Verizon Motorola Droid Maxx Review: Battery life to please the road warrior

Verizon Motorola Droid Maxx Review: Battery life to please the road warrior

Summary: The Moto X is rolling out to all major US carriers and with the Motorola Droid Maxx you get all the software goodies with a battery life that lets you work on the road for a couple days between charges.

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  • Share media easily with Droid Zap

  • Zap is a handy sharing tool

  • Battery life that just goes and goes

Topics: Mobility, Android, Reviews, Smartphones, Verizon

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  • On the Google Search Bar

    So the Google Search Bar on nearly stock Android devices does NOT take up space like it does on the HTC One (it actually takes up space that could be used for other apps whereas on a device like the Maxx it does not take up any additional space). Other than the millimeters of space it takes up on a 5" screen it takes up little to no real estate on your phone. Other than that there's no reason to get this device with the hefty price tag and a 720p screen. Wireless charging requires additional accessories and a larger battery might warrant a $50 increase but not $100.
    Lee Sandy
    • I don't understand your comment, please clarify

      My HTC One doesn't have a Google Search bar widget on it, I removed it. I cannot remove it on the Droid Maxx or Moto X, it is persistent near the top of the screen and is on every home screen panel.

      There are plenty of good reasons to get the Droid Maxx, but I still prefer my HTC One for the most part.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • On Maxx, no space taken up, on One, space taken up

        So you have a certain # of spaces on each homescreen (ie. specific widgets take up 4x1 of your home screen.) On the Maxx the Google Search bar does not take up 4x1 of the screen and you still have 4 spaces horizontally and vertically on your home screen. On the One, however, if you opt in for the Google Search bar you will be sacrificing 4x1 of the widget space and will have 3 vertical spaces remaining and 0 spaces remaining on the first line. Shew, that was difficult to explain but do you understand my issue with that? It's actually a vote in the positive direction for the Maxx over the One in that sense (no pun intended.)
        Lee Sandy
        • Thanks, good catch that I missed

          Interesting find and helpful information. I did not notice that the Google Search bar doesn't actually fill up one of the 4 vertical spots. It looks like another row of app shortcuts could go where the Search bar is located, but that is not how it is designed.

          As I consider the Droid Maxx, this information helps remove one of my "annoyances".
          palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • On the Google Search Bar

    So the Google Search Bar on nearly stock Android devices does NOT take up space like it does on the HTC One (it actually takes up space that could be used for other apps whereas on a device like the Maxx it does not take up any additional space). Other than the millimeters of space it takes up on a 5" screen it takes up little to no real estate on your phone. Other than that there's no reason to get this device with the hefty price tag and a 720p screen. Wireless charging requires additional accessories and a larger battery might warrant a $50 increase but not $100.
    Lee Sandy
  • Curious

    Is this what is called a ZDNet "Advertorial?"
    rfoto
  • i admire the author

    For not being afraid to display the book. If People took the time to study the book they wouldn't find a single inaccuracy or contradiction in it
    gordongr
  • Cheaper phone, more expensive privatized water

    "Road Warrior" is the most interesting pun the media has put out in the last decade or more...
    HypnoToad72
  • What I find most worrying is that you have a holy bible app on your phone

    Seriously?! This is the most downloaded book related app for Android. #1 with over 10 million downloads. You are just as likely to find it installed as you are a dictionary.
    InterroBang!
  • Different Launcher?

    Can you install a different launcher like Nova to get rid of the Google search bar?
    ITenquirer
    • Launcher

      Yep APEX will get rid of the search bar
      markmonelli