Reviewing the Droid RAZR Maxx presents an interesting challenge: in many ways it’s the exact same device as the Droid RAZR, which was introduced just a few short months ago. Actually, scratch that: it is the exact same device, but with a gigantic 3300mAh battery that fills out the original RAZR's distinctive scooped back. That’s a huge leap over the original RAZR, and over double the 1432mAh cell in the iPhone 4S. It’s a blunt force solution to the problem of power-hungry dual-core processors and first-gen LTE chipsets: if you can’t make the battery last longer, just glue on a bigger battery.

And make no mistake: that’s exactly how the RAZR Maxx was conceived, almost as though on a whim: a Motorola engineer suggested putting a bigger battery on the RAZR, and CEO Sanjay Jha thought the revised shape was easier to hold, so he shipped it. The Maxx takes over the $299 price point on Verizon, while the original RAZR has fallen to $199. Having just reviewed the original RAZR, we thought it was important to spend serious time reviewing the sole distinguishing feature of the Maxx: its battery.

So what’s it like having a modern LTE phone with a battery that supposedly lasts forever? Should buyers of the original RAZR feel slighted that Verizon and Motorola introduced a dramatically better revision of their phone just two months after launching it in the first place? And does the palpable sense of embarrassment at owning a phone called the “Droid RAZR Maxx” ever truly fade? Read on to find out.