/// Motorola Takes Smartphone Battery Life to the Max

November 22, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Smartphones do a lot of things. They let you send and receive email and browse the Web. They double as media players, navigation systems and gaming handhelds. And, oh yeah, they also make calls. But all this functionality takes a toll on battery life, and with moderate to heavy use, you’re probably looking for an electrical outlet before the end of the day. Motorola wants to change that. [ See post to watch video ] The company’s Droid Razr Maxx HD smartphone for Verizon Wireless features an extra-large battery that claims up to 32 hours of performance or 23 hours of talk time, and improves on the previous model with a sharper display. I’ve been using the Droid Razr Maxx HD for the past couple of weeks, and the battery life is the best I’ve seen on a smartphone yet. It’s the Energizer Bunny of the smartphone world. But it also comes with a hefty price tag. The Droid Razr Maxx HD costs $300 with a two-year contract, which is $50 to $100 more than some of today’s high-end smartphones, such as the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III . The camera is also mediocre, at best. Even so, for those who are constantly on the go or are particularly demanding on their devices, I have no hesitation in recommending this Motorola device. I did several battery-drain tests on the Droid Razr Maxx HD. First, I simulated a continuous voice call with Wi-Fi on, allowing the screen to time out after 30 seconds, and the smartphone offered 22 hours of talk time — an hour short of Motorola’s claims, but still impressive. By comparison, Apple’s estimate for the iPhone 5 is up to eight hours of talk time, while the Samsung Galaxy S III is estimated at up to 17 hours. In another test, I played a loop of video that I downloaded from the Google Play store. With the screen brightness set at 75 percent, and with Wi-Fi on and email running in the background, the Droid Razr Maxx HD lasted 13 hours before displaying a “low battery” alert

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Motorola Takes Smartphone Battery Life to the Max

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