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    Default How's the Droid MAXX holding up?

    I'm strongly considering going with a Droid MAXX for my next phone. I haven't used one yet, but I have used a relatives MOTO X while they were in town a little for the holidays and I'm very impressed. I've read good things about the MAXX and the large battery is a major selling point for me.

    4.4 updates software updates aside, I'm curious how the phone is holding up for everyone? Are you still happy you went with the MAXX over the competition?
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    I'm happy as a clam... whatever that means. The phone trounces my GNex in speed, battery, & screen size.
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    Love the Maxx, still on 4.2 and that's OK. Trusted Bluetooth, active display, built in hands free functionality (OK Google Now) with nearly stock android plus killer battery life this phone is a winner. Would buy it again and I have never said that about any android phone. (this is my 5th Android device starting with OG Droid back in the day)

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    Device is still perfect, and I'm happy as could be. I've had mine since about 2 weeks after launch.
    Tablets: 2nd gen Nexus 7 32gb, 1st gen Nexus 7 16gb
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    Mine is holding up great. Still works like the day I bought it. I have no complaints whatsoever. I am more than likely going to get the newer version of this phone when I am do for an update. I had the lg g2 but returned it for this instead.

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    Ditto. I love this phone. Especially the battery...
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    Quote Originally Posted by doogald View Post
    Especially the battery...
    This cannot be repeated enough. It is so nice not worrying about a charger.
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    Can't be happier with an android phone. The best of both worlds....screen size of the Galaxy S4 with the useful functionality of the Moto X. Throw the best battery EVER and you have the perfect device.

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    I like to think of the Maxx as the best kept secret. As people have said, it's great to not have to worry about battery life! No extra chargers in your car, in your office, living room, bathroom, etc... Just charge nightly and if you forget don't worry, you've got battery to spare!
    About a week ago, a friend told me his new Nexus 5 was the best phone out. We compared specs and even downloaded the same apps to run a few test. The DROID Maxx out performed the nexus 5 in all test! Let me repeat... ALL TEST! A few times with limited load the Nexus 5 was faster, but as soon as multiple task were simultaneously performed, the Nexus 5 heated up. Most importantly, battery life impeded the ability of the Nexus to be used to the same capacity of the DROID Maxx. Our conclusion was that the X8 chip was the real winner. If your wondering... "Open mic" was the nexus battery killer, and multiple Tasker animations at the same time nearly brought the nexus to its knees!

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    At this point the response is pretty clear, but I will add my kudos as well. I love my Maxx for the same reason as most here.

    The battery life cannot be bragged about enough. I charge at night only, leave all functions on, and use my phone liberally. Most days I still have half my battery. I have not killed my battery yet, and I watch a fair amount of Netflix and use GPS frequently too. Finally being able use all the features of my phone without having to worry is awesome.

    I love active notifications and always listening functionality too. I got mine at launch, and this is the phone I would buy still. I don't see anything on the horizon that will change that opinion in the next few months.

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    Having started with the HTC Thunderbolt, I thought I wanted a removable battery and an SD Card. I also wanted a ruggedized phone; I wanted the 4G Commando to be better than it was in terms of specs, and actual performance.

    When the Maxx came out, and I started following it here, I decided to go for it, in spite of it not fitting what I *THOUGHT* I wanted. The ONLY feature I miss from my Thunderbolt is the FM Radio tuner.

    But the battery life, and the well-deserved Motorola reputation for good radios are more than enough to make up for lack of an FM radio. Having unlimited data helps because I can use TuneIn to listen to radio.

    The lack of an SD card has turned out to be a non-issue.

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    There actually IS an SD card. They just call it a SIM card on the Maxx. When you link the phone with your computer you will see the folders listed exactly the same as they were when they were on an external SD card. The SIM card can be removed, although you can't read it with a card reader. The advantage of the SIM card is it can be programmed for use internationally, & by combining the SIM card & SD card Motorola has saved space thus allowing for a smaller overall size. I think you can change the SIM card if you want to use your phone with another carrier too. The files can be transferred to your desktop computer and then transferred back to a new card with no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplively View Post
    I'm strongly considering going with a Droid MAXX for my next phone. I haven't used one yet, but I have used a relatives MOTO X while they were in town a little for the holidays and I'm very impressed. I've read good things about the MAXX and the large battery is a major selling point for me.

