Motorola DROID Maxx review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Motorola DROID Maxx currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Motorola DROID Maxx is the flagship offering of the debut trio from the Google-Motorola collaboration. With a whopping 3500 mAh battery and wireless charging, the DROID Maxx claims an unheard of 48 hours of mixed usage on a single charge. Sean Riley of Android and Me recently wrote “I haven’t been beating it up by any means yet, but the battery life after a little over 24 hours of mixed usage is at 44%.” While this might leave you a little short of the 48-hour mark listed by Motorola, it certainly offers battery life well beyond most current offerings.

You might be wondering what you are trading for this battery life? That is a good question. The phone uses Motorola’s X8 system. This means a dual-core processor, quad-core graphics and two chips to help with low-power functions. If you are looking for ultimate performance or cutting-edge features, the DROID Maxx sadly misses the mark. However, it offers more than enough power for the average user. Mix in Active Display and full-time voice controls and you have a device that could change the way people look at smart devices.

Though the hardware on the DROID Maxx is nearly identical to the other two phones in the lineup, it does offer a few small cosmetic touches that seal its spot at the front of the pack. The Kevlar backing offers improved grip and reduced smudging while the 5-inch AMOLED display offers plenty of viewing area with bright, vibrant colors. K. T. Bradford of Digital Trends summed the DROID Maxx up nicely when he said “While it isn’t groundbreaking when compared to other superphones like the Galaxy S4 or HTC One, it keeps pace with those devices while remaining distinctly Motorola.”

The Good: 48-hour battery life, wireless charging, minimal user interface, Active Display, superb grip and build quality.

The Bad: No microSD support, price, only available on select carriers.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
10+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Good Housekeeping

If you need a phone that won’t quit, the Droid Maxx’s battery keeps this phone running strong even on your highest-use days.

- Good Housekeeping team, Good Housekeeping
Android Police

The DROID Mini and Maxx are both excellent phones, but if price is no object, I think even those wary of a "big" phone should go the Maxx route. More storage, much better build quality, and two days of battery life? How could you pass that up? The Maxx is an absolutely amazing phone in some ways, an...

- David Ruddock, Android Police
Phandroid

Motorola doesn’t tuck many surprises away, and in a way that’s great. More is less in this case, and their desire to keep things simple makes for a very pleasing experience overall. I am a bit disappointed with the camera for several reasons, but it’s forgivable in the grand scheme...

- Quentyn Kennemer, Phandroid
Gadget Review

It’s the longest-lasting Android phone on the market.

- James Pikover, Gadget Review
Engadget

The Droid Maxx has excellent battery life and is generally a solid mid-range device.

- Brad Molen, Engadget


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Common Questions


Motorola released the DROID Maxx on August 20, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola DROID Maxx user manual here.


Motorola backs up the DROID Maxx with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5"

The Motorola DROID Maxx's screen size is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
10+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 10+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3500 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 592 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

DROID Maxx Specs

Overview
Release date August 20, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.0 Lollipop)

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Processor Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.54 W/kg
Body: 0.32 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 592 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 166 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Hangouts, Google Drive, Play Store, Google+, YouTube, Quickoffice)
Included Software / Apps -
More
Additional comments - Has built-in Barometer
- Last for 48 hours of mixed usage
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Critic Reviews


Good Housekeeping

Good performance with top-rated battery life

from Good Housekeeping

If you need a phone that won’t quit, the Droid Maxx’s battery keeps this phone running strong even on your highest-use days.

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If you need a phone that won’t quit, the Droid Maxx’s battery keeps this phone running strong even on your highest-use days.

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Android Police

Motorola is officially back on track

from Android Police

The DROID Mini and Maxx are both excellent phones, but if price is no object, I think even those wary of a "big" phone should go the Maxx route. More storage, much better build quality, and two days of battery life? How could you pass that up? The Maxx is an absolutely amazing phone in some ways,...More

The DROID Mini and Maxx are both excellent phones, but if price is no object, I think even those wary of a "big" phone should go the Maxx route. More storage, much better build quality, and two days of battery life? How could you pass that up? The Maxx is an absolutely amazing phone in some ways, and I'd personally be very happy to call it my own.

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Phandroid

Clean, lean stock-ish Android UI, Kevlar unibody build

from Phandroid

Motorola doesn’t tuck many surprises away, and in a way that’s great. More is less in this case, and their desire to keep things simple makes for a very pleasing experience overall. I am a bit disappointed with the camera for several reasons, but it’s forgivable in the grand sch...More

Motorola doesn’t tuck many surprises away, and in a way that’s great. More is less in this case, and their desire to keep things simple makes for a very pleasing experience overall. I am a bit disappointed with the camera for several reasons, but it’s forgivable in the grand scheme of things — I’ll put up with the few sore spots and blemishes these things have if only to be able to experience all the other bits of greatness stuffed inside these Kevlar-coated bundles of joy.

