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General Maxx from Note II

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tbhausen, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. tbhausen

    tbhausen Well-Known Member
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    Picked up the Maxx yesterday and have to say I'm pleased in every way coming from a Note II. In the ways that really matter in real-world use, the Maxx nails it:

    Great audio, reception, and thundering speakerphone
    Retina-melting screen that can be seen outdoors
    Solid construction--feels like it's one piece when handled
    That battery!--there is no substitute

    What's more, Verizon surprised me very pleasantly when I made the switch. My contract was set to expire in 14 months. I showed up to pay full retail for the Maxx, but the associate said "Let me talk to my manager and see if we can do anything for you". I thought yeah, right, but I'm not interested in a payment plan or anything like that...". He comes back and tells me if I reset my contract starting then I can get $200 off. What a no-brainer--I'm not going anywhere anyhow :) Got to keep my 12GB data with hotspot, all teed-up with a great handset. Life is good :D
     

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  2. tbhausen

    tbhausen Well-Known Member
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    ...and get the bumper case. It's NICE.
     
  3. speede541

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    You think? That's one area I'd like to see improved. Nothing unexpected for an AMOLED, but I'd like a bit more display brightness on even an overcast, mildly bright day. About the same as my Galaxy Nexus.
     
  4. MrBigFeathers

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    Originally I was going to get the Note II, then I figured I should wait for the Note 3. Then I started looking into the Droid Maxx and not completely sure what to do. The main thing I want is battery life. My wife has the Note II on T-Mobile and it lasts forever. But I really like stock android and would keep my G-Nex if the battery wasn't horrible. I think the Maxx might be the better choice for me. Especially since I've been using the Dynamic Notifications app to simulate Active Display.

    Not sure what to do. I have time since I can't afford a $299 phone now anyway. It's good to see someone that went from the Note II to the Maxx and they are happy.
     
  5. tbhausen

    tbhausen Well-Known Member
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    Nothing could touch my Sprint Photon for outdoor readability. I seemed to be one of the few who thought the PenTile screen was a fair tradeoff in that regard. For an AMOLED, the Maxx is great outdoors--much better than my Note II, which required shading to be able to be read outdoors. Even then, it was difficult. I have no such trouble with the Maxx. Do be certain the screen is attaining full brightness even if set to auto. I just use the power control widget to make it easy to do this "on the fly".
     
  6. speede541

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    Yeah, I cycled through all the settings while I was sitting on the veranda scarfing down my fish tacos.

    I even recall reading (perhaps about the Moto X? Unsure...) that the screen is capable of going to a higher brightness setting on Auto than is achievable under full-Max on the slider. Anyhow, to no avail, but like I say, it's just an expected outcome I'm willing to live with.
     

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