Motorola Droid Maxx
Manufacturer: Motorola Part number: DROIDMAXX
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CNET editors' review
price range: $39.99
- 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.
Best Android Phone Yet - Incredible Battery Life
by Im_Daniel on October 17, 2013
Pros: New Motorola features feel very well done
Screen looks great!
Phone feels great in the hand
Plenty usual Verizon crapware
Active Notifications is cool feature
Really impressed long life battery
Cons: No FM Radio
Summary: I have used a lot of different Android phones since 2009, and this is the best experience yet. After getting things set up I am really impressed with it. It ...
Summary: I have used a lot of different Android phones since 2009, and this is the best experience yet. After getting things set up I am really impressed with it. It really feels like a polished and premium phone experience. It isn't too heavy or thick, but feels a bit big in the hand compared to my previous Galaxy Nexus. The new Motorola features feel very well done and if I had to switch to stock again I would miss them.
The screen looks great! It is a huge improvement from my old Galaxy Nexus and it looks very hi res to me. It looks very similar to my iPad 3 with the retina display. The colors are rich and it is easy to read everything. I have seen my friends 1080 screen and I don't see any difference. The lower resolution means it runs more smoothly and it uses less battery. Great decision by Moto to go for the 720 screen. As for the size, it is plenty big. I would compare it with the HTC One or GS4.
I was not really expecting much after hearing that it was just a dual core processor. But after using it for a few hours I am VERY impressed. I move instantly in and out of apps, switch apps quickly, and I can still use the phone just fine even when I am updating lots of apps in the background. I have tried out the GS4 in the Verizon store a bunch and it has plenty of lag doing these things. Samsung has never put much care into optimizing Android for their phones.
It has a smallish Verizon logo on the back at the bottom with no logos or other BS on the front at all. This phone is a bit bigger than my Galaxy Nexus before this and takes a bit to get used to. It just feels bigger because there is not much curve in the corners of the device like there is with the Samsung smartphones. It doesn't have that awful design from the previous models where the device isn't an actual rectangle thankfully. I would compare it in size almost exactly to the HTC One.
The phone feels great in the hand and doesn't feel heavy at all for the size of the battery inside. In fact it feels plenty light. It is definitely lighter than my Galaxy Nexus with the extended battery (~2200 mAh) and much thinner too. The matte finish on the back is very nice and gives it a really quality feel. In the previous Droid Razr series the Kevlar back felt a bit much because it is much thicker. This new thin model has the best feel of any smartphone backing I have tried lately. I guess I am not a fan of the aluminum backing the HTC One has.
The biggest downer I had about this phone was the built in buttons as opposed to the on screen ones. On the older apps it shows a bar at the bottom of your screen with the menu icon. Then I found out you can hide that bar at the bottom and just hold down the multitask button to see the bar. I got used to it in a snap and now am happy to have the extra screen space.
As for the usual Verizon crapware, there is plenty of it on this phone. Thankfully with the disable app function I was able to kill all the ones I knew I would never use. Once I did that it was almost just like a clean phone, with the exception of a Verizon login and widget I couldn't get rid of.
This is a really cool feature. I wasn't expecting much here, but I was pleasantly surprised. When it senses movement or when you get a notification it fades the pretty looking messages and fades them away after a short period of time. It is very minimalistic so you won't be bombarded with a bunch of text or icons. Because they fade in and out you won't need to worry about screen burn in. You can select what apps are allowed to use the notification system. It really feels like it is a new stock Android feature, not just a Moto specific one.
This was a hidden easter egg for me. I didn't hear anything about it until I saw it on the phone. It is a Chrome extension that allows you to send and receive text messages, view recent calls, and receive notifications all from your browser. I installed the Chrome extension and I was up and running right away. It is very polished and well done for a first version. It has a very Googleish feel to it, like it was integrated into stock Android. Now that I have used it for a month I can't live without it. I can quickly reply to texts without breaking my stride doing work.
I am a pretty light user, but I have been really impressed with the battery life. To go over 2 days without charging with normal use and still have 44% battery life left is pretty amazing. Even on heavy usage days I have been very impressed with the battery life. I played a game for 2 hours straight and only saw a 4% hit in battery life. I downloaded over 20 gigs of music with less than a 10% hit.
