iSpy: New RAZR Maxx has amazing battery life
by Chris Pittman
cpittman@annistonstar.com
Feb 24, 2012 | 5624 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Droid RAZR Maxx by Motorola; $300 with two-year contract

Motorola revived its popular RAZR brand with an Android version late last year. Now the company is hoping to build off the handset with an upgraded device dubbed the Droid RAZR Maxx.

The original Droid RAZR is only a few months old. It’s a bit of a head scratcher that Motorola would release an improved version of the phone so quickly after launch.

Those who bought the RAZR upon its release are probably pretty ticked that the Maxx exists. After all, many of those users won’t be available for an upgrade until the following November.

The Maxx has all the great features that shipped with the original RAZR, including the HD screen, super-slim profile and 8-megapixel camera.

The best new feature of the Maxx is its amazing battery life. You can literally talk for nearly a day straight without needing to stop and charge. The standby time is even more ridiculous. You’ll likely be able to go several days without needing to recharge the battery.

I wanted to put the 4G LTE support through its paces. I went to Birmingham and used the Speedtest.net application to test Internet speeds.

Wow!

The results far exceeded what I had expected.

Verizon’s network produced highs of 32 megabits-per-second download and 12 Mbps for upload. That destroys most home wireless connections.

The Maxx supports mobile hotspot, which allows one to turn their phone into a wireless access point. The feature costs extra, but could be well worth it for those looking to cut down on more expensive Internet packages. Especially since you’ll likely get faster speeds through the hotspot.

Verizon plans for every market to have 4G LTE by the end of 2013. I’m hoping to see it in Anniston before the calendar passes by 2012.

The Droid RAZR Maxx is an exceptional phone that tops the list of available Android handsets. Those looking to upgrade in the next few months cannot go wrong with Motorola’s latest.

zBoost YX540 Metro by Wi-Ex; $299

Cell phones trump landlines in almost every area except for service. Some mobile providers struggle to provide a good network in certain cities due to mountains or other barriers. The zBoost YX540 Metro by Wi-Ex hopes to help those who need an extra hand finding a good signal.

The device is a small hub that features an antenna. A cable runs from this box to a signal booster that is placed on the window. Setup takes no more than five minutes.

Wi-Ex claims that an indoor signal is increased up to 1,500 square feet.

Pretty much every phone on the market is compatible with the device, including every iPhone and most Android handsets.

The signal boost goes beyond only helping with voice transmission. You’ll see improved data speeds as well.

The zBoost product requires no physical contact with your phone.

I live in an area that has a spotty signal on AT&T’s network. I usually only have a couple of bars at the most, and sometimes I lose service completely.

The zBoost has been hit and miss for me.

Sometimes I can definitely tell that it is helping as I’ll reach near full service at times.

On other occasions, I still lose service completely. However, this has occurred much less frequently since incorporating the zBoost into the home.

Mobile communication is everything these days as many people have stopped landline service altogether. For those who have, and are having signal issues, the zBoost is worth a strong look. Don’t expect it to fully fix all of your problems. A small boost, however, is almost a given.

That piece of mind alone will be worth the price of admission for some people.
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