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Old September 3rd, 2013, 09:55 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Has anyone else noticed the lag (at least compared to the Moto X) that geek.com brings up in this review?
No. Mostly because I've only restarted my phone once since I bought it, when I did a factory data reset when I arrived home after having it activated at the store two weeks ago. Mostly so I could let the phone autorestore from my Google account. (Which didn't completely work - the app installs all failed and had to be manually installed anyway.)

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Interesting that they list the camera as a positive in this review, given the "meh" response it's gotten overall. Different strokes, I guess....

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I actually think the camera on the Maxx is quite good. It's very sharp and fast. It lacks saturation. I know people fuss about post processing, but just using the onboard saturation controls to boost it up a bit makes the pics very good.
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I'd normally clip a summary sentence from the review, but this guy just sort of fades to black in the review without a real wrap-up. Likes the phone, though......

http://www.carolinahuddle.com/boards/topic/90193-biscuits-droid-maxx-review/
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I would highly recommend you adding the Droid Maxx to your comparison shopping, and donít just read specs, and look at tables online, if any phone deserves a few minutes in your hand, this is one of them.
http://theslanted.com/all-review-list/motorola-droid-maxx-review/
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http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424017,00.asp

PC Mag says "eh, not bad" but likes the S4 and Moto X better -- yet LOVES the battery.

Check this review out on your phone. This is the first time I've come across PC Mag's mobile interface, which takes over my phones Chrome browser and behaves like an app. Not sure of the value here, but definitely interesting and inspired.
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Oh wow.

Read PC Mag's review of the Moto X published shortly ahead of the Maxx.

Compare what they said about the Moto X voice quality vs. their Maxx experience.

Read what they say about AT&T bloat vs.Verizon, but see in the Maxx review how this is spun into a Maxx vs. Moto comparison (it's not -- Moto X on Verizon has the same easily disableable apps pre-installed).

Also note how Moto X is "best ever" ostensibly because of Moto Maker -- that's the only (current) difference in Moto X variants. Oh, and 32 GB availability, but I don't believe they touched on that?
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http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=45272

One of the better video reviews I've seen that answers to "just show me the phone."



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Phone Arena's video review. He likes the Maxx just fine, but not the greatest review. He says "premium" a lot.

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Droid Life's review of the Droid Maxx is now up. It refers the reader back to their earlier reviews of the Droid Ultra and Moto X for shared features to conserve space, but overall I found it to be a mostly fair and accurate review. The folks at Droid Life seem quite taken with Moto's new software features, especially Active Notifications, although they favor the Moto X over the Droids due to its minimalist design and on-screen buttons (which are matters of personal preference).
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Good and very fair review from android and me.

http://androidandme.com/2013/09/reviews/review-verizon-droid-maxx/
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Yep, although the comments... many, it seems, are summarily dismissing this phone on specs alone, with no regard for real world experience. Their loss, though the negative comments can certainly peddle influence amongst the broader population of phone buyers.
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Holy fukamoley! The Verge posted a stand alone review for the Droid Mini, and scored it a 7. That's a point higher than the 6 score the Maxx received. This, despite complaints about uninspired, pudgy industrial design and limited battery life, 16 gigs of memory, and otherwise identical innards to the Ultra, Maxx and Moto X. Different reviewer, but a total disconnect all the same.
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Best. Review. Ever.

http://m.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2013/09/13/motorolas-droid-maxx-the-good-the.html?r=full

Betcha didn't know it's called "Maxx" because of its massive screen, didja?
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Engadget Review is up.

Motorola Droid Maxx review

Why are all these reviewers getting so hung up on the price? Samsung charged $299 for the 32GB S4, Apple always charges $299 for their 32GB iPhone. Nobody seems to complain about that. But the Maxx offers 32GB, huge battery, wireless charging, and better build for the $100 premium over the ultra. I guess when all they can bitch about is the price, it must be a pretty good phone.
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The thing that is grating on me is the reviewers complaining about the 720p screen saying it should be a 1080p. I'm a picky screen person... and I cannot see pixelation in text on this phone. Text is perfectly sharp and crisp. I literally need a magnifying glass to be able to see the difference between the Maxx's 720p and the S4's 1080p.

