The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is, essentially, the exact same phone as the Droid Razr, except with a large battery for extended runtime. Everything is retained, from the stylish design to the powerful media chops to the beefed-up security.
Physically, it maintains the same svelte and lightweight qualities of the Droid Razr, despite the added thickness. Large and sporting a wide bezel, it should prove a little tough to use for those with smaller grips, though. The aluminum chassis, sculpted glass in the front panel and the Kevlar-coated back all combine for a really premium feel. Display is a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED panel (960 x 540 pixels), making for one gorgeous viewing screen with excellent touch response.
As a phone, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx makes for great calls with plenty of volume and zero distortion. Those on the other line even noted how it sounded very natural, as if I wasn't on a cellphone. Battery is a generous 3,300 mAh, which is rated at an impressive 21.5 hours of talk time.
It has all the usual connectivity features, including aGPS, 4G, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 (yep, 4.0). Mobile hotspot is supported for up to eight connecting devices. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it comes with all the usual Google apps, along with a heaping of free and paid software preloaded. Motorola's proprietary apps, including Motocast and SmartActions, are plenty useful.
We love the security features here, which throws in government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption for e-mail, calendar, and contacts. There's also remote wipe, SD card and device encryption, PIN lock, remote enable/disable of the camera, and remote enable/disable of the WiFi. Rounding out the business-friendly feature set are a bunch of apps like QuickOffice, Citrix GoToMeeting and Webtop portable PC.
Multimedia is another area of strength for this phone, with its stunning display, robust music app, DLNA support and microHDMI port. The 8.0 megapixel camera is probably the fastest I've used in a phone, all while managing really clear and detailed images in well-lit shots. It records very good 720p videos, too.
Overall, I feel like Motorola could have skipped the Droid Razr and just put out the Droid Razr Maxx instead. While that release allowed them to reclaim the "thinnest phone in the market" accolade, its thicker brother actually has a more balanced appearance, apart from having superior battery power. It's available from Verizon now, priced at $299.99 on a two-year agreement.