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Thursday Poll: Is the RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD Your Next Phone?


Since today has quickly turned into DROID RAZR HD day, we figured we may as well get this poll out of the way and find out how many of you are going to buy this phone. Both should manage to outlast any other phone on the market, thanks to their massive batteries. The build quality, in my short few days with them, has been impressive. The display is nice, but not the best on the market. The camera is definitely not going to win any awards. But, the speaker is awesome, though. Overall, these phones appear to be a solid package with a mix of positives and negatives.

My review will be up in the next couple of days, but for now, we’d love to see how many are already sold on Motorola’s newest RAZR family members.

Is the RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD Your Next Phone?

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  • EL

    I got this phone when it came out on Thursday, the 18th. So far I am pleased, but it does have a couple of issues/problems. First, those rumors going around about the antenna having issues may be true. Sometimes I will lose my wifi and/or my mobile data connection for absolutely no reason at all. Sometimes it comes back and sometimes I have to reboot the phone. I know it’s not me, my location, what I’m doing at the time, etc. Second, the SD card doesn’t seem to fit seamlessly within the SD card slot. You can feel a ridge where the cover is not flush with the phone. As a result, (I think) the less than perfect fit is causing the SD card to show up as unreadable. If I push that ridge in a little on the side of the phone (or even shake it a little) then the notification goes away. Whether this is impacting all phones or just mine alone, it is still pretty annoying.
    Like I said, I’m still getting used to the phone and I do like it very much, but it may be going back to the store if I can’t resolve these issues or if they don’t resolve themselves.
    Lastly, I don’t understand the complaints about the camera. It’s an 8MP camera that takes just as good photos and pics as any other phone out there. If there is anything to complain about (and I cannot complain at all) it is that the screen is not of the absolute highest quality. It’s great, but there is better.
    Did I mention that this phone is blazing fast on 4G LTE???

  • Shintodragoon

    Bought the white RAZR HD Thursday off contract. Good phone and build quality, jelly bean update will make it sweeter. Nothing all that revolutionary over the first Droid RAZR but the added battery life and widget/settings screen are nice touches.

  • My Bionic has been getting on my nerves; freezing, crashing, lagging, hanging… so I couldn’t stand it anymore! I was going to buy a GS3, but I live in a marginal service area, so being as we know Moto is unmatched in signal reception, I sprung for a Razr Maxx HD (retail, not letting go of my unlimited data plan!) This thing is built like a brick house! I mean, it’s a quality piece of equipment, and sexy good looking to boot. Although it’s not quite as fast as the GS3, it does feel much more solid and IS pretty darn zippy (and the alleged ‘no lag’ camera lags a tad). I’m running live wallpapers, Go Launcher, I keep fb running and Dolphin browser, and whatever else I’m running at a given moment… I have not experienced any system lag whatsoever. It’s unbelievably fast on LTE. With 15% battery left, the phone’s been up for 29 and a half hours. This is on it’s second full charge (so the battery life should should increase by another 5 to 7% after conditioning a couple of more cycles.) The screen is gorgeous and the on screen function keys are cool, (keep in mind I am coming from a Bionic which has a horrible pixely screen). Overall, I don’t think I could be much happier with the phone unless I had not paid retail for it! Plus with 32 gigs on board, it’s pretty packed with space… too bad about the single gig of RAM though, although it doesn’t seem to effect the performance. If you’re a Moto fan, this phone won’t disappoint, but if you like to stay current with the technology (as do I), plan on replacing it around this time next year when Moto’s next generation of devices are born.

  • still considering. depends on whats out when i come into some money

  • Joshua

    Been screwed over twice now by MOTO — you know what they say, fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you…won’t happen again MOTO….I’ll stick with Samsung thank you!

  • Jamie Courtemanche

    Upgraded from Droid X to Droid Razer MAXX HD and happy with the purchase so far. I purchased the phone in full in order to keep my unlimited data plan. Very happy and unlike most of the elitist here I don’t care for rooting and locked. I just want a phone that works and connectivity.

  • jedialan

    Already have the Razr Maxx. Compared it to the new Maxx HD at the Verizon store yesterday and there was very little difference. Yeah, the screen is longer but the home buttons just take up that little bit of extra room. Didn’t really see any true definition in the screen resolution either.

    • jedialan

      I meant to say and real difference in the screen resolution.

  • Real Nexus or I’m out.

  • Matthew Hojnacki

    I will buy a Razr HD Maxx but only if they do something for our Bionics. I dont care if i get ICS its about a Year too late. We need credit already because we know we are not getting Jelly Bean. All i can say is us Bionic owners can not let them get away with selling us Joke Phones. We need to stick together and make them Pay for the Aggravation and the Countless times we had to call tech support about this Phone. I love mine because I rooted and rommed but i should not have had to. I have Jelly Bean ported by Regular People. Why does it take Verizon and Moto so Long?

  • HD_Rocks

    Already got mine WOW!

  • mxracer9111

    I bought the Max HD yesterday and coming from my DROID x I feel that this phone is better than when I first held my DROID x in my hand. This is a well built device that will last me longer than any other phone Including my droid x which was a beast and still wokrs after 2 years of crazy abuse. worked a

  • Daniel

    When they release a Droid 5 with removable battery and sell it directly as a developer device with unlocked bootloader, I’ll be there on day 1 throwing money at Motorola

  • neilj

    I would have, if it would have come out before verizon ended the ability to upgrade and keep unlimited data.

  • Jayrod718

    No more MOTO after the BIONIC!