Well... honestly, whatever. Every review I ever read can say bad stuff. I *loved* my GNex. I love my Maxx 10x more.
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When I started this thread it was prior to the phone coming out. I wanted to hear what people had to say before I bought it. Unfortunately no one cared to get it in their hands before it came out and give it a thorough review. Honestly, it doesn't matter at all what anyone thinks of it at this point. All that matters is what I think of it.

I'm beyond my 15 day return period and kept the phone not on the opinion of Phonedog or CNet or any other reviewer. I kept it because I reviewed it after I bought it. I put it through its paces. I pushed it in "MY REAL WORLD". It passed every test with flying colors.

Reviews are important after purchase sometimes because it influences those who have not yet bought one to buy one in hopes that if enough people buy one the developers will be interested enough to help root and ROM our phone. In other words, the more people that have it, the more interest it will acquire from those that really know what they are doing.

We bypassed this hurdle with "bounty for root". We don't need everyone to fall in love with this device. We've paid a bounty to get what we want. Now that it's here, there will be those that will build off of it.

I'm not an iSheep. I don't need everyone to be envious of my phone to make me feel like I got a good phone. I'm not a Samsung fanboy that has an Oedipus complex about Apple. I'm a real world user that is educated and informed about my phone. I know what it's limits are and I know where it stands when I use it.

It's screen is better than any screen that I've ever had, it's snappier than any device that I've ever used (if you don't believe me open Facebook and flick your finger, it will scrool seemingly forever), and it's battery is the top of the line compared to ANY other phone EVER period. My radios are stronger than I've ever expeirienced. The device fits MY hand well. I like it's build quality, no more plasticy "don't you dare drop me" feelings. You can say it "only" has 32GB of space and 24GB of that is usable and it doesn't have an SD card. Yep. I don't care. If you don't like it, DON'T BUY IT! It works fine for me after I reviewed it.

Bottom line, when those who review phones stopped simply reviewing products based on features and started imposing "their opinions", they stopped reviewing and started writing editorials.

Consider this thread closed to me. I really don't care what anyone else thinks. I know what I've got and it's the best on the market for ME right now.
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I un-Sticky-ed the tread.

It seems to me also that they all ran out of things to say.

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Engadget Review is up.

Motorola Droid Maxx review

Why are all these reviewers getting so hung up on the price? Samsung charged $299 for the 32GB S4, Apple always charges $299 for their 32GB iPhone. Nobody seems to complain about that. But the Maxx offers 32GB, huge battery, wireless charging, and better build for the $100 premium over the ultra. I guess when all they can bitch about is the price, it must be a pretty good phone.
I think the hangup every reviewer has on price is that they're still participating in the "spec-war". The S4 came out with a quad-core and a 1080p screen, and while I doubt there is a significant performance difference between the two phones, such a big descrepancy on paper will make anyone looking at cost cringe. I do agree with you on the apple comparison, but everyone who buys one of those knows they're paying the "apple-tax".

At the end of the day, Moto was not as aggressive on pricing as they should have been, this is even more exacerbated by the LG G2 with it's 1080p screen, S800 quad-core, 32GB, wireless charging (on VZW), 3,000mah battery (compared to the Maxx's 3,500mah), and better camera with OIS all for $100 cheaper.

All in all, Moto made a great phone, but them and VZW failed us on pricing.
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Another predictable "compared to the Ultra" review. Wow, I'm betting Verizon is thinking how FANtastic it will be to have the ho-hum reaction to the Ultra scare off potential Maxx buyers.

http://www.techhive.com/article/2048660/motorola-droid-maxx-review-more-battery-life-more-of-the-same.html
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So... TechHive gushes over the Moto X and slams the Maxx.

Review: The Moto X is the most convenient Android phone ever | TechHive
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Gizmodo's review is up. No surprises. Comments are a bit more even toned on this one, with some discussions of the Maxx vs. the G2 and the S4.

