Well it is here, and I’ll tell you it is not QUITE as impressive looking as the Droid RAZR (it is thicker) BUT (and there is a serious Sir Mix-a-Lot BUT here)… over 20 hours of talk time.  That’s right… I said it: OVER 20 HOURS of TALK TIME. So what’s the deal with Droid RAZR MAXX? It’s the same configuration as the Droid RAZR it just has a bigger battery in it, which makes it thicker.  If you recall the Droid RAZR (and the MAXX) doesn’t have a removable battery.  This is kind of a departure from the “norm” and makes a lot of (us) nerds feel uncomfortable.  This is the type of phone you want to have if you don’t want an Apple iPhone 4s but you still want to stand out.  It’s sleek, the battery life is insane, it has great horse power, a lot of RAM, a huge screen, gorilla glass (I don’t even bother putting a screen protector on phones with this stuff) and the price is just… right.

GENERAL

4G
4G LTE
ANDROID™ PLATFORM
Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgradeable
MULTIPLE NETWORKS
CDMA800, CDMA1900, LTE B13 700
TOUCH TABLET

CAMERA

CAMERA
MEGAPIXELS
8 MP (rear facing camera)
CAMERA TYPE
HD P2P Video
DIGITAL ZOOM
8x
FOCUS
Automatic
FRONT FACING IMAGER
1.3 MP with 720p HD video capture
IMAGE EDITING TOOLS
Cropping, rotating, Geo Tagging, brightness, color, enhance, flip, resizing, and effects

MUSIC & VIDEO

MUSIC ENABLED1
MUSIC PLAYER
Yes
SPEAKER EFFECTS
Equalizer with Bass Punch
VIDEO CAPABLE
Yes
VIDEO CAPTURE
1080p HD, tri-microphone for audio scene selection
PLAYABLE FORMATS
AAC, H.263, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, WMA9, WMA10, eAAC+, AMR NB, AAC+, WMA v9, MIDI
STREAMING MEDIA
Audio, Video, Internet Radio
VIDEO CAPTURE RATE
HD 1080p quality, 1920X1080 resolution, up to 30fps capture and playback
WIRED STEREO DEVICE EFFECTS
3D Stereo, Home Theater, Live Stage, Custom

POWER

TALK TIME (CONTINUOUS)2
up to 21.5 hrs.
BATTERY TYPE
3300 mAh Li Ion
STANDBY TIME3
up to 380 hrs.

MESSAGING

EMAIL4
Corporate Sync, Google Mail, Push Email, Yahoo® Mail, Hotmail, AOL
MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING (MMS)4
Yes
PREDICTIVE TEXT
SWYPE®-enabled, multitouch keyboard with next word prediction
TEXT MESSAGING (SMS)4
Yes
INSTANT MESSAGING (IM)4
Google Talk™, Windows Live Messenger®, Yahoo!® Messenger, AIM®
IMAGE FILE FORMATS
BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG
VOICE MAIL4
Standard voice mail, Verizon Visual Voice Mail™ (capable)

CONNECTIVITY

SYNCHRONIZATION
FOTA, PC Sync, Corporate Sync, Google Sync
WIFI
802.11 b,g, n
BLUETOOTH® TECHNOLOGY5
Bluetooth Smart Ready; Stereo Bluetooth Class 2, Version 4.0 LE+EDR OPP, DUN, SPP, GAVDP, AVDTP, AVCTP, A2DP, AVRCP 1.4, HFP 1.5, DID, HID, HSP, MAP, PAN-NAP, PBAP, SM,GATT/ATT,GAP,HR
DATA ACCESS6
Yes
4G MOBILE HOTSPOT
Be a mobile hot spot for up to 8 other devices
CONNECTOR TYPE
Micro USB, HDMI® Micro
DATA TRANSMISSION RATE6
USB 2.0 (High speed)
DLNA (DIGITAL LIVING NETWORK ALLIANCE)
v. 1.5; Share content wirelessly with other DLNA equipped devices
GPS AND LOCATION SERVICES1
aGPS (assisted),  eCompass, sGPS (simultaneous), GLONASS
HEADSET JACK
3.5 mm
WIRELESS LOCAL AREA NETWORK (WLAN)

INTERNET & GAMES

WEB BROWSER
Android HTML Webkit, Adobe® Flash® Player 10; Firefox browser via webtop

