"Almost Perfect Smartphone - Expensive but Worth It."5.0 starson by EasierPC
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.