Droid Maxx Review: A Battery Beast for Major Bucks
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Droid Maxx Review: A Battery Beast for Major Bucks
"Tragic flaw."

I hate these reviews that mention that the $100 price difference is a "tragic flaw". We have these phones on a 24 month contract and spend a minimum of $2400 over the contract (except for family plans, where each line might average less, but that's a minor quibble). $2700 vs. $2600 doesn't look so bad in that context if this is the phone we need.
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There are ways to reduce the price of the Maxx, with the Comcast promotion (you don't even have to be or want to be a Comcast customer) and the trade-up program (buy an eligible cheap phone on ebay) and get a $100 bucks back that way.

The reality is that many reviewers like to dump on the Droid line because it's cool to do so, rather than objectively looking at the phone. That's fine because I'm happy with my phone and I don't care what the hipsters think.
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The sad part is the Moto X-gushing Droid-hating reviewers sound more like iFans than Android users.
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So... TechHive gushes over the Moto X and slams the Maxx.

Review: The Moto X is the most convenient Android phone ever | TechHive
Gotta love the second comment on that review where the commenter snidely tells me what he 'needs me to do' when choosing a smartphone. I was tempted to register and rebut so I could lash out at him and give him a piece of my mind!
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Also, the imbeciles that biotch about the $100 difference between the Maxx and the Moto-X don't stop to consider that the difference is only $50 when comparing the 32 GB Moto-X. Accuracy in tech reviewing FTW.
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Also, the imbeciles that biotch about the $100 difference between the Maxx and the Moto-X don't stop to consider that the difference is only $50 when comparing the 32 GB Moto-X. Accuracy in tech reviewing FTW.
And for $50 you get . . . wireless charging and 3500 mAh battery. Worth every penny if you ask me. Especially when you include the build quality of a solid back vs a colorful plastic one. Oh and a 5" screen vs. well you get the point.
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I wasn't sure when I clicked the link, but Yes!, this counts as a review -- and a pretty fair comparison of the Maxx, Ultra, and (-gasp-) Moto X.

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/09/18/julies-gadget-diary-choosing-between-the-motorola-moto-x-droid-ultra-or-droid-maxx/
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I wasn't sure when I clicked the link, but Yes!, this counts as a review -- and a pretty fair comparison of the Maxx, Ultra, and (-gasp-) Moto X.

http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/09/18/julies-gadget-diary-choosing-between-the-motorola-moto-x-droid-ultra-or-droid-maxx/
Wow, I used to read The Gadgeteer years ago. Julie always did great and fair reviews. It's good to see she's still at it.
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Here's a great review...

http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/smartphones/motorola-droid-maxx.aspx

...from the standpoint that it references the Ultra, whose review appeared first, yet it still reads as a complete review and fairly treats the Maxx as a stand-alone device.

If I read this review before checking out the Maxx in person, I'd think Verizon was showing me the wrong phone, expecting a brick (and not a device a scant 0.04" thicker that an iPhone 5S on this holiest of holy days).

They rave about the gorgeous screen, but slap it down only on its 720p spec. Tsk tsk. At least they give mention to the RGB subpixel arrangement.

Thankfully they -don't- pull this treatment with the CPU, and instead point out that the Maxx downsampled a test video faster than the blazing fast LG G2.

Interesting battery test, too.
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They rave about the gorgeous screen, but slap it down only on its 720p spec. Tsk tsk. At least they give mention to the RGB subpixel arrangement.
It's hard to understand how they can say that the Maxx should have a 1080p display, because competitors do, and then rave about the RGB technology that makes an outstanding looking display, without coming to the conclusion that perhaps the latter is not possible if you try to do the former.

That's my only quibble with that review.
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Hey, here's a -really good- review of the Maxx. Not the Maxx compared to the Moto X. Not the Ultra's b chunky brother. Just the Maxx.

And that 720p thing? He gets it.

http://www.gadgetreview.com/smartphones/motorola-droid-maxx-review
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