The Samsung Galaxy Nexus may be Google's flagship smartphone, but Verizon has more than one powerful LTE device to offer. Along with the LG Spectrum and its smaller sibling the RAZR, the Droid RAZR MAXX is on the top tier of Verizon's smarpthone offerings, and a worthy opponent to the Galaxy Nexus.
On paper, the RAZR MAXX and the Galaxy Nexus are in a fairly dead heat, despite the Nexus's 720p display, because the RAZR MAXX may have something extra to offer with battery life. To find out for sure, keep an eye out for the full review later this week. For now, jump on past the break for an unboxing of Motorola's latest Android offering.
The MAXX's box is a welcome departure from the standard phone-sized shape, and although the device occupies its usual position at the top of the box, the accessories fit much better in the compartment to the left.
As usual, the MAXX comes with very few accessories. Only a USB cable, AC converter, and getting started booklets were provided, there weren't even included headphones. It's not as if I would have used the headphones, though, so the low accessory count isn't really a problem, and just places more attention on the phone.
The phone in question here is certainly an attractive device, with a clean front dominated by the Gorilla Glass clad display. Unlike Samsung devices, the display does have a noticeable chrome edge, but in this case it adds to the device's personality, and looks almost as clean as Samsung's designs.
One clear disappointment is the smartphone's capacitive buttons below the display, meaning that the RAZR MAXX does not yet run Ice Cream Sandwich. I say not yet because Motorola has promised an update sometime soon, but it remains to be seen how long that will really take.
If Samsung wins in the display department, then Motorola blows them away with the back cover. Gone is the flimsy, scratch and fingerprint prone plastic of Samsung smartphones, and instead there is nearly indestructible Kevlar. Not only does it feel great in the hand, it is also incredibly difficult to scratch, and doesn't gather fingerprints at all. Personally, I also like the industrial look it gives to the device, making it unique without being too overt.
So far, impressions of the hardware are good, but I think the software needs a little more work. If you have any specific questions about the device, feel free to ask in the comments, but otherwise just watch for the review in the next few days.