The Droid Maxx is one of three Droid phones Motorola recently released. The smallest of the three is the Droid Mini, a 4.3-inch smartphone with a Kevlar shell. The Droid Ultra is a sized-up version of the Mini, a 5-inch smartphone with a rather underwhelming 720p screen. Finally, there's the Droid Maxx, which has a soft-touch case that looks great and feels much sturdier than the plastic-coated Ultra.
The Maxx's battery isn't quite the best we've seen, but it comes close. The phone offers a solid 24 hours of continuous talk time and almost three weeks of standby time. Like all the smartphones in our review, using its screen will drain the battery faster, but the Maxx can still manage seven hours of web browsing and 13 hours of video playback. As always, the brighter and whiter the screen is, the quicker it will drain the battery.
As a fun extra feature, the Maxx has built-in support for wireless charging using the Qi standard – something the Droid Ultra can't claim. If you own a Qi-supported inductive charging mat, you can set the Maxx down on it and watch it power up without ever touching a cable. Be aware, however, that inductive charging tends to generate waste heat, which can hurt your battery in the long term. If you tend to switch out your smartphone every two years, this won't be an issue, but the Maxx's battery isn't replaceable. If it dies, the phone becomes useless.
As solid as the Maxx's battery is, none of the phone's other features are particularly noteworthy. Its 10-megapixel camera has a comparably small ƒ/2.4 aperture, which means it can struggle capturing moving objects when you're not shooting in bright sunlight. Its 1.7Ghz processor is as average a CPU as you can find on a smartphone. You can't even set the Droid Maxx up as a Wi-Fi hotspot; all the best smartphones we've reviewed offers tethering by default, but it's curiously absent here.
If you're a fan of the Droid brand and love the idea of owning a Kevlar-coated phone, the Droid Maxx offers the sort of battery life appropriate to an on-the-go lifestyle. However, if you're just in it for the battery and could do without the Kevlar weave, LG and Samsung offer competing devices with even more juice, and better internal components to boot.
The Droid Maxx's biggest differentiator is its long-lasting battery, which will handle even the heaviest mobile days with ease.
The camera and processor don't distinguish themselves in any way, and the phone's screen is below average.
If you buy a Droid Maxx, expect to pay a premium for the brand without much value in return. Even if battery life is a big deciding factor for you, we've ranked cheaper phones with better batteries much higher.