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Motorola DROID MAXX unboxing

Without a doubt, the Motorola DROID MAXX is the big brother of the new DROID line. Even though it shares most of the same features of the DROID Ultra, including the 5" 720p display, 10MP Clear Pixel Camera, and Motorola X8 processor, the DROID MAXX improves upon it with a larger capacity 3500mAh battery, 32GB of internal memory, and soft-touch textured coating on the back.

Are these extra perks worth the additional $100 in price over the DROID Ultra?
Check back for our upcoming full review of the Motorola DROID MAXX.

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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 16:46 3

1. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

After today's announcements, this isn't much of an enticing phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:04

2. Joosty (Posts: 246; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

My exact feelings.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:14

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Agree. If the Droids had been released around April/May, they could have got some traction. Now they are definitely mid-tier. Even with a larger battery of the Maxx.

I wonder how long until they are selling for $1 with a signed 2-year contract?

posted on 05 Sep 2013, 12:30

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

why? we all knew what to expect from the Note 3 when these were announced. why has things changed now that it's actually been announced? besides Phone Arena's even said that the Note 3 isn't as snappy as the Moto X and thus the new Droids as well.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:36

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Who really cares about these Motorola phones? Their so far behind Iit's embarrassing. Even LG surpassed them.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 17:59 3

5. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

I do. Instead of focusing on number of cores and tons of features, they focused on optimization, usefulness, and longevity. A very admirable gamble made by Motorola. A 1080p display would have been welcome on the Ultra and Maxx, but my Mini is just fine with it's 342 ppi 720p display. :) It's probably one of the best phones I've ever worked with, along with the Nexus 4 and HTC One; all 3 of them are at the very top of my list.

You guys aren't giving enough credit to Motorola. I doubt a lot of you who bash them haven't even seen the phones in person, much less worked with one of them. The displays on the Ultra and Maxx should have been 1080p, but other than that they're really top tier devices, their chipset might not show it on paper, but the performance does.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 18:27 2

7. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Yeah I'll have to agree with you. The Moto X phone really did end up impressing me more over time after the initial lukewarm response.

That said, I do have a few things I want to note. I think its nice that they were thoughtful to backside and designed it to contour to your fingers and palm while holding it. However looking at side view pictures it doesn't look like its an even curve, making it feel awkward when holding it in landscape because the bottom part is thinner than the top. I haven't played with it in person so I can't say for sure, but I hope it doesn't cause weight imbalances as well. If it's top heavy, then thats bad news, because you'll be reaching for the bottom navigational buttons a lot. There might be slight compromises to it's held feeling, but I like the HTC One better for it's uniform curve.

I think the LG G2's back buttons were a cool idea, and according to reviews across the web, people have said indeed that "I'm glad to report that the button positioning is not PR talk" and a lot of skeptics reported that it was indeed intuitive and easy to use. Because of it's neutral positioning there won't be any issues of left vs right handedness. It's been proven that the positioning can work, so I hope Motorola considers using this placement in the future.

Hardly criticisms, but I can only dream that this be forwarded to Motorola's design team...

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 18:22 1

6. jphillips63 (Posts: 245; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Moto lost my interest when they did away with a micro sd card. I have the razr maxx HD so I'm happy with this phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 18:29

8. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

Yeah unfortunately I don't think it'll be coming back. Google wants people to be using their cloud and since they can exert their will over Motorola... well, I guess its time to get used to it :(

Sony, Samsung and LG are holding out, and I'm thankful for that.

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 19:07

9. icofnc (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 May 2009)

Phone feels great! Nice and clean, but that lack of an SD slot is an issue though. YES, I know there's 32G onboard, but I prefer to store apps on my SD card to free up onboard for opertaional items. I've a;ways carried a Moto Droid starting wth the 855. I realy utilize the Smart Actions app so I've kept with them. I have tried the Note II and pondering waiting for the Note III. After the fine folks at Google released their keyboard which offers spell check & auto correct, this solved one of my stumbling blocks regarding Samsung. Now, if my S4 would only stay on vibrate until I take it off rather than randomly turning itself off....THAT would be GREAT!!!

posted on 04 Sep 2013, 20:55

10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

FAUguy make sure you address the purple tinted screen issue in your review.
It is most noteable at low brightness levels!
Probably the biggest con of the device.

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