My Verizon based Motorola Razr MAXX phone has slowed down substantially over the years and is currently at a point where it will take 30 seconds or more to respond to user inputs. I chose to clean off most of the applications I had accumulated over the years which had a positive effect but was not fully restorative. I also removed 1000s of images held on the camera and synced to Dropbox which further improved the phone but still did not bring the phone back to original form.
Last night, I chose to perform a factory reset on my Razr MAXX to bring the phone back to its original performance. After the factory restore, I was faced with a large list of bloatware and applications I didn’t necessarily want re-installed immediately. I use two Google accounts with the phone so they each come with their own applications.
Here is a list of the applications I chose to freeze or disable:
- Android Live Wallpapers
- Stop & Clear Data & Clear Cache on Backup Assistant Plus, Backup Assistant+ Contacts Client, Backup Assistant+ Media
- Face Unlock
- Forest Wallpaper
- Help Center
- How to Videos
- Home Screen Tips
- Let’s Golf 2
- Magic Smoke Wallpapers
- Movie Studio
- My Verizon Mobile
- Music Visualization Wallpapers
- newbayservice (runs backup assistant)
- NFL Mobile
- Rescue Security
- Setup Wizard
- Slacker Radio
- Verizon Login
- Verizon Tones
- Video Calling
- VZ Navigator
A fantastic list of applications you can freeze or disable is here:
The summary is that the phone is now far better than it was and is much closer to original condition. I still have many Apps installed such as Dropbox, Facebook, two email accounts, etc that keep the phone from performing like the first day I owned it. I tried a MotoX with Republic Wireless for a brief period and while the phone was fantastic, the service was not.
Update: I ended up getting a MotoX to replace my Motorola Razr MAXX as I continued to have issues on the newest Android OS.