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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
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Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
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The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
This Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD MOTXT926M mobile phone features 4G LTE speed and an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system for fast Web browsing. DuPont KEVLAR fiber and Corning Gorilla Glass ensure strength and durability.
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Being from the bay area, most people in my age group have iPhones. Personally, I have had 2 droids and an HTC windows phone since smart phones started to be the norm. Each phone that I've owned was decent enough relative to it's peers and pretty close to the top technology of the time. This not only blows the old technology away, in an objective world it would dominate all other options. In fact, the more I show apple fanatics, the more I see that hesitation that comes with wondering if your iphone is really the cool thing anymore.
The phone is thin, even with the extended battery I think most people would be hard pressed to notice the difference between this and the thinnist smartphones unless they were actively measuring or comparing. In everyday use there isn't a difference in your pocket between 7mm and 9mm.
Obviously the battery is the main selling point for the MAXX but it delivers as promised. I easily got 2 full days of moderate to heavy mixed use without a charge, including the standard constant tinkering when you get a new toy, lots of internet, streaming music and video, navigation, bluetooth, and talk time mixed in.
HD Display is amazing. When combined with the large screen size it seems less ridiculous to actually watch television, movies, games, or whatever else you like. I can definitely see myself downloading a movie to watch on a long car or plane ride without any loss in visual fidelity. a 4.7inch 720p screen 24 inches from your face is every bit as enjoyable as a 50inch 1080p on the other side of the room.
The camera rear facing camera is as good as it seems to be possible to cram into a phone. The software is ok and the picture quality is good enough for most things short of serious hobbyists and professionals. The lack of a physical camera button is annoying for both launching the app and taking pictures but I will get over it.
This is more of a general Motorola Droid thing, but Smart Actions is an incredible app. It allows you to set up automatice settings changes based on various triggers. Want your phone to be silent or vibrate only at work? just tell it your work address and when you get there, it switches the volume settings and whatever else you like. Want to turn off the ringer after 10pm? give it a time related setting that expires at 6am and only allows calls from your selected "VIP" phone numbers during that time. Tired of wasting battery connected to 3G/4G when you're using Wifi anyway? set it to disable data connection when you have a wifi connection. The app is built in, very easy to use, and has endless possibilities.
There is also the near field communication technology. I have haven't used it yet, but pay by phone, and the NFC transfer (popularized by the samsung galaxy commercials) also appear to be available here.
Oh yeah, with the gorilla glass and kevlar, it looks nice too. Update: I officially had my first drop of the phone from just below waist level out in the city. I had a little jolt of panic since I don't have a case on it yet, but I couldn't find a blemish (probably a decent amount of luck involved too).
Seriously, unless you are very very concerned with taking near magazine quality pictures, this is your phone.
If you're looking for the right vehicle dock it is here Motorola HD Vehicle Navigation Dock for Motorola DROID RAZR HD/RAZR MAXX HD - Retail Packaging
This poorly rated dock is the one verizon is selling for this phone: Motorola Flip Stand with Smart Desktop Charger - Retail Packaging
Being that this is a phone--a quick word on the call quality after about a week of use. It is excellent. The incoming voices are clear and others can't really tell I'm on a cell phone. The bluetooth was easy to set up as well.
The one and only downside for me to this point is the lack of accessories. I haven't purchased a phone at launch before so this may be the norm but Otterbox cases, higher quality screen protectors and such aren't really available yet. Although, as far as screen protectors there is no reason you can't use the ones marketed for the "RAZR HD" since the screen has the same footprint.
Update 11/26/12: The Otterbox cases are now available:
OtterBox 77-22902 Defender Series Case for Motorola RAZR MAXX HD - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Black
OtterBox 77-22896 Commuter Series Case for Motorola RAZR MAXX HD - 1 Pack - Retail Packaging - Black
these are also available in a red/black and white/grey version.
I must point out that you can buy expandable memory for Razr, where as an Iphone, you are stuck with what the phone has. The HD Maxx has 32 gb of internal memory and is expandable to 96gb with a 64 gb sd card.
