1. Snareman's Avatar
    I posted this in the G2 forum and thought I'd post it here as well for anyone debating between the 2.

    I debated between these 2 phones and thought I'd post my thoughts for anyone else that might also be debating. I held out after the Maxx came out bought the G2 and loved it. I've had some problems getting the LED to light up correctly with different colors and always wondered if the grass was greener with the bigger battery of the Maxx. So I went out and picked one up. Now I have both and will return one of them in the next week. So here is my quick comparison

    G2 Pros- Love the buttons on the back, even though they are too small on the Verizon version. Love that there are no buttons on the side and I can grip it without worry of turning it on. The screen is beautiful, large and clear and I love how it takes up almost the entire front of the phone. Knock on is one of the greatest things ever. I love being able to have it sitting on the desk and just tap it twice to turn it on. I love that the phone can tell if I'm looking at it and will keep the screen on as long as I'm staring at it. Its more of a novelty with the movies, but cool for every day use. I love that is HAS an LED light. Phone is nice and light weight and it feels thin because of the curved back. Great camera with OIS.

    Cons - The speaker could be louder (as it is on the maxx). 3000mah is nice, but 3500 would have been nicer. The plastic finger print magnet rear just begs for a case, making the phone larger. I could care less about Verizon branding everyone complains about.

    Droid Maxx - Pros - Crazy large battery, louder and clearer speaker, active notifications, kevlar back is MUCH nicer, phone feels more well built

    Cons - smaller screen (relatively), side buttons (now that I like the rear), heavier, feels larger because of the squared off back, less good camera, slower processor

    Comparing the battery life during my normal 10h shift the G2 was consistently down to 65% by the end. Today the Maxx was only down to 85% with perhaps just slightly lighter use. The screen is nicer on the G2, but its good enough on the Maxx and if you didn't have them side by side you probably wouldn't know what you're missing. I like the louder, clearer speaker on the Maxx. It definitely feels heavier, boxier, chunkier because, well, it is heavier, but also with the more squared off corners you feel it more. I didn't know how I'd like it, but I really like the active notification. Pull it out of the pocket and it lights up to tell you if you have anything. I do wish I could have separate icons for each gmail label and could pick which thing it opens to as opposed to just the last notification. The kevlar rear is far nicer. Overall though I much prefer the form factor of the G2.

    So in the end... which will I keep. They are both great phones and I wish I could meld features from both of them together. Granted after only 1 day with it, I think I'll probably end up with the Maxx. Assuming the battery life holds up like it did today over the next week its pretty impressive. The G2 battery is likely good enough, but the maxx seems much better and I like that peace of mind. If the G2 had a larger battery (even at the expense of some weight and size) and if I could either get the LED to work correctly, or better, had active notifications (which it could when it gets 4.3) I'd definitely keep it. I absolutely love knock on, but with the Maxx, I can at least get half of that via Nova and the turn off screen app same way I was doing it on the G2.

    I don't think you can go wrong with either phone. For me I think its the battery and active notifications that are winning the fight.
    09-20-2013 07:48 AM
  2. Eclipse2K's Avatar
    Great read! I have no regrets with my Maxx but the G2 sure is an impressive phone. Could you put the phones side by side and check its signal strengths in dBm?

    Sent from my Motorola Droid Maxx using Tapatalk 4
    09-20-2013 07:56 AM
  3. Deron Baker's Avatar
    On a side note, leaked specs about the upcoming Nexus 5 say that the Nexus will be an LG phone with a 1080p resolution screen and a 2.26 ghz quad-core processor. Sound familiar?

    Snareman, did you notice a significant difference in performance between the two phone in terms of speed for web browsing, typing text, screen scrolling, etc?

    Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Tapatalk 4
    09-20-2013 08:38 AM
  4. tpdtopcop's Avatar
    Thanks for the comparison as I am trying to decide between the two phones now.
    09-20-2013 08:39 AM
  5. Snareman's Avatar
    On a side note, leaked specs about the upcoming Nexus 5 say that the Nexus will be an LG phone with a 1080p resolution screen and a 2.26 ghz quad-core processor. Sound familiar?

    Snareman, did you notice a significant difference in performance between the two phone in terms of speed for web browsing, typing text, screen scrolling, etc?

    Sent from my DROID RAZR HD using Tapatalk 4
    Overall they both seem to run quite speedy. Voice dictation on the Maxx seems like its a little slow, but maybe I need to try it on the G2 some more to see if its more just the network than the phone.
    09-20-2013 09:24 AM
  6. raichur0xx0rz's Avatar
    Good comparison... I'm still wondering the behind-the-scenes workings of Knock-On. I don't recall - does the G2 also have a super-sensitive panel to work with gloves? I'm wondering if that's why the G2 (and many Lumias) have that double-tap-to-wake feature. If not, I wonder if it can be ported to other devices.