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Gadget Review

Great speed, great quality, and the lifespan to get you through anything

from Gadget Review

I seriously love this phone. The Droid MAXX is a brilliant piece of hardware. Fast, solid, with the muscle and vigor that a smartphone should have, what better phone is there? The only problem is that as the one company owned by Google, maker of Android, the MAXX ships with Android 4.2.1, not the...More

I seriously love this phone. The Droid MAXX is a brilliant piece of hardware. Fast, solid, with the muscle and vigor that a smartphone should have, what better phone is there? The only problem is that as the one company owned by Google, maker of Android, the MAXX ships with Android 4.2.1, not the current 4.3, and it doesn’t have first-dibs.

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Engadget

It doesn't offer enough to justify its on-contract price

from Engadget

In our review of the Droid Ultra, we concluded that the device didn't need to exist in Verizon's lineup, not with the Moto X also on sale, anyway. We can't say the same of the Droid Maxx, though: its larger battery, superior build quality, wireless charging functionality and increased storage mak...More

In our review of the Droid Ultra, we concluded that the device didn't need to exist in Verizon's lineup, not with the Moto X also on sale, anyway. We can't say the same of the Droid Maxx, though: its larger battery, superior build quality, wireless charging functionality and increased storage make it a worthier purchase. Really, the Maxx is exactly what the Ultra should have been in the first place, and it's proof that you can fit a huge battery in a thin chassis.

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Beta News

For people who put battery life as the most important feature of a smartphone

from Beta News

Overall, bigger is not better in this case. The Moto X is just a better overall experience and ultimately the better phone. For most people, I would highly recommend it over the Droid Maxx. However, for some people, the Maxx may be better. Using myself as an example, I put battery life as the mos...More

Overall, bigger is not better in this case. The Moto X is just a better overall experience and ultimately the better phone. For most people, I would highly recommend it over the Droid Maxx. However, for some people, the Maxx may be better. Using myself as an example, I put battery life as the most important feature of a smartphone. Given all the shortcomings of this device versus the Moto X, I personally would still choose the Maxx over the Moto X.

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TechHive

The Droid Maxx has superb battery life but doesn't do much else to differentiate itself from its siblings

from TechHive

Aside from its exceptional battery life, the Droid Maxx is about as average as you can get for an Android phone. It looks similar to the Droid Ultra and most of its marquee software features are available on other Motorola devices like the Moto X. At $300 with a new 2-year contract on Verizon, th...More

Aside from its exceptional battery life, the Droid Maxx is about as average as you can get for an Android phone. It looks similar to the Droid Ultra and most of its marquee software features are available on other Motorola devices like the Moto X. At $300 with a new 2-year contract on Verizon, the phone is the most expensive of the Droid line and hard to recommend to anyone but the most battery hungry consumers. If you hate that you can't go more than a day without charging your phone then the Droid Maxx should suit your needs just fine. For everyone else, the Moto X also offers impressive battery life in a form-factor that's much more aesthetically pleasing for significantly less money.

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Wired

Very good, but not quite great

from Wired

Ultimately, if you’re a very heavy user or a person who might not make it to a charger every night, it’s probably just what you’re looking for. It’s a Verizon exclusive, and it will cost you $300 with a two-year contract. That’s a serious commitment, but if you&rsquo...More

Ultimately, if you’re a very heavy user or a person who might not make it to a charger every night, it’s probably just what you’re looking for. It’s a Verizon exclusive, and it will cost you $300 with a two-year contract. That’s a serious commitment, but if you’re constantly struggling to make it back home with juice to spare, it’s worth the extra coin.

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Droid Life

The device performs quite well and will easily last you all day long with heavy usage

from Droid Life

Once again, this review was short for the simple reason that the DROID MAXX is the exact same phone as the DROID ULTRA, but with a larger battery and different exterior finish. As for whether the MAXX should be your next phone, I could easily see myself recommending it to anyone that doesn’...More

Once again, this review was short for the simple reason that the DROID MAXX is the exact same phone as the DROID ULTRA, but with a larger battery and different exterior finish. As for whether the MAXX should be your next phone, I could easily see myself recommending it to anyone that doesn’t mind a large device or the $299 price tag. Sure, it has capacitive buttons instead of on-screen and its in-hand feel is somewhat over the top, but the device performs quite well, will easily last you all day long with heavy usage and blends just the right amount of stock Android with custom UI tweaks done by Motorola.

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PhoneArena

Good build quality using Kevlar construction, excellent call quality

from PhoneArena

Coming in at $300 with a 2-year Verizon contract, the Motorola DROID MAXX is the most expensive of the three DROID models. It combines all the features of the DROID Ultra, but increases the battery to 3500mAh, doubles the internal memory to 32GB, and looks higher end with the soft-touch woven bac...More

Coming in at $300 with a 2-year Verizon contract, the Motorola DROID MAXX is the most expensive of the three DROID models. It combines all the features of the DROID Ultra, but increases the battery to 3500mAh, doubles the internal memory to 32GB, and looks higher end with the soft-touch woven backing. Still, $300 with contract is a lot for a smartphone, and we’re not really sure that the Motorola DROID MAXX can command that premium price.

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