Pros Design feels absolute top notch.
Ridiculous battery life. (this one's huge for me as I'm away from power sources 90% of the day)
Very light and thin considering the absolutely huge battery.
LOUD external speaker.
Cons Pentile display but I can't see any imperfections unless my nose is touching the screen. This feels like reviewers nit picking.
Camera software isn't the best in the business but is far from bad.
Summary If you're a quality feel kinda person you can't top the Razr HD Maxx. You could always buy an aftermarket super battery for a GS3 to get the stamina of the Maxx but it will look ridiculous and still have the cheap plastic casing and horrible UI bloat.When you think about the fact that apple charges $100 more to go to 32GB, it's like you got the bigger battery for free. :)
The external speaker is the best I've ever heard bar none. No idea what the reviewer's malfunction was. A tinny file being played at too high a volume?
I'd have liked to get the 2GB of RAM that's in the GS3. There's still no evidence that it's necessary or even beneficial, but making a claim like that is akin to the iPhone fanatics that claimed you didn't need a 4" screen for years then act as if it's revolutionary when Apple finally throws it's fans a bone with the iPhone5. Having it is better than not.
I don't expect a phone camera to give me $1000 Canon level shots and only take several pictures a month with it. Learn to light a subject properly and hold still and you'll improve your pictures far more than buying a smartphone based on it's camera's abilities.
I'd have liked to have 4.1 from launch but in a month or two this point will be moot.
Reviewers nit picking the pentile display are likely the same that will still rate a far smaller iPhone retina display as superior simply because it has an apple logo on it. I have to seriously strain to see even a hint of blending of pixels. AKA you can't see anything but perfection with the naked eye. If you're just trying to knock something down so it doesn't approach your precious iPhone you should target Verizon's obnoxious level of bloat they cram into every phone they sell.
The perfect phone would have a slim design using only metal, glass and/or kevlar, amazing battery life, Samsung specs, Moto radios, water resistant coating, HTC camera, and a Nexus-Pure Android OS.
First and foremost these are mobile phones meaning battery and radios trump all. Cameras can get new software, OS's will be updated, and you can root to remove bloat or horrible UIs, but you can't un-plastic a GS3 or improve it's battery without making it look/feel even cheaper. IMHO the RAZR HD MAXX is the closest you can get to a perfect smartphone with the GS3 a really close 2nd.
If Samsung would wake up and start making their casings feel like they weren't ordered from Playskool ,stop corrupting Android with the abomination that is Sense, and live up to their promise earlier this year that they care about battery life, Motorola and HTC would be history as handset manufacturers.
The RAZR M and HDs show that Moto has been listening to consumers and reviewers and they're serious about giving us what we want. This is why the MAXX was a no-brainer for me. It's still not perfect but considering the competition it fully deserves 5 stars.
Updated on Oct 23, 2012
Pros Simultaneous voice and data, Battery life, Google navigation, Amazing display, Great almost stock Android UI, NFC, Fully customizable, Super thin, Good camera, Widgets
Cons No pinch to zoom on camera
Summary I've been using this phone for 4 days and couldn't be happier with it. I thought long and hard about getting the iPhone5 over this and thankfully I made the right choice. If you are like me and don't want to be dictated to by Apple, then this is the phone for you. I like to change the appearance of my phone through the use of widgets. Something that is not possible on the iPhone. I use this phone for business and I must have simultaneous voice and data. Here are two examples: If I'm using my phone for turn by turn navigation and a call comes in...the navigation would turn off; If I'm on the phone with someone and I need to check my exchange schedule...I wouldn't be able to on the iPhone. And finally, Google's Maps are state of the art.
Pros Packs a lot into a very solid, quality package. Screen is enormous and the bezel is smaller than the previous Raxr Maxx. Totally flat back; overall high-end design. Powers up very quickly; 'Smart Actions' Motorola software could be useful.
Cons Froze once already - had to hit side buttons to restart. Not sure why the Maxx HD is $100 more than the non-Maxx HD. I don't need the 32GB memory, just the extra battery life. Camera definitely could use some help - maybe software will help?
Summary Very happy with phone overall thus far, but in full disclosure I was coming from a Droid X so I probably would have been happy with anything released since 2010.Used this for a good 72 hours now, personal and business use. Finding more cons to add than pros, but overall am very happy with the device overall.
I'll report more after I've used the phone for a full weekend. The fact it froze up on me within the first 8 hours is concerning. At the time all I was doing was installing applications from the Play market one at a time.
Updated on Oct 21, 2012
Screen is enormous but the utilization of the space is very poor. Google Search on the top of every homescreen can't be removed, icons are under-sized, icon spacing is wide, pictures of those being dialed are very small. Also with the screen, the top status bar is painfully small and under-emphasized despite being loaded with crucial information. Media volume through Bluetooth does not get loud enough. Camera is really terrible, extremely hopeful software can resolve grainy-ness and persistent darkness of shots. Will try some third-party apps soon.
Battery life is legit amazing, display at 100% brightness is a sight to behold. Speed is consistently impressive.
Hasn't frozen on me a second time! Just once that first day.
Pros Intuitive set up and fast.
Cons They have disabled moving apps to SD card. You can only use your internal memory for apps. BIG negative!!
Summary They have disabled moving apps to SD card. You can only use your internal memory for apps. BIG negative!!
Pros Nice size screen and decent volume. Seriously, those are the only nice things I can say about this blanking phone.
Cons Sensitivity of the screen is #1 worst I have ever experienced. Volume failures, internal battery issues, floating icons (screen to screen), counter intuitive functionality, inadequate personalization options, the list goes on.
Summary I have been a long time iPhone user and switched to the Motorola Razr (now HD.) I have never had such a hate relationship with a piece of equipment in my life! In under one year this garbage phone has been replaced by Motorola THREE times for complete device failures. I cannot begin to talk about the counter intuitive nature of the device. As a veteran phone user (I worked for the company who created the BlackBerry) I am stunned with the positive reviews. Handling the device has always been a problem in terms of the sensitivity of the screen. Pick it up the wrong way and you'll re-engage what you have just completed. In terms of 'butt dials', the count is endless. While speaking on the phone, every remote touch to your face engages the keyboard for endless 'beeps' and, even worse, hang ups. The microphone has failed me in all three devices on many occasions, always at the most inopportune moment (after being on hold for 20 minutes, lets say.) The camera is substandard comparatively, and categorizing photos and videos is overly burdensome - and makes little sense. If I weren't trying to unload this phone in order to buy another iPhone I would drop it from a high building or stomp it like a mad woman until I wore out my anger and frustration. HATE HATE HATE this phone!!!!!!!!!!