Motorola Droid Maxx
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: DROIDMAXX
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CNET editors' review
price range: $149.99
- Reviewed by: Brian Bennett
- Reviewed on: 08/26/2013
- Updated on:09/17/2013
The good: The Motorola Droid Maxx delivers astonishingly long battery life, a big, colorful screen, and a durable, attractive design. The phone performs inventive tricks such as responding to voice commands, giving screen-based notifications, and quick-launching the camera, which takes pleasing pictures.
The bad: The Motorola Droid Maxx is expensive.
The bottom line: If you can get past its steep price, the massive-screened Motorola Droid Maxx is currently Verizon’s best Android smartphone.
Absolutely love this phone.
by slhadle on December 5, 2013
Pros: Long battery life
Cons: Doesn't fit in my pocket
Summary: I purchased this phone based off of what I read on CNET. I'm glad I did. The screen on my 4 year old Droid X began to die so ...
Summary: I purchased this phone based off of what I read on CNET. I'm glad I did. The screen on my 4 year old Droid X began to die so it was time to (reluctantly) replace it. After researching all the smart phones Verizon offers, I decided on the Droid Maxx mainly because of the battery life and the quality of construction. I average about 12 to 14 hours of constant use on one charge. Which I think is phenominal. I play Ingress alot and like that I don't have to worry about my battery quitting on me.
The screen is easy to read in-doors or out and the camera is better than I'll ever need. After all, who really uses the camera on their phone for "professional" photo shoots?
The phone is a little heavy, but that is probably due to the Otter Box Defender case I have on it.
After 2 months of use, I've had zero issues with this phone.
This phone is awesome! Best phone I have ever had...
by Im_Rod on December 3, 2013
Pros: Beautiful screen, sharpness, clarity
At least 48 hour battery
Cons: Comes with the large screen, a large phone... :)
Not many accessories out there... limited cases and such.
Summary: I have been using this phone for about 1 month now, and this is the best phone I have ever had! You do not need to worry about battery life, ...
Summary: I have been using this phone for about 1 month now, and this is the best phone I have ever had! You do not need to worry about battery life, something that takes a while to get used to! From face detection unlocking, to phone encryption for security, to an innovative way to launch the camera app (shake it activates the camera), to Motorola assist app with intelligent auto detect drive mode, and the list goes on and on... filled with features and they work 99% of the time. Not only is the phone filled with features, but for the first time you can use them all and forget about the battery!!! It will last at a minimum 1 day of ALL DAY USE, like if you're a couch potato for a day with nothing to do but your phone on your hand kind of a day... :) The screen is gorgeous! Just go to a store and see the AMOLED difference... it is beautiful! One of my biggest deal breakers is poor build quality (Samsung!?), NOT HERE! This phone is rock solid and gorgeous! Did I mention 32GB? I can actually write on and on about the features and awesomeness of this phone...
As you can tell I am a fan!
On the not so nice side of things, the phone's size is a bit of a problem. Unfortunately that's what happens when you have a gigantic 5" screen. Other than the size, the camera really could be better, however, there's an app for that. With awesome apps you can make up for any hardware shortcoming of the phone, so problem solved!
One of the best phones in the current market
by JSan97 on November 24, 2013
Pros: Excellent Battery Life
Good build quality
Great screen & graphics
Cons: Slightly Large
Steep price tag
Camera a little dim indoors
Summary: Although the steep price tag may cause some potential buyers to flee to cheaper alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy or HTC One, this phone is in no way negative, and ...
Summary: Although the steep price tag may cause some potential buyers to flee to cheaper alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy or HTC One, this phone is in no way negative, and smartphone enthusiasts will jump at its HD display, X8 1.7 Ghz CPU (which is NOT underpowered), and its overall great build quality and content.Too bad that Verizon and Motorola are one of the few smartphone carriers/makers that still prevent the customer from fully modifying their device (a key part of the original open-source Android idea, I believe) by locking the bootloader and preventing root access unless you pay for a terribly overpriced developer edition ($649! What?) that gives you that functionality-- and nothing else extra. Someone needs to get it through their heads that their customers are becoming, well... irritated.
Updated on Feb 22, 2014
A really great phone with stellar battery life.
by selene784 on November 19, 2013
Pros: Excellent battery life
Great build quality
Big, bright screen
Very good, reliable call quality
Smooth, quick overall performance
Cons: Camera is only so-so
I miss having a microSD card slot
Price is high
Summary: I have been using this phone for a couple of months now and have enjoyed just about everything about it. The UI is smooth and fast, the screen bright and ...
