When the Droid Razr MAXX HD landed on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system last year, that handset looked similar to previous Droid Razrs. It is slim, black and rugged, protecting against the normal dings and scrapes of everyday life with a DuPont Kevlar fiber back plate and Gorilla Glass screen protection. The handset also offers a special splash-proof nanocoating, and the framing surrounding the large, high-resolution display is made of industrial-strength aluminum.
As much as the device looks similar to previous Razrs, it does deliver the highest resolution and largest display of any Razr smartphone thus far. And although the device debuted way back in October of last year, it still delivers arguably the best battery performance of any smartphone. The 3,300 mA battery on board the handset offers a ridiculous 372 hours (15.5 days) of standby battery power after a complete charge. And Verizon claims the phone can deliver up to 32 hours of all-around use from a single charge as well.
Light and proximity sensors are built into the Droid Razr MAXX HD display, which automatically adjust for the best possible brightness, and automatically dim the display when it is not needed. This helps lengthen battery life, leading to generous numbers like 21.0 hours of talk time and 27.0 hours of streaming music from a single charge. That full battery charge also offers 8.0 hours of web surfing or 8.0 hours of voice-guided GPS navigation, 13.0 hours of video playback and 10.0 hours of streaming your favorite videos.
Verizon even claims it provides up to “450 miles worth of GPS turn by turn directions, 4,283 taps, swipes and pinches on the touch screen.” And remarkably, the oversized, extended life 3,300 mA cell charges in as little as 4.0 hours. You can often times spot a smartphone user texting, talking or surfing on their device while it is tethered to the nearest wall plug or cigarette lighter. The Droid Razr MAXX HD never has that problem, and offers extreme portability with its excellent battery performance.
Slim at 0.37 inches (9.3 mm), the handset is nonetheless large in its display offering. The 4.70 inch Super AMOLED screen spreads a full 16 million colors across its display at the rate of 312 pixels every inch. That leads to a true HD 720 by 1,280 pixel resolution, and an 8.0 megapixel camcorder provides video capture at 1,080P HD resolution. The front facing chat cam can also be used for Skype and video calls. The brain trust running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 system chip with a dual core 1.5 GHz CPU at its base. Also included is 1.0 GB of LP DDR2 RAM memory, a generous 32 GB of onboard storage space, and a microSD slot for storage expansion.