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DROID RAZR HD Unboxing and Initial Thoughts

DROID RAZR HD

The week has come for Motorola fans – it’s DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD launch week. According to the poll we ran in late September that asked, “What Verizon phone are you most interested in?” you picked the RAZR HD over the Galaxy Note 2 and the 5″ 1080p HTC device. Clearly, Motorola still makes you tingly inside, even after years of locking bootloaders and frustrating the developer community.

So today, we are happy to announce that we have a RAZR HD in hand and are ready to start putting it through a variety of tests to help you decide if this phone really is your best option. We’re going to focus on battery life, the big 4.7″ HD display, camera, and whether or not Moto did enough to make this stand out over the quad-core powered tablet-phone hybrid devices that are flooding the market.

To kick off our coverage, I walked through a quick unboxing to give you a feel for the phone, it’s looks and the version of Blur that we have seen on devices like the RAZR M. Ready? Still excited? 

Initial Thoughts

Motorola’s high-end materials are clearly in play here, giving the RAZR HD a more industrial feel over the soft plastics that other OEMs have chosen over the years. There is a metal band that runs around the phone that houses the Power and Volume switches, which I admit in the video, seem very sharp to the touch. I don’t think that’s a problem, just an observation.

The display is beautiful at first glance. It’s an HD Super AMOLED, so the colors really pop. I haven’t had enough time with it to tell if it even compares to what LG put in the Optimus G (our review), though. While cruising around the device, I haven’t noticed any stuttering, which makes sense since it sports a Snapdragon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM.

Overall, I like the industrial design, feel in hand, and am ready to see how long it can last on a single charge. Battery life is the big selling point with Motorola phones these days, so let’s see how it stacks up.

Unboxing

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  • disastrousrainbow

    Handled one for a day. Feels heavy. Premium. Eerily reminiscent of an iPhone 4/4S in terms of build quality and in some ways look.

    Don’t know what this reviewer is smokin’, but I’ve definitely noticed some lag, but I noticed I on the Razr M as well so it may be the software. For example, when swiping to the left or right, either to the quick menu panel or to where you can add a new one, the phone stutters at times when it transitions over. I’ve also noticed it when opening the app drawer.

    Camera is not improved. In no way, shape, better than the S3, 4S, or hell even the old HTC Rezound. Boo, Motorola.

    Design is plain from the front. Absolutely no style to it whatsoever. And because the glass panel is a sunk a tad, it creates areas around the panel for lint and stuff to collect. Very annoying.

    Screen is impressive. Brighter, and just as colorful as the S3. Whites look more natural, none of that blue-ish tint like on the S3, and the panel is pentile from what I can tell. Looks exactly like the S3’s. Still doesn’t beat the Rezound in clarity and ppi, but it’s sole improvement over the previous line.

    Overall, yeah, I won’t say they were completely useless upgrades since who can argue with an HD display and bigger battery (from Razr to Razr HD at least), but aside from the battery crown, which the Razr Maxx took earlier this year, they don’t take anything more from any current Android phone.

  • jzwerlz43

    looks very nice. moto droid x is sitting here on its last legs so cant wait for this and the maxx (my next phone) to be released. could care less about the camera quality build quality and battery are more important to me which was my deciding factor over the galaxy s3. just ordered my 32gb sd card as well so going to have plenty of space if the maxx does indeed have 32gb of internal storage

  • flippingthecoins

    Kellex is a die hard Moto fan :P :P
    and so am I.

  • BobB

    No mention if this is an international phone – not just hardware wise, but software enabled also on VZW. Has anyone heard?

    • kixofmyg0t

      The RAZR HD(926) is supposed to be a “global” phone AFAIK. But they also have a GSM version (925) that’s unlockable period. No dev edition, all of the GSM versions are unlocked. Big Red is the ONLY locked RAZR HD.

  • Ryan C

    Wow Motorola, you are finally implementing 1% increments into the battery percentage!!