  • Jagjeep

    I would buy a Nexus Motorola if doing so did not tie me to Verizon. Verizon’s empty promises and failure to update the Thunderbolt to ICS finally convinced me to change carriers and to buy my own unsubsidized phone.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I just picked up the Razr Maxx HD, and it’s been working great.

  • BaltiCzar

    May have to jump on the MAXX HD. Absolutely loving the features on my S3 but this radio is not what I need it to be. I can’t get signal with the S3 in some areas where I used to when I had my Razr Maxx. I rely heavily on my phone for work and family contact. Guess I’ll have to give up screen res and other bells and whistles.
    Moto……….I am coming back……….somewhat reluctantly.

  • Nathaniel Newman

    I already bought the RAZR Maxx HD. I also bought and tried the GS3. Am, unsure if I will keep the Maxx HD or go back to the GS3. The camera was awesome on the GS3, Worse than any other phone Ive had. Time will tell if Motorola will correct this.

  • Steel

    I bought the Razr M. All the specs, none of the garish size.

  • I was actually trying to wait till these phones came out by Verizon forced me to purchase early to keep unlimited so I have at least a few few more years before I purchase a new phone.

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  • MisterKnowItAll

    Reviews are in. They’re just a couple of average Moto phones with crappy cameras. Feel what you may about the importance of the camera in a phone, but do realize that if all the others have better cameras, it would be stupid to buy one of these.

  • Lucas Gorski

    I picked up the Razr HD Maxx. I wasn’t happy with the quality of the samsung GN. This razr hd phone is built like a tank and feels super nice in the hand.

  • i was seriously dissapointed when i found out the maxx hd was only being released in america. i was so blown away by it that i forgot all about motorola and their usual two different versions of the droids.

    if all that is coming to europe is the razr hd then i think i might just get a maxx hd shipped over even if i have to put up with an ugly carrier logo and high shipping costs.
    i have my mind set on having a phone with 3300 and its hard to go back to all the other toy phones and all the charging twice a day bs… sigh

  • Waiting to see if they make the Razr Maxx HD a Nexus. {{-_-}}

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    neither…gonna “upgrade” from my galaxy s3 to the galaxy note 2 πŸ˜›

  • Waiting on that HTC J Butterfly πŸ˜‰

  • NexusMan

    I don’t buy phones with Ice Cream Sandwich…or bad cameras.

    • Tim242

      But…you bought the nexus…hahaha

  • Ritchie

    Ok purchased the RAZR Maxx HD today and I am wondering if anyone has the following issue?? Under the PEOPLE/CONTACTS if you select the mode to pick a personalized ringer will it work??? Having issues with this? Thank you

  • leoingle

    Nope. wont be buying neither. I just have never liked any Motorola phones…. NOt to mention MotoBlur…

  • Stevo

    Would love to be dying for this, but weaksauce camera is really holding me back. I love the idea of the battery life and i think the UI is pretty good, but currently owning a galaxy nexus, I am SO TIRED of crappy cameras in android devices. Why is it that the only ones with halfway decent cameras have horrendous skins mucking everything up? To be totally honest, if the iphone 5 had a native google maps app, I’d be all over it, smaller screen and all.

  • Since both are coming with encrypted bootloaders, I am skipping them both.. NO.. I hate the dev edition phones…

    Motorola, even if you come with world’s best build quality and 1000000000mAh battery in a ENCRYPTED and CAN NEVER BE UNLOCKED BOOTLOADER, you will never get my money…

  • Pass……Buying the Galaxy Note 2 and my wife will inherit my S3 which I have had zero problems with.

  • Tom

    With this Thunderbolt I’m using now, anything would be a great upgrade.
    It would be nice to have a phone last all day on the battery, have the 4G LTE signal stay and not get dropped for no reason, etc. Bye Bye HTC, “Hello Moto”

    I may get this phone based on my original Droid. The droid still works today.

  • JJ Naisbitt

    Just bought a RAZR HD!!!! Absolutely love this phone. It is perfect.

    • Tim242

      I tried the iPhone 5 for 2 days. Once you get it and see that Android 1.5 Donut has more features, you will be back. iPhone is a slightly glorified feature phone

  • Joe

    With motos upgrade actions, the droid 3 I have will be my last ever. Going to iOS.

    • Bionic


    • Tim242

      I tried the iPhone 5 for 2 days. Once you figure out that Android 1.5 Cupcake has more features and functionality, you will be back. iPhone is a slightly glorified feature phone.

  • brad

    I got my hands on both today at the Verizon store. Long story short…The screen images were excellent, pretty quick and smooth overall. The build was very nice, not really digging the rim around the front part of the screen. The camera…well is sucks….in other worlds not really an upgrade over my Droid X! If I had to be pick between the HD/Maxx and the S3 today, I’d still take an S3 with a spare battery in my pocket. If the HD/Maxx had 2gb of ram, and a kick ass camera/software to support the camera…the HD/Maxx would be the best phone on the market hands down. I think Motorola was trying…they just swung and missed the green in regulation….where the S3 is sitting 10 feet from the pin.

  • jmanin

    Just bought the razr hd today after breaking my razr maxx. Love the display but am sure I am going to miss the battery life the maxx had given me.

  • droidrazrlovr

    The RAZR MAXX HD would be my next phone if a few conditions were met:
    if it was a Nexus (stock Android, unlocked bootloader)
    Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU
    2GB RAM would be nice, but not required

    Motorola, if you’re reading, MAKE THIS PHONE!

