- 12-06-2013, 10:47 AM #2
Re: Droid maxx any good?
I highly recommend it. I think it is the best phone you can buy right now, it just doesn't get much press since it is Verizon only and saddled with the Droid brand (which I don't care about one way or the other but for a lot of people it isn't perceived positively anymore.)
Reasons this phone is awesome:
- Battery life - you can have on all the features you want and never have to charge during the day.. if you pare it down you can make two days
- Build quality - the soft kevlar back just feels good, construction is solid
- Snappy UI performance/vanilla android - phone never feels slow or laggy
- Very useful software additions - active display, touchless controls, quick camera launch.
- Wireless charging - not a must have, but a very convenient
- Speakers / speaker phone are good (though not as good as the HTC One)
- Just my unscientific opinion, but the radios seem better -- near zero dropped calls and better audio call quality
Reasons not to get it - if these things are key for you in a smartphone
- Top performance in things like 3d gaming, S4 or HTC one is better. However, those phones often have lag for general use activities (especially the S4) - navigating the UI, launching camera, etc. The Maxx never does.
- The screen is plenty good but is not the best out there - I think that goes to either the HTC one or LG G2
- The camera is just ok, the S4 or LG G2 are much better if that is what you are after. I do love the quick camera launch and simplified camera app on the droids and moto x though - no phone is easier to take quick pictures with. The camera app does not have all the bells and whistles though if you are an avid photographer.
- Other phones also offer a lot of other niche bells and whistles - IR port, SD card slot, etc. Not stuff most will use a lot, but it might be a decision factor for you.
- Size/weight - if you don't want a phone that is large like the HTC One or S4 (Maxx is similar size to these but is even heavier), then go with the 32GB Moto X - essentially the same software and features and screen tech/resolution but smaller and lighter (though you give up some of the better battery life and wireless charging)
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