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kurosawa's review of the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

original version, submitted Feb 22, 2012, 9:13 AM:

Keeper!

I upgraded to this 3 months after I upgraded to a Droid 3 to which I added a 3500mah battery. Being an old school keyboarder, I guess I was a little worried about the accuracy of Swype, but a side-by-side comparo of 3G with 4GLTE pushed me over the edge.

As it turned out, I'm just as fast with Swype as I was on the Droid 3's keyboard, much faster than on the standard phone keypad, and after I get my dictionary beefed up, I'll be faster still.

I knew these old eyes needed a bigger screen. The numbers say I moved up from a 4 inch screen to a 4.3 inch screen. It's much more than that. This is way bigger, brighter and sharper than the Droid 3 screen.

In basic phone function (I'm picky about reception and voice quality), it's the best phone I've owned (Verizon). It's definitely the smartest smart phone I've had.

After I got it, I let it update, then learned 2.3.6 couldn't be rooted, so I did the 2.3.5 rollback and rooted and updated it, piecing together advice and tools from several sources. Not easy, but do-able.

The 20-hour battery really does last that long, and that's enough for anybody, but it's good to have a little more than needed, and that's what the rooted power conservation apps add to the phone.

This is a flat amazing Facebooking device. My page is all about kid pix, and whatever I can't do with the built-in camera, PicSay Pro can fix (the boost function is terrific at bringing faces out of the shadows).

I bought the QuickOffice license and the phone came with Netflix, so I figure that pretty much anything my old desktop can do, this can do.

Of course something better will come out within the quarter. It always does. But I'm not worried in the least that this phone will be in any sense superseded by another.

edited May 4, 2013, 4:34 AM to read:

Keeper!

UPDATE: I've dropped this phone to the asphalt or concrete from waist height SIX TIMES since purchase and it's working GREAT, face down because the paint is chipped all around the bezel, many more times indoors, glass perfect.

I upgraded to this 3 months after I upgraded to a Droid 3 to which I added a 3500mah battery. Being an old school keyboarder, I was worried about the accuracy of Swype, but a side-by-side comparo of 3G with 4GLTE pushed me over the edge.

But I'm just as fast with Swype as I was on the Droid 3's keyboard, much faster than on the standard phone keypad, and after I get my dictionary beefed up, I'll be faster still.

These old eyes needed a bigger screen. The numbers say I only moved up from 4 inches to 4.3, but this is way bigger, brighter and sharper than the Droid 3 screen.

In basic phone function (I'm picky about reception and voice quality), it's the best phone I've owned (Verizon). It's definitely the smartest smart phone I've had.

The 20-hour battery really does last that long, and that's enough, but it's good to have a little more than needed, and that's what the rooted power conservation apps add to the phone.

UPDATE: After two major system updates, the battery isn't lasting 20 hours any more, but it still gets me through the day. Gingerbread rocked for power conservation. With no usable improvements, ICS was a downgrade, and JB, even worse. However, some day they'll write one that's bloated enough to make the phone useless.

This is a flat amazing Facebooking device. My page is all about kid pix, and whatever I can't do with the built-in camera, PicSay Pro can fix (the boost function is terrific at bringing faces out of the shadows).

I bought the QuickOffice license and the phone came with Netflix, so pretty much anything my old desktop can do, this can do.

Of course something better will come out within the quarter. It always does. But I'm not worried that this phone will be in any sense superseded by another.

edited May 4, 2013, 4:40 AM to the current version:

Keeper!

UPDATE: I've dropped this phone to the asphalt or concrete from waist height SIX TIMES since purchase and it's working GREAT, face down because the paint is chipped all around the bezel, many more times indoors, glass perfect.

I upgraded to this 3 months after I upgraded to a Droid 3 to which I added a 3500mah battery. Being an old school keyboarder, I was worried about the accuracy of Swype, but a side-by-side comparo of 3G with 4GLTE pushed me over the edge.

I'm just as fast with Swype as I was on the Droid 3's keyboard, much faster than on the standard phone keypad. After I get my dictionary beefed up, I'll be faster still.

These old eyes needed a bigger screen. The numbers say I only moved up from 4 inches to 4.3, but this is way bigger, brighter and sharper than the Droid 3.

In basic phone function (I'm picky about reception and voice quality), it's the best phone I've owned (Verizon). It's definitely the smartest smart phone I've had.

After two major system updates, the battery isn't lasting 20 hours any more, but it still gets me through the day. Gingerbread rocked for power conservation. With no usable improvements, ICS was a downgrade, and JB, even worse. However, some day they'll write one that's bloated enough to make the phone useless.

This is a flat amazing Facebooking device. My page is all about kid pix, and whatever I can't do with the built-in camera, PicSay Pro can fix (the boost function is terrific at bringing faces out of the shadows).

I bought the QuickOffice license and the phone came with Netflix, so pretty much anything my old desktop can do, this can do.

Rarely, for no reason I can figure out, the phone has to be powered down, the SIM and SD cards have to be popped out and back in again, and the phone powered up.

Of course something better will come out within the quarter. It always does. But I'm not worried that this phone will be in any sense superseded by another.

 

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