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Personally I haven’t been a huge fan of Moto’s build quality like everyone else. But this one looks pretty nice in my book. I’ve played with the RAZR (sister has it) and I don’t like it. Some of the icons looks cartoon-y. That looks pretty nice. But no upgrade for a year so whats it matter anyhow!

    • Tyler Chappell

      Yeah, the icons looks like they were designed either by Fisher-Price or the people over at LG. =

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

    Looks like it has the transparent notification bar I told you about a couple months back!

  • Sporttster

    You’re LATE to the party! Already got my Maxx and am happy with it. Had this come out then, I would have bought it. Makes zero sense to upgrade to something that is a tiny bit better than what I have. I don’t need anything on this phone that I’m not already happy with on my Maxx. My screen is great, size is fine, battery is fantastic. There are too many Razr options out there. Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD and Razr M for middle folks. THAT is what they should have done….but now the HD’s are too late to the party….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      No they aren’t too late to the party, You are on a 2 year contract with a phone that has is than one year old. This phone isn’t directly marketed to someone like you, you don’t even have an upgrade available!

    • DainLaguna

      To be fair, anything is an improvement over the original razr/maxx screen. But i agree…this should have been the original razr

  • Rob

    If Verizon is too ignorant to pass up the nexus phone(s), then I’ll go with this. Great build quality, vanilla(ish) skin, and awesome battery. Hope camera is good..

  • Mikeg1969

    I had the Razr MAXX, recently got the Galaxy S3 and couldn’t be happier. Although I have enjoyed many Moto phones since my OG Droid I wanted to try something new. I might have waited to try the MAXX HD but I feel like Moto was late to the party with this one. This is what the first Razr and MAXX should have been. I have a 4.7″ screen on my S3, 1.5 Snapdragon along with 2 gigs of RAM and a replaceable battery already so this in essence would be going a step backwards for me. Quad cores with 2 gigs of RAM are starting to show up now so they will be in my next phone…..Probably the Note 2. I prefer Moto’s build quality and superior radios so maybe with Sanjay out and Google in, the next generation of Moto phones will bring me back to Moto.

    • James Tock

      Spec check> S3 has 4.8″ screen.

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    still should have been what the original razr and razr maxx were. the only way im getting this is if i pay over 600 dollars for a dev device. sigh.

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I’m not a fan of the back plate, but otherwise I really like its overall shape and look. I would most likely put a cover/holster on it anyways.

  • Brendon Martin

    Meh, I’ll wait for the Droid RAZR MAXX HD + that will be released in a few months. But by that point, I’ll probably wait for the Droid RAZR SUPER MAXX XHD ++, which should be out by Easter.

    • Diablo81588

      Ugh.

  • Jared Persinger

    I don’t know why I love droids so much its just a personal thing I guess

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1611438892 Dan Hiorns

    Nice to see Droid-Life still giving MOTO a chance when XDA has pretty much given up on them. Any chance we can see a system dump?

    • cancerous_it

      XDA is for people who root their phones. The XDA community exist because OEMs do a shittastic job of mucking up android. The developers usually fix and improve the phones. You find no love for Moto in XDA because Moto shows no love to consumers and people who buy their phone. For some people, Moto phones work great. Sadly, there aren’t many of you since sales of Moto phones are abysmal. The people have spoken and it’s strongly against Moto. Moto fooled me 3 times. Never again.

      • Tyler Chappell

        *cue sad little violin for Bionic owners*

  • Bretton Key

    I find it very interesting…no funny even that mophie or other companies don’t make extended battery cases for these phones without removable batteries. If they do, someone let me know or pass this idea along, it would do number for the sales of these devices. Especially if they are quality cases that are still relatively sleek.

    This looks to be a nice stable device, but in this day and age, this phone will be long forgotten before the end of year. There really isn’t much innovation in this device, more ram, better camera, and stellar battery is the only way Moto will because a first choice rather than a 2nd or 3rd, you know…

    • LionStone

      Yep, it would’ve been nice for this to release for summer, so it seems behind even though it’s a nice phone.