    • By the time that phone was developed, people would complain that its “last year’s tech” like the new Razr HD. Motorola needs to leap-frog the S4 Pro, and develop a device around the chip coming AFTER that one. That’s the only way they can possibly get ahead of the curve. Then they will set the bar, rather than joining the current crop of phones “late” (even though they are right on schedule with their update to the Razr, which contains the same specs as the phones that replaced last year’s flagship models for each company, and have in fact kept to their promise of releasing fewer phones so that they can better focus their efforts).

  • fanboy1974

    The specs are dated now. Should have been released a few months ago.

  • Jason Peters

    Got a Galaxy S3 when they were on sale for $100 at Best Buy this past Sunday. Half the price, better camera.

    • Tyler Chappell

      And twice the RAM

  • If I hadn’t already bought an SGS3, I might have bought this. Probably the MAXX version, though with the already huge battery on the non-MAXX it’s a bit of a toss-up. Good lookin’ phones, honestly. The camera would be a sticking point, though – would want to try that in-store before buying.

    I’d be worried about on-screen keys with an AMOLED display, though. That’s part of why I opted for the SGS3 over the GNex.

  • Daistaar

    While they both look nice i kinda have a boner for the J Butterfly now!

    • Tim242

      Boner and butterfly should never be in the same sentence.

      • Daistaar

        Touche Tim… Touche…

      • Tyler Chappell

        I feel like you and I can be exceptions to this rule.

        • Tim242

          But, of course! It’s only natural for us : ). I just got a boner, don’t fly away butterfly.

  • John Scott

    I cant wait to see the full review. I can upgrade in December and with the problems I have had with the Galaxy Nexus. I would love to get my hands on the MAXX!

    • lipe

      what kind of problems you have with nexus?

      • John Scott

        The Wi-Fi is basically useless, it will either drop off or not work at all. I have had the phone for about a month now as a replacement device for the Bionic. And to be honest, I miss the build quality of the Bionic. I cant wait to get another Motorola Device. As soon as I get my MAXX, I will be selling the nexus.

  • Chad

    Bought it this morning at full price to replace my Galaxy S3 and was able to place several calls as well as had a solid data signal from the exact spot where my GS3 had NO SERVICE! Definitely a step up for me.

  • I absolutely want the Maxx – but wondering if one you guys can help me please. Does the US Droid have the same pentaband LTE radio as the global GSM version? GSMArena suggests it only supports LTE on 700MHz…


    Looks like the Droid works on both 2G and 3G GSM networks (assuming the device is SIM-unlocked as the original Droid Razr was) but I want to know if 4G will work here in the UK.

  • Liquid

    Just placed an order for the standard version. Ye olde D2 is finally eating itself alive.

    I did leave myself a safety net, however, and bought it through Costco. 90 days to decide if I need to bump to the MAXX or a miracle Nexus comes around? Yes, please.

    I am a bit pissed that we’re losing unlimited data, but we only used 1.5gb between the four of us last month (<3 wifi) and the 6gb plan ended up costing the same as we're paying now. I don't like it, but there isn't anything out there that I'd be comfortable paying full retail (or used) for right now.

  • chris125

    I’m going to wait and see when it gets the jb update then maybe buy one. Then again by that time I am sure they will have some new maxx hd++ with quad core and non pentile screen

  • paul_cus

    Looks alright, but 8.4 mm isn’t really much of a RAZR to me.

    • Diablo81588

      Still pretty damn thin..

  • dsass600

    I think I’ll snag an Incredible X.

  • JulianZHuang

    Always pick the one with the best hardware or else your phone will be outdated within 4 months.

  • Al

    I would love to pick this up but I need a true upgrade phone if I’m gonna dish out full retail price money. Galaxy nexus can hold me up until Moto brings out a quad core, 2gb ram, and a better camera.

  • cooksta32676

    The build quality seems identical to the S3 and just as responsive. Frankly tired of the Nexus or GTFO sentiment.

    • “Identical to the S3”? I don’t really see that as a plus point…

      • cooksta32676

        I know. It’s light as a feather and you can still bend it . Not like a DX.

    • DainLaguna

      who is acting like that? i can attest to the build quality and awesome moto radios, but those pros plus good battery life shouldnt replace a top of the line screen or an excellent camera.

      • lostsync

        That depends a lot on how you spend a day. Build quality, radios, and battery life are going to matter a lot to a guy doing construction or something. Screen quality and camera won’t matter much to him if the phone is broken or depleted. Likewise, if you live and work downtown in some city and spend most of your time in an office or your home, build quality and battery life might matter a lot less.

        • wickets

          Bravo on your sentiments. lostsync!!!!!!

      • lilmoe2002

        Best battery life + OK camera >>>>>>>> Crappy/average battery life + best camera. At list IMO…

  • YankInDaSouth

    Seriously considering the Maxx HD … have the Maxx right now (traded GNex for Maxx cause GNex call quality for me was terrible). After having this massive battery, I don’t think I can go backwards! The GNex spoiled me with on screen soft keys, so its worth the money to get those back LOL. Got a few folks interested in buying my Maxx -if I can get $300 for it then that would soften the $650 blow!!

  • Jeremy Martin

    If they add the Razr MAXX HD to the unlock program then I would.

  • Anon

    Maybe in a year when Verizon “lets” Moto put Jelly Bean on it.

  • BobbyG

    Bought the GS3 14 days ago and trying to decide if I should return it and go with the Maxx for the battery instead. Main con is the lackluster camera. Wish I could just have DroidLife create a poll to help me decide which to go with – only 4 hours left to decide.

    • KleenDroid

      Stay with what you have. You have a good camera with the S3.

      Also you can fully unlock the S3 and Samsung is far more developer friendly.

