphics dedicated PowerVR SGX540 processor is also on board, and it joins 1.0 GB of RAM system memory in the hardware profile. 16 GB of storage are built into the handset, with an additional 16 GB SD card accompanying the Droid Razr MAXX out-of-the-box.
In the camera combo, the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX has an 8.0 megapixel camcorder built onto the back of the handset, and a 1.3 megapixel chat cam facing the user. That chat cam can also be used for video calls, and the rear facing camcorder provides autofocus and image stabilizing features, and comes equipped with an LED flash. That rear snapper also delivers the ability to record video at 1080P HD resolution. Buy the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx starting at $229.