By Subadri at 19 May, 2012, 2:21 pm
The top Android smartphone you can buy today, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx combines the best materials, a fast processor, a super-speedy 4G LTE network, and a truly gigantic battery. At $299,99 with contract (and $649.99 without), the Razr Maxx is also one of juice by the middle of the day.
The Droid Razr Maxx is thicker than the original Motorola Droid Razr, but considering how slim the Razr was, that isn’t a hardship. This is a big phone: it is 5.2 by 2.7 by .35 inches (HWD). But it’s still by and large operable one-handed, it isn’t overly heavy, and it’s as well-built and handsome as a large phone can be.
The 3300mAh battery? It’s awe-inspiring. It’s a great combination of relatively unobtrusive and juiceier than a cart full of melons, delivering 16 hours, 45 minutes of continous 3G talk time on out tests. Playing a local stored video with the screen at maximum brightness and one e-mail account attached weeked out 14 hours, 15 minutes. And get this 6 hours, 57 minutes of continual audio streaming over a 4G LTE connection.
Other than the battery and physical design, the Droid Maxx is a Droid Razr. It benchmarked almost identically to the Razr in our tests. Thatt’s very good thing, as both phones get excellent reception with fine call quality, they’re speedy, and suit their billing as “complete multimedia powerhouses”. Even Motorola’s kooky Webtop software is appealing, as it turn the phones into desktop or laptop PCs with the right accessories.
There’s only one thing holding this phone back from a five-star review: the lack of Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. While Motorola promises an upgrade to ICS at some point in the future, the nation;s best Android phone should be running the most current version of the OS. ICS brings a faster browser, better address book and more consistency between tablets and phones, which should improve the Android experience overall.
Right now there is only on ICS phone on the market, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Droid Razr is superior for many reasons including better battery life, better physical materials, and better call quality and radio reception. For instance. That all outweighs the OS downgrade, although we wish we didn’t have to choose between the best hardware and the most current OS. Still, we enthusiastically crown the Droid Maxx as our Editor’s Choice Verizon Wireless smartphone.