Summary: I have been using this phone for a couple of months now and have enjoyed just about everything about it. The UI is smooth and fast, the screen bright and colorful, and the call quality is very good. Battery life, which remains one of my major concerns when looking to buy a new phone, is really excellent with the Droid Maxx. Even with heavy use, I haven't managed to kill the battery before the day is through and have rarely gotten it below 40% at the end of the night. I got this phone from Verizon after a warranty replacement debacle with my Galaxy S3, so I was a little disappointed to not have the user replaceable battery or microSD card slot anymore, but those are really minor gripes. The only thing I really do miss from my previous phone is the camera. The S3 camera took some great shots, both indoors and out and had lots of shooting modes. There were certainly more features there than I personally ever used, but I find the picture quality on the Maxx to be lacking, particularly in low light. The camera interface is nice and simple to use though and it takes some pretty decent shots outdoors in sunlight. It is also really nice to not be bogged down by all of the unneeded extras Samsung puts on their phones. This keeps the phone running smoothly without the occasional lag I would see on my previous phone. I also like the additions Motorola has made to the Maxx, minimal though they may seem. The Assist app is one I enjoy having very much, and the voice commands possible with Touchless Control are very well implemented. Overall, this is a really excellent phone and certainly one I would recommend for anyone looking for an Android handset with great call quality, excellent battery life, and a smooth, intuitive UI.
Rock Solid Battery and Performance.
by sporttrac126 on November 18, 2013
Pros: I have stuck with Moto Droids since the first Droid. I like the solid feel, performance and great new features that respond quickly, no lag.
Battery life is awesome!
Miracast is nice when you have the hardware.
Cons: I had an issue where the phone didn't charge when it was plugged in. It happened 2x's but it reset when I removed the connection and re-connected it. Lack of accessories/docking that all the other Droids have had in the past. Miracast, no HDMI port
Summary: The best smartphone I have ever had and I have had smartphones since the Kyocera 6135(?). My last phone was the Droid Bionic which was good at first but became ...
Summary: The best smartphone I have ever had and I have had smartphones since the Kyocera 6135(?). My last phone was the Droid Bionic which was good at first but became a slug after Jelly Bean. The Maxx fixed everything and more.
I believe its the Best Cell Phone out there..
by nine11c2 on October 4, 2013
Pros: Great screen.
Great battery - cell phone is a cell phone again, not a temporarily cordless between home and my desk...
Active notification is brilliant - I don't need to pick up phone to see "do I have a message"
Great phone quality and speaker.
Cons: Major - no SD card.
Minor - Can't make it stop vibrate on active notification.
Summary: First, price isn't really issue - jsut bought for like $197 from Sams (though they didn't get approval from Verizon well, took me some time). I think the ...
Summary: First, price isn't really issue - jsut bought for like $197 from Sams (though they didn't get approval from Verizon well, took me some time). I think the reviewers take more buzz than reality into their reviews. This phone has great performance, great screen, is the ONLY phone that lets you have a real cell phone again, not a temporary cell phone that is always off plugged in somewhere. Great features that you need, not the ones you dont. its very nice looking in a Darth Vader kinda way (hey - Droid is licensed from Lucas Film). Its tough outside means you really don't need a case (why buy a great looking phone - like HTC 1 - and then have to put it into a case - this has a rugged but good looking outside that can stay case-less). Its as fast or near as fast as S4, HTC 1, its own X sibling, has bigger screen without much more space and has great speaker and such and the only battery that lasts a day. it comes with 32GB of RAM most of which is usable. Its quite simply the best phone out there - it may not have the biggest specs, but its not bogged down by bloatware and non-necessary features so its plenty fast). Stop being a lemming and get this phone..
design. Quality materials not plastic junk like MotoX
by A_thinking_women on September 29, 2013
Pros: Design, Function, Durability, expandable memory, easy to use, good security features.
Cons: Price...not for the average person for sure.
Summary: I am in love with this technology. There I said it. It is about MATERIALS and QUALITY. No plastic crap phones please.
Summary: I am in love with this technology. There I said it. It is about MATERIALS and QUALITY. No plastic crap phones please.
Much better than the Razr HD MAXX
by Mkobe71 on September 11, 2013
Pros: Im not sure how you can compare this to an iPhone. iPhones are great but this is so much better. I only recommend iPhones to people over 60 because they are simple to use.
