Battery Life has been the achilies heel of 4G cell phones since the Thunderbolt. That’s why Motorola has packed a 3300 mAh battery into the RAZR MAXX and 2530 mAh into the RAZR HD to give the MAXX HD up too 32 hours of use on a single charge and the HD up too 24 hours. Packed with a HD screen, Google Chrome, and a full line of Google App’s, you have a two powerhouse phones sure to please anyone.
The Motorola RAZR MAXX HD and RAZR HD both have 4.7 inch screens. These screens are Super AMOLED , giving you HD video quality at a resolution of 720 x 1280. There is a pixel density of 312 ppi which gives this phone superior clarity. If you are a fan of using your phone for multimedia purposes, you can miss with this phone. All movies are HD quality thanks to the screen. The RAZR MAXX HD is also capable of showing 16.7 Million colors, which is the same as most smart phones now a days.
The RAZR MAXX HD and RAZR MAXX both have 8MP rear facing camera’s with auto focus, digital zoom, facial recognition, multiple shooting modes, and settings for different scenes. Both phones have F 2.4 apetures. There are front facing cameras of 1.3MP. These phones take stunning photo’s and work great for video chat. Both RAZR HD phones take 1920 x 1080 video in 1080p HD quality. This is great for those long holidays where you want to take multiple high quality photo’s and video’s without having to worry about having to find a charger.
As stated at the top of the review this is one of the high points of these phones, the battery life. The RAZR HD has a 2530 mAh battery which powers it up to 24 hours. The RAZR MAXX HD has a 3300 mAh battery that is good for up to 32 hours. In my testing I could never quite get that much time out of them. With the RAZR MAXX HD i could squeek out about 24-26 hours on a single full charge. The RAZR was good for 16-20 hours from a full charge. Both phones were used on mix 4G/3G/ Wi-Fi. This is heavy usage with streaming Slacker Radio and Netflix with the screen on full brightness. Your usage will vary with your settings.
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Both phones are powered by 1.5 GHz Snapdrageon S4 Processors. They both also have Adreno 225 Graphics processors. The RAZR HD has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB ROM. The RAZR MAXX HD also has 1 GB of RAM but there is 32GB ROM. Users available storage is 16 GB on the RAZR HD and 26 GB on the RAZR MAXX HD. Both phones have a microSD card slots that will hold up to an additional 32 GB card.
Motorola hit the ball out of the park with these phones. They combine a well-loved form factor, long battery life, and Google apps. The HD screen is great for watching movies and there is no lag or pixelation. The phones are very comfortable to hold and feels sturdy in your hand. The sides are aluminum and the back is carbon fiber. There is a tray for the microSD card and the SIM card. You need a special pin to remove the tray. This tool is included in the box. There is also a mini HDMI port to connect the phone to your TV. The phones ran near flawlessly during my 2 week review. Only real problems were app related and not phone related. The Bluetooth 4.0 lets you use your Bluetooth accessories for hours on end (with your Bluetooth 4.0 compatable devices) with less battery consumption that Bluetooth v 2.1.
Motorola’s UI that they use over Android 4.04 (how it comes in the box) is an improvement over past UI’s and is very fluid and has little to no noticeable lag. This still won’t make the Android purist’s happy, but for the rest of us who like the add on’s, it’s a very nice UI with good Widgets.
Overall this is once again a great choice for someone looking for a new Android phone that is in need of superior battery life. The RAZR HD is priced at $199.99 with a new 2 year agreement. The RAZR MAXX HD is $299.99 with a new 2 year agreement.
Author: Ben Oaks
Ben is a 911 Telecomunicator and a tech nut. Ben was born and raised in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. He reviews Verizon Wireless products for Techburgh.com and is the owner of Cerebral-Overload.com. His hope is to bring you the reviews you want to give you an informed decision on products you may be looking into.