    • Diablo81588

      You should go try it out before you decide. Nothing is more important than hands on. Don’t let other people’s bias sway your decision.

    • Tim242

      If you bought it 14 days ago, you are on your 15th day and cannot return it. The 1st of your 14 days is the day you bought it.

  • Knlegend1

    Waiting on a Nexus like everyone else. I would’ve got the Optimus G if it were on Verizon, but I can’t get down with these Razr’s no more.

  • MattH818

    Dev Edition option? I’ve gotta go full retail so that’s what I’m considering.

    • KleenDroid

      You would be better off getting a phone from a developer friendly manufacturer like Samsung our HTC.

  • androidkin

    Either Next Nexus phones, Galaxy Note II or Incredible X.

  • My s3 isn’t that old :). I would probably jumped on this if I was still on my Droid Razr, but probably not the S3 is perfect for me one of the first phones I want to keep until it doesn’t work any more. Then I will just replace it with insurance!

  • Sam’s Son

    I have my own Poll. If you were to choose between these HD Razr’s or the Galaxy S 3 what would you choose?

    • KleenDroid

      S3 hands down since Samsung is more developer friendly. You can fully unlock the S3.

  • adam

    I have the Razr Maxx, and still have unlimited…so if I wanted this phone, I’d have to sell this my Razr Maxx and pay full retail for this phone. The only difference is the screen, which you can barely recognize. I think I’ll stick with my phone until there’s a phone that warrants an upgrade.

    • Ap328

      Definitely not a just a screen upgrade though…

    • chris125

      processor alone is a worthy upgrade. That + screen+ on screen buttons are plenty of an upgrade

    • Diablo81588

      It should get considerably better battery life than any phone on the market, including the current maxx. Can’t wait for the review! Massive battery and s4 with integrated LTE? Yes please!

      • adam

        My Maxx lasts longer than a day which is fine. The processor on the Maxx is dual-core 1.2, Maxx HD is 1.5. Plus the nicer screen, it still isn’t worth upgrading to. I’m happy with the Maxx! Next phone that I have to pay full retail price for has to be significantly better, not just minor touch ups.

  • QQpayne

    I will be getting a phone this christmas season, whether its this, or maybe that 1080p HTC remains to be seen. Either way i dont think a nexus is coming to Verizon this season, so I’m not going to get my hopes up. If by some small chance it does it will move to the top of my list.

  • Look at all those no’s… Lol

  • As much as I don’t exactly love my BIONIC, if it’s getting ICS in the next week, I can deal with it until a device truly impresses me. That being said, I really am tempted by the battery life on the Maxx.

  • professionalcat

    If they were to release a Maxx HD GSM unlocked, I would definitely pay my etf and jump ship to Tomo prepaid or Solavei, or one of those carriers. Hopefully, this happens sometime soon.

  • I have been pleased with my GNex in most respects, save one, battery life. Verizon’s poor handling of it aside, its a damn good phone. That said, I played with a Razr HD this morning and was pretty impressed. That 3300mah battery is very tempting, but I’m still going to hold off for Google Experience Devices in November/December. Also, I’m watching Moto to see how their JellyBean updates move. I’m not keen on buying a Razr HD Maxx and downgrading to ICS.

  • E Diddy

    bought the maxx today.,.. at some point you just want a well built phone, with great radios, and huge battery. The dual core S4 is plenty and screen is great as well. Motoblur is really light on this thing and the phone is quick. Coming from an S3 with radio issues…. this is a breath of fresh air.

    • cooksta32676

      The quickness and build seems identical to the S3. The bezel needs to go though. According to this site, if it’s not a Nexus it blows.

      • not sure why. thinking of ditching my nexus for the maxx. i cant stand the radio and battery life on it….2 very strong points on moto devices.

      • LiterofCola

        Exactly, these are fantastic devices, I’m going to grab the Razr HD, simply because it’s a great phone, who cares if it isn’t a nexus.

        • Tim242

          Sub par display and awful camera on moto phones.

          • DainLaguna

            watch it now…state something factual and the downvotes will come πŸ˜‰

          • Tim242

            Haha you can always count on that!

          • ezpotato

            ummm this display kicks so much ass. way better than the s3.

          • Tim242

            Hahaha Were you able to type that with a str8 face??????

          • Tim242

            10 out of 10 reviewers disagree with you.

          • Tyler

            So does the Nexus but everybody here thinks it’s the best phone ever.

          • Tim242

            You are correct. The difference is, it’s a Nexus. Being able to do with it what you please outweighed the negatives. However, as you should see in the comments, people are losing their Nexus boners. I am one of many that will be dumping my Nexus for the Note 2. I got to play with it last month. It was love at first fondle : )

          • LiterofCola

            Note 2 doesn’t look bad at all. But as far as this phone goes, if someone was after a “nexus” device, why not grab this in the developer edition? I know it’s full retail, but wouldn’t it offer the same benefits, even though it wasn’t a “nexus” persay?

          • Tim242

            Not really. Since there won’t be many dev editions sold, there won’t be much support from devs. Very unfortunate

          • LiterofCola

            You never know, but I see where you’re coming from.

          • There is no Razr Maxx HD developer version. Only non HD version for the developer edition .

          • LiterofCola
          • yes my bad i meant the non maxx hd version.

          • if there was a Maxx HD developer edition i would sell my Maxx to buy one. Having said that, i may still sell my maxx to get the Maxx HD version even though its not the developer version.

    • If I could +10 this comment I would. Sick of poorly built Korean/Taiwanese/Chinese crapware. Who cares if this device isn’t packing the latest and greatest CPU? All the preliminary reviews I read have praised the BQ, the battery, and the radios!!

