Pros Long Battery Life
Really sharp display
Software works well
Did I mention long battery life
Cons Screen breaks for essentially no reason
Warranty too restrictive
Summary I've had a RAZR MAXX since the first day I could get it. It worked really well and I thought I had found the perfect phone. This good fortune was short lived. I picked it up from the table where it spends 90% of its time hooked to a charger and communicating over bluetooth, took it outside to take a picture and the screen was broken. There was a crack straight down the middle of the screen. Notice, I didn't say anything about dropping it. The Motorola warranty excludes all physical damage and so does the Verizon warranty. The insurance company didn't care, they just replace phones.
I even took it to a Verizon store. The salesman didn't see any reason for the screen to break, but while we were playing with it, it cracked again, this time in a different place horizontally. These phones are advertised with Kevlar, Gorilla glass and other features that lead you to believe that it is tough. This is simply not true.
When you talk to either Verizon or Motorola they claim there is no record of this kind of problem. Of course there isn't, they claim physical damage and let themselves off the hook regardless of the facts. Before you get one, check out the web for cracked screen problem; you'll see what I mean.
Pros Long Battery
Cons No official ICS yet
Summary I rarely write reviews but I feel compelled to write about a solid product. Let me start by saying it is annoying to buy tech because soon as you get it something better comes out or is announced. That is what took me so long to settle for the Razr Maxx. I was going to hold on to my off contract phone until the latest Jesus phone was announced preorder and have it on day one until my old phone finally said No mas. So I looked at reviews and checked phones out in the store and was just torn between the beautiful Nexus and the Maxx. To make things worse the Maxx Hd is coming any day but I couldn't hold out and I pulled the trigger and hoped it would not disappoint.
It has not. First there are people making a whole to do about the screen. it is a phone not a theater. You want to watch legit movies go to a theater. IMHO this thing is clear, good screen quality movies show up clear, not just for a phone but for a movie on any platform. I mean seriously its a tiny screen if you really cared about the movie you would watch it on a legit screen. So to all the people who drove me nuts saying the screen was so so when I was reading reviews that is nonsense. It is sharp clear and a good size for my hand. I can use the phone with one hand and yet I am not looking at a tiny screen. Plus while I won't test it I hear the screen is scratch proof, water resistant and generally damage proof.
The biggest factor to me is the battery life. Wow. I am used to my phone being on the charger a few times a day especially if i fire up the GPS. I literally forget to charge this thing for about a week and I still have more than half battery with use. I hardly ever put it on the charger and that to me is amazing and the most important factor on a mobile device like a phone that stays on constantly. The battery life truly is incredible. This IMO makes this a must buy as a phone above all the other parlor tricks of any other phone. I'm not sure if I can go back.
Now the bad. I'd like to have seen the NFC on the phone only because when you sign a 2 year contract you don't want a phone without even all the current bells and whistles but you know it is what it is. I've had the phone a month and a half and never missed it. I'd prefer it not to say Verizon and Motorola across the front, that is a bit tacky and maybe if it would have come in white that would have been cool. However the Kevlar back is totally hot. It makes the phone look and feel boss. I peeped the Nexus and honestly it felt cheap.
So then there is the ICS situation. Unlike some I have not been waiting for ever so it is not a big thing. May 22 I hear. That is whatever. Out of the box I rooted and threw in an ICS rom. So many people can't/won't do that ok. I only played with the HC motoblur interface for a few minutes but it seemed fine and ICS is coming for all so chill out ( no pun intended.)
The cameras: First my impressions maybe affected by the roms so I will stick to the quality. The zero lag of the Nexus is nice but this phone shoots good photos. I have a Sony Cybershot and the pics are of about the same quality. I must say I'm old fashion and prefer my photos to be taken on a dedicated camera but I used both at my birthday to whatsapp some pics to my cousin overseas and again the quality was fine.
Overall a very solid phone, I'm pleased. I think some things are personal preference and I would not tell someone what phone to buy but IMO solid phone I feel comfortable with for a while. Nothing is perfect so I'll take a half a point off for that, the branding and lack of NFC but honestly all petty. Given the choice I'd do it again.
"Fantastic Phone!"on by Funkyfour6
Pros Phone Performance
Cons Non Removable Battery
No Android 4.0 (ICS)
NO HD Screen
Not a phone for small hands
Summary Now I know there will be a lot of people out there who will be upset at the fact that this phone was launched so soon to the original Razr. As a previous owner of the Galaxy Nexus I will say the Droid RAZR is an outstanding example of a smartphone. It is not perfect by any means of the imagination but I must say the engineers at Motorola did a great job with this phone. I love this phone when compared to the Nexus. It accomplishes the primary purpose of a cell phone and that is to work as a cell phone!
No signal problems! Good speakerphone! Great Construction! The battery life is a pleasure. Motorola claims 21 hours of talk time. I am happy the phone can work on 4G without thinking about use for at least 10 hours. I charge my cell phone daily.
