After weeks of leaks Verizon finally announced the successors to its popular Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX smartphones. Both the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD now have 4.7-inch HD displays with virtual buttons.
The new Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD live up to the RAZR brand of very thin phones.
The RAZR HD is 8.4mm thick while the RAZR MAXX HD is just 9.4mm thick. The different isn’t noticeable at all in the hand. The MAXX HD feels a bit heavier, but without holding both phones it’s impossible to tell.
Droid RAZR MAXX HD Hands On Video
Motorola kept the Kevlar back of the first Droid RAZR through the new line. While the Kevlar back looks a bit ugly at first glance, but it feels nice and the material makes the phones easy to grip without fear of slipping.
The screen on both devices is vastly improved over the previous iterations. From just a few minutes with the phones its hard to say just how good the display is, but there were no glaring flaws that I saw.
While the Android loaded on the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD looks a lot like stock Android it does have a few changes. The most obvious changes are the redesigned virtual icons and the redesigned notification drawer.
Performance is snappy with Jelly Bean and Project Butter, but the phone will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich and see a Jelly Bean update later in 2012.
Motorola also made a few changes to the homescreen layout. On these phones swiping to the left from the main screen will bring up a Quick Settings menu with options to turn off mobile data, WiFi, vibrate, and more. It’s an interesting feature, and makes the notification drawer less cluttered than it is on phones like the Galaxy S III. It will take some time to get used to for most Android users.
The Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR HD MAXX look like they might be able to stand up to flagship phones from Samsung and HTC, especially if the MAXX HD lasts as long as the first RAZR MAXX.