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Phone Review: Motorola RAZR HD and HD MAXX

Phone Review: Motorola RAZR HD and HD MAXX

Last year when the Droid RAZR and the Droid RAZR Maxx were released, it was seen as a fresh step by Motorola to stand out in an otherwise fairly crowded mobile space.  Since its release a lot has happened, Samsung and Apple have both fired back with the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 and the Droid RAZR HD comes into an even more crowded space with pressure coming from Microsoft for the holidays.  So can Motorola keep the momentum going? Can they quell the tide of competition? Read on to find out!

Immediately you will notice changes to the RAZR product line. First off, it’s heavier than most high-end phones on the market.  Weighing in at almost 6 ounces this phone is not for the weak armed.  To help you make a comparison, the Galaxy S III is 4.6 ounces, the iPhone 5 is 3.9 ounces, and the original Droid RAZR was 4.8 ounces. Now, I know that may not sound like a big deal, but in day to day use it makes a difference.  Personally, I liked the added heft.  A heavy phone reminds you that you are carrying a personal computer, but also it has a feeling of quality. This phone is solid and extremely well built. The Kevlar fiber that wraps around the device adds a great feel to the device and fits in the hand extremely well. With the phone being a 4.7 inch device, it is fairly large. If you are looking for a Motorola phone, but do not want the size of this, then you may be better suited to look at a phone like the RAZR M (read more).  The somewhat interesting decision Motorola made was on the differences made between the RAZR HD and the RAZR Maxx HD.  Both are relatively equal in size.  A millimeter is about all that makes the difference, but when the MAXX can tout a 22-hour battery life compared to its 12 hour little brother, the size tradeoff is practically a non-issue.  Make no mistake, if you can spring the extra $100, get the RAZR MAXX HD.  I won’t go into much more detail about the size, if you are looking for a hero device, you are probably not too worried about the size, so let’s get into software.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it here.  As far as software skins go, Motorola does it right? The Android platform has come such a long way in the last year and Motorola has been doing a fantastic job of getting out of Android’s way and letting the OS shine.  Short of a Nexus line device, Motorola keeps the phone fairly clutter free of changes.  The changes they have made revolve more around their software options like Smart Actions and not around key OS functions.  The result is a great skin that runs along at a blistering pace.  Not once has the phone locked up or lagged on operating tasks in our testing.  Camera shutter speed was unbelievably fast and opening apps was as fast as it’s ever been on a Motorola device.

Overall this is a huge win for Motorola.  For the second year in a row, they have come to the table with excellent hardware and gorgeous software.  The RAZR name is iconic in mobile, starting with the original Motorola RAZR back in 2004. And now, in 2012 they continue the tradition with an excellent piece of hardware that is perfect for the power user.  Look out Samsung, Motorola is on your tail.

PROS:

  • Excellent display, colors are crisp and viewing angles are great
  • Absolutely fantastic battery life on both, especially the MAXX
  • Kevlar backing makes the phone feel practically indestructible

CONS:

  • A little large for many and much larger than its predecessor the Droid RAZR
  • No noticeable size difference between the RAZR HD and the RAZR MAXX HD

Who is this phone for?

If you are looking for a hero device for media this is a great option, though, the sound is a bit low for those of you looking to run up some Netflix data.  If you need a phone that will last you well into a second day with only one charge, then get to a store immediately and pick this up. However, if you are looking for all these features but the phone is just too large, its little cousin, The RAZR M is still one of the best options on the market.

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This post is an original post written by Jake Calland, Store Manager of the Forest Graves Mill Center Mall location in Forest, Virginia.

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