Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Review
Following in the footsteps of the RAZR XT910, Motorola's new smartphone is slightly thicker and heavier, but still retains the trademark sleekness of RAZR phones.
The Droid RAZR MAXX comes in a compact package of 5.15 x 2.71 x 0.35 inches and weighs around 145 grams. The 4.3 – inch screen is protected with Gorilla Glass so that scratching does not become a worry. It uses Super AMOLED advanced capacitive touchscreen, approximately 256 ppi pixel density. The usual touch buttons for Menu, Home, Back, and Search are just under the screen. Its build, as with most Motorola phones, is Kevlar - a material five times stronger than steel. Its internal parts are covered with a special material which keeps the phone from getting damaged when splashed with water.
The most remarkable feature of this smartphone is its improved battery life. While most phones nowadays last only a day with light to moderate use, this device can withstand three-hour phone calls without breaking a sweat. It has a built-in Task Manager app so users can monitor which applications are taking up the charge. It can also make necessary changes like adjusting the brightness settings to prolong battery life.
The device improved the special features present in its predecessors like the voice control. The Droid RAZR MAXX has a smarter recognition and can employ voice commands even in complicated emails.
Early releases of the device only had an internal storage of 8GB. The latter releases, though, have an improved 16GB memory. A good thing about the handheld is its expandable storage, which can house up to a 32GB micro SD card. This feature is a thumbs-up since most other Android phones do not have slots for external memory cards.
The primary camera is excellent at 8 megapixels, especially when shooting outdoors. It doesn't do very well at indoor shoots, though. The secondary camera is standard at 1.3 megapixels but its performance in video calling is flawless. The camera shoots video at 1080p. Phone calls are also excellent becauseof an active noise-cancelling dedicated microphone. It is noteworthy to observe that other smartphones have two microphones for crisper sound quality.
The only downside of Droid RAZR MAXX is the brightness setting of the screen. The auto-adjust feature does not sit quite right and might require the user to adjust the settings manually - at which point his or her setting might be too bright for dark environments. This causes "screen burns," or the etching of icons on the LED screen like faint ghosts. What the Motorola phones lack in built-in features, they makes up for accessories and apps that complement the owner and the phone for increased user compatibility.