Droid MAXX First Impressions

Team iPhone/AT&T vs. Team Droid MAXX/Verizon

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Fans Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Truth be told I’m the big sports nut in the house and my husband is the electronics geek. He’s always been ahead of curve with the latest in technology and gadgets. I’d inherit his hand-me-downs when he moves on the next best thing.

We were a happy Apple/iPhone family for years until about a 18 months ago when my husband decided to defect to the dark side or as I liked to call it,  “that other A product… Android.”

He raved and bragged about how his Android phone was light years ahead of Apple. For example, when I upgraded to iOS 6 I fell in love with the notification center. He scoffed and said Android had that feature a long time ago. Man, he liked to rub it in when he could.

But I sucked it up and stayed loyal and true to Apple. Their phones and operating system were intuitive and easy to learn. Besides, switching to something outside of the fruit basket seemed like a pain in the arse, too. Why go out of my comfort zone? All of a sudden I felt like that really old person who refuses to learn anything new. (Get off my lawn!)

Day Zero

The hint we were given for our mystery device was: “With nearly two-day battery life, this device will keep running long and strong well after the game is over.”

Of course being an OCD-ish person I immediately googled “48-hour battery life Verizon phone.” I figured out I’d be receiving the Droid MAXX, Motorola’s newest and best phone.

I wondered how awesome this new-fangled phone could really be as I plugged my iPhone 5 in for its nightly charge. A part of me already felt like it was cheating on my iPhone.

Week One  

How YOU doin’? (*Joey Tribbiani voice.)

Droid MAXX

Motorola Droid MAXX

First reactions to my new phone

  • Whoa, it has a much bigger and brighter screen – HD 720p (720×1280 pixels)
  • 167 grams in weight – It’s heavier than the iPhone 5 (112 grams)
  • Love the easy access camera function – two quick flicks of the wrist to turn on the 10 MP camera/2 MP front-facing camera.

I’ll be talking more about these other features in future posts:

  • The operating system will take a little getting used to – Android™ 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
  • I already know I’m going to really LOVE the NFL Mobile App.
  • “Okay, Google now…”
  • The active display/notification.
  • Motorola Assist features.
  • Will the battery really last 48 hours between charges?
  • Apparently there’s a charging PAD. No more plugging in. I must look into that.
  • The micro-USB charger port is handy. Not requiring a special lightning cable is a definite plus. (What a stinking rip off, by the way…)

The Bigger Screen

Viewable dimensions of the Droid MAXX with an Otterbox Commuter case: 2-5/8″ wide x 4-1/4″ length.

My iPhone 5 with an Incipio case: 2.5″ x 3″. 

Droid MAXX vs. iPhone 5

Droid MAXX vs. iPhone 5

The larger screen makes it easier to:

a) enlarge the fonts without the narrowing column effect is something I’ve come to appreciate with my advanced optical age. Especially when I can’t find my six pairs of reading glasses.

b) see photos in the larger format has been really great for someone like me who takes lots of photos.

c) view football games on my NFL Mobile App is much nicer on the larger screen (obviously).

Oh and the speakers are much louder on the Droid MAXX too. I can actually listen to The Rich Eisen Podcast while driving now. I wasn’t able to do that with my iPhones.

The Heavy Weight

With bigger size comes larger weight. It’s much harder to do rest the Droid MAXX on my pinky fingers while I type. For someone with smaller hands and skinny fingers this is somewhat of a concern. I can’t hold up the Droid MAXX for more than a few minutes at a time. Time to do some pinky flexing exercises?

I pick up my iPhone 5 after that and it feels like a toy phone. Who would have thought 55 grams would make such a difference?

Easy Short Cut To Access The Camera

This speaks for itself. I use this feature of the Droid MAXX all the time.


Overall first impression of my new Droid MAXX is favorable. I just wish it were lighter in weight. I can’t wait to show you guys some of the other features.

If you have any specific questions about either phones please leave a comment below and I’ll try to address them in my next post. Thanks for reading!