  • Philosophical_MumboJumbo

    Haha. Kellex said “…no more hump.”

  • radiohead14

    hi Kellex.. 2 questions, if you don’t mind: 1) does the screen show the black (ink spots looking) dots when viewing dark backgrounds – like how they’re present in the S3’s HD S-AMOLED also? 2) do you know if the developer edition will leave out the verizon branding on the front? thanks!

    • DainLaguna

      If its amoled it probably will. My gnex doesnt have this issue weirdly enough but my razr did

  • Knlegend1

    I can’t believe I wanted this phone at one point in time!

  • Rocketjrb

    Looks good. During the review can you show how well it runs with Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher?

    • Greg

      I have never seen a review include that, but it would be nice to see.

  • Mrhug3

    There are definitely other devices coming with specs that meet or beat this. But man, what a sexy piece of hardware. Gotta have it. Well, at least in unlocked Maxx HD form.

  • Diablo81588

    Can’t wait for the full review and battery life of the Maxx :)

  • Mike Petty

    I have a cracked GNex that I’ve been hobbling along on for about a month now. The HD MAXX was my top contender just because I travel a lot and end up away from chargers all the time. My wife has the regular MAXX and the one thing I hate about that phone is the camera. It’s horrible. Is the new one just as horrible?

    Hopefully there’s a new nexus heading out with great battery life and a good camera if this guy doesn’t.

    • Mike Petty

      Ah, this guys knocks the camera like crazy:

      http://www.neowin.net/news/review-motorola-razr-hd

      After looking at those shots, that’s bad enough to be a deal breaker for me.

    • Jared Persinger

      Nope the camera is a lot better almost as nice as the s3

      • DainLaguna

        Proof? Because they didnt seem to make a big deal about it at thwir keynote. I bet its the same unit….which means its totally not on the s3’s level

  • Ibrick

    Sorry VZW.. you’re about 7-8 months late on this one. Although you wouldn’t know it by the way their staff is talking this thing up..
    And who the hell picked this thing over over the DLX/DIX?

    • Diablo81588

      Someone who wants all day battery life. In other words, HTC anything is ruled out.

      • LionStone

        Based on what?….

        • Diablo81588

          Historical evidence?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

            My thunderbolt got amazing battery life! /sarcasm :P

      • Tom

        My Thunderbolt is probably the last HTC phone I will ever own. I can’t wait to replace it.

    • Zach

      Anyone who doesn’t like Sense, which is quite a few people. I personally can’t stand Sense, so I wouldn’t go near the DLX no matter what the specs are. It’s not always all about specs.

      • Ibrick

        I guess if you’re only looking at the MAXX, and have to have Moto, it kinda makes Blur.

    • Darksthour

      I can say why everyones talking about it. The battery. Period. So many users don’t get 2 craps about being the first to get a software update or root/update themselves. Most average users sit and bitch about how a phone cant get them through a full day like dumb phones can. My mom has a Galaxy Nexus and could not give two shits about running stock android but will bitch every day about how she has to charge it at night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottwrives Scott Rives

    I’m confused.. The phone in this video and pictures shows a diagonal-patterned backside. Doesn’t the HD Maxx have the diagonal-pattern and the regular HD have a V-shaped pattern?
    http://mediacenter.motorola.com/Fact-Sheets/Motorola-RAZR-HD-Fact-Sheet-3b96.aspx
    http://mediacenter.motorola.com/Fact-Sheets/DROID-RAZR-MAXX-HD-Fact-Sheet-3b97.aspx

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      International version has the V pattern. “DROID” version has the diagonal pattern.

      • Diablo81588

        I personally prefer the diagonal pattern. The V pattern looks odd.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Don’t forget the “Christmas Sweater” one too.

