Pros 4.3" AMOLED Screen - 1.2 ghz Dual Core - Fast and powerful
LTE + 3,300 mAh Battery = 4G AND eye candy on all day!
8mb Camera + HD video capture - Output HD video with HDMI port
Cons Back of phone gets pretty warm with heavy use
Adequate image capture.
Non-removable battery - worth the extended battery life
Summary (Disclosure - The following is not a Motorola commercial. I'm just very happy with my Razr Maxx!) I choose this phone, along with a Razr for my wife after much research. The lack of ICS and NFC gave me pause, but with ICS coming and NFC still not ready, I was happy choosing this. Tough and durable, this should easily last me 2 years. The Kevlar back has a nice feel and the whole phone feels solid and ready for years of normal use.
The Razr Maxx is an almost perfect phone. It replaced my HD2 so I was used to the size. The AMOLED screen is beautiful. Dual core 1.2ghz processor is unstoppable. Expandable storage to 32gb. I wish the battery was removable so as to allow for easier re-boots if Android hangs, but I'll trade the fantastic battery life for having a sealed battery.
The battery life is as good as the reviews say. I think that the Razr Maxx's 3300 mAh battery is stronger than some tablet batteries. I leave the LTE on as well as Wi-Fi and usually Bluetooth. All day. I have one of several Live Wallpapers running too. All day. I've gotten the battery down to 20% by day's end once or twice, but that was after heavy use. Not needing to charge during the day and still using the phone to its fullest capacity is really nice.
The LTE speeds are amazing. I've tested it in various locations and the d/l speeds range from 6MBs to 12MBs. My cable modem is usually 3MBs. Upload is fast too. I ran the speed test in my local T-Mobile store and the clerks were amazed and jealous that T-Mobile doesn't offer any phones as powerful or as fast. Then I explained MotoCast to them. They understood why I left T-Mobile after 9.5 years.
MotoCast is Motorola's s/w that enables a connection between my Razr Maxx and my computer...all the time and from anywhere. I plugged the cable in and MotoCast copied my contacts from Outlook onto my phone in about a minute. Windows Phone 7 requires a Rube Goldberg setup of multiple vendors and other steps. The real beauty of MotoCast is the always-on connection my Maxx has to my computer. MotoCast acts like a server and allows my phone to reach into my computer and access any song, video, movie or file I've set up for access.
This is nothing like a cloud drive. MotoCast does not force me to choose a few GB of media or data to upload onto a 3rd party server. I have well over 5gb of songs and way more than that in videos. I have full "cloud" access to everything on my computer, without depending on 3rd party servers or shuffling files between a cloud drive and my computer. Real life example: My wife and I were out driving and she wanted to listen to a particular artist. I simply used MotoCast to access my computer and play the desired album in our car. Without worrying if I had it on my phone or a 3rd party cloud server.
Another real life example: photos and videos can be automatically uploaded to my computer, as they are taken. I captured a few HD videos of my dogs playing and when I sat down at my computer, they were already on my computer, ready to edit. No 3rd party servers required AND I don't have to move captured media manually. When we are ready to buy a tablet, I'll purchase a Motorola tablet for the extra functionality of MotoCast and Webtop. My only concern with MotoCast is that Google will somehow mess it up when they finish buying Motorola Mobility.
The ecosystem of devices available to me was a big factor too. I've got the HD Dock and this allows my phone to act as an alarm clock while charging. There other options using the HD Dock too. This dock allows my phone to use an HDMI connection to a TV and become a small netbook-type computer using Webtop. My Razr Maxx can act like a touchpad mouse to control a cursor on the TV screen. Firefox and other apps are available. I can buy a netbook type of dock that comes with its own screen and ports.
I didn't have to abandon Outlook to use my Razr Maxx. MotoCast syncs contacts regularly and Google calendar syncs with Outlook. I've got 10 years of data in Outlook but my smartphone syncing is only a little bit more involved than with my HD2, plus I've got amazing features that Windows Phone 7 and iPhone users won't soon have, if ever.
Awesome phone, strong h/w, ICS in a few months, MotoCast, Webtop and very useful accessories make this expensive smartphone a great value.
Pros Battery life awesome!!!
Smart Actions App
Accessories blow Nexus out of water
multicity weather app
Cons Screen is very good, not as good as Nexus though
no ICS yet...