    4.4 updates software updates aside, I'm curious how the phone is holding up for everyone? Are you still happy you went with the MAXX over the competition?
    I wouldn't own any phone but a Motorola. If you watch these threads you'll find there is a loyal Motorola following. My Maxx replaced a Droid X, & the Maxx does circles around the X. Beware. Motorola also made a Droid Razr Maxx. Other than the name the 2 phones have little in common. There is an entire family of Razr phones, but none are related to the phones that don't have Razr in the name. The Razr phones were built by Motorola before Google bought the company. The new line of Droid Mini, Ultra, & Maxx phones are all since Google took over. With Google owning Motorola you have the best of both worlds. The latest in hardware technology with the latest Android technology. Sound performance, safer browsing with Chrome, and lots of built in tools. It is very unlikely that you will be disappointed with the Maxx. And just in case you were wondering, I don't work for Motorola or Google, and never have. Good luck with your decision.
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    Best phone I've ever had

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDX97229 View Post
    There actually IS an SD card. They just call it a SIM card on the Maxx. When you link the phone with your computer you will see the folders listed exactly the same as they were when they were on an external SD card. The SIM card can be removed, although you can't read it with a card reader. The advantage of the SIM card is it can be programmed for use internationally, & by combining the SIM card & SD card Motorola has saved space thus allowing for a smaller overall size. I think you can change the SIM card if you want to use your phone with another carrier too. The files can be transferred to your desktop computer and then transferred back to a new card with no problem.
    A Sim card and an SD card are completely differently things.

    An SD card is a memory card which Android can store user data on.

    A SIM card is more like an identification card. It is tied to your account and identifies a device to your carrier as yours. A SIM card does have a small amount on memory but is not intended for user data other then your contacts list.

    The folders you see when you connect your phone to a computer are stored on the phones internal memory chips. The Maxx has 32GB of internal ROM.
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    That's a good and important clarification, LabRat!
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    Best phone on market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doggy2965 View Post
    Best phone on market.

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    If the Droid Maxx were available on all carriers I believe it would outsell most phones. Don't believe all the spec hype, it runs circles around my Note 2. Also a big plus for the wireless charging, not that it needs it much.

    Update...upgraded to 4.4 with absolutely no issues.

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    It is certainly a great piece of hardware, and I definitely would have upgraded to it had I stuck with Verizon. The Android 4.4 update issues are a little concerning--I heard there were some significant problems that arose during the soak test. Hopefully, that gets corrected soon, and isn't a harbinger of future update issues ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by xweb10 View Post
    I'm happy as a clam... whatever that means.
    The saying started out as "happy as a clam at high tide." This makes a lot of sense, since clams can then feed with impunity and not worry about predatory clam diggers. The shortened form is snappier, perhaps, but doesn't mean much. That's the thing about idioms -- they're so familiar we don't notice if they're meaningless.
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    Oh, really? I always thought it referred to how a clam can look like it's smiling if viewed at the right angle.
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    I'm reasonably happy. Other folks have commented about the good parts. I'm going to focus on the bad, only because they haven't been brought out that much, not because I'm unhappy.

    1) Build quality- The phone feels pretty solid in your hand, but I'm on Maxx #3 already. The microphone in my first Maxx died after a few weeks (and then my second Maxx got hit with the software update problem). I've heard of other folks having problems with the microphone, so I wonder if that's going to be a bigger problem down the line. Verizon was pretty good about replacing it quickly.

    2) Wireless charging- The wireless charger is really, really sensitive about placement. It seems to be far more sensitive than my coworkers Nexus 5.

    3) Screen- The screen is OK, but not great. The HTC One and Galaxy S4 screens are qualitatively nicer.

