Thank you to a well-timed Verizon Wireless announcement just two weeks after the phone’s unveiling, we now know that Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx will arrive in stores this Thursday, January 26. The new handset has all the powerful features of the well-received Droid Razr while almost doubling the battery to an impressive 21 hours of talk time. I won’t refuse more juice in a smartphone, particularly one that’s just 0.28 inches thick, but there’s no escaping that the Droid Razr Maxx is a recycled version of an existing device. And while that’s a bit disappointing, it’s also fitting when you consider the handset’s name. Indeed, it was almost five years ago when Moto and Verizon introduced the Razr Maxx Ve. Yes, the “Droid” name was still a few years off, but this Razr Maxx was another child in the very large Razr V3 family. Though it kept the ultratrim profile that made its parent so famous, the Razr Maxx’s design had an improved design and upgraded features like a 2-megapixel camera and support for Big Red’s 3G network (remember that this was 2007). It also had the useful external music controls that first appeared on the really original Razr Maxx in 2006. Reading the Razr Maxx Ve review that I wrote five years ago, I marvel at how much the cell phone world has changed since then. At the time, I chided Motorola for continuing to ride the Razr train almost three years after the first V3 went on sale to long lines at Cingular Wireless, I still found a lot to like with the handset’s now pedestrian feature set. Most amusing is that I complimented Verizon for including Bluetooth stereo headset and object exchange profiles. As longtime cell phone geeks may recall, Verizon severely limited Bluetooth functionality for a few years following its first phone with the feature, the Motorola V710. Big Red shrugged off the criticism then, but I’d bet such a move would cause riots today. On the downside, I wasn’t impressed with the speakerphone and streaming video quality (yes, they had the latter back then!) and I knocked the Razr Maxx Ve for not being able to take photos when the flip was closed (something that would be unthinkable now). And in a forecast of things come, I complained that the handset’s glass surfaces attracted too many fingerprints and smudges. In the end, the Razr Maxx Ve never amounted to much. It was only two months later, after all, that the original iPhone went on sale and changed the mobile world forever. The Razr train was finally stopped in its tracks before being reborn as part of the more powerful Droid family. The more things change…well, you know the rest.

FAQs:

  1. When is the release date for the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx?
    The release date for the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx is scheduled for Thursday, January 26.

  2. What is the standout feature of the Droid Razr Maxx?
    The standout feature of the Droid Razr Maxx is its impressive 21 hours of talk time, almost double that of its predecessor.

  3. How does the design of the Razr Maxx Ve compare to the original Razr Maxx?
    The Razr Maxx Ve features an improved design with upgrades such as a 2-megapixel camera and support for Big Red’s 3G network.

  4. What are some notable features of the Razr Maxx Ve from 2007?
    Notable features of the Razr Maxx Ve from 2007 include a sleek design, external music controls, and enhanced camera capabilities.

  5. What criticisms were raised in the review of the Razr Maxx Ve?
    Critics pointed out issues with the speakerphone, streaming video quality, and the phone’s inability to take photos when the flip was closed.

  6. How has the mobile phone industry evolved since the release of the Razr Maxx Ve?
    The mobile phone industry has seen significant advancements in technology and design since the release of the Razr Maxx Ve, with smartphones becoming more sophisticated over the years.

  7. What limited the functionality of Bluetooth on early Verizon phones like the Motorola V710?
    Early Verizon phones like the Motorola V710 had limited Bluetooth functionality due to restrictions imposed by Verizon on certain features.

  8. Why was the inclusion of Bluetooth stereo headset and object exchange profiles noteworthy in the Razr Maxx Ve?
    The inclusion of Bluetooth stereo headset and object exchange profiles in the Razr Maxx Ve was noteworthy at the time due to Verizon’s previous limitations on Bluetooth functionality.

  9. What led to the decline of the Razr Maxx Ve in the market?
    The decline of the Razr Maxx Ve in the market can be attributed to the rapid advancements in mobile technology, with competitors introducing more innovative products.

  10. How did the original iPhone impact the mobile phone industry?
    The original iPhone revolutionized the mobile phone industry with its groundbreaking features and user-friendly interface, setting a new standard for smartphones.

  11. What ultimately happened to the Razr Maxx Ve?
    The Razr Maxx Ve did not achieve significant success in the market and was overshadowed by newer, more advanced smartphones like the iPhone.

  12. How did the Razr Maxx lineage evolve over time?
    The Razr Maxx lineage evolved into the more powerful Droid family, reflecting the continuous innovation and adaptation in the competitive mobile phone market.

Summary:

The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, set to be released on January 26, boasts an impressive battery life and a design that pays homage to its predecessor, the Razr Maxx Ve from 2007. Despite some criticisms raised in the past regarding its features and design, the Razr Maxx Ve paved the way for advancements in mobile technology. With the evolution of smartphones over the years, including the groundbreaking impact of the original iPhone, the mobile phone industry has seen significant changes. The Razr Maxx Ve, while not achieving significant success in the market, played a part in shaping the future of smartphones. As technology continues to progress, it is essential for manufacturers to adapt and innovate to meet the demands of consumers in an ever-evolving market. If you are looking for a smartphone that combines reliability with functionality, the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx may be worth considering.