Oct 18 AT 10:10 AM Taylor Wimberly 33 Comments

Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD now on sale

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Today Verizon officially launched the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD, but you might want to hold onto your money. Given that Google is going to unveil a new version of Android and a new Nexus device in a couple weeks, this is probably the worst time to buy a smartphone. We don’t know if Google has anything in store for Verizon fans, but I don’t think that 10 days is too long to wait.

But if you were dead set on a new RAZR, the HD version is selling for $199 with 2-year contract or $699 off contract. The RAZR MAXX HD is going for $299 with 2-year contract and $729 off contract. Verizon customers that want to keep their grandfathered unlimited 4G LTE will have to buy the device at full price, and these off-contract prices are kind of crazy.

Motorola should also be offering both of these devices in unlocked GSM models, but we have yet to see those go on sale.

We applaud Motorola for offering a device with a massive 3300 mAh battery, but it’s kind of sad to see new phones still launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola says these devices will eventually be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but we all know they have broken their promises over and over.

If you plan on picking up one of these new RAZR devices, let us know in the comments below.

Update: The Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition is also now available from Motorola.

Source: Motorola

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  • AvatarZ

    You’ve got to wonder why other phone manufacturers haven’t picked up on this and aren’t bulking their phone up a little bit to get a longer battery life

    • ionorov

      I dunno… probably because Apple has convinced everyone that slimness is in, even if it means you can’t go 15 mins without reaching for a charger.

      And all the other makers just follow like lemmings. Sigh.

      Good on Moto! I like ‘em real thick and juicy! So find that juicy double!

    • Richard Yarrell

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      • squiddy20

        “A device straight out of the box with jellybean will be a device much better than any device that receive a update to jellybean because that new device will be better optimized straight out the box than the update device.”
        That’s got to be the most stupid logic I’ve ever heard. Remember your “legendary” Evo 3D? Yeah, it got several updates to fix all kinds of bugs within the first 3 weeks of its release alone. With the exception of Nexus devices, they’re ALL pretty poorly optimized, regardless of update vs “straight out of the box”.

        • Richard Yarrell

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          • snowbdr89

            Biggest worthless dope? Sounds like you could use some college as well dick (less) Harrell!!

          • snowbdr89

            Edit : yarrell

          • squiddy20

            “You kind I like thou keep up the good work hopefully nobody on this site as well as all the others will ever listen to you or pay any attention to your amounts of worthless posts and responses.” Meanwhile, every single one of your comments are rated well below -5 on this site and mine are usually rated positively (even though it doesn’t really matter since I’m under a guest account). Also, what the heck is the first 5 words supposed to mean? Do you know how to formulate a coherent thought?

            “In another two weeks as I move onto the Galaxy Note 2 what will you be doing still with that worthless 3g Galaxy Nexus on Sprint.” Yeah, cause getting *another* carrier subsidized $200-$350 phone just screams that you’re made of money or are “rolling with the big boys”. -____- What a joke.

            Are you really so dim-witted that you can’t think up anything other than these pitifully “useless” insults? You’ve never once even tried proving me wrong, just called me a “worthless bum” (despite having once been one yourself), “peckerwood”, “worthless dope”, and countless other sayings only hurtful little children say. How utterly sad that you apparently have the mentality of a child.

            You’ve claimed many times over to be “in the know” when it comes to technology, but you’re the idiot who said Verizon’s *low* frequency LTE doesn’t penetrate buildings well, when in fact it’s high frequencies that are like that. http://www.androidcentral.com/motorola-droid-razr-m-razr-hd-and-razr-maxx-hd-now-available-verizon#comment-483957 I thought that would’ve been apparent from all your “experience” with your “boss” Evo 4G. Guess not.

          • snowbdr89

            Verizons poor building penetration @ 700mhz? I’m sure dick knows nothing about penetrating …

  • thekaz

    This could very well be my wife’s next phone.. battery life is HUGE for her, and I’ve been holding her off from buy a phone until this came out (we’re talking, like, 4-5 months, and she’s getting itchy for a new phone).. If I just don’t tell her it is out yet, maybe I can hold her off another week or so to see what Google’s got up their sleeve…

  • iamtpb

    No Razr obviously,cos the Nexus is almost here !!!!!!!

  • snowbdr89

    ( apple ) is that metal wrapped around the side, if so we are going to sue moto!!

  • dacatalyst41

    That was the best commercial they could come up with to describe power and longevity? Must be the same team working on software updates. 0_o

  • redraider133

    Verizon site has price as $599&$649

  • Nate B.

    Solid phone but it bothers me Android devices are out for the public so slow. His thing was announced a good minute ago. It’s like try announce something and it comes out officially a month later. I mean what’s the point?

  • www.phonewbie.com

    “Today Verizon officially launched the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD, but you might want to hold onto your money”

    You did not give the Razr HD a nice introduction in an article that was supposed to be about it. It’s not a Nexus but it is a good, high end device in its own right.

