"In many ways, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the smartphone the Droid Razr should have been," says Brian Bennett of CNET, and other reviewers agree. With a giant boost in battery life, the Droid Razr Maxx offers the power to utilize its blazingly fast 4G speeds without draining the battery dry. While it's slightly thicker than its predecessor, reviewers agree this makes it feel substantial. The Droid Razr Maxx features the same 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen and durable construction of Corning Gorilla Glass and Kevlar backing as its predecessor. For a detailed look at the Droid Razr Maxx's specs, see our original Motorola Droid Razr (from $200 with contract) review.
The original Droid Razr suffered from poor battery life, and its large-yet-thin design made it difficult to hold. The Razr Maxx "throws all those problems into the trash can," says Jordan Crook of TechCrunch.com, "and only gains about 18g and 1.89mm in return." The battery life jumps from 1,780 mAh to 3,300 mAh. In testing, Bennett reports, the Razr Maxx played "The Godfather" for 19 hours and 47 minutes at half volume and 50 percent screen brightness before finally dying. It has a battery "built to make the Energizer Bunny green with envy," says Bennett.
The Razr Maxx offers the same fast 4G data speeds and strong connectivity as the original Droid Razr. Reviewers stand divided on who wins the best Verizon smartphone title when comparing the Razr Maxx and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (*Est. $100). Nilay Patel of TheVerge.com finds fault with the Razr Maxx's PenTile display, stating it makes text appear "jaggy" and that the Galaxy Nexus offers a better screen along with the latest version of Android. Yet Sascha Segan of PCMag.com and Brian Bennett of CNET both rate the Razr Maxx at 4.5 out of 5 stars and give it Editors' Choice awards.
CNET and Engadget.com present the most detailed reviews of the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, with CNET offering plenty of test results and Engadget.com offering picture and video examples. PCMag.com looks at the Razr Maxx's technical specs and compares them to other major smartphones. TheVerge.com and TechCrunch.com provide shorter summary reviews focusing on the Razr Maxx's improved battery life.
Scoring the Droid Razr Maxx at 4.5 out of 5 stars, Brian Bennett concludes that for users who can handle the Maxx's large size and live without the Ice Cream Sandwich update for a while, the Razr Maxx is "extremely compelling."
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, Brian Bennett, Jan. 26, 2012
Rating the Razr Maxx at 4.5 out of 5, Sascha Segan concludes that the Maxx "fuses excellent Android performance with lightning-fast Verizon LTE and amazing battery life."
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, Sascha Segan, Jan. 31, 2012
While disappointed that the Razr Maxx hasn't improved its display, Brad Molen says that power users will have "no choice but to go with the RAZR Maxx's superb battery."
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review, Brad Molen, Jan. 31, 2012
As in the original Razr review, Nilay Patel encourages customers to choose the Samsung Galaxy Nexus over the Razr and Razr Maxx. Patel states that the Galaxy Nexus has "a better display, better software, and a better roadmap of updates directly from Google" compared to the Razr Maxx.
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review, Nilay Patel, Feb. 9, 2012
Jordan Crook calls the Razr Maxx a smartphone that "actually makes LTE a viable option" and adds that it is also "well-built" and "quite beautiful."
Review: Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Review: 4G LTE with Solid Battery Life Just Got Real, Jordan Crook, Jan. 28, 2012