      • Tim242

        Where do you think moto phones are built? Moto phones are not that special.

        • Justin W

          He said “poorly built”. That tells me that he’s talking about Samsung, LG, Sony, etc., but that’s just my opinion. I feel that Moto’s phones have excellent build quality. They are lacking in the update department (trust me, I know – I just came from the Bionic) and am now on a RAZR HD. I’m loving it, and the only major gripe I have with it right now is that there’s pretty much no f’ing way that I can get Wallet installed on it.

          • Tim242

            This notion that Samsung phones are poorly built is BS. Anybody that thinks that should watch the drop tests. Can’t wait to get my Note 2. I got to play with it last month. It is the best device I’ve ever touched.

          • Yes that’s what I meant – thanks Justin πŸ™‚

          • I think the update issues are taking a turn for the better! Google has really stepped into this department and is making some heads roll!

      • um.. moto phones are manufactured in Asia. SoC’s, memory, SLCD/SAMOLED displays, etc.

      • MicroNix

        I’ll have to say my S3 spins circles around my last moto phone. No dropped calls, the battery EASILY lasts a full day (I could give 2 cents less if its multi-day since I dock it every night while I sleep). My last 2 moto phones had multiple hardware failures so enough of the superior hardware hogwash. Moto phones are no better than the next. They can get rid of the kevlar (overkill) and put that money into some decent memory so it can get the next couple OS upgrades. Oh, and let’s not even bring up moto’s track record on updating their phones. How’s that Bionic ICS build coming? Yeah that’s right, I went there! Down vote away!!

        • Coolhand

          I think all phones have there advantages and disadvantages. I’ve owned the Gnexus and not the S3 and with both of them I have to go outside of my house to make a freaking phone call. My wife has owned a x2 and now the old razor and talks all day IN the house without a dropped calls. Motorola makes the best radios no doubt. The main reason for buying a phone is to make calls and you shouldn’t have to stand in the freaking rain and snow to do it. I won’t never buy another Samsung.

        • Tony DoMonte
    • BillyT

      Amen brother…I left the Galaxy Nexus for the Maxx HD today. A properly working PHONE is too important to me. Signal issues, battery life…couldnt deal anymore. So far loving the phone – great screen, battery life (duh), and sitting next to my Nexus pulling 3G, it has 18 meg downloads on 4G. Happy.

    • Got an S3 here, absolutely no issues. Had the D1 and loved it, however my family has since had bad luck with the Dx, Dx2, and now the Razr Maxx (non HD). So, that being said, I doubt I would move back to Moto…or anyone else in my family. Battery life and BQ don’t matter if the software and radios are wonky.

      • ezpotato

        your family needs the iphone, apparently.

    • Mordecaidrake

      I’m in the same boat man, just swapped my Nexus for it.

    • meh

      Is the camera as bad as this site says it is?

  • Tim242

    Note 2 for me! After playing with it, I fell in love. Just waiting on Verizon’s release to buy at full retail. Gotta keep that unlimited!

  • Not buying either my S3 with 2GB of RAM and unlocked bootloader running JB will be fine.

  • MJZ

    I’m not buying another Verizon phone unless they change their policy and let us keep unlimited data.

    • Tim242

      You can keep your unlimited data if you buy at full retail. Well worth it.

      • I kinda feel duped when I’m still paying a plenty for the service and now I’m also have to pay a full price for the phone (with no guarantee from Verizon that it will not cancel unlimited data on me any moment when I’m off contract).
        If I to buy a phone at full price I’m also expecting lower monthly service payments. You know, like these on prepaid carriers.

        • Tim242

          Full retail and unlimited data cancels out a ton of data overages. Well worth it to me. You gotta pay to play.

  • Buy This

    Needs 5th option: “Depends on Nexus sitch”

  • Matthew Merrick

    well, i WAS sold on the note 2, but that huge battery is so tempting….

    • Tim242

      Note 2 has 3100 math battery…

  • nightscout13

    I’m surprised 66% said no. The MAXX HD has gotta be the best packaged phone out there at the moment. The build quality and radio’s are unmatched. My GS3 makes creaking noise already, and it has NEVER been dropped. Too much plastic in GS3.

    • Tim242

      Sub par display, bad camera.

      • nightscout13

        720P SAMOLED screen is not sub par. the Battery makes up for any other flaws.

        • Tim242

          Reviews have said that the display is not good. They say that the colors are way off. Not to mention, still pentile. Then, there’s still the awful camera.

          • nightscout13

            I have yet to see the phone in person, I will make my final decision in a Verizon store. I definitely like the screen and camera in my GS3, but everything else sucks…..

          • abc

            Everything else, like what?

      • jw

        I’ve got to step in here the only reviews I’ve read and seen (and that is a very little at best) all have said the display is nice and the camera is good, they’ve actually said that the camera is improved and takes stellar pictures. The only complaint I’ve heard about the display is that the blues and greens were a little off but it wasn’t that noticeable.

        • Tim242

          Nobody has said the camera is good. Quite the opposite. They say unchanged.

        • DainLaguna

          yeah id like some links. even kellen with his moto leanings already confirmed it.

      • Diablo81588

        Have you seen the HD’s display? Its just as good as the s3’s, just slightly smaller. Sub par is a stupid way to describe it. The camera isn’t the best, but its definitely improved.

        • Tim242

          I have seen the two compared. They are not the same. The blues and greens are awful. The brightness is lacking. You should watch some reviews.

          • Diablo81588

            I don’t need to read reviews because I’ve compared them side by side in person. I completely disagree with you, the screen is awesome.

