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Droid RAZR MAXX Battery Test Tops 36 Hours



The Droid RAZR MAXX from Motorola is the first 4G LTE smartphone that delivers a real all day battery experience.

Just how good is the RAZR MAXX’s battery life?

The Droid RAZR MAXX battery can easily last a day and a half on a single charge without any of the tweaks and tips that other 4G LTE smartphones need to get through a single day.

We’ve already seen how long the Droid RAZR MAXX can last on a browsing test, but that’s not how most people use their phones. I spent the weekend using the RAZR MAXX as my primary phone and came a way impressed by how long the battery lasts on such a thin phone.

The battery finally died around 7 AM on Sunday, after lasting for nearly 38 hours on a single charge, with 4G LTE on and with the WiFi radio on but not used. The only other smartphone I’ve used that came close to lasting this long was the HTC ThunderBolt with a huge extended battery and a plethora of battery tweaks.

The Droid RAZR MAXX has great battery life right out of the box, no tweaks needed. If you do want to take the battery farther, you can use the included smart actions and other battery life tips and turn yourself into a smartphone battery hyper-miler, but for most users the battery is perfect right out of the box.

Droid RAZR MAXX Battery Test

The Droid RAZR MAXX lasted a day and a half on a single charge.

Droid RAZR MAXX Head On

RAZR MAXX - Thin and light with an all day battery.

The Droid RAZR MAXX shown above was taken out of the box and used in the following way during my battery test.

  • One Gmail account connected, averaging near 100 emails a day (not including spam)
  • One Twitter account connected and updating every hour (default for Twitter app)
  • Brightness set at Automatic (default setting)
  • Google Talk used heavily
  • 1 – 1.5 hours of phone calls
  • A couple hours of web browsing.
  • 45 texts sent
  • Light music listening
  • No gaming

This may not be your specific smartphone usage, but it is representative of many users and readers I have talked to over the past year. I am confident that I can get through a full day of my heavy use, which will be tested this week.

I’ve argued that longer 4G LTE battery life is possible without destroying the looks and pocketability of a phone, and Motorola has proven that you can have a thin 4G LTE phone with long battery life.

Check back this week for our full Droid RAZR MAXX review, and see our Droid RAZR MAXX Unboxing and First Impressions.



  1. Adam Truelove

    01/30/2012 at 2:30 pm

    Would you rather have a Honda Civic that gets 40 mpg, or a Porsche that gets 15 mpg.  Personally, I’d rather have a good device than something that gets great battery life.

    • Anonymous

      02/01/2012 at 2:49 am

       Well, have fun in your iHonda, I’ll be whizzing by in my 50mpg supercar…

      • Maracine Robert

        02/02/2012 at 12:06 am

        Well if its about cars then the honda for me . 

        I think his post meant Honda is the razr, Porche is the galaxy nexus.

        But at this point in time I’d rather have the Galaxy nexus. Not that I don’t like the Razr.

    • Paul Weibel

      02/26/2012 at 11:16 am

      There’s not a lot phones that outpower the RAZR MAXX. the GNEX has a cheap build, poor reception, and the SAME processor as the RAZR- not to mention battery life is miserable like all other 4G devices, not including the MAXX.

  2. Jason

    01/30/2012 at 3:32 pm

    Luckily for you genius you can have both.

  3. Perkinsben

    01/30/2012 at 3:48 pm

    wait… but the razr IS a good device.  In fact many people feel it is the BEST device on the market… and not just because of the great battery.  

    • Adam Truelove

      01/31/2012 at 8:05 am

      Horrible display plus horrible interface does not make a good device.

      • Me

        01/31/2012 at 6:04 pm

        O wait, you must be an iphone fan. Thats the problem.

      • Perkinsben

        02/06/2012 at 11:01 am

        The display is sharp.  The interface is easy to use.  It is a good device, wow.  

      • Paul Weibel

        02/26/2012 at 11:19 am

        I wish there was dislike buttons.
        Display is very clear, crisp and bright. The MOTOblur launcher can be replaced by smooth and feature rich 3rd party launchers through the market, same with dialer and just about every other “interface” aspect of the phone.

      • kenny

        03/05/2012 at 3:32 pm

        Why does everyone complain about the interface? Isn’t the beauty of having an android the fact that you can customize it in so many different ways? It took me 30 seconds to download a 3rd party launcher app, and 20 minutes of playing around to configure it in a way that looked great, and was extremely smooth/fast. 

  4. dorightman

    04/27/2012 at 11:02 pm

    I am shocked by all these people who say the battery life on the Maxx is so great. I am an average cell phone user … and I get a little over 1 day charge on the Razr Maxx doing much less than the person who wrote this article. I took my phone back to verizon thinking I might have a defective battery, and the tech person said it seems normal. A lot of the ‘reviews’ which claim heavy usage 1.5 day battery life … or the incredibly false story of the ‘3 day Maxx business trip’ are bogus from what my actual Droid Razr Maxx gets.

  5. adam

    05/03/2012 at 5:19 pm

    I recently got a razzr maxx but many of my friends have the iphone and heres what I see in comparison. The iphone like most apple products is king of user-friendliness..thats its bread and butter. I mean everything seems so easy to do! Android has a lot of potential..meaning you have to be into programming and optimizing. Android is tough for someone like me with little patience for that..simple things are difficult at times. That being said I got the razzr max for its exceptional battery and reception(I now live somewhere very rural and get reception unheard of with other phones). Also the obvious size and sleekness is terrific, I dont know its even in my pocket a lot of times. For those reasons along I am very happy with it. Also I will be looking forward to that upgrade for Ice Cream Sandwich..

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