Jan 24 AT 12:47 PM Edgar Cervantes 28 Comments

Moment of truth: Verizon confirms Droid RAZR MAXX price, availability

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We knew it was coming, and it was coming soon. But it wasn’t until today that Verizon dropped official word on The Motorola Droid RAZR MAX‘s price and availability. As rumored, this juiced up device will go for $299.99 on a 2-year contract, and it will be available starting January 26. (Yes, this Thursday).

We know many of you have recently purchased new phones (mostly over the holidays). The promise of such good battery life is luring, and it could be upsetting for early adopters to see this smartphone come just after they purchased their original Droid RAZR (or any other smartphone).

Motorola promises 21 hours of talk time on this smartphone. We will have to wait and see if the device is able to accomplish that, but we know one thing for sure: The battery life will probably be better than most phones. And Motorola has managed to stick this 3,300 mAh battery in a RAZR without the need to sacrifice aesthetics. The device is only about 2 mm thicker (8.99 mm) and almost double the battery.

Now that the Droid RAZR MAXX is just around the corner, it is hard to choose. Verizon currently has 3 major devices – the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the HTC Rezound, and the Motorola Droid RAZR. These all have great specs. But the RAZR MAXX is sure to shake things up a bit.

If you’re still a fan of the Motorola Droid RAZR’s thin 7.1 mm body, you might also be pleased to hear that Verizon recently lowered its price. You can get the 16 GB OG RAZR for just $199.99 (Amazon has it for $169.99, for new lines). Not only that, but you get to pick between three fun colors: black, white and purple.

So, what will you be doing after Thursday? Is anyone signing up for the Droid RAZR MAXX? Are you getting/keeping another phone? And why?

Via: Droid-Life

Source: Verizon Wireless

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • spazby

    Curious what kind of life will heavy users get…

    • Jeff Pan

      whats with $300 on contract?

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Locked bootloader – no thanks.

    • Hue Three of Five

      This phone may sell well to the general public, because battery is important to many people. I personally will not buy Moto again if the bootloader is locked/encrypted. We may be facing a uphill battle if the general public keeps buying Moto phones. OG Razr sold well.

  • oddball

    My upgrade is coming up soon but until the Razr has ICS I wouldn’t touch it. Moto and Verizon load to much crapware onto the phone and with a locked bootloader I can’t get custom kernels. It causes the phone to lose a lot of it’s appeal. As it stands the only things this phone has going for it is Moto build quality and a huge battery. Balanced against the fact that Moto still hasn’t fulfilled their promise to unlock the bootloaders on their phones by the end of 2011 it will be a long time before I feel comfortable buying a Motorola phone again

  • eallan

    Never again moto.

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Hope more phones adopt the better battery idea. I am stuck with my phone for now (funds for a new phone = $0) but I would take a good long look at this one if I was shopping for a new one. I’ve always been a sucker for battery life.

    • LukeT32

      Buy an extra capacity battery for your current.

  • dpleus

    Let me preface my comment by stating that I am not currently eligible for an upgrade.

    I am a fan of Motorola’s designs and build qualities, as I love my OG Droid X. And since the Razr is kind of like a third generation Droid X, I would be highly inclined to purchase the Razr Maxx. The larger battery definitely makes a very compelling case for the phone. Although I would probably give it a few weeks and wait to see if they offer it at a promotion rate via websale or in store. And, knowing that Motorola is pretty good about getting it’s upgrades out on a reasonable timeline, and concerned that certain ICS features will be lost since this phone wasn’t designed around ICS, that’s not a deal breaker for me.

    As far as the locked bootloader goes on the phone, I understand a lot of the original Android users love the customization ability of the Android OS. With a locked bootloader, that ability is taken away, and therefore that customization is lost as well. But with the jump in Android users, and the majority of those being non tech savy users, the locked bootloader would not matter to them, and manufacturers really only think about those consumers when building a new device. I definitely think we should be able to lock and unlock our phones, but it should not be a deciding factor.

