A powerful new smartphone
With a new year come new gadgets. Motorola is debuting 2012 with its latest smartphone, the Droid RAZR Maxx. Everyone is still talking about the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S III, but what about such products manufactured by other companies? Well, Motorola is the kind of brand that doesn’t really have many faulty devices and this one looks like it certainly is one of them, what with the rumored exquisitely super slim body packed with a lot of yummy features, specs and battery life which work together and unleash very good performance, despite the absence of the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
We belong to those consumers who pay a lot of attention to not only the performance of a product, but also at its design. The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx passed our visual test at the beginning of this article with the perfect of scores but, when it came to hold it, we noticed it didn’t quite live up to the “super slim” claim and we could tell that its predecessor was much slimmer. Even if the weight didn’t turn out to be what we had heard, the svelte body of the smartphone made a good impression on us, because it was a real pleasure to use the product without getting sores.
But, since we have rather big hands, we should warn that consumers with smaller hands will encounter a bit of an uncomfortable situation, because the RAZR Maxx will appear too big to them considering the size of the beautiful and possessing great quality Corning Gorilla Glass screen that’s treated with chemicals which offer a scratch-resistant surface. The chassis is made from the same diamond-cut aluminum material and there’s still a thin sheet of glass in front. Try as you might, you won’t be able to take the cover off of the rear, because it’s coated in Kevlar; you’ll get over that, since it will mean that the smartphone’s back won’t get marred with scratches. The nanotechnology coating prevents moisture and spills from affecting what’s inside.
As for OS, Motorola has introduced the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system on the Droid RAZR Maxx. I know you were expecting version 4, but this one is actually very good and it offers a plethora of customization possibilities with a very easy to use UI on the side. The virtual keyboard features the same beautiful buttons, its response is as perfect as ever and has the same haptic feedback. And if you are after other alternatives, there are the usual Swype and default keyboards, with the former being very good when we wanted to type quickly with only one hand on the duration of our benchmarks.
Among what has become a standard for features make their way many other unexpected ones, like Wi-Fi, GPS, a mobile hot-spot capability (for which you’ll have to pay $20 per month) and Bluetooth 4.0. The services and applications come straight from Google and some of the free/paid services are MotoPrint, Amazon’s Kindle app and others.
Several other pleasant surprises were government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption for e-mail, contacts and calendar and support offered for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
The 8MP camera present on the Droid Razr Maxx delivered photos ad videos which, except some wash-out and a bit of noise, were very good.
Call and speaker quality was, as we pretty much expected, a very positive experience of this review: volume, clarity and signal were all excellent. Download speeds were fast – 9Mbps -, unlike the 0.6Mbps in uploads. Top of the tops was the battery and the 19 hours of continuously watching a movie, one of the best battery life for a phone.
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is a jewel that should be owned by all the consumers who want a smartphone with a solid battery and solid performance.