Droid Razr Maxx HD

Over the past few months I’ve had the privilege of having the Droid Razr Maxx HD from Verizon. Not to spoil anything, but this is one of the best Android devices I’ve had to date. It was fast, fluid and had a pretty good battery life. That’s just the nutshell version, now on to the nuts and bolts.

Hardware

It sports a 4.7″ Super AMOLED display with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHZ processor. A 3300 mAh battery and 32GB of internal storage. It shipped with Android 4.0.4 but I received the 4.1 Jelly Bean update which made the phone even better.

The phone isn’t the lightest either and holding it compared to the iPhone 5 it felt like a brick, but it’s not all that bad.

I could easily get a full days use out of it with heavy usage, and just answering random calls, a few emails and social stuff, the battery would easily last at least 3-4 days between charges.

Software

It received the Jelly Bean update, so that’s what I’ll talk about and I finally feel that Android could be a usable option if I wasn’t tied into the Apple ecosystem. I loved Google Now and how it just knew what you were doing. It felt a little creepy at first but it was nice. For example I was searching for Trader Joe’s, and yes I know where it is, there is only one in my town, but I needed the hours, so after work I pulled up google now and bam, it wanted to give me directions to Trader Joe’s even though I didn’t ask for them. I wish Siri would function this way. It’s nice to know I can pull it up and the things I need will be there.

Most of the other software and apps you can get in the Play store work well on this device as well as the stock google apps. Again, they put some crapware on there, but not a whole lot.

Games played well and video on this device looked crisp and clear. Watching my sling box from this device was not a bad experience as the picture quality was on par with downloaded videos.

I wasn’t impressed a whole lot with the camera, even though it was a lot better than previous Motorola devices, they did improve on the sensors. The pictures weren’t as good as the iPhone 5, but they were on par, so you can be sure that you won’t get an unusable photo.

Conclusion

Motorola is on the right track with the Razr brand. This phone shines in all aspects of the word. It got better with the Jelly Bean update and it’s not too big or awkward to hold on to.

I’d say if this is a buy if you are shopping for a new device, it’s certainly on par with the Samsung Galaxy S3, although it’s thicker and heavier, but it’s a great device none the less.

As always the Verizon network was reliable even in the middle of nowhere. The 4G LTE was fast offering about 25 MBps downstream…not as fast as my work connection which is giving me 250 MBps down, but for streaming video, email and others it was great.

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