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The Droid RAZR Maxx may deliver runtime of epic proportions, but we can't help but have mixed feelings. Why? As is too often the case (the Samsung Skyrocket series on AT&T comes to mind), Motorola and Verizon are hard at work pushing too many RAZR devices at once, and early adopters are left as the victims. We're sure there were a few people who purchased the original phone because they were bedazzled by its incredibly thin profile, but how many owners would much rather have a device that's still reasonably svelte and offers astronomically superb battery life?

Power users who need to have the longest runtime possible will have no choice but to pick this. At its worst, it's an original RAZR with a $100 extended battery pack attached. At its best, however, the Maxx is proof to every phone manufacturer that it really is possible to make a slender (and absolutely stunning) device that can actually survive more than a full day's worth of heavy use. So what does the Maxx really offer to the rest of the mobile community? A sense of optimism.

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Critic reviews

8.2
10 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.6
  • Display
    7.6
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    7.4
  • Ease of use
    7.1
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    9.8
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.6

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User reviews

8.7
18 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jan 31, 2012

The Maxx is proof to every phone manufacturer that it really is possible to make a slender (and absolutely stunning) device that can actually survive more than a full days' worth of heavy use. So what does the Maxx really offer to the rest of the mobile community? A sense of optimism.

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9.0
CNET Feb 9, 2012

In many ways, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is the smartphone the Droid Razr should have been. Adding a powerful battery yet keeping a slim and trim size makes this excellent Android handset extremely tempting.

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8.0
AnandTech Feb 14, 2012

If you want a smartphone that’s uncompromising about battery life and also includes 4G LTE connectivity, the Droid RAZR MAXX is a no brainer, especially over the Droid RAZR sans MAXX.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 31, 2012

We still love our original Razr, and the Maxx adds an incredible battery to a great handset. It does take away a lot of the charm and style of the original, but it's so much better as a result of the battery life, we forgive its slight lack of beauty.

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8.0
CNET Asia Jul 23, 2012

The Razr Maxx is an enhanced Razr with a lot more battery life, though at the cost of a slightly thicker chassis. It's a great smartphone to get, especially if you want a workhorse that won't die on you while you max out your data allowance.

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8.0
Android Central Feb 6, 2012

The MAXX is an above-average smartphone by just about anyone's definition. We'd probably prefer a removable battery, but the larger capacity on the MAXX lessens that pain. It wouldn't surprise us in the least to see it phase out the original Droid RAZR altogether. That's good news for new buyers,...

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8.0
T3 May 28, 2012

The Motorola Razr Maxx has great stamina so you won’t be anxious if you forgot to charge it overnight. It goes for days... When it’s upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, this will be an even more compelling phone.

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8.0
GSM Arena Aug 24, 2012

The Motorola RAZR MAXX looks like the right phone for people with busy, always on the go lifestyle, who are looking to finally get rid of that ugly but reliable dumbphone or don't want to worry anymore about finding a power socket to top off their battery before the next leg of their journey.

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9.0
HotHardware Feb 23, 2012

Overall, there's a lot to like about the Droid Razr Maxx. This phone has a great 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass as well as a fast 1.2GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

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8.0
BGR Feb 21, 2012

The DROID RAZR MAXX features solid, attractive hardware and Motorola’s Smart Actions feature makes it one of the smartest smartphones I’ve ever used. Even still, I can’t in good conscience recommend this device when Verizon Wireless offers the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at the same $299.99 price...

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7.0
fkaair fkaair

VZ phone, switch from ATT IOS first, then Boost Mobile (duh on me), and now VZ. Thought 4G would be smokin, but not the case, and in NYC/NJ area. Alot of back and forth between 4G and 3G. Find software flaky, I mostly do data, and as always, preinstalled non removable software bad. This open...

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9.0
agill agill

Have been using my RAZR MAXX (which I won in a giveaway contest... courtesy of the superb folks at GDGT and Motorola) for about 2 weeks now. Battery life is simply awesome. I am a moderate user of the phone. I use wi-fi at home and work, listen to music/podcasts on my commute without plugging it...

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8.0
kk60195 kk60195

The biggest pull of this phone is that it manages to absolutly obliterate all other phones battery life and more importantly, still have the specs to at least keep up with other phones. I had a Droid 2 global before and ease of use of the UI comes with what you are familiar with coming in. The...

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10
kempsterx5 kempsterx5

The best phone Motorola has put out to date, this will set the path that other manufacturers will follow when designing phones for battery life. The phone is a beast, great design and solidly built phone that is easy to use and has a load of accessories

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8.0
Kidjel Kidjel

I finally switched my brand loyalties from Sprint/HTC to Verizon/Motorola about a month ago... I am much happier all around so far.

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8.0
Jenwynrose Jenwynrose

I am happy with this phone wich I liked my Atrix 4g pretty well and this phone seems to be slightly better in all areas. We had some glitches at first but verizon was quick to resolve them so I have been happy. I do miss my built in fingerprint reader I liked that feature on my Atrix because the...

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10
juliegnh juliegnh

Have had the phone for about a week. A welcome relief to the surprising drain on the battery in my DroidX after it's last update. Had the X for 2 years. They are very similar in size/shape. The Razr Maxx appears to be lighter, a much brighter screen and I think the sound is also louder. The...

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9.0
EHarvison EHarvison

I've had this phone since Feb. "14 and so far it's the best 4G and smartphone I've had. The battery life is awesome. I can get up to 3 days between charges depending of amount of use.

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8.0
howlingcoyote1 howlingcoyote1

I've had this for almost two years now and have only run out of battery power three times. Two of those times were less than 24 hours, and another time was about 45 hours in. Yes, the battery, particularly when combined with JuiceDefender, is that good. I was able to break the Gorilla Glass...

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