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The RAZR MAXX HD picks up where its predecessor left off and addresses practically every concern you could have had about the original. Most notably, the screen has gone from a 4.3-inch qHD panel to a 4.7-inch HD one, without any changes to the device's physical dimensions. The manufacturer has sacrificed some style in the name of functionality, but has somehow managed to make an already premium-feeling device feel even more like a luxury item. Truth is, outside of battery life, specs aren't what matters here. Sure, NFC and a speedy dual-core processor are nice, but as we've said before the RAZR line is all about the materials. This isn't about the 1GB of RAM or the 8-megapixel camera; it's about the sheath of Kevlar, the tough glass screen and the aluminum frame. The entire device is even protected with a water-repellent coating to safeguard your investment.

If you can get past the somewhat awkward, brick-like construction you'll find this newest RAZR is certainly worth your consideration. That's especially true if you're tired of the countless quick-dying powerhouses that flood the market. It offers more than adequate performance with stunning runtime. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to chew through the MAXX's battery in just a day. The only question that remains is, is it worth the cash? Truth be told, the MAXX would be a much more compelling product at $199 than it is at $299. The 32GB of storage and extra three hours of battery life hardly seem to warrant the $100 premium it demands over the 16GB RAZR HD. And $299 is a tough price to swallow for any phone. Still, it's more than capable of holding its own against the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 in a battle of the premium Verizon devices. And things will only get better when it's upgraded to Android Jelly Bean later this year.

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Critic reviews

8.1
12 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.7
  • Display
    7.9
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    6.6
  • Ease of use
    6.6
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.4
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.2

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User reviews

8.8
11 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 19, 2012

The Droid RAZR MAXX HD combines unmatched battery life with top-shelf materials and rock-solid performance.

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8.0
CNET Oct 19, 2012

Motorola's fast, stylish Droid Razr Maxx HD offers outstanding battery life, but its camera captures unimpressive images.

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8.0
Gizmodo Oct 22, 2012

There is only one real reason to buy this phone above others, but it's a good one: battery life. There are faster, more powerful phones out there, but none that are as fast/powerful as this can last anywhere near as long.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 25, 2012

The Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD provides plenty of power and enough battery life to keep you going all day.

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8.0
Ars Technica Dec 11, 2012

It's well suited for the user who needs that kind of performance from a phone, but doesn't necessarily care for speed or the most current components.

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9.0
Phone Scoop Oct 25, 2012

In the end, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a nice update from the original DROID RAZR MAXX, but comes with a premium price of $299.99 with a 2 year contract.

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8.0
Mobiledia Oct 18, 2012

If you want a phone that's deadly serious about staying charged all day, the Maxx HD is a great contender. But you'd rather have a slimmer phone, the Razr HD has similar specs with a slighter build.

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8.0
Phone Scoop Oct 19, 2012

Power users who prioritize battery life shouldn't bother looking at any other phones. The RAZR HD and MAXX HD fit the power-user bill perfectly.

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8.0
Ubergizmo Oct 24, 2012

Motorola has done a really good job with its new smartphones: the Motorola Droid RAZR M is probably the best “compact” Android phone for the holidays, and the Motorola Droid Maxx HD should remain the king of battery life for this holiday season.

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8.0
Android Central Oct 24, 2012

Sure, the camera could be better, and many will find the RAZR line significantly less sexy and slim than the Galaxy S3 and One X, but as a total package, the RAZR HD and MAXX HD are two of the best phones you could have the pleasure of using.

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8.0
HotHardware Nov 16, 2012

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX sports incredibly long battery life, excellent build quality and an update to Android 4.1 is due in the near future. The $299 price is a bit steep compared to options like the Galaxy S3 but if battery life is a major factor the RAZR MAXX HD is a solid choice.

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9.0
CHIPSTER69 CHIPSTER69

Dont tend to keep phones for very long but I can rarely fault Motorola's hardware, their record of pushing Android updates though is rather rubbish

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9.0
Hike Hike

I feel this is one of the best smartphones made yet. It's 2 years old and still runs as good as they day as I bought it. It has the newest version of Android, a massive battery, pretty smooth menus, and amazing call quality. The real only downside is the camera, but I'm not a big photographer...

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tajmannion tajmannion

I'm a phone-a-phile and I've had this phone longer than any other I've ever owned. I'm at the 18 month mark and likely won't replace it for at least another six months to a year. Does everything well and still packs a wallop as compared to the new phones arriving on the market daily.

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8.0
systemBuilder systemBuilder

I ordered this over XMas of 2012, and after extensive testing, determined that the 802.11 radio did not work. Twelve inches from our access point, 1 Mbps, no 12 Mbps, no 36 Mbps, no 1 Mbps. Out in the living room : NO RECEPTION. Why? My Wife's iPhone 4S works great everywhere. I ordered a...

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8.0
cBizzzz cBizzzz

The battery in this phone is insanely good. Having a phone I can stream music all day at work 8-10 hours and not use up half the battery is enough of a reason to own this phone.

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10
diegoesk diegoesk

let me say that I used to think it was a conspiracy that cell phone companies made smart phones with short battery life. The Razr Maxx HD goes against the grain and I believe other companies will soon follow suit (internet rumor has it that the galaxy s4 will have same size battery as razr maxx...

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