  • http://www.technoaddictions.com/ Tyler K

    ahhh..The last remnants of a Motorola led astray by SJ…Patiently waiting for a Nexus device with Android 5.0 from the new Googorola… Bring back the StarTac…well at least in name that is…

  • Alexander Garcia

    Let’s try not to put a big crack on the back of this one shall we?. Haha. =P

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Ugh. My cat already pulled on the cable that was charging the RAZR HD this morning and dropped the phone from desk to hardwood floor face down…it survived.

      • shdowman

        If you’re going to be that careless with these devices, at least hand them out to people who’ll take care of them ;)

        • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

          First time that has ever happened. :P

      • Alexander Garcia

        Whew! What a way to dodge a bullet there Kel. ;-)

        • LionStone

          It would’ve been pretty ironic if he had to do another review with a cracked unit :-)

      • Diablo81588

        Damn cats, what are they good for? :P

      • kixofmyg0t

        Gorilla Glass 2.0 ;) have fun trying to break it.

        • Jared Persinger

          My Droid 4 dosent have kevlar or Gorilla Glass 2.0 and I can’t break it

          • kixofmyg0t

            My M took a dive off a M3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle face first and survived and it only has Gorilla Glass 2 and a Kevlar sheet lol. The HD’s Kevlar backplate is actually functional to structural integrity instead of just cosmetic.

      • Jared Persinger

        That’s because its a droid

      • Aardvark99

        I haz makes a phone call

  • Buy This

    All the sexiness of that phone is ruined for me by the VZW logo plastered on the front.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

      Something’s gotta be down there… I’m curious to see what’s on the dev edition. I’d actually like to see “Developer Edition by Motorola” or something to that nature down there since VZW isn’t necessary to be on the unit. Alas, it’ll probably still say VZW lol.

      • Alan Paone

        Or they could just leave it blank and let the screen do the talking.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

          Whoa whoa. Lets not talk crazy.

  • http://twitter.com/darkcomartist darkcomartist

    I love my razr and I love the way this phone looks but to be honest, I’m leaning more towards the note 2. Specs wise this phone isn’t up there with some of the other players already on the market, let-alone in a few months. I’ll wait to see what the nexus(….nexi?) will bring to the table before I have to buy one at full price. I have unlimited verizon data and I ain’t giving that up for a subsidized phone.

  • http://twitter.com/_Gonzi Gonzi

    Any news on when Motorola will release their Jelly Bean upgrade list? I’d like to know if I’m getting that $100 for my abandoned Bionic before I drop $299 on the HD Maxx.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      What was the deadline on that? I’d imagine they would push out a buggy JB release before having to give up $100 to everyone.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        Pushing out a buggy/unusable update would be the nail in the coffin for Motorola. The new leadership, thankfully, seems to understand that fact.

        That being said, any more news on the Bionic soak test? I was hoping to update my wife’s phone from .232 to the release version over the weekend, but the official OTA never surfaced.

        • jfr69

          The soak test is alleged to start Friday, with the OTA sometime shortly after that hopefully..

      • James Tock

        Verizon is super picky about anything buggy being pushed out. Hence the GNex JUST getting JB. Yes, it takes for ever to get the latest on VZW but it almost always works. (insert vzw flame here)

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Razr HD, Maxx HD, and Razr M will get Jelly Bean before the end of the year. Other phones, it’ll be a bit.

      • r0lct

        Sucks if you buy a phone now and that makes you ineligible for the rebate later.

    • Diablo81588

      Highly unlikely you’ll be eligible for the 100 dollar credit. If rumors are true, the Bionic will get JB in January. We shall see though.. :P

      • http://twitter.com/_Gonzi Gonzi

        January 2014?

        • Diablo81588

          Funny.

  • bogy25

    Does it pinch to zoom pictures smoothly? Unlike original Razr…Want to see the MAXX! Still rock’n TBolt waiting to upgrade – it is a good time for Droids….

    • Diablo81588

      Yeah! I wanna know this as well! I hate the Moto gallery on ICS..

  • shdowman

    This trend of non-removable batteries is just a deal breaker for me. Hence why I typically stick with Samsung. Moto makes decent hardware, but their design choices, IMHO, need to go back to the drawing board. Looking forward to them for next year though. Despite what they say, Google will have some influence on these things moving forward.

