Smartphones are useful little devices who can do a lot of pretty good things. For their owners, they can make calls, receive and send emails and text messages, surf the web, can act as media players, gaming handhelds and navigation systems. However, all these great and useful functionalities end when the battery of the smartphone device is dead. If they are used moderately or heavily, users may search for an outlet to plug and charge them before the day ends.
However, that is something that American smartphone maker Motorola wants to change.
Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx HD smartphone for Verizon Wireless highlights a battery that is extra-large and which life is up to 32 hours or 23 hours talk time (talk time is 22 hours in tests but still impressive). Apple’s iPhone 5’s battery life is eight hours talk time while Samsung Galaxy S 3’s is 17 hours.
A test has been conducted for the Razr Maxx HD when a video loop was played with the screen brightness at 75 percent, turned on WiFi and the email running on the background. Battery life lasted for 13 hours before the message “low battery” alerted. Batteries are for the real world usage so it was also tested with “normal” average daily use such as checking email, social networks, music listening, streaming YouTube videos and web surfing over 4G LTE network of Verizon. The battery lasted a day and a half before a recharge was needed. When similar kind of tests were done with the iPhone 5, it lasted between nine to 12 hours.
When tested with GPS navigation, streaming long videos and playing games the Motorola handset was able to sustain for nearly 24 hours. When similar activities were done on an iPhone 4, its battery life lasted for about eight hours.
Design, Built and OS
Larger batteries though come along with the issue of thickness and bulky designs but these are not true with Droid Razr Maxx HD. It is 2.67 inches wide and 5.19 inches tall and not compact at all. It is thin which is less .5 inch thick. It fits into a purse or a pocket in the back jean without any problem. The solid construction comes with the handset as it is built with strong materials such as Kevlar fiber plus water-repellent coating to make sure it is safe from splashes.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS runs the Droid Razr. Motorola promised to update it with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before 2013 for more detailed notifications and enhanced search. True to its promise, it releases the Jelly Bean update on December 4, 2012.
It also has a sharper display than its previous model. Its battery is the best on any smartphones to date. However, its price is not that inexpensive. It costs $300 with a contract of two years. Its price is more than the other top-of-the-line smartphones with a difference of more or less $50 to $100.
The Droid Maxx HD 4.7-inch high density touch screen is likewise protected by a glass layer to prevent scratches. The resolution is 1280 by 720 pixels, an improvement over its original model Droid Razr Maxx with 960 by 540 pixels. Images and text look clear and bright plus the colors are vibrant.
Pros and Cons
Motorola Razr Maxx HD is a great smartphone with a great battery life. Also coming along is a sleek thin and beautiful design not expected with units having great batteries. Call quality is clear and there are no experiences of dropped calls. Verizon 4G network provides fast data speeds. Performance is generally smooth and lag recorded was very little.
The battery is not removable though thus it cannot be replaced with a spare whenever it dies out and an outlet is not available. Anyway, most people do not usually remove batteries.
Motorola’s smartphone is loaded with a lot of apps from Verizon including V Cast Tones and Verizon Video which unfortunately cannot be uninstalled. It offers 16 GB internal memory which is expandable with a microSD slot but this is difficult to access, requiring a folded paper clip or a special tool to open. The phone’s major downside is its 8-megapixel camera which even with natural lighting, produce photos that are slightly dark. That makes it hard to identify finer image details. The quality also becomes worse when photos are taken indoors.
For the people who are on the go, have quite a lot to demand from their device and do not like a plastic feel, this Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is highly recommended.
The smartphone looks sturdy that it seems not to break when it is accidentally dropped. The cons are nothing compared to the pros. For smartphone users who think battery life matters most, then Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD is definitely not a disappointment.