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.