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A Worse Upgrade? The Motorola RAZR i vs. The RAZR MAXX

By Rizwan Ahmad - 15 January 2013 No Comments
The Motorola RAZR i vs. The RAZR MAXX
Motorola aren't necessarily known for making the best or coolest phones on the market. They tend to leave that business to Samsung and Apple. What they are known for, however, is producing good quality and reliable handsets for pretty decent prices.

As far as mid-range phones go, you can't really go wrong with a Motorola. Their RAZR series in particular is a nice looking set of phones, with good functionality. But when it comes to upgrading, we're not so sure. The Motorola RAZR MAXX is allegedly the new and improved version of the RAZR i. We put them up against each other to see how they compare, and whether your extra money gets you a better phone with the RAZR MAXX. The results were quite surprising...

How The RAZR i Looks...
The RAZR i is a pretty decent phone. And it holds up well against the MAXX. It has a far faster processor, for example. The RAZR i runs a 2000 MHz processor, as opposed to the 1200 MHz on the MAXX, making the phone a good seventy per cent faster, more powerful and more responsive than the MAXX. That's a pretty big deal. It's also generally smaller than the MAXX, and comes in thinner (8 mm compared to 9 mm) and lighter (126 g versus 145 g) than the MAXX does. Not too shabby.

Motorola RAZR i vs. The RAZR MAXX

How The RAZR MAXX Looks...
Okay, there aren't a great amount of differences. The MAXX has far newer bluetooth support (it runs the 4.0 system, the RAZR i only runs the 2.1). This means that you get faster data transfer, and that your bluetooth devices suck less power from your phone battery. Useful if you go hands free a lot. You also get faster maximum data transfer speeds in general, with the MAXX averaging three times faster than the RAZR i when downloading and opening web pages; again, pretty nice. You get a little more talk time per battery charge cycle, but only around an hour more, which isn't a huge difference. Now we come to the two big differences, one good, one bad. The good news is that the MAXX has double the internal storage of the RAZR i, coming with 16 GB over the 8 GB on the RAZR i. This means you can store double the amount of music, photos, data and apps on your device. But, and here's a thing we don't understand. The older RAZR i is a 3.5G device, and runs Android's 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The RAZR MAXX, however, is a 4G device, and yet only runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Such a huge difference in the operating system is immediately noticeable, with the RAZR i being faster, smoother and less prone to crashing and freezing.

Worth the Update?
Not at all. The extra internal memory is a nice thing to have. But we just can't get over the huge difference in operating systems. If the RAZR MAXX used the Android 4.0 system, we'd be certain to recommend it, but a 2.3 is just pathetic. Stick to the RAZR i and save the extra cash.

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This article is contributed by Phil Turner and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,


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