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5-point review: Motorola RAZR MAXX

By Wash

I like Motorola. Maybe it’s because I like to support the underdog, maybe it’s because I still have fond memories of my first Motorola RAZR back in 2003. Either way, Motorola’s come out with some great smartphones of late, one of which I actually managed to bag for myself – the new Motorola RAZR.

It has all the characteristics that made the previous RAZR such a great phone. It’s rugged, made of high quality materials, and extremely thin.

But little did we know that Motorola had an ace up its sleeve: The Motorola RAZR MAXX, which is essentially the current model RAZR, but on steroids.

Here’s my five-point review on the RAZR MAXX:

(1) Battery!

Holy flying crap-balls Batman, the battery on the RAZR MAXX is amazing. Unlike your average smartphone on the market, be it an iPhone or any of the Android alternatives from the likes of HTC or Samsung, the Motorola RAZR MAXX’s battery actually lasts a usable amount of time.

You can’t really expect much more than a day’s worth of use out of a smartphone these days, but the RAZMAXX will easily double that with some change. I literally hammered the phone the first few days I had it and the battery just kept going.

Where my standard RAZR would start giving up the ghost at around 6 or 7PM after a moderate day’s use, the RAZR MAXX’s battery would be sitting at about 60% come my usual 11PM bedtime.

(2) Chunky butt

The extra battery life does come at a price, though. The RAZR MAXX sacrifices its lean physique for additional power cells. It’s not to say that the MAXX is a loaf of bread, but it is substantially chunkier than the stock RAZR.

(3) Tough cookie

Like the RAZR, the RAZRZ MAXX is built out of high quality materials, including the iconic carbon fibre wrap, which gives it a premium look and feel. It’s also semi-water resistant and can withstand the odd bump and drop without becoming unhinged or badly damaged.

(4) Ginger-meh

The biggest let-down of the RAZR MAXX is that it still only comes with Android version 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) pre-loaded. Ice-cream sandwich – version 4.0 – has been available for almost a year already and many handsets are already starting to support Jellybean – version 4.1 – but an OS upgrade is nowhere to be seen from Motorola. An ICS upgrade was promised in Q2 2012, then in July, and now in August and with half of August gone, I doubt we’ll see it before September. Goodness knows when we’ll get Jellybean.

(5) Did I mention the battery?

It is rather good.

Verdict: Despite the lack of an upgraded OS, I liked the MAXX. It’s not quite at the level of the Samsung Galaxy S 3 in terms of hardware performance and mass appeal, but as an Android handset, it’s standard fare. The battery is outstanding though, and if you’re a power user, I’d highly recommend you consider the MAXX because it can just get by with a charge every day and a half.


Wash

Wash is our resident uber-geek. He sleeps on a pile of comics, speaks fluent Klingon and spends his weekends unleashing all manner of Hell on the battlefields of his PC. If it’s related to gaming, comics, sci-fi or any other form of geekitude… chances are Wash has his sticky paws all over it.

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