Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

Today, Verizon welcomes the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX to its Android smartphone stable. You can pick it up for $299 on contract. (Or a whopping $649 outright.) We're going to be doing a full Droid RAZR MAXX review, of course, but here's the gist: It's a Motorola Droid RAZR with a 3300 mAh battery. Thank you, goodnight, we'll see you in the funny papers.

And you know what? It might well be the best 4G LTE phone on Verizon thus far. Sure, we tend to say that with every release, but Verizon's 4G devices certainly have been trending up since they debuted a year ago.

A reminder on the Droid RAZR MAXX specs:

  • Launches with Android 2.3.5, will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display
  • qHD resolution (540x960)
  • 8MP rear-facing camera; 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE data
  • 3300 mAh battery for up to 21. hours' talk time, 380 hours' standby time
  • Motorola user interface
  • Smart Actions

From our hands-on time with the Droid RAZR MAXX at CES earlier this month, it was easy to see that indeed you're really just looking at a beefed up phone. Bigger battery, with everything else the same. And the slightly increased thickness makes the phone a little nicer to hold -- it was almost too lanky in its earlier form, too thin considering how wide it is. The phone's still 8.99 mm at its thickest, which is more than respectable. And having nearly double the battery life is a must considering that it's not removable -- there's now swapping in a new one.

Anyhoo, stay tuned for our complete Droid RAZR MAXX review, and go out and get yourself one of these guys, if it's your thing.

Source: Verizon; More: Droid RAZR MAXX forums


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Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX available today on Verizon for $299 on contract


not $300 plus the early termination fee better...
Hell if i was buying a phone right now I'd get a Razr, buy a separate SD card, and one of moto's external battery packs and pocket the $20 to $30 i'd surely have left over.

I have no problem or issues with my battery. I bought my RAZR™ within the "Holiday Window" that extended my return date to January 15, 2012, but didn't feel compelled to return and wait a week and a half. Besides, I bought my RAZR™ for under $199 (and, way under the $299 on-contract price); so, I'm definitely happy. Congrats to all those who do buy the RAZR™ MAXX™; this phone kills everything out there and the bigger battery will be a "make it, break it" for many.

Some of my favorite RAZR™ features:

• 4G/LTE
• Thinness
• Gorgeous display (anyone saying the display is crap [IS] on crack)
• Lapdock 100 (admittedly, the mousepad is a little buggy but with an external mouse it's smooth scrolling)
• HDMI Out - complete mirror of display to TV, no additional app' nedded, i.e., watch Netflix, Youtube (app), Crackle all on your TV in "full screen" stretch mode or widescreen.
• My Unlimited Data Plan
• A lot, lot more: too much to mention and some I've yet to try.

Good news for Existing RAZR owners and anyone who wants more POWER.

If you already have a RAZR Don't be upset, you could be better off with the thinner phone.

My wife has one, and I got her a 5,000 mAh (Oh Yea!)battery pack that can be used to charge any phone from anywhere, no outlet needed.
These are small, quality devices and relatively cheap at about $35.00 at Amzn. Superb Choice and New Trent make them. I have the big one at 11,000 mAh but the wife and son have the 5,000 units by S.C. working fine. Great for convenience, travel, etc.

We never worry about battery power.

PS. I don't work for these companies or Amazon - just passing along a good find.

Sure, if you want to carry two more things with you in addition to your phone (i.e. battery pack + USB cable).

Don't get me wrong, I have the 11,000 mAh battery pack as well (quality device, by the way) and it's great for long plane rides, but on a day-to-day basis, it's not exactly pocketable.

I think you meant in your last line "there's NO swapping in a new one," and not "there's NOW swapping in a new one?"

Wow and I thought the leaked pricing for the galaxy not was bad and then I see this..... I'm feel much better now. I would never pay that much for a Motorola phone and the galaxy note is much more capable. If Verizon gets the galaxy journal aka note it will probably cost almost 400 if this is what their charging for the razr maxx.

Might be crazy, but other than thickness, it seems to me the Rezound has much better specs.....Am I crazy thinking this?

I am in the market for a new phone soon...and I am switching to VZW, and my top three are RZR/ RZR MAXX, Rezound, and of course GNex (although, not too fund of the idea of not having an SDCard).

The Rezound seems to be sitting on top right now...yeah I know is thick, but is thinner than my current smartphone...

The rezound does not have much better specs.
A .3 improvement on CPU, and slightly higher vertical resolution (horizontal is the same 720), but weaker battery (than original Droid even). Have you looked at the two?? Nothing compares to the beauty of the Super Amoled display on the SGS2, Razr, Nexus, and Note and that's something you see every time you use the phone. Motorola was wise to go with Samsung's Super Amoled HD display.

The Razr is much better built: gorilla glass, kevlar, semi-waterproofed.

So the only advantage is a .3 CPU bump which you will never notice. Those are not much better specs.

I'm with ATT but my wife has a Razr with Verizon. The Galaxy Note will soon rule Android as far as appearance, performance, and practical use goes, but you have to be willing to deal with the size of the thing. I'm willing to deal with it.

Are you nuts? The screen is awesome. Who as a better screen? Nexus, but it lacks other important features.
Are you one of those pentile crybabies who puts the screen under a microscope? Go look at it, it is gorgeous.