          • Tim242

            Well, I trust 10 out of 10 reviewers and their provided proof.

          • Diablo81588

            You’re being too nit picky. Just enjoy the damn thing without having to pick apart every potential flaw, even if there is one. The screen is gorgeous, and I guarentee you most people won’t be able to see any difference.

          • Tim242

            The screen is the least of my worries. My main issue is the camera. There is no excuse for that at this point. I also don’t like the locked down nature of the device. I hate on screen buttons. They take up screen space. They turn a 4.7″ screen into a 4.3″ screen, and the bezels are just as big. I’ve had the Galaxy Nexus since Dec. 15, 2011. The main reason I use custom ROM’s on it is to shrink the size of the huge on screen buttons.

          • Diablo81588

            I wasn’t able to do much testing with the camera in store, but I’ll admit, Moto has never had the best cameras. My Bionic’s camera just plain sucks in anything but outdoor shots. That being said, I’m not a photographer, and only take pictures on occasion. When I do snap a pic, I’m not expecting print quality photos from my cell phone, and it does just fine. Most of the time, they never get transferred from my phone anyway.

            However, I do believe anything bigger than 4.3″ is too large for one handed use. Lets face it, the S3 or Note are impossible to use with one hand. Even my girlfriend’s RAZR Maxx is annoying to use at times due to the width, and I’m 6’4″ tall with gorilla hands. The great thing about this phone, is even though the display is 4.7″, it’s still only 4.3″ with the on screen buttons. Perfect size in my opinion.

            I’m still debating on whether or not to get this phone to replace my Bionic. I love the Bionic’s form factor, and other than the terrible camera, its basically just as good as any phone available right now. Nothing stands out on other devices at the moment that says “Man, I’ve gotta have it!” I read 3 reviews on the HD so far, and all of them gave this phone high scores overall. Is the screen the best? No. Is the camera the best? No. But, it has excellent build quality, unmatched battery life, and reception matched by no other. Those qualities are the most important for me, and I’m still getting a kick ass device overall. There will never be a perfect phone, so you have to trade one drawback for another.

          • Tim242

            It’s time people realize that these devices aren’t one-handed devices anymore. Even though the buttons make the usable screen smaller, the buttons are still on the display. You still have to reach them. The S3 is only 2mm wider. Again, none of these phones are one-handed. My Galaxy Nexus is no exception.

          • Diablo81588

            On screen buttons don’t take up any more space than capacitive buttons. If I can reach capacitive buttons, I can reach on screen buttons, with the luxury of having them disappear during full screen content. Smartphones are designed for multitasking, which means I sometimes need to do something else while using the phone. For instance, I listen to Pandora and Rhapsody in my car. I would hate to take my hands off the steering wheel just to change songs, because the phone I bought is too big for one handed use. It might not be important for you, but it is for me. No company is going to force me to change my habbits just because they’re trying to differentiate themselves from the competition by adding larger and larger displays.

          • Tim242

            The RAZR HD is not a one-handed device. The on screen buttons do not make the phone any less wide.

          • Diablo81588

            I don’t have a problem reaching the other side, I have a problem reaching the top. It is impossible to reach the top on the S3 and Note 2 using one hand. Although its not as comfortable, I can still use the original RAZR one handed, just not as easily as my bionic. My friend got the S3, and I couldn’t say the same, much less the phablet Note.

          • Ap328

            I don’t have a big problem with cameras, but that is just me. Some people it means everything to them. I feel the camera on the MAXX HD if I get it will be sufficient enough; I don’t need the best out there. I think I’ll like on screen buttons though they do in fact take up screen space. Correction: into a 4.4″ screen. Just a tenth of an inch but still, haha. The bezel is pretty good on all the new Razrs in my opinion. Same device size as the original Razrs except ever so slightly taller, and the bigger screen is fit into that same blueprint.

          • Tyler

            You own a Nexus and complain about the cameras and processor on the HD Razr? Seriously?

          • Tim242

            Yes. And did you miss the part where I said I am dumping it for the Note 2??? If I were to switch to the HD RAZR, I’d be getting the same display and same awful camera.

    • But it’s not Nexus

      • nightscout13

        I’ve had the Galaxy Nexus, it was a disappointment. The new LG Nexus looks to also disappoint. The Nexus line is not TOP OF THE LINE in case you did not notice. the GS3 is a much better phone than Galaxy Nexus. G-Nex was buggy. Still is.

        • shecalledmejay

          Buggy? Which rom were you running?

          • nightscout13

            I don’t have that phone anymore, but the stock ROM was buggy, and don’t get me started on the radio quality.

        • DainLaguna

          when the gnex came out, it was. surely you dont think the razr maxx hd is top of the line with specs that resemble phones from 2011? gnex stayed buggy because verizon didnt approve bug fixes unril 4.0.4 came out. talk to anyone running stock jb on a gnex and they will confirm the lack of buginess

          • nightscout13

            Not in all specs, but 3 things make the MAXX HD King: battery, build quality, radios.

          • DainLaguna

            ill give those. and ill give you build quality….among android devices. point is, the tech was there for this phone to have been the og razr. so much dilution with a million razr variants

          • Diablo81588

            The s4 was not out when the RAZR was released. And there’s been a total of two RAZR variants until now, when they will be replaced by these new models. Colors don’t count. Look at all the galaxy s variants.. Why don’t you bring that up?

          • DainLaguna

            software optimization will always win out over raw processing power. apps may launch a bit faster but this is still a dual core device with a gig of ram….slightly underclocked versions of this processor power current mid range phones.

            yes….the galaxy line is oversaturated. but it currently has a clear flagship.

