Favorite Features About The Motorola Droid MAXX

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.

I’ve had my Motorola Droid MAXX for almost two months now and already feel like I can’t live without it. It’s sad (or funny) how you get attached, in case addicted, to a smart phone.

(Yes, there’s The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things” in the background as I’m writing this post. Just imagine it as you read this.)

NFL Mobile App

This app has been an absolute godsend and savior for an NFL fan like me stuck between a rock and a wifi-less place. It’s a fantastic app but using it on a Verizon phone is leaps and bounds better because of the full complement of videos. Verizon + NFL Mobile = Awesomeness.

NFL Mobile App Menu

1) With Verizon Wireless’ great coverage in St. Louis I’m able to watch live programming from NFL Network, Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, NFL Red Zone, and Monday Night Football pretty much anywhere.

This is the BEST THING EVER for a NFL junkie.

2) You can sign up to receive important updates (in the form of push notifications) of your favorite team as well as breaking NFL news. This is helpful when I can’t be on Twitter.

3) Check scores, stats, news, shop as well as get fantasy football information all from this must-have NFL app. Go to iTunes or the Android Play Store and get it ASAP.

“Okay, Google now…”

Move over Siri, there’s a new voice activated personal assistant in town and s/he’s better than you.

The Droid MAXX is able to recognize my voice and carry out various functions on command. Simply start by saying, “Okay, Google now.” No buttons to push to activate the feature. Look Ma, no hands!

Here’s another review of the “Okay Google now” along with a great Google Now vs. Siri faceoff from CNET.com.

Motorola Assist

I don’t read or reply to texts while I’m driving so when Motorola Assist came along it was great. Assist will automatically detect that you’re on the road and read incoming texts as well as tell me who is calling.

Not only that, Assist can reply back with a simple, “I’m driving and will get back to you soon.” so the sender will know you’ve received their texts. This cuts down on the frustration factor when people are waiting to hear back from you. At least they know you aren’t ignoring them.

Motorola Assist Graphic

The other Assist function I use every day is the sleep mode. iOS7 has their version of this and so far the two are about equal in functionality. My phones won’t bother me during the selected hours with push notifications or phone calls that are not listed in my favorites group. You’d be surprised how many companies send emails late at night.

48 Hour Battery Life

Sound too good to be true? Well, honestly the Droid MAXX comes pretty darn close. My iPhone 5 has to be charged at least once a day with regular “normal” use, i.e. making phone calls, texting, tweeting, and surfing the internet.

My Droid MAXX will last at least 36 hours under those “normal” usage conditions and then some. The only times I had to charge the Droid MAXX within 24 hours was when I used the NFL Mobile App to watch football games or when I used it as a mobile hotspot (ironically) for my iPhone and MacBook Air.

The Droid MAXX does take on average about 1.5x longer to charge up than the iPhone though. But it’s worth the wait in the end.

The best thing about all this is that I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. I’ve yet to utilize all the great features and options of the Droid MAXX. I’ll finally have to figure out how to transfer my music library as well as add some much-needed sports apps to its arsenal.

Please share any suggestions for apps and/or tips, suggestions for your Android phone in the comment section below. I need a good (Android) fantasy football app, pronto.