  • redraider133

    I wish more manufacturers would put larger stock batteries in the phones. I mean if they can get a 3300mah battery in a phone that is 8.9mm there should be no excuse from the other manufacturers because after all what good is a phone with top of the line specs if it can’t make it through a day of usage.

  • Louis A

    It’s starting to look like early adopters are getting more and more screwed.

    • DroidPower

      totally true. it’s so hard to decide when to purchase phones now. after ces it’s mwc…

  • NegativeOne13

    Another Motorola flop….. still a non-user accessible battery. Someone has their head up their well you know.

  • moody

    if i buy this will it function to its full potential on the Canadian Carrier Telus?

  • tequilya

    No danger I’ll buy one, I refuse to buy a phone with a locked bootloader. I’ll probably change carriers before I do that, so hopefully my Galaxy Nexus isn’t the last unlocked option Verizon offers.

    Note to Verizon: Just offer an official extended Galaxy Nexus battery that actually IS an extended battery already (the current is 2100mAh, up from 1850 stock… get real! Who’s the idiot that thought that was an extended battery?)

    I see Seidio offers a real extended 3800mAh battery now, but it loses the NFC support. I may have to consider it even though it looks like a brick…

  • Hall Lo

    It sure will be a good fone for some heavy users, but plz moto, next time plz put back the removable battery, and unlocked bootloader in the fone!

  • merlintw

    I just can’t stand the thought of not switching out my battery. I refuse to trust any “the battery life is so much better” again.

  • tommy

    Got moto x now i have an lg revolution. i am sick of android in general. phones are great but eerytime thy come out with one then a wek later a better one. ill ne doing what i said id never do nd move over to iphone as soon as iphone 5 comes out

    • Summertime

      Why don’t you just buy google phones? they come out once a year, and always have the latest new hardware and software. follow just one company, like you would if you jumped ship?

      I mean, even if you switched, you’d still see android devices that beat out your phone (typically at launch, since they generally give you inferior hardware. dual core 1ghz when phones are topping 1.5, a puny 1200mah battery, no nfc, etc)

      Think about this… a jail broken I fan boy just posted on facebook that he spoke to open an app installed on his phone. stuff that android users (and desktop users in general) has been / could have been doing for years

      So I don’t get your logic. whatever you decide… Enjoy!

  • Tammy Drummond

    I was up for a new phone on 1/17/2012. Thank goodness or I would have purchased over the holidays. I was between the Iphone and the Razr. I did a little research between the two since I had some time. Thank goodness for websites that let you know what’s coming. I only had to hold off a week and now I can pay the same amount for the Maxx. I am choosing to go with the Maxx as of today. I really like the potentially extended life for searching, navigating, etc. I also don’t want to pay the extra $6 for navigation which they told me I would need to. I really like the larger screen. I always use my bluetooth so I figure I really want the thing for searching, apps and molvies while working out. As of this moment, I’m going to purchase the Maxx. Now it’s should I go with White or Purple.. :)

  • T1392

    RAZR Maxx looks exciting because of battery life & Motorola build but this is not the DROID I’m looking for mine ends with HD. ;)

  • T1392

    To MAXX or not to MAXX on a two year contract that is the question. Undecided possibly.

  • T1392

    The RAZR MAXX should’ve been 32GB storage, 1.5ghz processor, and 4.5″ screen now that screams MAXX to me.

  • GRAW

    Sorry Motorola, Galaxy Nexus for me.

  • Richard Yarrell

    The future of the next set of devices that will land out on market all will have LARGER STOCK BATTERIES. I applaud moto for opening some eyes this will be extremely helpful no question. Personally i am extremely happy with my Gnex nothing beats this period.

  • Stephanie

    Does anyone know or could find out if they will make the Droid Razr Maxx in Purple? Thanks!!

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Will be interesting to see real life battery figures. Battery life, and camera performance appear to be big priorities for mobile devices in 2012.

  • The price is wrong

    Did the author check the price? verizonwireless.com has the new Razr Maxx for $249 not $299.