    And along those same lines, have you tried using the Active Notifications-esque app port for other devices? Of course you will be losing battery life due to the LCD panel on the G2, so that may not be a good option when you compare it to stock Active Notifications on the Droids/Moto X with their AMOLEDs.
    09-20-2013 09:51 AM
  7. Snareman's Avatar
    Good question. I would also be curious to know how it works behind the scenes and if knock on is something that could work on other phones.

    I have not tried using active notification on the g2 as I thought you needed 4.3 it but I'm not sure I would want to sacrifice battery life with it necessarily.

    Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk 4
    09-20-2013 11:17 AM
  8. SeigaGen's Avatar
    Just curious but what benchmarks are you testing the CPU architecture of both the Maxx and G2.

    I only state this because I don't believe anyone has a true benchmark performance of the x8 architecture in an app form. So the numbers show off lower than the score really is.

    Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk 4
    09-20-2013 11:48 AM
  9. tdizzel's Avatar
    Just curious but what benchmarks are you testing the CPU architecture of both the Maxx and G2.

    I only state this because I don't believe anyone has a true benchmark performance of the x8 architecture in an app form. So the numbers show off lower than the score really is.

    Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk 4
    Every time someone asks about benchmarks a puppy gets eaten by a bear

    Posted from my brand new, super slim, gorgeous red Droid Ultra
    09-20-2013 12:52 PM
  10. davinci27's Avatar
    If the notification led is a big deal for you. Gravitybox lets you flash the hardware buttton lights when you get a notification. I was a little bummed when the g2 came. Looking at it now, the maxx is pretty much the exact phone I wanted. Root and gravity box pretty much gave me every feature I wanted in the phone. Quicktiles, linked volumes, reboot menu, quick menu access and several more features. I've pretty much got all the features I missed from AOSP without having to install a 3rd party rom.
    09-20-2013 02:44 PM
  11. adrialk's Avatar
    Laptopmag finally reviewed the Droid Maxx. I believe they are the only place that reviewed both the MAXX and the G2:

    Motorola Droid Maxx Review (Verizon Wireless) | Smartphone Reviews
    LG G2 Review (Verizon) Review | Android Smartphone Reviews

    The MAXX came out slightly ahead in battery life (continuous web browsing over wifi). 9:52 vs 9:14 screen on time. No idea where they set screen brightness for that test.
    09-20-2013 06:06 PM
  12. Snareman's Avatar
    Just curious but what benchmarks are you testing the CPU architecture of both the Maxx and G2.

    I only state this because I don't believe anyone has a true benchmark performance of the x8 architecture in an app form. So the numbers show off lower than the score really is.

    Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk 4
    I'm not testing them with anything. Just hands on experience.
    09-20-2013 09:21 PM
  13. YAYTech's Avatar
    A G2 review I read talked about some of the software being disappointing. I love that the Maxx is near vanilla.
    09-21-2013 08:37 AM
  14. SeigaGen's Avatar
    I'm not testing them with anything. Just hands on experience.
    I only ask because the way the x8 works is unique over anything else. First, the two processors are totally different in architecture. X8 is a dual core processor with other abilities. General computation for the first 2 cores, 4 cores dedicated to graphics. 1 core for arithmetic computation, and another core for voice activation (OK, Google Now). Computation isn't going to be a full scale quad core, but because of the X8 system, it optimizes the battery life and gives it very comparable stats that show up skewed. The G2 should theoretically beat the Maxx in speed. But overall performance, Maxx has that.

    Sent from my XT1080 using Tapatalk 4
    09-21-2013 09:13 AM
  15. shady28's Avatar
    I just got my Maxx today. I've been looking at the new Droid line for a couple of weeks, had it down to Maxx vs Moto X vs G2. The 5S was also a contender, for a minute.

    Moto used all the same core internals on the Droids, from the mini to the Maxx and for the Moto X. This is important and a major reason to choose Maxx over the G2, though it wasn't clear to me at first. My first reaction was, why have the same stuff in your flagship as your low end mini?

    Software. They now have just one platform to update. They all have the same screen resolution, processors, co processors, and GPU. They will only need to release one package for all these phones.

    LG on the other hand has a huge mishmash of hardware on their myriad phones. They are not known for updates and support, and their hardware has a lousy rep for failing.

    Basically I think moto (with direction from Google) has focused on build quality and performance on things you use a phone to do (specialized chips), and has unified on a single processing platform.

    So, thinking of it in this new paradigm, what is the difference between the various moto phones now?

    Simple. Its form factor, screen size, battery size, and wireless charging. On the smallest model Droid you get the smallest set of all of those features, on the maxx you get them all. It is no longer about the CPU.

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    09-22-2013 11:02 PM

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