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Top 5 Best Android Smartphones From Motorola – 2012

1. Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

The Verizon-only Droid RAZR MAXX must be crazy. It has a massive 3,300-mAh battery giving any core user a smile all through the day and night. It runs for 21 hours when fully engaged i.e. talk time. You would think this phone would be as big as a tablet, and the answer is a simple no. It is only 8.9 mm thick. This is much lower than the iPhone 4S, something to smile about. When you get this phone, you will understand that battery life does not have to compromise design.

Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX Android Smartphone

The battery life comes in handy as the Droid RAZR Maxx is a 4G LTE phone, and the fast network is power hungry. Other than the long battery life, the handset gives you a good 4.3 inch qHD screen and above par performance. If you are recommending a 4G phone to anyone, it had better be this one because it will not die on their out of town trip. Other hardware features include a 1.2Ghz processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB for the internal storage and an 8 megapixels rear camera. The front camera is 1.3 megapixels. You also get a Mini HDMI port and a MicroSD slot.

2. Motorola RAZR V

In line with the RAZR tradition, this phone is only 8.4 mm thick. The casing comes from Kevlar and is extra tough in addition to the Gorilla glass on the screen. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powered by a 1.2 dual-core processor. There is 1GB of RAM. The 8 megapixels camera can record videos at 1080p true HD.

Motorola Razr V Android Smartphone

The 4.3-inch screen with qHD AMOLED display offers brilliant bright color display. Connectivity is available with Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth. Extra storage is available through the MicroSD slot with a capacity of 32GB. This phone does not support 4G LTE. The RAZR V is a smartphone for all, and fits the midrange category devices.

On your hands, this phone feels thin and very light. If you squeeze it, you get a solid reply telling you that it can survive harsh drops. A special coating also means that a splash would not damage it. The toughness of this phone also comes with a robust battery life, which is a good copy of the US-only model, the RAZR MAXX. This phone will not go well with a sleek conscious person but based on its other features, the user will like it more as they use it.

3. Motorola Atrix HD

After the Atrix 4G and the Atrix 2, there is a better successor in the sequel. The Atrix HD has a much-improved display. It also has a faster processor with a better build. Even with the improvement, there is still tough competition from non-Motorola handsets. A striking feature of the phone is its rounded corners on top of the solid build quality. It weights 140g and has a 4.5” HD ColorBoost TFT LCD display. The display packs 1280 by 720 pixels of resolution. Pixel density is 330ppi, which is a winner in the highly rated smartphones of 2012.

Motorola Atrix HD Android Smartphone

The ColorBoost screen technology makes it usable in bright daylight. The front facing camera is only 1 megapixel that combines with an 8 megapixels rear camera. Its processing power is 1.5 GHz through a Snapdragon S4 chip processor. On board storage is only 8GB. Handling of 3D games is excellent thanks to the hardware and the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The phone supports the fastest data network with its 4G capability, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. Unfortunately, it lacks Near-Field Communication (NFC) support. Browsing experience is good with pages loading under 1300ms and you can install the Adobe Flash Player. The 1780 mAh battery offers 9 hours of talk time, enough to last a day outside without your charger!

4. Motorola Electrify 2

The Electrify 2 is a Motorola smartphone that follow the earlier release of the Electrify. It therefore follows the same design principle as its predecessor and comes at a thin profile of 8.4 mm. This seems to be the magic number that, Motorola aims to squeeze all functionality. The Kevlar back that is making Motorola devices very touch physically enhances all the casing.

Motorola Electrify  2 Android Smartphone

It has a customized version of Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich just like the other Android phones from the company that came out in 2012. This is all powered by the 1.2Ghz dual core processor and a powerVR GPU chipset for the graphics. Video recording is possible at 1080p true HD at 30fps.

The browsing experience is awesome and gives a rather plain phone some kick. The browser supports Adobe Flash. With a 1780 mAh battery, users get up to 11 hours of talk time. There is a MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB external storage. This adds to the 8GB internal storage. The OS utilized 1 GB of RAM. On the display, users get a 4.3-inch qHD with ColorBoost technology. The surface is splash resistant, saving users the agony of spilled coffee.

5. Motorola RAZR MAXX

The RAZR MAXX without the “DROID” is the international version of the MAXX from Motorola. Thus, it spots the same hardware features as the Verizon only version. Its user interface is different given that the DROID MAXX has a layer of customizations on top of the Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Versions of the phone that came with Gingerbread version of Android got an OTA upgrade to ICS.

Motorola RAZR MAXX Android Smartphone

The RAZR MAXX has an inbuilt battery and spots a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD display. The ColorBoost technology makes it very bright under the sun. The display is relatively rich giving out 256ppi pixel density with 590 by 960 pixels in resolution. There is a card slot for MicroSD and the internal storage is 16GB.

The phone has a 1.3MP front facing camera and an 8MP rear camera that shoots 1080p true HD videos at 30fps. There is a micro HDMI port for external display of videos and other media. Typing on the phone is very easy with the predictive Swype feature. Like its cousin, this phone has a 3300mAh battery, which lasts even longer because there is no 4G LTE support. There are all other latest connectivity features including Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth 4.0.

Are you a Motorola supporter? If so, which one of these do you have a soft spot for? We will love to hear from you!


Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.

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