    • jonny6pak

      I’m kind of on the same page. The Maxx variant seem to give enough power to where it might not be an issue, but I’m not sure yet. I’m still swapping batteries on my phone mid-day when I’m working outside of the office. I would hate to need external batterys pack if I had a phone without a replaceable battery.

  • jak_341

    Meh. With a LG Nexus and a rumored GNex 2, this phone is DOA. I can’t see this selling, with the GNex, Note 2,and S3 stealing the show.

    • Tommy Thompson

      I bet the MAXX will sell well.

    • Emad Zia

      yeah since gs3 sales took a HUUUUGE hit out of the almost-year old RAZR and MAXX at VZW

    • Diablo81588

      Dude, you’re so wrong. Verizon marketing will make this phone one of the best selling phones available. According to Samsung, the Gnex had HORRIBLE sales figures. What makes you think it will come even close to the sales of this phone? My guess, this phone, the S3 and the iPhone will be top sellers on Verizon.

  • Emad Zia

    i do feel as if this is one of the most solid smartphones i’ve held in a LONG time. the build quality and feel is just very premium, one of the reasons I will always have a Moto phone over Samsung (although i’ve been using the nexus while waiting for this)

  • Greyhame

    I could possibly see the next iteration of this phone as my next device. It would have to be the Developer Edition, and have a better camera. But phones are already coming out with quad core and S4 Pros, so this isn’t what it could (should?) be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

    Holy bottom bezel batman!!

    • Diablo81588

      Its not that big…

  • JonD

    any1 else sad about the 1 gig of ram? I really notice the extra gig on my SG3

    • rals

      I assume the 2GB of ram in the S3 is to accommodate Touchwiz. Most initial thoughts on the Razr HD has been very quick even with gaming, and opening several tabs and chrome and such.

      • S2556

        I run AOKP jellybean and still use it, though ALOT less than on touchwiz.
        galaxy s3 is a whole other kind of beast when running aosp though

      • MicroNix

        You think that Motorola blur doesn’t need 2GB ram too?!?! Motorola, always undersizing on ram. If nothing else, more ram takes away another excuse not to update the phone with the newest OS (yes, I’m looking at you Motorola with the D3).

        • Justin W

          Moto’s Blur doesn’t have a very large footprint compared to TouchWiz, though. I’ve used the ICS .232 leak on my Bionic, and it was extremely fast. I noticed no difference between it and AOSP.

    • fartbubbler

      for me, it’s a complete dealbreaker. Especially having 2GB on my SGS3.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.t.roach.90 Andrew T Roach

      Its called the placebo effect.

  • Bionic

    gotta love motorola

    • J. Gilbertson

      except for when you don’t get your ics in q3?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Rodriguez/608451217 Joseph Rodriguez

    Good phone just tell me what the battery life is and all throw all the money on the screen you want!!!!!!!!

    • Jared Persinger

      f you want battery life then you should go for the Maxx

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Rodriguez/608451217 Joseph Rodriguez

        yeah im thinking about it. had a huge issue with VZW cause my data this month was at 60.6GB of data so they wanna charge me more cause i have unlimited.

        • Adam Estep

          60 gb?!!! How the heck did you use 60 gb of data?!

  • Dr_Buttballs

    Looks good until you turn it over. The back pattern looks like it was modeled after the weaving of a straw hat.

  • Greg Morgan

    I’m sorry but Android phones look so much better without capacitve buttons. (yes i’m looking at you GS3…)

    • Emad Zia

      that flimsy button on the gs3 blows. one of the reasons i got rid of the phone (i had to have a case on it, since it’s cheap materials, and with any basic case, the button got even harder to press)

      • JohnPA2006

        Thats because every time you ate cheeze doodles you never washed your paws so then the cheese dust got into the button. Dont talk bad about the S3 :oP
        My GS3 has been running just fine, no cheeze doodle dust here.