Summary Best combo of performance and power..while the screen may not be as good as the Galaxy Nexus...its still quite good. The camera is Ok..no problem there...It doesnt have NFC but im finding as a user bluetooth 4.0 is more valuable hardware...only iPhone 4s and Razr have it...Its profile can use extremely low power Bluetooth devices saving additional battery life...all and all fantastic phone...went 1.5 days of moderate to heavy use....that would be 1/2 day on the Nexus. The Motorola proprietary apps are great not good GREAT!. Please check out the smart actions app...Crazy good tool for saving battery and peace of mind...you can put it in a sleep mode where only your wife phone # will let the phone ring...and thats the tip of the iceberg...
Pros Battery Life
Great Screen (Dont need HD)
HDMI mirroring (use Smart Controller...it's awesome)
Easily accessible removable microSD
Thin - not too thin like original RAZR
Fast - with dual core
Smart actions works pretty well
Cons Not Global (only thing this phone is missing for me)
Charging port is on top which is a bit weird
Not ICS which really isnt that big a deal
4G still sporadic in my place
Won't fit in car charger with case
Summary Coming from D2G I had high hopes for this phone. At CES they said it could run navigtation from LA to Vegas and back. That's about 8 to 10 hours on a single charge. Seemed pretty good. 21 hours talk time...doubt it.
Anyway, I got it on the first day and was so excited, but very skeptical about it's battery life. Phone worked great but battery was only last about 13 hours on 1st charge. So I drained it completely and charged it. Next day it workd 18 hours and I barely used it. I drained again, turned off 4G and it worked 19 hours.
I was not happy because I didnt do anything yet. I uninstalled everything and tried again before I returned it. It only lasted 13 hours.
Well I got my 2nd phone 3 days later. Loaded all my apps. Fully charged it and started again. Used the phone quite a bit in the morning including some web browsing and an over 1 hour call to ATT regarding my DSL service...they are as bad as ATT wireless.
Went to see the UFC fight calling my friends to coordinate and checking fight stats. I even looked at a few videos.
To make it short it lasted...wait for it, wait for it 41 hours at 8% left. I was going to bed so I charged it. I assume it would have gone to 42 to 45 hours!
So now I have the best phone I have ever owned!
Dual core is fast and screen is beautiful. maybe not HD, but beautiful. Camera is just OK, but not bad. Decent shutter speed.
Cool feature was I got mini HDMI cable and hooked up to my TV. I then got $100 Motorola Smart Controller (paid $75 w/company discount)
So now when I am on a trip, I can watch videos from my phone on the TV and I can answer incoming calls. It's pretty awesome. If you are only going to use it at home, it's just a cool gadget and I wouldnt recommend for $100.
4G keeps fading in and out and it makes data access pretty weak, but that's a location thing and I am sure LTE will get better.
The added thickness definitely improved the feel over the Razr. And side by side with other phones shows that it is a really well made thin phone.
I'm not a great fan of the looks of the phone, but it's good enough.
Anyway I travel a lot so dual GSM would have been great, but I can use my D2G for that.
Get this phone. You wont be disappointed. If battery sucks return it because it is a defective phone.
Pros -Amazing speed.
-Sleek design. Weighs lighter compared to other phones in the category
-After full charge, Used if from(6AM-8PM). Videochats,youtube videos ,lot of camera clicks,corporate email sync, battery still at 70%.
-Bigger Screen size .
Cons -Speakerphones are not crisp\clear in high volume.
-Average camera. Should have had a better sensor & not 8 megapix.
-Video doesn't provide 720P resolution.
Pros NOW HAS ANDROID 4.0.4 ICE CREAM SANDWICH
BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY AND SCREEN SIZE
nice, solid feel
great call quality and speakerphone
Cons NO CONS THAT I CAN THINK OF
Summary I have owned and used 6 smartphones including this one , and the Razr Maxx is by far the best smartphone I've used. My other phones I've used include iPhone 4, Droid Incredible, HTC EVO, LG OPTIMUS ELITE, and Droid Razr.
One of the big complaints when this phone was first released was the lack of ICS ( Ice Cream Sandwich) but now it DOES HAVE ICS , so ignore those gripes.
This is simply the best phone I've ever owned. The 4G LTE on Verizon gives me a more responsive and quicker phone than anyone else that I know. I use maps a lot, and on other phones, the maps take some time to load. On this phone, maps and directions load so quickly, it feels like I'm using a laptop or desktop computer.
I can go for almost two days on this phone without charging which is simply amazing. The battery is BETTER EVEN THAN IPHONE.
at 30% brightness the screen is still super brilliant. ( The AMOLED screen is just wonderful )
The fact that the phone is water resistant and durable makes me feel good about its longevity. It feels solid, not flimsy like some other phones I've used.