    • KleenDroid

      You can fix your creaking phone and it can be fully be unlocked.

      There is no fixing the fully locked down Motorola phones.

      • Diablo81588

        Yes there is, buy the dev edition. Problem solved.

        • KleenDroid

          Great then there will be all of ten of us that have it. Boy the development will be great.

          • Diablo81588

            You don’t know that for sure. With so many people wanting to keep unlimited data, there could be thousands of people that own the phone, and plenty of devs willing to work on it.

      • nightscout13

        FYI, when you download a custom ROM, there is a really huge chance the ROM contains malware. The guys that build ROM’s sometimes add a little sumthin’ sumthin’ in there. You shouldn’t trust random ROM’s. I always use rooted AOSP ROM’s.

        • KleenDroid

          lol….. this was one of the funniest posts I’ve read in a while.

          You must have missed your Mensa meeting tonight.

    • I agree – a bit surprised that so many people have written this phone off. I recognise the need for a faster CPU, more RAM etc. But people seem to forget about fundamental things like build quality and better life!

  • bigillz

    Motorola has fallen so far behind. They seem to not care at all about improving camera quality, theirs being some of the worst on the market. They release their flagship phone with a dual-core chip when every other manufacturer is dropping quad-core devices. They release a lackluster screen, just finally hitting resolutions other manufacturers have been at for what, a year? Rezound was out Nov of last year and has a nicer display than the RAZR HD.
    What is Motorola doing???

    • Uh, clearly, you’ve never seen a Rezound. Its a pretty crappy screen compared to the GNex, GS2, GS3, Razr, and Razr HDs.

      • bigillz

        I’ve owned a GNex, Rezound, and GS3. Kept the Rezound, best screen of the bunch. Sold the GNex, returned the GS3. Might take a Note 2 despite the decreased density just for the novelty of the S-Pen. But I’ve yet to see a screen as nice as the Rezound on Verizon – the One X comes close at slightly lower density due to larger size.

        • Diablo81588

          You won’t notice the difference in density.

        • Paul

          ppi has very little to do with screen quality though. That’s like only looking at GHz for processors.

          • Justin W

            I can’t agree with you more. Quality is more about contrast, deep colors, brightness, etc. PPI is just a number to explain how close the pixels are. We (as humans) honestly can’t tell the difference between phones that have 350ppi vs 440ppi because we can’t see something that microscopic.

    • jak_341

      I can’t agree more. This phone is what the razr line last year should have been. I wonder why Google purchased Motorola? Right now, it seems like a tremendous waste of money.

      • NyReynolds

        Uh, the acquisition of Motorola took time. In that time Motorola already had plans that Google couldn’t just scrap just because they now owned Motorola. Give Google some time to plan some things and you’ll see there affect sometime in 2013 I think. That should give them enough time to develop their new portfolio.

  • Why anyone would buy a bloatware phone is beyond me.

    Or why they would buy a phone before Google’s Oct 29th event.

    • bigillz

      Because you’re on a site where most people run custom roms, regardless of being on a nexus device. Though I haven’t had a motorola since the droid 3/4, and didn’t use those for long, I’m assuming there are workarounds to flash roms for all current devices.

      • Aaron

        There still isn’t a workaround to flash roms on my 1 year old Motorola Electrify. They abandoned my phone and left me stuck on Gingerbread. #motofail

  • Thinking about it. I tried it out at Verizon today and hasn’t completely sold on it. It honestly felt a little clunky in hand. Maybe that’s just me. I want to wait and see if a Nexus (Gnex 2 hopefully) comes to Verizon this year.

    I wish the Razr M had been a high-end phone with better specs and an HD, non-Pentile display. And a great camera. Then I would have gotten that in a heartbeat.

  • I will consider buying either phones if they did not came with “MotoBlur”. If the had Stock Android Jelly Bean, i will seriously consider getting one of this phone.

    • Tim242

      Blur is pretty much gone. It is very near stock.

  • It would have been a great phone, except for one BAD thing (for me). I hold a phone with my left hand, and type with my right hand. I do this in bed with the charging cable plugged in. The cable plugs into the left, lower half, on this phone, which would make if VERY Awkward for me to hold. DEAL BREAKER

    • YankInDaSouth

      It’s a Maxx!! No need to plug it in πŸ™‚

  • jak_341

    Locked bootloader makes this DOA. Not with all the Nexus rumors, especially the GNEX2!

    • Diablo81588

      Drop the bootloader garbage already. Its not that big of a deal anymore. It will outsell any nexus phone, including your beloved gnex 2, by ten fold. Just watch.

      • DainLaguna

        folks dont buy nexus phones to brah about sales bruh.

  • How about a Verizon HTC Nexus Butterfly please.

    • Ravi Rao

      Not a fan of the small battery and ridiculous phablet trend. However, that is a spectacularly awful name for a phone. If we get a Nexus Butterfly, I also want an LG Nexus Prada

  • Derek Ross

    It’s a solid phone but I’m simply not in the market right now.

  • Colin Vesper

    I was really hopeful for the Maxx HD, but the price tag is way too high for a subsidized phone that will be outshined soon, there’s no developer edition, and it has the same crappy camera.

  • nhizzat

    Waiting on the next wave of Nexus phones, the Incredible X, and Note 2 before I decide which replaces my Galaxy Nexus. And possibly my S3 as well.

