Hands-on with the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, MAXX HD and RAZR M

Motorola has a new family of DROID RAZRs to show off, and all three new smartphones are looking sweet. With this new line-up, Motorola is heavily emphasizing speed courtesy of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, as well as some great display technology, and seriously long lasting battery lives. To that effect, the RAZR HD measures just 8.4mm thin, yet it manages to pack in a 2,500mAh battery life battery which is good enough for up to 16 hours of talk time. But if that kind of battery life won’t satiate you, then the RAZR MAXX HD promises a battery life of up to 21 hours talk time thanks to an amazing 3,300 mAH battery. The RAZR MAXX HD also improves on the RAZR HD with 32GB of storage. Unfortunately, with those bonuses, also comes a bit of extra girth, but it’s only a smidge bigger at 9.3mm thin. Design wise, the new RAZR family packs in the same good looks of it predecessors with a Corning Gorilla Glass display, DuPont KEVLAR fiber and a splash-guard coating.

Our initial impressions of the RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD is that these are a fine evolution over their predecessor the Droid RAZR. For starters, the high resolution 1280 x 720 4.7-inch HD display with ColorBoost technology really takes advantage of all of the smartphone’s real estate. The DROID RAZR HD offers 78 percent more pixels than its predecessor! That is even more pixel power than the iPhone’s retina display. We can testify to the fact that the display is crystal clear and sharp, and overall a big improvement over the original DROID RAZR which sports a PenTile display. Speaking of the original display that the Droid RAZR has, that Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display has been transplanted onto the new Motorola RAZR M.

Other standard specs include a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor processor and 1 GB RAM, a mobile hotspot capability, NFC, and a 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording. However, while most other smartphone makers have been talking up great cameras, Motorola’s press conference didn’t do much to emphasize the camera quality of the 8MP cameras inside the new RAZRs. However, we’ll have a review of the RAZR M up soon where we’ll put the RAZR M’s camera through its paces.

The entire new family is also coming preloaded with Chrome for Android, which is a first. Motorola and Google are promising that the web surfing experience is so fast on these devices, that it’s 40% faster than surfing with Safari on the iPhone. We took the RAZR HD for a brief test run today and were impressed with how fast the sites are loading up on the devices.

The RAZR M goes on sale today at Verizon for just $99 with a new contract, and it’s available in a choice of white or black. The RAZR HD will also be available in a choice of white or black, while the RAZR MAXX HD will only be available in black. The RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will go on sale in time for the holidays. Finally, all of the devices will receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of the year.