January 30, 2012, 6:07 AM — Thanks to the proliferation -- and relative similarity -- of Android smartphones on the market, finding the right model to suit your needs is no easy task. But for those looking to bulk up on battery life, enter Motorola Mobility's Droid Razr Maxx.
Released over the weekend, the Droid Razr Maxx is a beefier Droid Razr. Twenty-five percent thicker (0.35 inches vs. 0.28 inches) and 13% heavier (4.5 oz. vs. 5.1 oz.), Droid Razr Maxx nearly doubles the battery capacity of the Droid Razr, offering 3300mAh versus the 1780mAh of its slimmer cousin.
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Despite this relative bulk, the Droid Razr Maxx is just 0.2 oz. heavier and slightly thinner (by 0.02 inches) than Apple's iPhone 4S. The case's large size (2.71 by 5.15 inches), necessary to accommodate its 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, makes the Droid Razr Maxx look heavier than it actually is, thanks to its lightweight Kevlar backing.
In the end, the Droid Razr Maxx offers a big battery boost -- and business-ready features -- without stretching the stitching in your shirt pocket that much more than other mainstream smartphones do. In fact, despite its large screen, it can actually find a home in most shirt pockets, unlike the gargantuan Samsung Galaxy Nexus. All in a form factor that is comfortable to hold.
Droid Razr Maxx specs and networkMost of the rest of the Droid Razr Maxx's specs are the same as the Droid Razr and are comparable to most current Android devices: 1.2GHz dual-core ARM-based CPU, 8-megapixel camera (with LED flash and 1080p video capture), MiniHDMI port, MicroUSB port, and 32GB of nonremovable flash memory.
A nice addition is the included two-USB-port power block, which allows you to charge the smartphone and your Bluetooth headset or iPod at the same time. Moreover, the block is small enough not to interfere with adjacent plugs, as some charging blocks do.
The Droid Razr Maxx is available for the Verizon Wireless network and costs $300 under a two-year contract, or $649 if you're not eligible for a new or renewal contract. It supports Verizon Wireless's LTE 4G network in addition to Verzion's 3G network, a current trend among the latest devices.