    • EC8CH

      I’m waiting on the next next wave of Nexus Phones πŸ˜‰

      • nhizzat

        I would like to but like others, I’m doubting VZW will get another Nexus phone. Even with those out of the equation, we’re lucky to have 3 quality next-gen phones to select from. I could possibly see myself replacing the GNex with the Razr HD and the S3 with the DInc X or Note 2. Big reason why the Razr HD is still in consideration is because I miss Moto build quality and radios. The Note 2 has an edge over the DInc X because the Thunderbolt left a sour taste in my mouth and I really really really want to see what all the hype is about with the Exynos (even though I highly doubt I’ll notice any bit of difference between the S4, S4 Pro, and Exynos in real world usage).

  • kixofmyg0t

    I have the MAXX HD. Loving every bit of it. Coming from the Bionic the display is a massive leap forward.

  • NicholasMicallef

    Not buying either, but if I were I’d go with the Maxx, you can never have enough battery…

  • Michael Forte

    No, I am not buying either. But I would buy a RAZR Nexus MAXX that had 3300 mAh battery, S4 Pro, and 2 GB of RAM. If only it would happen…

    • Tim Eddy

      Nexus or bust!

      • ZBloo

        also that carier branding is ugly as hell, black that out to bring the cleaner classy look back to the motorola products. I don’t see verison branded on any iphones. thats my deal breaker.

        • r0lct

          Another reason DROID needs to die. DROID = Verizon branding.

          • chris125

            pretty much any android phone on verizon or any carrier for that matter has carrier branding (yes sgs3 does not but that is about only one)

    • Ap328

      If only!!! I am waiting until the Jelly Bean OTA is out, good screen protectors are out, and possibly a price drop from websites. I also want to see what’s out by Christmas(hopefully a worthy Nexus). Since I have to purchase my next phone unsubsidized, another couple months with my 2-2&1/2 year old D2G won’t hurt… too bad

      • Tom

        Does anyone use screen protectors anymore? I have never messed up a screen on any of my android phones without a screen protector.

        • Justin W

          All of my phones have had Gorilla Glass (except the OG Droid), and I haven’t had any issues since that phone as far as scratches go. No screen-protector needed.

          • snowblind64

            The OG Droid did have GG.

            That said, I hate screen protectors and never use them. Nothing feels as good as glass.

          • masqu3rade

            I want to make a condom joke here…

          • I haven’t been using a screen protector either and its doing good, but I noticed Gorilla glass really is superior to the whatever glass they use on the Galaxy Nexus. The Gorilla glass I had on my Samsung Epic (original) seemed to deter fingerprints, but the Nexus Screen seems to collect them. If the phone I get next doesn’t have Gorilla Glass I will probably buy a screen protector that lessens the prints.

        • Ap328

          I use them for those “just in case” situations. I don’t like cases, but screen protectors are important to me. My dad put dents(more like gouges) in his screen protector for his D2G(now has a Droid 4), so they are welcomed in our family. He dropped it out of a bus window on a mission trip, dropped & accidentally kicked with his foot across a gravel parking lot, and has even partially ran over it with a Gravely lawn mower. I know these are rare situations, but that’s a definite testament to Motorola’s durability/build quality for a phone they made over two years ago now… And it was still going strong; what stopped it you might ask? A sledgehammer. Ok not really, it was actually sweet tea. Haha
          Also can’t stand fingerprints, so I prefer using an anti-fingerprint/anti-glare screen protector even though the clarity/quality is reduced somewhat.

          • michael arazan

            Better to have one and not need it, than not have one and screw up the screen, I like anti glare protectors, but they take away a lot from the screen resolution.

        • lilmoe2002

          better careful than sorry.

        • I thought the same way when I got my Droid Razr (non HD and non Maxx). Needless to say I have had it for about 4 months now and there is a deep scratch going right through the middle and I have no idea where it came from! Screen protectors may take away from the overall quality of the screen but I would rather deal with little issues now then have to deal with playing ShadowGun and surfing the internet through cracked glass (I did that for 3 months on my Thunderbolt and I will never again do it)!

    • New_Guy

      I’m not either, but only because I’m about to dump Verizon.

    • majormudafuckinhun

      My iPhone 5 is awesome! A new Nexus would be tempting!

    • DainLaguna

      as long as the camera is awesome and the screen is non pentile, im with you.

    • leee

      you would never buy a phone for another year. its all about trade offs

    • lilmoe2002

      I don’t mind MotoBlur, but the deal breaker for me was that it didn’t have the S4 Pro and 2GB of RAM…

      I’d buy the one you mentioned in a hart beat though!

    • r0lct

      Well as we heard on the DL Show the RAZR phone with current specs is the RAZR X and I bet it’s not planned any sooner than summer 2013.

      Sounds like we won’t get our first Google/Moto phone for a year. Hopefully that will tie in nicely with next year’s Nexus release(s).

    • radiohead14

      i’d like to add non-pentile display, better camera (preferably with a dedicated shutter button), and no carrier branding

  • KreeTerry

    Seriously thinking about the MAXX, depends on my impressions of the note 2 and how the next nexus turns out. It definitely has my eye though, I drove all the way uptown today to check it out actually.

  • NorCalGuy

    Depends on how well its supported by the dev community… I love my gnex because I am flashing pretty much every night.. with that being said I will probably be waiting for the next nexus that has amazing dev support.

  • usmitcboy

    I would truly consider the MAXX HD but I already burned that upgrade on a Galaxy S3. Had to keep that unlimited data!!!! πŸ™‚

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    • Tim242

      Full retail. Gotta pay to play!

      • Justin W

        Definitely agree with that. Paid full retail for my RAZR HD today, not missing that $600 one bit.