    • J

      I agree completely. Hold on to your money? Would you say that about all phones you review until a next device comes out? The why the RAZR HD? The RAZR HD Is probably the most useful phone to a human being ever. It is by far the most durable phone, voice actions is second only to siri, and smartactions is also one of if not the most useful piece of software. Way to undersell a phones revolutionary and ground breaking features.

  • sere83

    LOL, everytime I see this phone I just laugh at how comically Fugly it is, the back is an absolute abomination. Motorola need to sack their whole design team.

  • alexanderharri3

    Even the non MAXX version has a bigger battery than most phones!!!! 400 mAh larger than the 5″ 1080p HTC device. Batteries matter….but the MAXX packs quite the premium for a larger battery (consider extended batteries run $50 with discounts to 25)

  • ionorov

    Meh… if I’m getting a Razr, it’ll probably be the Razr M. Decent phone in a smaller package.

    Moto needs to push the Razr M concept. Uncompromising specs (top cpu/screen/camera) in a smaller footprint (3.5 to 4″). If not them, somebody else… anybody… please?

    • sunrise

      Agreed, these large screens are great for some people but not great for everyone. It’s time for some Android superphones in smaller screen sizes.

      I was so excited to hear about the Samsung S3 mini, but then I saw the specs and I wasn’t happy anymore. Just because you make the screen smaller doesn’t mean you need to dumb down the other specs Samsung!

      • ionorov

        Yeah, that was a huge let down. This gen, looks like our only options are the Razr M…. and that’s it as far as I can tell :(

        Maybe the Xperia T… its not that much bigger than my current GS2.

        Dammit manufacturers! Make some smaller phones please! I have a tablet for games and reading. I don’t need another mini chopping board to carry around!

        (from a guy who proudly used his Dell Streak in public :D)

  • Nathan D.

    Kinda sucks for Motorola to release this phone so close to the nexus announcement and or lunch.

  • rashad360

    I really want to see a GSM version, the Droid RAZRs have all looked very nice so far

  • Jim

    Razr Maxx HD available on Amazon & Wirefly.com for $199.00. At that price I pulled the trigger.

  • Renrag1137

    No jellybean, no sale. Vrz and moto very bad on upgrades

  • alex

    Just got my razr hd at noon on Thursday love it really good build quality

  • txbluesman

    They build a nice phone and I love the battery life, but I will stick with my Nexus and I am ready for the next Nexus.

  • Esponential

    dude, I think most people would settle for cheaper phones that offer good features, one suchphone I’d prescribe is the new S3 Mini.http://esponential.com/2012/10/19/samsung-galaxy-siii-mini-get-the-original-siii-feel-for-lesser-pay-and-smaller-design/ And I really like the article.

  • melan26

    I have a Motorola Atrix HD and I really do not like the battery life on mine. I have to shut it off at night to conserve the energy so I don’t have to keep charging it. I can only dread the time when I am unable to get new battery because it’s built in and I won’t be able to replace it myself.

  • dutrak
  • amit kumar

    Definitely great phone thanks for the review. I got quite a few more eye catching feature of this phone in this site as well. http://www.gadtecho.com/

  1. You’ve got to wonder why other phone manufacturers haven’t picked up on this and aren’t bulking their phone up a little bit to get a longer battery life

    • I dunno… probably because Apple has convinced everyone that slimness is in, even if it means you can’t go 15 mins without reaching for a charger.

      And all the other makers just follow like lemmings. Sigh.

      Good on Moto! I like ‘em real thick and juicy! So find that juicy double!

    • Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

      • squiddy20Guest 2 years ago

        “A device straight out of the box with jellybean will be a device much better than any device that receive a update to jellybean because that new device will be better optimized straight out the box than the update device.”
        That’s got to be the most stupid logic I’ve ever heard. Remember your “legendary” Evo 3D? Yeah, it got several updates to fix all kinds of bugs within the first 3 weeks of its release alone. With the exception of Nexus devices, they’re ALL pretty poorly optimized, regardless of update vs “straight out of the box”.

        • Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

          • snowbdr89Guest 2 years ago

            Biggest worthless dope? Sounds like you could use some college as well dick (less) Harrell!!

          • snowbdr89Guest 2 years ago

            Edit : yarrell

          • squiddy20Guest 2 years ago

            “You kind I like thou keep up the good work hopefully nobody on this site as well as all the others will ever listen to you or pay any attention to your amounts of worthless posts and responses.” Meanwhile, every single one of your comments are rated well below -5 on this site and mine are usually rated positively (even though it doesn’t really matter since I’m under a guest account). Also, what the heck is the first 5 words supposed to mean? Do you know how to formulate a coherent thought?

            “In another two weeks as I move onto the Galaxy Note 2 what will you be doing still with that worthless 3g Galaxy Nexus on Sprint.” Yeah, cause getting *another* carrier subsidized $200-$350 phone just screams that you’re made of money or are “rolling with the big boys”. -____- What a joke.

