Kevlar Coated-Motorola DROID MAXX Review

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Of Verizon’s most decent Droids, the Motorola DROID MAXX heads the trio. Its battery capacity is largest of the three. So it gives a huge edge over the Mini and the Ultra. If you are a Verizon customer and are considering the Droid Maxx, then one reason you are doing so might be the battery, the 3,500mAh battery.

The Droid Maxx, just like the Droid RAZR Maxx, it will take a lot of abuse to actually kill off its battery. Motorola claims up to 48 hours of battery life with mixed use and in real life, it does get pretty close. The Motorola Droid Maxx specs are described below:

Design:

The Droid Maxx would be almost exactly like the Droid Ultra, if it weren’t for the Kevlar pattern at the bottom of face of the phone. The display, button placement, shape and everything else is same at the front. However, the back side of the phone is completely different. It has a soft-touch carbon-fiber-like pattern on its back, instead of a glossy back. It has 10MP camera, speaker and flash on the top and Droid, Motorola and Verizon branding beneath it.

You will find around the edges, a power and volume rocker on the right, a micro-USB port at the bottom and 3.5mm headset jack up top. The Motorola Droid Maxx has a 5” display. Above it are proximity and ambient light sensors along with earpiece. Just below it are home, back and app changer button along with a tiny hole for microphone.

The Droid Maxx itself is not very gaudy or flashy but it does feel whole rather than lacking. It weighs 5.89 ounces and is 5.41×2.8×0.33 in measurement. It is not as light or thin as other smartphones but it is not a bad tradeoff considering its battery.
The 5 inch display has 1280×720 resolution which is a little disappointment when compared to HTC One or LG G2 as the Droid Maxx display is not really as sharp. It is engineered with a Motorola X8 chipset with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1,700MHz processor and RAM of 2GB along with 32GB onboard memory storage. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and 4G LTE connectivity with Verizon’s network.

The key feature of Droid Maxx is its battery which should provide up to 48 hours of mixed usage (music streaming, messaging, phone calls etc.). Maxx is not lacking anything when it comes to specs. It is loaded with everything you would expect from a high-end Android smartphone.

Performance:

Considering performance, the Motorola Droid Maxx performs just like the Ultra. They have same display and innards and also the same performance. It is quick at opening, closing and running apps. Though it is not as powerful as LG G2, but it holds its own and doesn’t do bad.

Battery life:

This smartphone is built to last or at least last more than a day before you need a charge. The battery works like a champ and hang with you for almost over a day, sometimes even two days. With normal use, on average, the Droid Maxx would last about a day and a half.

Google Now:

Of the new Droids, one of the standout features is the ability to wake your phone and give commands by simply speaking to it. It is called Touchless Controls and are set by following the on-screen instructions. Once Touchless Controls are set up, you can activate your phone by saying “OK Google Now” then ask it question or give it a command.

The Motorola X8 computing system makes Touchless Controls possible without killing your phone’s battery life. It works very well but in some cases such as loud environments, it doesn’t work as well as it should. And some of that is expected.

Camera:

The Motorola Droid Maxx features 10MP camera. And aside from some gripes with the metering system and camera software, photos turn out to be OK. But photos from the Droid Maxx don’t look as clean or rich as photos from Galaxy S4, Lumia 1020 or iphone 5. However, apps like Snapseed and Vignette will give your photos more contrast, color, richness and a little life.

On the other hand, video is a bit better. Colors look good on video and it also does better job with metering and light than still camera does. It will do 1080p video recording. The stabilization is relatively decent. The downside is that there are not any additional settings to tweak exposure or anything else.

Pros:

  • Huge battery
  • Touchless Controls
  • Grippy Kevlar backing

Cons:

  • No MicroSD
  • Weak camera
  • Only on Verizon

The Motorola Droid Maxx definitely satisfies smartphone users who need extra juice from their battery. It has a nice design and is not unwieldy given its display size. It also has useful and nice Touchless Control feature. The Verizon network and 4G LTE speeds are more than satisfactory.

Regarding display size, we wish it had a higher screen resolution. It is not dull or pixilated by any means but it doesn’t hold up in comparison to HTC One and LG G2.

Its graphics and processor performance may be a weaker but you are going to find no issues in day to day use. However, for serious mobile gamers, you may experience some delay or lag in performance. Overall, the Motorola Droid Maxx performs decently enough for a flagship smartphone. The one area where it needs some improvement is its camera, both with startup times and actual shooting. Otherwise you will get a great battery life and excellent voice command controls.

Overall, the Motorola Droid Maxx is a solid smartphone with good Touchless controls as well as battery life. As a successor to the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, the Motorola Droid Maxx doesn’t seem a big jump but that is not a bad thing necessarily. The big you are buying this phone is its large battery life. If you like Motorola’s software and you can make more use of it than only an extra boost in battery performance, this is definitely your phone.

For anything else, read: Verizon Wireless-Motorola DROID MAXX Specs

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