Cons: No IR like the One and no SD card slot.
Summary: Best Phone. Once you have a phone that goes for days without charging you realize how annoying charging your phone was. Nothing worse than going dead when you need your ...
Summary: Best Phone. Once you have a phone that goes for days without charging you realize how annoying charging your phone was. Nothing worse than going dead when you need your phone most or not using it to save battery.
The photos are much better on the new Droid MAXX than the 6 month old Droid predecessors which was the main flaw for them. I love going snowboarding in temps that would drain my battery in hours and ride all day with 50% battery. Weekend vacation and forgot your charger... No problem.
Best phone out say bye to your charger ;-)
by Haitianpriince on September 7, 2013
Pros: BATTERY LIFE(even with the Note 2 i used 2 batteries) i end the day with about 40%
Loud Speakers(louder than HTC one)
Smooth and quick no lag
Bright beautiful screen
Great for gaming
Cons: Will cause you to live on the wild side because you will not want to put a case on this beautifully designed phone.
Could be a little big for people with small hands( if that is you check out the droid mini or moto x you will not regret it)
Summary: When it comes to technology there is a chance your phone might be defective nothing is perfect. With that said as long as you get a working model there really ...
Summary: When it comes to technology there is a chance your phone might be defective nothing is perfect. With that said as long as you get a working model there really are no flaws to this phone. I am absolutely in love with this phone. Hands down the best and I sell phones at BestBuy so I have played with them all. Motorola and Google came up big this year and it will take others a while to make a phone that is so much fun to use, practical, and smart. The way it handles notifications and the touch-less controls will change the way you do everyday tasks for the better.
Functional, Reliable, Durable.
by nfrankson on August 31, 2013
Pros: Battery life, build quality, screen image quality, speed and ease of use. I don't care what the spec sheet says relative to the S4 or HTC ONE, the screen is clear and crisp and there is no lag while operating the phone.
Cons: Speakers, like most phones, face away from you when you're looking at the screen.
Can't switch from 4G to 3G.
Camera is good, but not the best. More software bells & whistles would have been nice.
Touchless command has not personality, like Siri.
Summary: I primarily use my phone for calls, texting and websurfing. I can appreciate bells and whistles, but my reality is, I rarely use most of them. Things that could be ...
Summary: I primarily use my phone for calls, texting and websurfing. I can appreciate bells and whistles, but my reality is, I rarely use most of them. Things that could be better: I think the camera is "good enough", but the HTC ONE, S4 and iPhone all have fancier software and probably take sharper pictures. I like the touchless voice commands "ok google now", but it lacks the fun factor of Siri. The commands list is somewhat limited, and again, there's no room for any fun with it. For example, if you ask google "how are you?", it gets confused. If you tell it "thank you" it doesn't say "you're welcome". Maybe I'm just a fool for this, but little things like that would have made the device flat out fun to use. My last "complaint" is there doesn't seem to be a way to turn off 4G. The battery is strong enough to support it, but frankly, I don't need 4G. Most of my web surfing happens within wifi range. Lastly, when watching a video, the speakers are facing away from you. while they are certainly loud enough, the sound quality isn't on par with the HTC ONE which has speakers facing you, not to mention one on each side of the phone enabling stereo. What I love: DEspite not being 1080p the display is big and beautiful. After a certain point, it really doesn't matter to the human eye, and I think the Maxx is past that point. The feel of the phone is a premium, sturdy one. The battery life is very good. You would be hard pressed to kill it in a 12 hour day of non-stop use, even with it being a power sucking 4G only device. The voice quality is excellent and the web surfing and texting experiences are very good. This phone excels at the things that matter most, and at the end of the day, this is probably the most reliable, most functional phone on the market. If you want oodles of bells and whistles, then the HTC ONE or S4 may very well be better for you, but you will be sacrificing durability and longevity for it. don't get me wrong, this phone absolutely has some bells and whistles, but most of them are geared towards functionality as opposed to look-what-i-can-do gimmicks. For example, this thing can tell when you are driving and thus read your texts to you! That just flat out makes sense and enhances the functionality.
- Manufacturer: Motorola
- Part number: DROIDMAXX
- Bottom Line: If you can get past its steep price, the massive-screened Motorola Droid Maxx is currently Verizon’s best Android smartphone.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Width 2.8 in
- Depth 0.33 in
- Height 5.41 in
- Weight 5.89 oz
- Service Provider Verizon Wireless
- Operating System Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
- Diagonal Size 5 in