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.
Prices (Where to Buy)
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.
If your DROID Maxx has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.