ACCESSORY COMPATIBILITY

HEARING AID COMPATIBLE
Rated M4, T3
TEXT TELEPHONE (TTY) COMPATIBILITY

BUSINESS SECURITY AND PRODUCTIVITY

CALLING

SPEAKERPHONE
Yes
CALLER ID4
On main display, Picture ID, Ringer ID
ADVANCED SPEECH RECOGNITION
Yes
AUTOMATIC REDIAL
Yes
CALL WAITING
Yes
CONFERENCE CALLING4
Group call
EMERGENCY DIAL
Yes
MUTE CALL
Yes

CALLING

NOISE REDUCTION
Dual microphone noise reduction
PHONE BOOK7
Unified contact list (Gmail™, Exchange,Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
SPEED DIAL
Speed dial, direct dial shortcut
VIBRACALL
Yes
VOICE DIALING
Yes
WAIT AND PAUSE DIALING
Yes

CARRIER FEATURES AND SERVICES

VERIZON WIRELESS
Back Up Assistant, Verizon Media Manager, VCast Music

GOOGLE MOBILE SERVICES

Gmail™
Google Calendar™
Google Contact Sync™
Google Latitude™
Google Maps Street View
Google Maps™
Google Maps™ Navigation
Google Quick Search Box™
Google Talk™
             
Google eBooks™
       
Google™ Search by Voice
YouTube™

INCLUDED APPLICATIONS

BUSINESS8
Quickoffice®, GoToMeeting®, MOTOPRINT
ENTERTAINMENT8
Netflix(support resolution up to HD), Blockbuster, Amazon Kindle, Let’s Golf 2, Madden NFL 12, NFL Mobile, Slacker
LIFESTYLE8
Smart Actions, MOTOACTV
MOTOCAST
Stream or download your music, pics and more from your PC to your phone.
MOTOCAST ENABLED
SMART ACTIONS
This application lets you take control and mastermind your phone’s settings and actions in an infinite number of combinations.
SMART ACTIONS ENABLED

INTERFACE

OPERATING SYSTEM
Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) upgradeable
LIGHT-RESPONSIVE DISPLAY
Yes
KEYPAD LOCK
Yes
HAPTIC FEEDBACK
Yes
DEDICATED KEYS
Volume control, Back, Search, Menu, Power/Lock, Home
BACKLIGHT
Yes
PINCH TO ZOOM
Yes
TOUCH SCREEN
Capacitive touch screen
VIRTUAL KEYBOARD
Multi-touch and Swype
VOICE COMMANDS
Google Voice Search and Voice Actions, and Voice Commands

PERSONALIZATION

RINGTONE FORMATS
AAC, AAC+, eAAC, MP3
WALLPAPERS4
Preloaded and downloadable, Live wallpaper

PHYSICAL

SIZE (H X W X D)
130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99 mm
DISPLAY SIZE
4.3-in.; Super AMOLED Advanced qHD(540 x 960)
WEIGHT
145 grams
ANTENNA TYPE
Dual
FORM FACTOR
Touch Tablet
MATERIALS AND FINISH
Made with Dupont™ KEVLAR® fiber and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass

PRODUCTIVITY AND SOFTWARE

CALCULATOR
Yes
CALENDAR
Calendar, Corporate (Exchange) calendar, Google Calendar
AIRPLANE MODE
Yes
CLOCK
Alarm clock

TECHNOLOGY

MEMORY9
16 GB internal; 16 GB microSD card pre-installed
ACCELEROMETER
Yes
NETWORKS4
CDMA800, CDMA1900, LTE B13 700
PROCESSOR SPEED
Dual-Core 1.2GHz , Dual-Channel RAM Processor
REMOVABLE MEMORY10
supports up to 32 GB microSD
SENSORS
Proximity, ambient light, eCompass, battery temp, Accelerometer

WEBTOP

WEBTOP APPLICATION
Extend view to larger screen, type on full keyboard & access full web – multi-task on-the-go
WEBTOP ENABLED
 
I like the Verizon Wireless Droid RAZR MAXX a lot.  I would give it 5 out of 5 stars but I have to take 1 star for not shipping with ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0) and 1 star for not having the option to unlock the bootloader. I want to be able to do what I want to do with my phone and that includes removing the bloatware applications you bundle with it. They take up space, suck battery life, and are useless because I’m not interested in them.  Unlock the bootloader so I can have root access and remove the stuff and I’ll be a happy camper. (For those not in the “know” you can’t uninstall the apps that most cell phone companies install on your phone by default, unless you have root access)
 
 

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