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The Droid Maxx has excellent battery life and is generally a solid mid-range device. Still, it doesn't offer quite enough to justify its $300 on-contract price.

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Critic reviews

7.8
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    9.1
  • Display
    7.4
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera
    6.9
  • Ease of use
  • Design and form factor
    7.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.1
  • Media support
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.6

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User reviews

9.2
12 reviews
8.0
Engadget Sep 16, 2013

Really, the Maxx is exactly what the Ultra should have been in the first place, and it's proof that you can fit a huge battery in a thin chassis.

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8.0
CNET Aug 26, 2013

If you can get past its steep price and can charge the battery without any problems, the massive-screened Motorola Droid Maxx would be Verizon’s best Android smartphone.

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8.0
ZDNet Aug 28, 2013

If I did not already have an Android phone I was very happy with, the HTC One, then I would likely pick up the Droid Maxx since it does provide all the great things of the Moto X with wireless charging and battery life that will please every road warrior.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 6, 2013

The Motorola Droid Maxx has a big battery and a nice build, but it loses some of the Moto X's hand-friendliness.

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8.0
Gizmodo Sep 17, 2013

We've said it before, but it's worth repeating: battery is one of the most important specs ... It's worth remembering, though, that the Droid Maxx is a little heftier than its competitors, while also costing $100 more than several new Android phones out there.

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7.0
Wired Sep 13, 2013

It’s a Verizon exclusive, and it will cost you $300 with a two-year contract. That’s a serious commitment, but if you’re constantly struggling to make it back home with juice to spare, it’s worth the extra coin.

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8.0
SlashGear Aug 28, 2013

The DROID Mini costs $200 less while the DROID Ultra costs $100 less, and the Moto X will cost you $199 or $249 depending on your desired storage size. And the whole collection brings – and I can’t stress this enough – what’s more or less the same experience, no matter the size or shape.

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7.0
TechHive Sep 13, 2013

Aside from its exceptional battery life, the Droid Maxx is about as average as you can get for an Android phone. It looks similar to the Droid Ultra and most of its marquee software features are available on other Motorola devices like the Moto X.

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8.0
phoneArena Sep 8, 2013

$300 with contract is a lot for a smartphone, and we’re not really sure that the Motorola DROID MAXX can command that premium price, especially with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G2 coming out soon.

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8.0
DroidLife Sep 11, 2013

Sure, it has capacitive buttons instead of on-screen and its in-hand feel is somewhat over the top, but the device performs quite well, will easily last you all day long with heavy usage and blends just the right amount of stock Android with custom UI tweaks done by Motorola.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jul 23, 2013

Apart from the different backings, the Maxx is very much like the Ultra, with that same 5-inch HD display. The biggest exception, of course, is the beefier battery.

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Laptop Magazine Jul 23, 2013

The new Droid Maxx is all about endurance, boasting up to 48 hours of usage time via it’s whopping 3,500 mAh battery. The handset is definitely chunkier in the hand at .33 inches thick, and you get only one color option. We like the ridged power button and volume rocker buttons.

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Gizmodo Jul 23, 2013

It's thinner than last year's model but with even more battery life. It's $300. Last year's model got 32 hours of use but this year's is up to 48 hours. It feels comfortable to hold with a soft touch finish on the back. It's snappy and smooth, and responds quickly to touch.

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CNET Jul 23, 2013

Inside its 8.5mm-thick construction, though, is the Maxx's ace in the hole: a gargantuan 3,500mAh battery that boasts 48 hours of continuous battery life.

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ZDNet Aug 21, 2013

The Droid Maxx definitely has a more premium feel with solid fit and finish. The glass display extends all the way to the edges and curves down into the sides; the Kevlar soft touch back feels great in your hand.

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Pocket-Lint Jul 23, 2013

The Ultra and Maxx are very similar in appearance, both boasting Kevlar shells in different color options. Both devices also sport a 7-megapixel camera. Also, the Maxx has a better battery than the Ultra. Motorola claimed it could last two days with normal use.

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SlashGear Aug 21, 2013

This device takes on a form that’s remarkably similar to the DROID Ultra, including software and hardware, but brings on a significantly larger battery and slightly different backside casing to differentiate.

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Phandroid Jul 23, 2013

We have been playing with it for a while and have put together a nice hands-on video with our first impressions of the DROID Maxx. We go over the externals, as well as some of the main features of the phone. Sit back, grab your popcorn and enjoy the video!

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TechRadar Jul 24, 2013

While Motorola unveiled three new phones, the Droid Maxx was easily the star of the show. Its Kevlar backing gives it superior build quality, and its not often you find a battery that big outside of a phablet.

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phoneArena Jul 23, 2013

Out of all the major smartphone makers, it’s only Motorola who seems to solve the problem of battery life – and the DROID MAXX seemingly proves it for sure.

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Android Central Aug 29, 2013

When you add up all of the improvements, its hard not to recommend spending the extra $100 on the Maxx over the Ultra. If you're a power user, traveler or just want a phone you never have to worry about the battery on, the Droid Maxx really is the phone to look at.

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Digital Trends Jul 23, 2013

It costs a steep $300 on contract, but the Droid Maxx continues to outshine the rest of the phone industry in battery performance. This new model has wireless charging built in as well.

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9.0
gdbjr gdbjr

I have tried almost every top of the line android phone over the last 2 years. While some were better than others they all suffered from one huge problem, Battery life. I use my phone a lot. While most people claim they are heavy users unless your screen is on for more then 4 hours a day you are...

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9.0
BlueWolverine BlueWolverine

The Battery Life is what you're buying here. It's an excellent, basic android phone. NO special bells and whistles, not a high horsepower processor. Very good stats, basic android and enough battery to run it all for ever. After owning an HTC EVO 4G and a GNex, I cannot express how happy I am...

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lilyleesh9 lilyleesh9

This is the first smart-phone I've had that hasn't started to annoy me after two months of ownership. I'm still really pleased with the performance of the Droid MAXX. The only thing that annoys me about this phone is its ridiculous namesake . (Droid; Droid RAZR; Droid RAZR HD; Droid RAZR MAXX;...

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9.0
Pvk2011 Pvk2011

Replaced my Galaxy Nexus with this. used to have 4 batteries for the GNex. Didn't use them all all the time but I was always charging or changing to get through the day. It was also laggy. This improves both fronts. I took off my battery widget because I never have to think about power during...

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