You’ve really got to hand it to Motorola on this one: The new DROID RAZR MAXX HD (available from Verizon), isn’t just spelled with all caps for the fun of it – it stands high above the competition.

The DROID line is something you either love, or feel indifferent to, because they’re not known so much for their aesthetic beauty as for what’s under the hood: the processing power, the long battery life, the heavy duty feel. You kind of get a sensation of empowerment when driving through the apps and various functions of the device.

Having spent a few weeks with the RAZR MAXX HD, one thing is very clear: If I had to choose any phone running the latest Android OS besides the Samsung Galaxy SIII, it would have to be this one.

Additionally, it gives users the capability to simultaneously talk and browse the Web through Verizon Wireless’s 4G LTE network.

Most of the HD action is delivered through the already onboard YouTube app, and the screen is also protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass display, DuPont KEVLAR fiber, and a splash-guard coating. You’ll want to buy a case of course, however, this built-in protection can make you rest a little easier. Falls happen, but the DROID RZAR MAXX HD gives you more peace of mind in case of an accidental drop.

I didn’t have an opportunity to drive the device – pardon the pun – to the max, but I did leave it uncharged for at least a day and a half. Occasionally, using Google Navigation, some YouTube viewing and some Google Play browsing. It took a couple of days for the red message to warn me that it was time to charge up. No, it won’t give you weeks of usage without a charge, but I am inclined to believe the promos’ claims of 32 hours of use.

Something to also celebrate is Motorola’s decision to ditch the annoying protruding camera-butt, which was found on earlier devices. I never wanted the smartphone equivalent of a video vixen, so what you finally get, is a well-rounded phone that feels comfortable in your hand, Google-oriented, and pretty amazing. With a phone like this, you almost don’t need a tablet. Almost.

The DROID RZAR MAXX HD is the apotheosis of what the Android OS can be, and rivals the iPhone 5 pretty convincingly. What comes next will be an even larger leap into the future of mobile computing, and it’ll start with this phone.


Key Features:
● Business ready with enterprise grade security and data encryption, remote wipe, complex password support, IPsec multi-headed VPN client and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support
● Mobile Hotspot – Share a 4G LTE connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
● 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording
● Front-facing camera for video chatting
● microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB
● Chrome for Android, giving a personalized Web experience
● Google Play, apps and games, millions of books and songs, thousands of movies and TV shows
● Google Maps for Android (Beta) for voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
● Voice Actions for Android, letting customers control their phones with their voice
● Google+, which can automatically upload photos to a private album online
● YouTube, watch videos in stunning HD, Preload subscribed channels or individual videos and the YouTube app will automatically download videos over Wi-Fi while the phone is charging – making them ready to watch in an instant

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