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The Motorola DROID Maxx currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola DROID Maxx is the flagship offering of the debut trio from the Google-Motorola collaboration. With a whopping 3500 mAh battery and wireless charging, the DROID Maxx claims an unheard of 48 hours of mixed usage on a single charge. Sean Riley of Android and Me recently wrote “I haven’t been beating it up by any means yet, but the battery life after a little over 24 hours of mixed usage is at 44%.” While this might leave you a little short of the 48-hour mark listed by Motorola, it certainly offers battery life well beyond most current offerings.

You might be wondering what you are trading for this battery life? That is a good question. The phone uses Motorola’s X8 system. This means a dual-core processor, quad-core graphics and two chips to help with low-power functions. If you are looking for ultimate performance or cutting-edge features, the DROID Maxx sadly misses the mark. However, it offers more than enough power for the average user. Mix in Active Display and full-time voice controls and you have a device that could change the way people look at smart devices.

Though the hardware on the DROID Maxx is nearly identical to the other two phones in the lineup, it does offer a few small cosmetic touches that seal its spot at the front of the pack. The Kevlar backing offers improved grip and reduced smudging while the 5-inch AMOLED display offers plenty of viewing area with bright, vibrant colors. K. T. Bradford of Digital Trends summed the DROID Maxx up nicely when he said “While it isn’t groundbreaking when compared to other superphones like the Galaxy S4 or HTC One, it keeps pace with those devices while remaining distinctly Motorola.”

The Good: 48-hour battery life, wireless charging, minimal user interface, Active Display, superb grip and build quality.

The Bad: No microSD support, price, only available on select carriers.

Operating system
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
10+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

Good Housekeeping

If you need a phone that won’t quit, the Droid Maxx’s battery keeps this phone running strong even on your highest-use days.

- Good Housekeeping team, Good Housekeeping
Android Police

The DROID Mini and Maxx are both excellent phones, but if price is no object, I think even those wary of a "big" phone should go the Maxx route. More storage, much better build quality, and two days of battery life? How could you pass that up? The Maxx is an absolutely amazing phone in some ways, an...

- David Ruddock, Android Police

Motorola doesn’t tuck many surprises away, and in a way that’s great. More is less in this case, and their desire to keep things simple makes for a very pleasing experience overall. I am a bit disappointed with the camera for several reasons, but it’s forgivable in the grand scheme...

- Quentyn Kennemer, Phandroid
Gadget Review

It’s the longest-lasting Android phone on the market.

- James Pikover, Gadget Review

The Droid Maxx has excellent battery life and is generally a solid mid-range device.

- Brad Molen, Engadget

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Common Questions

Motorola released the DROID Maxx on August 20, 2013.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola DROID Maxx user manual here.

Motorola backs up the DROID Maxx with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your DROID Maxx has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Motorola DROID Maxx's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.7 GHz

There is a Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

10+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 10+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3500 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 592 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

DROID Maxx Specs

Release date August 20, 2013
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700/700/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.54 W/kg
Body: 0.32 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 592 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 7.1 x 0.9 cm (5.4 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 166 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Main Camera
10+ megapixels
4x digital
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Hangouts, Google Drive, Play Store, Google+, YouTube, Quickoffice)
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments - Has built-in Barometer
- Last for 48 hours of mixed usage
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