I would like to say that I price matched this phone with Verizon through my local carrier rather than buy it on Amazon. Amazon is wonderful and they have great products at incredible prices, and their customer service is amazing. But buying through my local carrier is just easier for me.
The screen on the HD MAXX is amazing. I see less glare on this phone than the iPhone 5 in direct sunlight. The droid Maxx HD also has a higher screen resolution than that of the iPhone 5. You can go on trails hiking with the right app and keep track of everyone in your group via GPS, without having to worry about your battery going dead. This was especially useful when we went fourwheeling in the mountains. People would get lost, but I knew exactly where they were with my phone. My daughter has one as well, and I know where she is at on her way home from school and when she goes to the park. GPS drains your battery profusely, but again, you don't have to worry about it much with this phone. My voice is loud and clear to others when talking on the Razr and I hear everyone equally as good. There are and endless amount of apps on android devices and usually you can find great ones that you don't have to pay for. The camera on the phone is the only downside. It is good but doesn't take insane quality pictures like you might find on the iphone 5, but that is not what my phone is for. If you are going somewhere, where you are going to take a lot of pictures (like on vacation) take a professional camera where you can properly zoom in and have amazing quality. After all, I bought a 'phone' to talk on, browse the web, and use GPS, not take pictures. Don't get me wrong, the camera is good, but it's not perfect.
All in all, I would put this phone up against an iphone 5 any day of the week and then some. The iphone is being passed on the mobile market now. They had set a benchmark, and that benchmark has been passed. By not only this phone but the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Samsung Note 2 is another great one, but it is ultimatley too large for everyday use for a phone in my opinion.
There is a docking station here on amazon, "Motorola HD Vehicle Navigation Dock for Motorola DROID RAZR HD/RAZR MAXX HD - Retail Packaging", that is excellent for the Razr Maxx HD. Save yourself some money from buying a seperate GPS reciever.
If you are looking for screen covers, get "Halo Screen Protector Film Invisible (Clear) for Motorola XT926 (DROID RAZR HD) (3-Pack) - Premium Japanese Screen Protectors" . They are the best.
As far as a case, if you want to get one despite the phones Kevlar backing and front Gorilla glass, I recommend, "
Diztronic Matte Back Black Flexible TPU Case for Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD [ONLY FOR MAXX HD MODEL] (Verizon) [Retail Packaging]
UPDATE: I have seen a few people complaining about video and flash player on the Razr MAXX HD. Flash player does not seem to work correctly on the default web browser, Google Chrome. It works on Dolphin Browser but not perfectly. It does work perfectly in Opera browser mini. I have not tried it with any other browsers as Opera is a good browser. I imagine there is a plug-in for flash you can download for Chrome to make it work, but have not tried. If I do, I will provide another update. These web browsers are free in the app store and there are many more available than what I've listed.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, Flash Player is no longer supported on Android phones (iphones have never had it and still don't), as everything is being moved to html 5. You cannot download flash player from the google play store anymore, but that doesn't mean you can't get it. To get it:
Go to your settings, chose "security" and choose, "Unknown Sources" (Allow installation of apps from unknown sources). You will get a warning that your phone is more vulnerable to attack by apps from unknown sources. Select "okay" if you agree or "cancel" if you don't want the file. If you select "okay", Go to: [ m.cnet.com/news/install-adobe-flash-player-on-jelly-bean-devices/57554629 ] in your web browsers address bar. There is a link there that will take you directly to a link to download the latest flash player. Note: If your phone does not allow you to download from unknown sources, you cannot get the file. The Droid Razr MAXX HD has this option, so you can still download the file as of 1/27/13. Now click on your apps menu (the icon on the bottom on the screen in the middle, on the Droid Razr Maxx HD)Find "files" and click on it, go to "Device Storage" and click on it, find "downloads" and click on it, find "install_flas..._ics.apk" and click on it. Flash player will be installed. After the file is installed, go back into setting, security, and uncheck "Unknown Sources" to be safe. Enjoy.
The more I use this phone, the more I love it.
The RAZR phone has a HDMI mini port AND a port for charging the battery. The only downfall was the battery takes forever to charge, but for the price that I bought it for, I will order me a new one. I will certainly recommend using this phone to watch movies or sporting events on the BIG screen.