        • Emad Zia

          cheeze doodles? I can afford the real cheetos puffs. i’m rich, i use a GNex.

          • Diablo81588

            You’re rich and use one of the cheapest phones on Verizon? Lol..

          • Benjamin Sicard

            Culturally rich!

          • FERTCH

            WIN!

          • Mario Mendez

            Galaxy Nexus > S3. Nexus phones always get the newest Android OS!

          • Diablo81588

            Who cares? Nexus phones are about showcasing new versions of android, not the best hardware. There are FAR better choices than the galaxy nexus from a hardware standpoint.

          • Mario Mendez

            Not true. Galaxy Nexus buttery smooth on everything I do on it.

          • Diablo81588

            So just because its smooth, that means it has the best hardware? Lol..

          • Mario Mendez

            Hardware is not a problem for me whatsoever :D

          • Diablo81588

            Guess that’s all that matters.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I do love on-screen buttons. It’s frustrating going from these back to a GS3 or even the Optimus G.

      • r0lct

        How do/would you even bring up Google Now in those?

        • Aardvark99

          On the S3 long press menu.

          • Justin Swanson

            Long press the home for S-Voice. With the new Note2 long press the back button brings up multi-window. Double clicking the home button brings up recents. It’s not terrible but I prefer on screen…

      • brkshr

        You know you can enable on-screen keys on any ICS/JB ROM right?

        I have my S3 with on-screen keys, capacitives disabled & hard/home button remapped to open the camera on long-press & snap pictures

        • Darksthour

          Never thought about using the home button for something else. Thats pretty cool. I’d probably map it to something else though lol. I don’t use my camera ever but have it open Google Music would be choice.

      • Mario Mendez

        +1. On-screen buttons are great on my Galaxy Nexus

        • Justin W

          Same on my Nexus 7. I will not go back to capacitive (or hard buttons like the GS3).

          • Mario Mendez

            hell freakin yeah

    • JohnPA2006

      I like my GS3’s buttons, and I am looking right back at you. ( hold eyeballs wide open, ouch)

      • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

        lol same. I hate on screen keys. I mean I know they don’t technically get in the way of anything but I’d rather they be two different things.

  • cobjones

    After having a nexus I could never go back to locked bootloaders… even with those exploits.

    I know I am in the minority, but I don’t like the clunky look of their phones.

    • ddevito

      you’re not in the minority

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

      Bootloaders for this phone aren’t really a valid argument anymore as they will be offering a developer edition of this device (yes, I understand you can’t get them subsidized but it’s probably the only way you’re going to see a lot of these nexus devices come to the market in the future as well). As for the “clunky” look of the phone, I’d rather have it built like a tank and look industrial vs being forced to put a case on my green/purple/pink/white/etc plastic phone that makes it look horrendous and clunkier than it already is.

      • ddevito

        it will still scratch and junk without a case

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

          After a year of abuse my RAZR which has never been in a case has no scratches on the screen and minimal wear on the housing. I’ve dropped it god knows how many times onto granite/concrete/hardwood/carpet on my drunken escapades over the past year. It spends its life in my pocket with my keys/change 7 days a week. It’s definitely not flawless any more but the point is that it’s taken minimal damage over a year and I’m far from kind to the thing. The kevlar doesn’t scratch (duh) and the screen is extremely difficult to scratch as proven all over the place. If the new RAZR is built half as well as the old one it will be yet another device I own that never sees a case. It’s the same reason I bought the business class Blackberries back in the day. The question I pose to you is: Do you own one (a RAZR)?

        • Diablo81588

          Not likely. KEVLAR is scratch resistant, and the entire back is covered in it. The only place I could see scratching is on the metal band.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

            My point exactly.