I have gone from always worrying about my phones battery life to not even thinking about it anymore. I feel like we have finally reached where smartphone should have been all along. It is a great feeling to not need to charge your phone much at all anymore. For my business I needed a phone where I didn't need to worry about battery anymore. This phone passed test that with flying colors!
This is a solid phone. I am really impressed. I would give it a solid 9/10 or even higher. This is the best Android experience I have used over the Nexus 4, GS4, HTC One, and Galaxy Nexus. If you have Verizon this is a must buy. If you are not on Verizon then just know that the Motorola X phone will be a great experience. The only downside there is the smaller battery size.
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10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Phone Ever!
by dmcolwell on August 27, 2013
Pros: Wireless charging
Battery Life (Awesome!)
Love the volume up/down buttons easy to move and feel
Speed of use and system
Cons: None that I can think of, if any price.
Summary: I love this phone. I believe this is the best phone Verizon has had in a long time. The experience on this phone is almost stock android and it just ...
Summary: I love this phone. I believe this is the best phone Verizon has had in a long time. The experience on this phone is almost stock android and it just works so smoothly. I hate people comparing the "specs" on paper to this phone because I don't know what they used in this "x8" Processor but it works so smootly. Things just send so fast on this and you go back and forth between apps and screen with absolutely no hiccupps like I had on my DNA. It doesn't get hot when you charge it or use it which is something I had major issues with my last couple phones. This is a great phone. Awesome sound quality, crystal clear and the speakers and speaker phone stand out like no other. Also the 3 sound isolating microphones make it so clear. I was in a car wash today talking with my husband and he never knew I was in the car wash! I love how the assist tells you about an incoming text or call when you are driving and having the option to tell it to ignore or answer. The text to voice features are really accurate. It has understood almost every text, command I've told it to do. I think the camera is fine. I have taken indoor shots and outdoor and I think it is a big improvement over past motorola phones. Maybe it isn't 13mb camera with all the features, but when I want a shot that good, I'm using my Nikon camera. The 32gb storage is fine for me. Not an issue as I use dropbox for photos. My music library only takes up a few gig so not an issue. People have complained about the price but it is the same for a 32gb Ipod which doesn't have as many features as this phone. I hope this review helps thos out there that are looking for an honest opinion about the phone from someone who owns one instead of everyone just talking negatively about it because of the specs, the price or because it doesn't say Apple or Samsung on it. I live in a rural area and Motorola phones Always, hands down, get a better signal in our area and I have less dropped calls with it--including this one.
7 out of 9 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best Smartphone I've EVER Owned
by Bruce121574 on August 27, 2013
Pros: Superb Battery Life
5 Inch Screen
Buttery Feeling Kevlar Coated
Solid Build and Quality Feeling In The Hand
Super Fast Speed
Very Smooth Graphics
Excellent Call Quality and Speaker
Cons: Steep Price (but worth it)
Wish It Was 1080p (but the screen quality is still FABULOUS)
Summary: It took a long time to decide which phone to get with so many worthy contenders. The fact that I've only owned Motorola Smartphones helped me decide, since I'...
Summary: It took a long time to decide which phone to get with so many worthy contenders. The fact that I've only owned Motorola Smartphones helped me decide, since I'm already used to the graphics. I had considered an HTC One, but the smaller display (4.7 inches compared to the MAXX's 5) and the 1/3 smaller capacity battery (2200mAh to 3500mAh) swayed me; even though the price of he HTC One is 100 cheaper. The Galaxy S4, though one of the best phones available, has too much "bloatware" and other gadgetry I'd never use, though having a removable battery is certainly a "plus," but at only 2600mAh compared to that 3500mAh MONSTER power source the MAXX has, plus the plasticy housing, made me look again to the MAXX. After a few days of use, the strongly recommend the Droid MAXX if you want a super high quality phone you'll be happy with for 2 years or maybe more! It's just about PERFECT. By the way, I have ZERO problems recharging the phone's battery. NONE. That little quirky thing the CNet review had must have been an anomoly. GET THIS PHONE IF YOU WANT TO BE BLOWN AWAY and DELIGHTED as its owner. LOVE IT!!!!!!! Kudos to Motorola/Google. This is one fine pocket computer that also serves as a phone :-)Sorry for the couple of misprints in my review. I should have proofread it before submitting; but now that I'm here, I left out how great the MAXX is letting you see your notifications without having to turn on the power. You just pick it up and emails, texts and other notifications appear. How ingenious and a great battery saver.
