The Droid Razr Maxx: Cheap, But Worth the Price?

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Recently, the Droid Razr Maxx has been in the news quite a bit. It’s not a new phone, but Motorola has significantly come down on the price. If you’re considering buying, you shouldn’t take the plunge just because it’s unbelievably cheap for an android. Here’s what you should know before you take the plunge.

The Droid Razr Maxx Just Got an OS Upgrade

On June 22, 2012, Motorola announced that Droid Razr Maxx was getting Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). It’s a big step up from the Droid Razr Maxx’s original Android 2.3.5. There are lots of cool bells and whistles like Face Unlock that unlocks the phone when the handset recognizes your face. You can also video chat and it translates speech to text in e-mails or text messages.

The Screen Is Pretty Neat

The Droid Razr Maxx’s screen borrows Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology. Because Super AMOLED has super-thin touch sensors, the screen displays brighter colors and crisp images even in bright light. And because the Droid Razr Maxx added qHD resolution (960 x 540), text and pics are very sharp and easy to see. This one-two technological punch makes the Droid Razr Maxx rival even the Samsung Galaxy S2.

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The Body Design Isn’t Great

To make the Maxx a razor-thin .27 inches (7.1mm) thick, Motorola did some weird things with the body design. Most of the phone is .27 inches, but it’s thicker on one end to accommodate GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G and a camera. Consequently, it feels a little unbalanced in your hand at first. But its only 4.5 ounces so its not anything you can’t get used to.

But there are other incidental design problems. The battery, for instance doesn’t come off. That’s a problem if you ever find that you have to do a hard restart (we haven’t heard reports that that’s a common problem). But in exchange for the static battery, you get a 3,300 mAh battery and one of the longest battery lives in the industry: almost 22 hours of continuous talk per charge.

There Are a Few Minor Flaws

One of the benefits of buying a phone that’s been on the market awhile is that users report on all the little glitches. The Droid Razr Maxx has its fair share: The earphone makes the faintest chirping echo in the background when the person on the other end talks. Also, the Maxx comes with five pre-loaded bookmarks: ESPN, CNN, The New York Times and others. And you can’t get rid of them. That’s a deal breaker for some.

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It’s Cheap

In some places, we’ve heard reports that you can get a Droid Razr Maxx for less than $100 without a contract. Considering the phone’s capabilities, that’s dirt cheap. The reason for the discount is the competition in the market.

Now that the quad-cores are out, the dual-cores are doing battle for the market share on the second tier technology. And that’s great for users. Unless you’re really into phone gaming or HD viewing, you can do without a quad-core.

And the Maxx’s 1.2GHz dual core allows you to open and close apps and browse the web at lightning speed. However, phone owners have reported that occasionally, web browsing stops taking commands until you continually refresh to wake the system up again. Not often, but enough for people to mention it.

The Droid Razr Maxx has a few problems, but no more than most. If you’re looking for a dirt cheap android phone with impressive specs, consider getting in on these deals while they last.