Verizon is now selling the super-slim Razr Maxx. Thinner than the iPhone 4S, it pairs all the features of Motorola's well-liked Droid Razr with a 21-hour battery.
Droid Razr Maxx is now available on the Verizon Wireless network for $300.
Motorola's answer to the "but" that followed otherwise positive
reviews of its still relatively new Droid Razr, the Razr Maxx is said to
feature a battery life of up to 21 hours on a single charge, making it the
longest-lasting smartphone on the market.
those positive reviews should work in the Razr Maxx's favor, as it's equipped
with all the same features as the Droid Razr, though in not as slim a form
factor-but still notably thinner than competitors such as the Apple iPhone 4S.
Given the ruler treatment, the Droid Razr comes in at 7.1mm thin, while the
Razr Maxx measures 8.99mm and the iPhone 4S 9.3mm.
filling out its resume are its dual-core, 1.2GHz processor and compatibility
with Verizon's super-quick 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
Razr Maxx runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, but is upgradable to 4.0 Ice Cream
Sandwich. It features a 4.3-inch AMOLED HD touch screen, an 8-megaixel rear-facing
camera with 1080p HD video capture, and a front-facing camera for video
chatting over 4G, 3G or WiFi. It can enable up to eight WiFi-enabled devices to
hop on Verizon's 4G network, comes with 32GB of memory and-asking to be taken
to work-features remote-wipe capabilities and government-grade encryption.
view a slide show including the Motorola Razr Maxx, click here.
what the Razr Maxx is up against, Motorola
created "Smart Actions"
as a sort of next best thing to Apple's
Siri. With the former, the phone can be made helpful in certain rules-based
ways, such as launching Google Maps when the user is in the car.
who purchase the Razr Maxx will need to subscribe to Verizon's Nationwide Talk
plan, which begins at $40 a month, and purchase a smartphone data package,
which starts at $30 a month.
are a premium-priced product, but we will win in the marketplace. .... There
are niches of people that want to be on the best network in the world,"
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo told analysts during a Jan. 24 call on the
carrier's 2011 fourth-quarter results
pulling in $28.4 billion in revenue and selling more than twice the number of
iPhones than it did the quarter before-4.2 million Apple handsets, up from 2
million-Verizon finished at a loss of $2.02 billion. The two main contributors
to its fall to red were pension costs, which it had warned investors of in
advance, and the high cost of supporting the iPhone.
incremental spending during the quarter was up 6.3 percent, Shammo said, due to
a combination of "3G capacity requirements, driven by the Apple iPhone,
and the continued rapid expansion of our 4G LTE network."
price Apple charges the carriers for each iPhone also forces them to pay a
higher subsidy than with any other handset, in order to offer the iPhone to
consumers at a price competitive with their other handsets. But as the iPhone
is a device users switch carriers for, and iPhone users are said to be the most
lucrative customers over the long term, Verizon and its competitors find the
iPhone's initial right hook worth suffering.