There are a lot of Android, Windows and iOS phones out on the market. Old and new, it gets really confusing to try and find a phone that will work for you. I talked with the folks at Verizon and they agree – they want to get you a phone that works for your needs. That is why we are running a series of videos putting different phones together. I will be talking their good points and bad.
Motorola Droid Maxx
The price right now is $99.99 with 2 year contract or $499 out of contract. But this Android device is really for those of you who need a rocking phone with awesome battery life.
Droid started from the RAZR line – you remember the flip phone you had from 2005-2009? The first two smartphone versions did not come with great praise. However, in the last couple itterations, the Droid line has really kicked into high gear.
The biggest advantage to this phone is simply the battery. It’s a whopping 3,500 mAh as compared to even the iPhone’s 1,560 mAh battery. That also gives the Droid Maxx a bigger case and heavier phone.
Still, in battery test it took longer to drain and standby is outrageously crazy. I set this phone to the side for over a week and it still had more than enough charge.
The phone is also very noticable in the wild as its Kevlar back gives it away.
The Droid MAXX also has a 10 megapixel camera with LED flash for decent photos. The front camera is 2 megapixel for those selfies.
Inside the phone is a Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, quad core adreno 320 GPU clocking at 400 Mhz with two additional cores for language and contextual processing. Perfect for simple Candy Crush games or playing higher res 1st person shooters.
Motorola Moto X
Let’s compare that to the Motorola Moto X – a lot cheaper phone you can also get on the Verizon network. Basically, it’s free with contract, or $399 with no contract.
The Moto X is a smaller smartphone and its specs are not as great as the MAXX. Nonetheless, the dual-core Qualcom S4 Pro processor at 1.7 GHz with the same quad-core Adreno 320 graphics allows you to do plenty with this device.
Moto X is more about the speak than about the touch. With Kit Kat loaded, you can say “OK Google” and have it respond. Find out sport scores, weather, and search the internet with your voice.
The battery of the Moto X is not as impressive as the MAXX, but it does a great job. Usage tests show the battery life allows you to use this phone during the day and by night hook it up for the next day. Standby is comprible to most other phones with Motorola’s soft pulse notification system.
The Moto X has a 10 megapixel “Clear Pixel” sensor and LED flash. It can grab better low-light pictures – Keeping in mind those Saturday night club photos will probably still be grainy.
When I was in Vegas this last month, I used the Moto X as a hotspot. I was impressed on how it kept my devices connected when I didn’t have another Internet source. I was able to keep signal from a lot farther and didn’t see any real slowdown from the Verizon service. It definitely trumped the slow Internet connection in the hotel room.
The end result: Both phones did a fabulous job in phone and Internet usage. The Maxx will best the Moto X in battery life and processing. The Moto X has a smaller footprint, is lighter and costs less with slightly less (but not noticable) computing power.