Droid RAZR MAXX HD vs. Droid MAXXGeneral


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  1. jwbeeler

    jwbeeler Well-Known Member

    OK...for those of you who have upgraded, how does the RAZR Maxx HD compare to the new Maxx? I went to Verizon and compared the two but didn't see much difference in the phones. Any advantage to upgrading?

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  2. pirahna

    pirahna Well-Known Member

    Battery life is a little better and the screen is nicer. Not really worth the upgrade if you already have the HD in my opinion. I miss the added space of the SD card and liked the HDMI out in the HD.
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  3. jkmasi

    jkmasi Well-Known Member

    How does the camera compare? I ditched my Razr Maxx HD because of the camera.
  4. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know this too!

    Hi JK!

  5. Thom

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    With the Droid Maxx with GPS always on I measured 2d 16h 7m.

    ... Thom
  6. pirahna

    pirahna Well-Known Member

    I was getting about 36 hours with the Maxx HD and closer to 45 hours on the Maxx before the battery is below 10%. Either one is great after spending any time with my old Galaxy Nexus. :p
  7. pirahna

    pirahna Well-Known Member

    I haven't had much chance to use it yet but probably will this weekend. I will post an update then. I never had a problem with the camera on my HD though.
  8. jkmasi

    jkmasi Well-Known Member

    Hey RadYO! Trying to decide if I want any of the new Moto phones, or possibly the HTC One. Even though it's months old, it's still a very nice phone. Love Moto radios and build, but just haven't been able to accept the crappy cameras. Waiting for some more user feedback before I decide.
  9. jkmasi

    jkmasi Well-Known Member

    I will look for your updates. Just to clarify, I never had a problem using the camera, or the camera software, but the pics only came out sharp and clear if the lighting was perfect. Flash pics and low light pics were terrible. My reference point is the iPhone 5. No reason not to include a camera that is at least that good. I haven't used the SG4 or the HTC One yet, but from what I've heard, it sounds like the cameras on those devices are very capable.
  10. jwbeeler

    jwbeeler Well-Known Member

    Have you tried using HDR mode? I'm quite satisfied with the camera on the Maxx HD.
  11. doogald

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    I've had better luck with the camera by turning on tap to focus in the settings. It's tap to focus and take the picture at once (that would be a better name), but at least it controls what the camera focuses on.
  12. Cincybearcatfan

    Cincybearcatfan Well-Known Member

    My only issue with the tap to focus is wherever you tap it does not really focus. It focuses right above your finger. I'm not sure if it's something that can be fixed in settings but if it is I can't find it.
  13. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    Hi JK,

    I'm like you, wanting to try on of the new Moto phones or the HTC One.

    I've owned several Moto phones (Original Droid, X, Pro, Droid 4, Razr, Razr M) and the camera on all of them have been sub par. I don't expect any different from these new phones and some of the early reviews confirms that. People thinking that a software update need to realize Motorola phones have always had these problems and a software update will unlikely fix their problems. Having a 5 and 3 year old, I take a lot of pictures and the camera is important.

    With that said, I like Motorola's build quality and reception and will try one of these when the price is right. I have an S4 for now that I could fall back to.

    I really like the way the HTC One looks. Looks so high end. I just can't pay high end pricing for a phone that is essentially a few months old already.

  14. doogald

    doogald Guides Guide

    Well, remember that hardware-wise (from the point of view of CPU, GPU, display, etc.) that the Maxx, though newer, specs lower or the same as the HTC One.

    The battery, though...
  15. pirahna

    pirahna Well-Known Member

    After taking a few pictures with the Maxx this last weekend I really don't see any huge improvement over the Maxx HD. If anything I preferred the settings menus better on the HD, they were much more intuitive.
  16. jkmasi

