So Is Motorola’s Maxx Battery Actually Better?

Based on the headline I’m sure there will be many people out there that actually say yes. Of course with the Droid Razr Maxx giving users 20 or so hours of battery life vs the original Motorola Droid Razr, which gives about 8 hours, the Droid Razr Maxx Battery seems much better.

But is it?

The battery itself is bigger, that’s why Motorola had to make the Droid Razr Maxx thicker. Not only is it bigger it’s nearly double the size of the first battery.  The original Droid Razr battery is 1780mah while the Droid Razr Maxx battery is 3300mah.

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So the battery is no more efficient than if you would have gone out and purchased an extended battery for the Droid Razr. However, we all know you couldn’t because Motorola locked the back of the Droid Razr down like an iPhone. There battery door on both devices is sealed up tight.

So how did this post come about. Our managing editor wanted to try and Droid Razr Maxx out against an iPhone. To keep things totally unbiased we have a few folks on thedroidguy team that have an iPhone as a secondary device, next to Android of course. One thing we’ve noticed about the iPhone is that the battery, doing the same tasks we’d normally do on most Android phones, can last all day. 12 hours easily, 18 hours if we minimize usage to “average smartphone user”.

My fundamental problem with comparing the Droid Razr Maxx, in just battery life, to the iPhone is of course the fact that the battery is double the size of the iPhone battery, and the average Android phone battery. The iPhone, and heck the Samsung Galaxy S II are much more battery efficient (in or out of 4G using the skyrocket on AT&T).

So I could put a car battery in my backpack and it would be very heavy but it’s going to last a heck of a lot longer than any phone.

Battery life has long been one of the pet peeves for most Android users. Rather than getting their engineers to find more energy efficient ways of doing day to day tasks, they just made a bigger battery and a bigger phone.

A Motorola engineering friend of ours who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that in order to provide an optimal experience for users on a 4G/LTE network the bigger battery is necessary.

Is it possible that the next round of Nvidia chips (no not the Tegra 3), the Tegra 3, that will have 3G/4G nodes built in, will finally solve this problem of the battery drain from 4G/LTE?

Is it possible that this fast battery drain on 4G/LTE is one of the reasons we haven’t seen a 4G/LTE iPhone?

Whatever questions arise from this story, one thing holds true, yes the Droid Razr Maxx lasts a lot longer than any Android phone with a baseline battery and the iPhone, however it isn’t doing it more efficiently.


3 Replies to “So Is Motorola’s Maxx Battery Actually Better?”

  1. The biggest “issue” with Android phones and reason for most of the battery drain is the constant background activities that certain apps maintain which are a gift and a curse. Using an app like Juice Defender Ultimate has significantly increased the battery life on my Nexus One. I can’t speak for LTE devices as I’m with Tmo, but I’d imagine the iPhone can last all day because typically once you turn the screen off, it has little to no background activities going on. I’ve set JD to only allow a connection every 15 mins to fetch any emails, FB updates, tweets ect. My wife is using a stock Nexus S running ICS and my phone constantly outlast hers. I hope Google builds a few of the BG limiting options into Android to allow users to control a bit more of the connectivity (I recognize they took a step in this direction with ICS).

  2. Ultimately, it’s the end-user experience that matters. I don’t think most people care if the battery usage isn’t any more efficient, they just want it to last them through the day. At least, that’s how I feel.

  3. What really pisses me off is Moto keeps releasing phones like the Droid 2 and the Razr, then turn around and release slight upgrades like the Droid 2 Global and Razr Maxx. Why not just release the Global and the Maxx in the first place?

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