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Motorola Razr Maxx review

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Motorola Razr Maxx front

The Razr Maxx seeks to fix its predecessor's power issues, adding a new super size 3300mAh battery. But a lack of any real changes to its internal components makes the device's design feel stale.

Pros:

Ridiculously good battery, includes a micro-SD card slot, MotoCast can be useful

Cons:

Poor camera, expensive, little changed since the original Razr

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £400

Manufacturer: Motorola

Motorola's Razr Maxx is little more than a repackaged version of its predecessor, the Razr, with the only notable change being the addition of a larger 3300mAh battery.

Design and build
The Razr Maxx looks identical to its predecessor, featuring the same glossy black, hard line finish and being made of the same kevlar laced polycarbonate.

Notable differences are the device's size and weight, with it measuring in at 131x69x9mm and weighing 145g. The original Razr by comparison measured in at 131x69x7.1 and weighed 127g.

Motorola Razr Maxx top

The screen is also the same as the original Razr, with the Maxx packing a 4.3in 540x960 Super Amoled display. While the screen was decent when the first new Razr was released back in 2011, it's less impressive the second time around.

When compared to other recently released devices like the HTC One X and Lumia 900, which feature more impressive 4.7in 1,280x720 super LCD and 4.3in 800x480 Amoled displays respectively, the Razr Maxx's screen looks significantly less vibrant and crisp.

In terms of ports the Razr Maxx features a micro-USB, micro-SD, HDMI out and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Motorola Razr Maxx side

The device's volume and power buttons are placed along its right-hand side. It also packs four capacitive touch buttons on its front - though presumably only three of these will still be used once the device gets upgraded from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich.

In-hand the design is fairly nice to hold, though its increased size means users with small hands may struggle to reach the device's side buttons when using it one handed.

Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core 
RAM: 1GB
Display: 4.3in touch screen, 540x960 pixels with Gorilla glass
Storage: 16GB embedded Flash memory, upgradable via micro-SD
Camera: 8MP camera, 1.3MP front-facing
Connectivity: WLAN GSM/GPRS/HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Dimensions: 131x69x9mm
Weight: 145g

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Alastair Stevenson
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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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