    jkmasi Well-Known Member

    Did you ever decide? I'm still on the fence.... The S4 is not an option for me, because I need really strong radios to get service when I am in West Virginia on the weekends. My iPhone can do it, my Razr Maxx HD could do it, but my Galaxy S3 couldn't get a signal strong enough to make a call. My next priority, I think, is the camera. I like to be able to use my smart phone camera instead of a point and shoot most of the time. I have a DSLR for major events, but for snapshots, I want to use my smartphone. My iphone can do it, but no Motorola I've ever had could. (I've use the Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Droid Pro, Razr Maxx and Razr Maxx HDO) My friend has the HTC One and the camera seems great. If Motorola could make a decent camera, I would snap up a Droid Maxx or a Moto X - no question.
  17. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    I actually was able to find an S4 at very good price and I like it a lot. I think Samsung provides the best combination of features, camera, sd card, hardware, screen, etc where the other manufacturers don't. I live in an area where my cell/4G signal is pretty good no matter what part of town so I don't notice that the Samsung's radios are weaker but from previous experience, the Moto phones are tops.

    With that said, I really want one of the new Droid Maxx's. I might give the S4 to my wife and keep her S3 as a backup. Not sure yet as I don't want to get stuck with the Maxx if the camera is that bad.

  18. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    Well I couldn't resist and picked up a Droid Maxx. I'll have it this weekend, hopefully it arrives early enough for me to go to Verizon to get a new Nano sim. After I have a little bit of time on it, I'll report back.

    Someone said the camera wasn't the issue, it's the software. I will try a 3rd party app to see if that makes a difference.
  19. jkmasi

    jkmasi Well-Known Member

    I saw you got a pretty good deal ; ) I'll be interested in your feedback. I am still looking at the Maxx vs. the HTC One.
  20. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    I hate to admit but I picked up a Razr HD just before the Maxx, both should be here around the same time, i should be able to make a pretty fair comparison in place of the MAXX HD.
  21. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    My initial impressions after having the Maxx for a few days.

    1. The camera is still very slow making it hard to take pics of my kids. It was faster when i used the Camera Zoom FX app but the picture quality wasn't very good.

    2. The active notifications is more hype. Maybe I am not as important as I think I am but it seems the LED is more noticeable than your phone screen slowly blinking. Also, the notification will only allow the user to see the most recent notification. Other unread are shown towards the bottom of the screen and you have to unlock the phone to see them. It's not any more difficult pulling down the notification and seeing all of your notifications in one place.

    3. No speed dials, I'm guessing Motorola wants you to use the voice commands, which I hardly use on any previous phone.

    4. Build quality is very nice and of course the battery is awesome.

    5. The X8 OS is very smooth and fluid. It does not work any slower that I've noticed compared to my S4.

    6. The screen is also very nice. The S4 is more vibrant probably because of the AMOLED screen but isn't that much better. I guess my old eyes can't differentiate the PPI.

    7. More of a gripe than a review but no SD card slot sucks. At least this comes with 32GB standard.

    Comparing to the Razr Maxx HD, i'm not sure I see any reason to upgrade. If youre Maxx HD works fine, you have a great phone with an SD card slot. I think some of the stuff they loaded in the OS is gimmicky/hype. The camera isn't an upgrade that I could tell.

    I'm sure I have more to add but trying to get this in at work!
  22. doogald

    doogald Guides Guide

    Try ProCapture. It can take full resolution photos. That said, I'm still using the stock camera app. It definitely needs work (and Motorola has said that an update with improved camera is in the works.)

    FWIW, the Maxx is also AMOLED.
  23. mahers

    mahers Well-Known Member

    Really? Where did you see this, because if it's true, none of the usual Android blogs I look at have mentioned this (not that they capture EVERYTHING Android related). It would be great news to share on a more widespread basis!
  24. doogald

    doogald Guides Guide

    See the Motorola.com forums, this thread, https://forums.motorola.com/posts/71d0e8a28e?commentId=727476#727476

    See also the comments on this post here on Google+; this is for the Moto X, but I'm sure that the Maxx/Ultra/Mini is also being worked on: https://plus.google.com/105667393149694710389/posts/AKKNTNdLeYF
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  25. RadYOacTiVe

    RadYOacTiVe Well-Known Member

    I meant to say the AMOLED that Samsung uses. Their screens are more vibrant.

    Thanks for the info on the app and the update. I can live with a lot of the flaws but having kids, the camera is the deal breaker.

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