      • Sporttster

        Hmm…got me thinking…..I’ve got a reg Maxx. I’d like to go the Dev route eventually and to keep unlimited. Not in the market presently for a new phone. So maybe I’ll wait a year till the phone price comes down, maybe less, and upgrade cheaper to this. Won’t have to pay the full $600 whatever by then. I’m guessing in 6-8 months this should be down to around $350-$400

  • Mohamed Khfaga

    i love the phone and i cant wait for the Maxx HD as it’s the best phone i guess when it comes to battery life as it’s the most important thing in phones nowadays ….
    Motorola got the best materials and i love the pure ICS experience and less Moto Blure

  • Tom Snyder

    its off topic

  • Tom Snyder
  • John

    I don’t think I’ll ever understand Moto’s choice on the default set wallpaper they put on these newer phones.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I’m with you, they are tired, weird, and ugly. It’s clearly a play on the DROID theme, but it’s time to move on.

      • Greyhame

        Was this their last phone under Sanjay? Hoping Google can smooth out Moto’s version of the Droid line.

        • Justin W

          Yes, it was. I’m hoping they expand it to other carriers (not likely though, since VZW has rights to the DROID line). Their next phone should be awesome with what Google’s come up with lately.

          • michael arazan

            “Will be getting JellyBean soon” I wonder how long that’ll take compared to the Razr’s getting ics.

          • Justin W

            Based on information I found somewhere (can’t locate the source, though) this has a patch that will make it easier to move to JB. I actually think it was on DL, but don’t recall for sure. I’m betting it’s by the end of November.

      • ddevito

        it reminds me of the Michael Jordan jumpman logo

        • James Tock

          I saw the thumbnail of the pic and thought WTF MJ logo?

        • lvlorpheus

          I thought I was the only one seeing it that way.

      • Diablo81588

        Luckily, they come with some pretty awesome ones as well, ie RAZR M.

      • Aardvark99

        How about a theme based around nature?

      • lvlorpheus

        Kellex, Would you mind checking if you can make a call on 3g and access Droid Life at the same time. I encourage my mom to get the Razr Maxx as a replacement for her Thunderbolt and in her 3g market The Maxx falls short in this area. Thank You

      • lvlorpheus

        Kellex, Would you mind trying to make a 3g phone call and see if you can access Droid Life at the same time. I encouraged my mother to replace her Thunderbolt with a droid Razr Maxx and it fall short in her 3g market.

        Thank You

        • http://twitter.com/2_4_16_256 Otto gaines

          This is a limitation of cdma. There is no phone that uses cdma for cell that can also use data at the same time. The only way that 4g phones can do it is that they have a lte radio that is able to operate at the same time as the cdma one.

    • Alexander Garcia

      Yeah, but thankfully wallpapers aren’t permanent. ;-)

    • AeySimp

      VZW forces these as part of their DROID franchise. Sadly, Moto doesn’t get a voice

  • Squirtle

    That looks sexy.

  • ddevito

    Without a doubt a great phone, but I feel the specs will make it look rather dated in 6 months.

    • r0lct

      Agreed. While specs aren’t everything I think this is like buying the original RAZR when phones with HD screens were out. We may not “need” quad core today, but doesn’t seem very future proof, especially for those looking beyond 18-24 month update cycle.

      However being a GNex user I have to say I do envy all day battery life.

    • chris125

      6 months? It will be dated in less than a month with the quad core phones already having preorders. Still blows my mind that moto did not put the s4 pro in this. Then it really would have been a phone worthy of purchasing.

      • ERIC REED

        I’m still taking a Moto phone over an LG phone. And some will not want a 5.5″ monster in their pocket. I’m going to guess it will sell quite well!!

        • chris125

          well there are plenty of options with the new htc that is coming, lg always made good phones it was their support that sucked, plus who knows what else is right around the corner. Moto is behind the ball again just like last year with the razr line. They also put something that is behind current phones( last year was qhd screen, this year is less ram and processor) Moto already has a hard enough time updating their phones a few months after they release (ala bionic, droid 3, etc)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Williams/579249547 Jonathan Williams

          Its the only time you would consider a monster in your pocket only being 5.5 inches.

  • Tom

    Ooooo Pretty…..

  • The Captain

    I’m tingly with excitement!