Summary: The Motorola RAZR MAXX runs on Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0 and is powered by Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1GB RAM. It has a 4.3-inch, 540 x 960 pixel display. The Motorola RAZR MAXX also comes with a 8.0-megapixel camera that is able to record videos at 1080p. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, and is able to support microSD cards of up to 32GB.
Pros: + Rugged design, + Long battery life, + Mid-end price point
Cons: - No quick camera button, - Comes with Gingerbread
Summary: Overall, the RAZR Maxx won't disappoint. The 4.3-inch display, dual-core processors, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, 8 megapixel camera, high-quality build, and massive battery is a great package.
Excerpt: Motorola, better known as the inventor of the RAZR design, seems to be running out of ideas when it comes to building a new face for its handsets. Even if people are still buying RAZR-like phones, perhaps Motorola should start to give a chance to its other exceptionally good models like Z6 or Z8. I'm not saying this because I don't like the RAZR look, but even 'love' can turn to 'hate' if it's too much.
Conclusion: The Motorola Razr Maxx Ve is a true performer, once you get past its boring all-black exterior and outdated UI. The construction of the phone feels to be made well, and reminds us of our beloved StarTac. The External Display is one of the largest that we’ve seen on a recent phone, and with 65K color capability, wallpapers look quite nice. The 2MP AutoFocus Camera worked amazingly well a majority of the time, as long as too much sunlight doesn’t enter into the Iris.
Pros: Slim Design, Displays size and quality, Call quality and Reception, Speakerphone, 2MP Camera with AutoFocus and Flash, MP3 Playback with Touch-Sensitive controls, MicroSD card slot
Cons: Outdated Verizon UI software, Front Flip is a Fingerprint Magnet, Battery Cover must be removed to access the memory card
Conclusion: In the end, the RAZR maxx Ve is nothing more than a V3m with a better display, better camera, and better (but buggy) Bluetooth. With the buggy Bluetooth out of the equation, this is nothing more than a modest improvement to a mid-range phone for over $350, fixing the major complaints about the original RAZR. Does it stand out from the RAZR2? That’s hard to say… the auto-focusing camera might perform better (we’ll let you know on that one when we review the RAZR2 itself).
Conclusion: Motorola are back with another slim style phone, but they claim this one has more substance in the form of high speed data. We ask if a 15mm thin phone really works as a web browsing, email collecting smartphone?
Summary: The model delivers good reception quality, typical for all modern devices. Ring tones’ volume is slightly above average, midi-tunes are played back via 64-chord polyphony module, which ensures fairly great sounding. The silent alert is nothing special on the MAXX – it’s somewhere between “average” and “slightly above average” strength-wise. The loudspeaker outputs enough volume during conversations for nearly all environments.
Summary: While Battery life is good the phone is essentially the same as the standard RAZR, but are you willing to pay an extra £100+ for better Battery life? A good question, but personally we wouldn’t.
Conclusion: The main reason for the existence of the Motorola Razr Max is the extended battery. The built-in, non-removable battery is the largest I have heard of, shipping with a mobile phone. It comes in at 3300mAh, with the basic Razr housing only half of that, at 1780mAh. The battery is bordering on that of the Motorola Xoom 2 media edition tablet's 3960mAh battery.
Pros: Great battery life, good screen and build materials, useful bespoke applications
Cons: No Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 OS, long time to recharge, display a little on the larger side