The screen on this phone does not have the resolution of other competitors like the Galaxy Nexus, but the colors are more vibrant with better contrast.
If you are looking for a cell phone that will last the entire work day without a recharge, this is the phone for you. There will always be a new cell phone arriving on the market that will make your phone seem old within months of your purchase. Buy a phone that performs the functions you need and call it a day.
Pros - Battery, duh...actually, this is probably the first time that word has made it into the Pros section EVER on a Verizon smartphone.
- Call quality.
- Nanocoating/Kevlar=awesome design features
- getting 4.0, the ROM is already out
Cons - Come on...NO 720p resolution? Seriously? siiighh.
- Really, the 960x540 is the same as the X2...remember the X2? It's been a while, think hard. Having 226ppi instead of the Nexus/Rezound/LG's over 300 sucks.
- That's it, I just want 720p
Summary With a good speaker, nice usable UI, future awesomeness of 4.0, a great battery, decent camera, amazing design, and tons of features, this should be an absolute contender for anyone needing a new phone....I say "need" because the people who just WANT one should wait until after MWC in February where the Tegra 3's get mentioned. With HTC saying they will release 1 "hero device" every quarter that means (hopefully) creating more future-proof devices. With Motorola signing with Intel one should probably wait to see what they come up with. And of course there's those phones from Sony that pack a mega camera, Bravia-sync, and True HD that are hopeful.
In short, if you have an Incredible (like me!), a Droid X, X2, or anything else that is still getting updates and still works just fine, it's lame to get anything right this second, especially with Spring releases right around the corner and so much hype for the summer...honestly, I'd wait.
But the Maxx is amazing...I still like the layout in the Nexus, the screen in the Spectrum, and the sound in the HTC more though, and lets face it, the next HTC phone will be 720p, have Beats, be slimmer, and have a great camera with 4.0...and be easier to root than Moto.
Pros Great Battery, very good screen, fast, good looking and nice build
Cons Pricey, glitchy, small issues
Summary I'm an iPhone user. I'm not an Apple fanboy though. In fact, I hated Apple products. But when I went to a smartphone a couple years back, head-to-head comparisons put the iPhone well ahead of anything else. That gap is closing.
I primarily picked up a Razr Maxx after hearing that Verizon was once again changing their data plan. I wanted to try an Android-based 4G phone before that kicked in. After a little research the Razr Maxx seemed like the obvious choice for me.
The biggest reason out of the gate is the battery. It's great. I ran that phone all day long on the 3G network, streaming music, surfing, downloading and installing apps, you name it. At night I still had 30 - 40 % battery life. Amazing.
The screen is great. It's large and pretty sharp. It's not as good as the iPhone Retina display, but since it's so much bigger it gets a bonus point. The gorilla glass was impressive as was the kevlar on the back. It's a great looking phone.
My phone was still running Gingerbread although ICS had just rolled out and an update would be coming over the air any day. I found the Android software a little easier to use, slightly more intuitive than iOS, but only a little. I still had to look some stuff up online but once there you can find anything.
It is great to be able to do so much customization with the Android. I was very pleased to see how many great apps there available now. I use my iPhone for everything - calls, email, texting, surfing the net, and most importantly - MUSIC!
I stream music to a couple Bluetooth devices (Bose Soundlink, Motorola Headphones) through Slacker, Pandora, Rhapsody, and anything else I happen to have (Spotify, iHeart Radio, etc.). This is where I ran into my first real problem with the Razr. The music would make quick skip or 'tick' noises during playback. It was always random but always a couple times each song and across all apps and Bluetooth devices. I looked for answers and found a couple people reporting the same problem but now solutions. I have never had this problem with the iPhone.
I also did not have the 4G reception that I'm supposed to have. Now they have just begun rolling out 4G in my area and we will get more and more, but the map says I should have it and I don't. Strike two but please note this is a strike against Verzion and not the Razr Maxx.
I also noted several little glitches in some of the apps. If I'm running streaming music and turn off the Bluetooth speaker or headphones, the music then starts coming out of my phone. iPhone automatically stops the music. This might seem like a little thing, but it was a big thing for me.
Another annoyance with regard to music was the volume rocker on the Razr Maxx. I did not like it's placement or it's feel. But worse is the fact that volume control function did not seem to operate linear-ally. It was very strange and hard to describe but a search showed this as an issue across certain Motorola platforms so it gets another strike for that.
Last was the price. At $299 plus an upgrade, its was just too much. Had I stopped by even a couple weeks earlier I could have gotten it for $199 on sale but I missed out. At $299 and with the noted issues above I decided to return the phone and go back to the iPhone until later this year.
The iPhone 5 is coming out supposedly, and also a new Razr Maxx HD. I'll do a head to head then and see how things go. If the iPhone has a larger screen and bigger/batter battery life it will be hard for the Razr to keep up if they do not fix those little annoyances. You have to give it Apple when it comes to that stuff - they got that on lock.