REVIEWED: Droid MAXX

The Droid MAXX is a Verizon exclusive Android phone that still holds it own in today’s market. Rocking Android KitKat and Motorola’s X8 Processing Chipset, you’ll have a hard time slowing this phone down. I switched to this phone from the iPhone 4S and it was the most enjoyable, seamless transition I’ve ever experienced. And I have Motorola Migrate to thank for that.

•Unboxed•
My first impression of the MAXX after taking it out of the box? Whoah, this is huge. I was used to using the iPhone 4S which has a 3.5 inch 640p “Retina” display. The screen size on the Droid MAXX is an impressive 5 inch, 720p AMOLED display. Blacks on AMOLED are deep, dark, and well…black. If a pixel is black on an AMOLED display, the pixel isn’t even illuminated. You save battery this way. The phone feels nice and solid. Smooth. Modern. The screen wraps to the side unlike the iPhone which has that unsightly metal band around it. The back and sides of the MAXX are textured with a carbon fiber weave and the phone comes with a Kevlar backplate that is sadly none removable. The back of the phone also has the stylized “M” common to Motorola devices, but this time its thankfully not an unsightly dimple. On the back of the phone you’ll find an LED flash for a 10mp ClearPixel camera, and a stereo loudspeaker, the quality of which is fairly impressive. Nothing close to the HTC One M8 but its super super loud.

•Performance•
Out of the box, the phone is snappy, crisp and responsive. Thankfully the MOTOBLUR UI isn’t overly skinned like TouchWiz. But I like the new style of launcher better. So I downloaded the “Google Now Launcher” and set it up. I restarted the phone to make sure everything was seamless and sure enough the phone is still crisp and snappy. Games run smoothly even while on a voice call in the background. Graphics are amazingly sharp on the MAXX’s 720p screen and the colors are intense.

•Battery•
You’d think that all of this performance would come with a heavy hit to the battery. You’d think wrong. On my iPhone 4S, I would end up being tethered to the charger by 4th period. The MAXX lasted me the WHOLE day with heavy use, gaming, and Google Hangouts, all while tethered to my Pebble smartwatch. The XLTE radio in the MAXX performs blazingly fast and I never lose data. With my 4S I would be constantly dropping down to 1x.

•The Final Decision•
If you’re looking for an amazing Android phone on a blazing fast network, come try out the Droid MAXX. The UI is as close to stock as possible and the Active Display is the most useful feature of a smartphone I’ve seen in a while.

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