Updated on Aug 27, 2013
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best smartphone on Verizon to date
by okpud on August 29, 2013
Pros: Extra long battery life
Excellent voice quality
Bluetooth Trusted Devices
Wireless Charging (Qi)
Miracast wireless display/audio mirroring
Gesture control to activate camera
Cons: No HDMI or MHL out
Poor Miracast performance when connected to a bluetooth device
Some Bluetooth A2DP streaming problems w/ older devices
No USB fast charge option
Summary: Simply put, this is currently the best smartphone offered by Verizon. You get all the great features of the Moto X, like Active Display and "always on" voice commands, with ...
Summary: Simply put, this is currently the best smartphone offered by Verizon. You get all the great features of the Moto X, like Active Display and "always on" voice commands, with better battery life and wireless charging. This is my fifth Android phone on Verizon and I am very happy with it.A couple of other notes I forgot to mention:
I am averaging a full two days between charges with moderate usage. Performance is excellent with the latest technology in CPU/GPU cores used by the X8 computing system. 4 general purpose CPU cores are just not needed to keep this phone very fast and responsive. No lag at all and very smooth graphics, unlike most every other smartphone I have owned. Motorola focus on usability features over a bunch of gimmicks in this design. Cases in point:
Active Display blows away all other notification systems out there, like blinking LEDs
Voice Commands are easy to use while driving and keep your eyes on the road
Trusted Bluetooth device list allows my phone to stay unlocked when connected to device like my car or home phone system. For me, this is great since I use my phone for business and keep a secure lock screen enabled. When in a "trusted area" around my BT devices, my phone stays unlocked. Leave the area, and it automatically locks again.
So far, I only have a few cons with this device. The lack of a dedicated HDMI or MHL port for video out is a bit of a loss for me. Miracast is fine, but only a few devices support it today whereas every hotel I travel to have HDMI inputs available on the in room TVs. Also, Miracast performance on my home TV tends to stutter if BT is left on (digging through the MAXX's manual, I finally found a warning about this). Streaming audio over BT (A2DP) is problematic with some of my older BT receivers. New ones work fine, but older devices support A2DP tend to stutter and skip when connect to the MAXX (but not other Android devices, like my Nexus 10 tablet). I expect this will probably be address with a later ROM update. Lastly, I really wish Mot would have added a "fast charge" option for charging over USB when connect to a computer. Since it doesn't, you'll only be able to charge at 500mA unless you connect to a dedicated USB charger vs. a computer. Several of my other Android device support this feature so you can get a full 1000mA+ of charging off a computer port when a data connection is not required.
All-in-all, though, this is a solid device that I would highly recommend to those in the market for a new smartphone.
Updated on Aug 29, 2013
The MAXX is Global Ready and SIM unlocked. This is great since I travel to Europe and keep a prepaid SIM for international use. Just replace the Verizon nano-SIM with a new one and you are good to go with most global GSM/HSDPA providers. It even works with a AT&T SIM, but only for their 3G network (no LTE on AT&T due to their different frequency bands from Verizon).
If you use Chrome as your Internet browser, Motorola Connect is a great plugin that works with the new Verizon Droid Mini/Ultra/MAXX lineup + the Moto X. Now I don't have to pull my phone out of my pocket read/send TXT messages or see who's calling. It pops right up in my Chrome browser and is easy to use.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great phone but there are flaws you should know about
by Agent4545 on August 30, 2013
Pros: Battery Life
Surprisingly nice screen
Smooth UI-no lag at all
Cons: Can't text videos
Can't forward calendar invites using outlook exchange
Wireless charging makes the phone hot
Camera is inconsistent and unreliable
Speaker quality is sub-par compared to other flagships
Bluetooth connections are "fuzzy" at times
Summary: If you're coming from iOS this will seem limiting. The main feature of this phone is clearly the battery life. Depending on how important that is to you I ...
Summary: If you're coming from iOS this will seem limiting. The main feature of this phone is clearly the battery life. Depending on how important that is to you I would make sure that weight the other sacrifices compared to an Iphone 5/S4.
3 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
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!
Great phone with an amazing battery life.
by manray117 on December 1, 2013
Pros: Great build quality
The flick of the wrist for the camera to come up
Cons: Expensive and on screen notifications can be glitchy
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.
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.
- 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