    4) Software- You're getting Motorola and Verizon's bastardized version of software. Despite being roughly the same hardware as the Moto X, the software builds are slightly different due to Verizon meddling. Notably, the Droid kit kat build does not have the redesigned dialer (and neither the Moto X nor the Droid has local business search). I worry about this in the long term. What happens when Motorola gets sick of making special changes for Verizon? Will Moto stop updating the Maxx before the X?

    5) Accessories- There's not much in the way of accessories (e.g., cases, screen protectors, docks, etc.), because the phone isn't particularly popular. For instance, no one is making glass screen protectors, which I would have liked to try. Instead I use a Skinomi.

    6) Speed- It's OK, but I've certainly noticed slow-downs in Chrome. It's a lot faster than my old Galaxy Nexus, but I suspect One and S4 are qualitatively and quantitatively faster.

    7) Touchless controls have been disappointing. I've got to be pretty close to the phone to unlock it with "OK Google Now," and I think its capabilities are fairly limited. It has a special interface for voice dialing (which isn't terrible, but isn't great, either) and uses the voice commands with Google Now for everything else (composing texts is rather painful, and seems to require screen touches to confirm messages).

    None of those are major deal-breakers for me. I'm reasonably happy with it. I probably would preferred to get a Nexus 5, but it wasn't an option on Verizon. Really, I would have loved to have a phone with the design of an HTC One and the battery of a Maxx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reggier14 View Post

    2) Wireless charging- The wireless charger is really, really sensitive about placement. It seems to be far more sensitive than my coworkers Nexus 5.

    3) Screen- The screen is OK, but not great. The HTC One and Galaxy S4 screens are qualitatively nicer.

    6) Speed- It's OK, but I've certainly noticed slow-downs in Chrome. It's a lot faster than my old Galaxy Nexus, but I suspect One and S4 are qualitatively and quantitatively faster.
    I have not experienced the alignment issues at all for wireless charging. I just put my phone down on the Tylt Vu and it always starts to charge. I guess the experience can be different with different chargers.

    I love the Maxx screen. Qualitatively, I find it better than the S4. The One screen is better, but I would not give up active notifications and battery life to get the LCD.

    I can't speak to speed versus the One because I have not used it enough. I find the Maxx to be as snappy or snappier than the S4. Touchwiz takes a toll on performance. Many of the side by side comparisons have shown this as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whoover View Post
    The saying started out as "happy as a clam at high tide." This makes a lot of sense, since clams can then feed with impunity and not worry about predatory clam diggers. The shortened form is snappier, perhaps, but doesn't mean much. That's the thing about idioms -- they're so familiar we don't notice if they're meaningless.
    That's good knowledge by you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelGator View Post
    I have not experienced the alignment issues at all for wireless charging. I just put my phone down on the Tylt Vu and it always starts to charge. I guess the experience can be different with different chargers.
    I bought Tylt Vu chargers as well because my experience with "cheap" Qi chargers was terrible. The Vu is probably the most forgiving Qi charger on the market when it comes to alignment. I don't have major problems with it, but I do have it get it fairly close to centered. A coworkers Nexus 5 is noticeably more forgiving about placement than the Maxx, even on the Vu.

    But, as I said, it's not a major problem with the Vu. It's pretty easy to get it close to centered on the first try. I just wouldn't recommend any other Qi charger with the Maxx. (I actually pledged for the Air Dock car charger, but I'm nervous about whether its actually going to be useful due to alignment issues.)

    When it comes to the screen, my main complaint is that small text really does appear fuzzier on Maxx than an S4. I was skeptical I would notice the difference in resolution, and for many things (e.g., videos, games) you don't But I notice when I real emails/websites/Flipboard/etc. Color and brightness is great. But for a $300 phone (at release), I really would have liked to see a 1080p screen.

    Active notifications is a nice idea, though I don't think I actually gain much benefit from it. I tend to keep my phone face-down, because otherwise Active Notifications wakes up the screen every 30 seconds. I think that's by design, but I'm worried about battery life. I see a ton of events waking up my CPU from deep sleep, and I suspect some are caused by Active Notifications. I still get a full day's battery life easily, but I would never get close to making it two days.
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