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Published on February 9th, 2013 | by Guest Writer

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How Good Is The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD On Verizon?

Back in the day Motorola was the king of the flip phone. Then they kind of missed a step and failed to catch back up. However, more recently their line of new smartphones under product names with a decade-long history with Motorola, have been some of the most innovate product offerings in the marketplace recently.

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD puts everything to the max. The Droid Razr Maxx was an awesome handset and the HD only makes this one better.

Specs

This Droid has a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED, dual-core chipset, 4G LTE capability and a high capacity 3,300 mAh battery to keep on going and going.

The chassis uses unusual, high quality materials and the larger battery is surely adding some extra weight with that slighter thicker depth. As such, the weight is a little higher at 5.5-ounces, a bit more than the S3′s 4.7 ounces. It is important to remember though that the S3 is a damn light smartphone after all.

Design

The Razr line of phones are slim as slim can be. Just 0.37mm thick to be precise. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is just 0.34mm thick, but the Razr Maxx HD battery has 50% more capacity. The phone itself is 5.2 inches tall by 2.7 inches wide, making it a little smaller than the S3.

Display

The new AMOLED screen technology used with this Droid Razr Maxx HD is considerably improved over previous non-HD versions of the same line. The display is a gorgeous 4.7-inch, 720p HD screen (720×1280), which looks great with some HD action movie trailers.

Communications

The phone is configured to run on the Verizon Wireless network under a contract with the provider. The service level will reflect local coverage in your area, but reports are excellent for consumers who bought the phone and were in an area that had 4G LTE support and a fall-back 3G when going out of area.

Software & User Interface

Presently, the device only comes with Android 4.0 ICS. Word from the Motorola   Press room suggests the device will be upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean shortly. We hope so. Despite this, the unit runs smoothly enough.

Motorola use their own skin which is pretty unobtrusive. Their Circles widget displays the weather (selectable by city), a clock and the current battery level. The three Android virtual buttons sit at the bottom of the screen, instead of the physical buttons that older versions of Android required. The user experience if pleasant.

Apps

Just like with other Motorola phones, the phone is pre-loaded with quite a lot of bloatware, some of which needs to be deleted to make some room for better apps instead. The software is still wired into Google with Google+, Gmail, Google Calendar and other apps easily accessible.

Camera

The 8-megapixel rear-facing camera provided uninspiring, dull photos for the most part. Indoor photos often came out quite grainy, especially considering the high resolution level possible at eight megapixels. Outdoor photos lacked good light balance and so in low light conditions one would really be in trouble.

Verdict

This phone is a considerable step up in most areas and uses a snappy 1.5Ghz Snapdragon dual-core processor from Qualcomm. It has a lovely screen of generous size, extra long battery life and yet manages to still be reasonably slim and light at the same time. The camera is a let down, but anyone truly serious about their photography would buy a separate digital camera for taking photos anyway.

Peter Miles likes to see what is new with smartphones and look at the best Motorola Deals.

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