            Are you really so dim-witted that you can’t think up anything other than these pitifully “useless” insults? You’ve never once even tried proving me wrong, just called me a “worthless bum” (despite having once been one yourself), “peckerwood”, “worthless dope”, and countless other sayings only hurtful little children say. How utterly sad that you apparently have the mentality of a child.

            You’ve claimed many times over to be “in the know” when it comes to technology, but you’re the idiot who said Verizon’s *low* frequency LTE doesn’t penetrate buildings well, when in fact it’s high frequencies that are like that. http://www.androidcentral.com/motorola-droid-razr-m-razr-hd-and-razr-maxx-hd-now-available-verizon#comment-483957 I thought that would’ve been apparent from all your “experience” with your “boss” Evo 4G. Guess not.

          • snowbdr89Guest 2 years ago

            Verizons poor building penetration @ 700mhz? I’m sure dick knows nothing about penetrating …

  2. This could very well be my wife’s next phone.. battery life is HUGE for her, and I’ve been holding her off from buy a phone until this came out (we’re talking, like, 4-5 months, and she’s getting itchy for a new phone).. If I just don’t tell her it is out yet, maybe I can hold her off another week or so to see what Google’s got up their sleeve…

  3. No Razr obviously,cos the Nexus is almost here !!!!!!!

  4. snowbdr89Guest 2 years ago

    ( apple ) is that metal wrapped around the side, if so we are going to sue moto!!

  5. That was the best commercial they could come up with to describe power and longevity? Must be the same team working on software updates. 0_o

  6. Verizon site has price as $599&$649

  7. Solid phone but it bothers me Android devices are out for the public so slow. His thing was announced a good minute ago. It’s like try announce something and it comes out officially a month later. I mean what’s the point?

  8. “Today Verizon officially launched the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD, but you might want to hold onto your money”

    You did not give the Razr HD a nice introduction in an article that was supposed to be about it. It’s not a Nexus but it is a good, high end device in its own right.

    • JGuest 2 years ago

      I agree completely. Hold on to your money? Would you say that about all phones you review until a next device comes out? The why the RAZR HD? The RAZR HD Is probably the most useful phone to a human being ever. It is by far the most durable phone, voice actions is second only to siri, and smartactions is also one of if not the most useful piece of software. Way to undersell a phones revolutionary and ground breaking features.

  9. sere83Guest 2 years ago

    LOL, everytime I see this phone I just laugh at how comically Fugly it is, the back is an absolute abomination. Motorola need to sack their whole design team.

  10. Even the non MAXX version has a bigger battery than most phones!!!! 400 mAh larger than the 5″ 1080p HTC device. Batteries matter….but the MAXX packs quite the premium for a larger battery (consider extended batteries run $50 with discounts to 25)

  11. Meh… if I’m getting a Razr, it’ll probably be the Razr M. Decent phone in a smaller package.

    Moto needs to push the Razr M concept. Uncompromising specs (top cpu/screen/camera) in a smaller footprint (3.5 to 4″). If not them, somebody else… anybody… please?

    • Agreed, these large screens are great for some people but not great for everyone. It’s time for some Android superphones in smaller screen sizes.

      I was so excited to hear about the Samsung S3 mini, but then I saw the specs and I wasn’t happy anymore. Just because you make the screen smaller doesn’t mean you need to dumb down the other specs Samsung!

      • Yeah, that was a huge let down. This gen, looks like our only options are the Razr M…. and that’s it as far as I can tell :(

        Maybe the Xperia T… its not that much bigger than my current GS2.

        Dammit manufacturers! Make some smaller phones please! I have a tablet for games and reading. I don’t need another mini chopping board to carry around!

        (from a guy who proudly used his Dell Streak in public :D)

  12. Kinda sucks for Motorola to release this phone so close to the nexus announcement and or lunch.

  13. I really want to see a GSM version, the Droid RAZRs have all looked very nice so far

  14. JimGuest 2 years ago

    Razr Maxx HD available on Amazon & Wirefly.com for $199.00. At that price I pulled the trigger.

  15. Renrag1137Guest 2 years ago

    No jellybean, no sale. Vrz and moto very bad on upgrades

  16. alexGuest 2 years ago

    Just got my razr hd at noon on Thursday love it really good build quality

  17. They build a nice phone and I love the battery life, but I will stick with my Nexus and I am ready for the next Nexus.

  18. EsponentialGuest 2 years ago

    dude, I think most people would settle for cheaper phones that offer good features, one suchphone I’d prescribe is the new S3 Mini.http://esponential.com/2012/10/19/samsung-galaxy-siii-mini-get-the-original-siii-feel-for-lesser-pay-and-smaller-design/ And I really like the article.

  19. I have a Motorola Atrix HD and I really do not like the battery life on mine. I have to shut it off at night to conserve the energy so I don’t have to keep charging it. I can only dread the time when I am unable to get new battery because it’s built in and I won’t be able to replace it myself.

  20. amit kumarGuest 2 years ago

    Definitely great phone thanks for the review. I got quite a few more eye catching feature of this phone in this site as well. http://www.gadtecho.com/