Droid Razr Maxx: An Android smartphone for big talkers
Motorola's latest smartphone bulks up on battery life and business featuresFollow @MobileGalen
Another "business-ready" capability offered by Motorola's devices, including the Droid Razr Maxx, is support for network printing, unlike most Android devices -- and without needing special printers or a special printer server, as the iPhone does. To enable printing from most apps, just set up your printer using the MotoPrint app, which auto-detects printers once you find the hidden setup option (hint: tap the Menu button to see it). Motorola's devices come with a full version of Quickoffice HD for working with Microsoft Office files.
More than just a smartphone
The MiniHDMI port and Webtop app let you connect the Droid Razr to a Motorola Lapdock, which essentially expands the smartphone into a laptop, or to a Motorola HD Station, which you can use to connect a TV or other HDMI monitor, mouse, and keyboard to convert the Razr Maxx into a computer. These docks run a Linux version of Firefox for access to cloud-based apps, as well as the smartphone screen. You can also use Bluetooth keyboards and mice directly from the smartphone. Although still in early days, Motorola's vision of a smartphone as portable computer that connects to peripherals as needed is both prescient and useful.
Another nice capability -- whether or not you are a business user -- is the ability to turn on an in-pocket detection, so when the camera no longer senses light it assumes the Droid Maxx is in a pocket or other container, locks the device, and turns off the screen. I don't know about you, but half the time my shirt pocket is glowing dorkily because my smartphone screen is still on.
Otherwise, you get the same capabilities, advantages, and flaws of any Android smartphone.
The Droid Razr Maxx is a solid Android smartphone, one that should fit nicely in most corporate environments. Its big screen is appealing, as are its relatively thin case and light weight, such as when compared to the larger-screen Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But the higher-capacity battery is the Droid Razr Maxx's biggest draw, especially if you talk and surf a lot on your smartphone.
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