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Details from a Galaxy Nexus user that upgraded to the Maxx
Hopefully this post assists some in making a decision for or against this phone.
I am in my thirties and have been using a rooted/ROM'd Galaxy Nexus user for the past 2 year. I loved the ability to flash a ROM just to make the phone faster and running the most recent Android releases. However, the phone has become too slow and the signal problems are getting on my nerves, so I started looking for a replacement. I do not stream Youtube videos or listen to music on my phone with any regularity. I use it to check 1 exchange account, 2 Gmail accounts, and sync my exchange calendar. I read RSS feeds in gReader, play the occasional time wasting game while passing time and use SMS and Whats App for communication. Very lite Facebook usage for posting photos of my family and such.
Being a former Blackberry user I was intrigued by the Z10, but the instability in the company ruled it out. That left the Moto-X and the HTC One. Even though I am around a charger all day, I decided that battery life was essential to me on the occasion that I am traveling or out all day. The One looks great but the battery life I have been reading about left something to be desired. Plus, I would put a case on it because I wouldn’t want to scratch the metal casing which eliminates the good looks of the device. The Moto-X looks like it will be a great device with a lot of potential developer backing, but what does it do that the Maxx does not do? Plus, it looks exactly like my GNex (the black front version). That is not a bad thing, but a little change does wonders.
I picked up the MAXX 3 days ago. I kept my unlimited data by adding a line and putting a dumb phone on it.
So far, I am happy with the decision. Some of the benefits that excite me over the GNEX:
1. Battery is ridiculous
2. Larger screen
3. Wireless charging
4. Active Notifications
5. My car can read emails and SMS now
I can’t see any benefit of waiting for a quad core, 1080P, fingerprint scanning phone at this point. Maybe in a year or 2, but not now. The Maxx seems like a full featured device that is built sturdy and will last. I was concerned about bloat due to my GNex being bloat free but it is not a problem. All of it is easily disabled and some bloat is useful. Motorola Assist is pretty cool, although I am not sure it is considered bloat. Maybe just the Verizon apps are bloat, but it is not too bad.
First Full Battery Charge:
I charged up the phone and took it off the charger 2 days ago in the AM. I decided to charge it again this AM. I used it more than normal because it is a new toy and was on WIFI most of the time, but this is exactly what I expect from my device. Screen time of 5 hours for a GNex user is amazing. I was lucky to get 2 hours with an extended battery. I got almost 48 hours and could have gotten more, but I wanted to get it charged for today's usage. See the photos for proof.
Anyhow, I hope my details help those out there who are on the fence decide on way or the other. If you have any questions, fire away.
Note: The camera seems pretty bad after a few test shots, but I can live with it. If you need a great camera phone, this is not the option for you.